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Role-Playing (RPG)


Role-playing video games are descendants of pen-and-paper RPGs. In those games character development is the main driving gameplay mechanic. Typically one or more characters are created and shaped by the player, then embark on a series of encounters that increase the inventory, wealth, or combat statistics of said character(s).

A role-playing game is not just any game in which the player "plays a role", i.e. controls a character and participates in exploration and narrative. Rather, the defining characteristic of role-playing games is player-dependent character growth. A role-playing game can be seen as such when player-controlled characters become stronger ("levels up") because of the player's actions (usually depending on experience points received for vanquishing enemies), rather than being upgraded automatically as dictated by the storyline. The degree of the player's involvement in shaping the characters may vary considerably: some RPGs offer vast customization possibilities, while others tend to simplify and even nearly automatize the process.

Traditional RPGs have turn-based combat and a fantasy setting (Wizardry series, Ultima series, Roguelikes, etc.). Later, other settings were introduced, and many RPGs - such as Diablo - began favoring action-based combat. In these games, Action is used as a modifier to the RPG genre.

By the late 1980's, the genre has been distinctly split into two main sub-genres: Western and Japanese (sometimes called console-style) RPG. Western RPGs typically favored free exploration and player-made decisions, while Japanese RPGs focused on following a linear story line. Japanese RPGs also tended to retain simple turn-based combat mechanics, and in many cases also random enemy encounters.

In many early Western RPGs the player was given the option to create an entire party of characters (usually up to six). Ultima games introduced the possibility of recruiting initially non-playable characters (NPCs) with their own personalities from the game world into the party. Beginning with Phantasy Star, Japanese RPGs followed this template and even elevated it to their cornerstone mechanic.

Late 1990's saw a "RPG revival" in the West. Fallout greatly expanded the usage of non-combat statistics and moral decisions during gameplay, while Baldur's Gate popularized real-time party-based combat.
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Avernum: Escape From the Pit Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Avernum: Escape From the Pit is a remake of Spiderweb Software's fantasy role-playing game Avernum (which, in turn, is a...

Avernum II: Crystal Souls Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is a remake of the original Avernum 2 (which was a remake of Exile 2: Crystal...

Avernum IV Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2005)

Avernum 4 has you in charge of a 4-character party, whose task is to discover why your homeland of Avernum...

Avernum V Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2007)

All was prosperous and peaceful in the Empire—until recently. Someone tried to assassinate the Empress…but who would dare such a...

Aveyond Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Born a farmer's daughter, then captured into slavery Aveyond follows the adventures of Rhen, a young girl with potentially incredible...

Aveyond 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

A young elf is missing and nobody remembers her existence, except for her best friend, Ean. He decides to solve...

Aveyond: Gates of Night Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Gates of Night is the second installment in the Aveyond 3: Orb of Magic series and the fourth game overall....

Aveyond: Lord of Twilight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Lord of Twilight is the first installment in the Aveyond 3: Orb of Magic series and the third game overall....

Aveyond: The Darkthrop Prophecy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Darkthrop Prophecy is the fourth installment in the Aveyond 3: Orb of Magic series and the sixth game overall. It...

Aveyond: The Lost Orb Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The Lost Orb is the third installment in the Aveyond 3: Orb of Magic series and the fifth game overall....

Away: Shuffle Dungeon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Away: Shuffle Dungeon is an RPG dungeon exploring game mixed with puzzle solving. The player takes control of a young...

A Wizard's Odyssey Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A Wizard's Odyssey is a wizardry RPG in which the player assumes the role of a wizard who must stop...

Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991)

The legendary Golden Axe has been stolen by an army of evil warriors. The king called a young warrior to...

Aztaka Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2012)

Aztaka is a 2D side-scrolling action-RPG, inspired by Aztec mythology. Players take on the role of Huitzilo, heir of the...

Azure Dreams PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and Game Boy Color (2000)

The huge Monster Tower stands near the village Monsbaiya. It is populated by vicious monsters, and few dare enter it....

Babel TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

In the distant future, human beings invented space warps, which allowed space travel to long distances. On board the space...

The Baconing Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

After the events of previous two Deathspank games and getting his hands on all six thongs of virtue, Deathspank wears...

Bahamut Lagoon Wii U Front Cover

SNES (1996), Wii (2009) and Wii U (2014)

The kingdom of Kahna is in great danger. The evil Emperor Sauzer, obsessed by his world domination ideas, is preparing...

SNES (1996)

The game is set in the end of Edo period in Japan (1600-1868). Japan, controlled by the feudal rulers (shoguns)...

Baldurian's Bibliothek Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Baldurian's Bibliothek is an unofficial Add-On for Baldur's Gate.This expansion adds new secret artifacts and new characters with individual combat...

Baldur's Gate Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (2000)

Candlekeep is an ancient fortress situated on the rural Sword Coast. Recently, inexplicable events have been plaguing this quiet place,...

Baldur's Gate Chapters I & II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Baldur's Gate Chapters I & II is exactly that - the first two chapters of the full game. It's more...

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance casts the player as one of three basic characters: an elf sorceress, a human archer, or...

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

This version of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance follows the same story and has many gameplay similarities to the console release,...

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

The threat of the Onyx Tower has passed for now, but mere moments pass before a new threat to the...

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