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Role-Playing (RPG)

Description

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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Metal Dungeon Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

In the battle for world domination, the leaders of Giamel have begun producing Weapon Monsters, horrible biomechanical killing machines. The...

PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1993) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

In Metal Eye, the player takes the role of a young weapons expert named Findhill. His father was apparently involved...

PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Metal Eye 2 is set in the same sci-fi universe and is closely related story-wise to the first game. In...

MetalHeart: Replicants Rampage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Captain Lanthan Signey and his first pilot Cheris Sheridan are survivors from a cargo ship that was destroyed by a...

Metal Max Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1991), Wii (2010) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Metal Max is a RPG set in a futuristic world, where monsters and mechanical creatures roam the land and where...

SNES (1993) and Wii (2010)

This is a sequel to Metal Max. The game is set in a futuristic world. An evil organization known as...

SNES (1995) and Wii (2011)

This is a remake of the game Metal Max.The storyline and the gameplay basics remained unchanged. The remake features enhanced...

Metal Saga PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

A follow-up to the Metal Max games, Metal Saga is set in the same post-apocalyptic world as its predecessors -...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Metal Walker is a mechanical take on Pokémon, where the story takes place in the future on an island where...

Metaplace Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Metaplace was a massively multi-player online project assembled around one central tool: a quite complex virtual world builder written in...

Metin2 Windows Front Cover Ymir Entertainment release

Windows (2005)

Metin2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), set in a eastern and magic environment as a persistent game...

Metropolismania PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Metropolismania is a city building game with a Japanese anime style. The goal is to grow a town to a...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Metropolismania 2 is the sequel to Metropolismania and uses the same city-building concept of the original game.The player's job is...

Commodore 64 (1988)

If you've wanted to play the multi user game MUD but didn't have a modem then here is your chance....

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

This version of Might and Magic: Book I differs from all the others in several significant aspects.The most important difference...

Might and Magic: Book One - Secret of the Inner Sanctum DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), NES (1990), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1986), MSX (1988), Macintosh (1987), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988), Sharp X68000 (1988), Sharp X1 (1988) and FM-7 (1987)

A party of adventurers in what appears to be a medieval fantasy world called Varn is looking for an entrance...

Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1993)

The evasive guardian Sheltem has once again escaped from relentless Corak and the six heroes of Terra who were helping...

Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1994)

Following the trail of Prince Roland, six brave adventurers venture into the Darkside, the other side of the world Xeen....

Might and Magic: Heroes V (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The limited edition package includes: Heroes of Might and Magic V Heroes of Might and Magic III (re-mastered for Windows...

Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), SNES (1993), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), Apple II (1988), MSX (1989), Macintosh (1990), PC-88 (1988), PC-98 (1988), Sharp X68000 (1989), Sharp X1 (1989) and FM-7 (1989)

The space traveler and rogue guardian Sheltem has left the world VARN, where he was pursued by the relentless Corak...

Macintosh (1992)

This compilation includes Might and Magic: Book I and Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World for Macintosh systems....

Might and Magic I, II, III, IV, V: Collection Classique DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Might and Magic Collection Classique is a compilation on a single CD of the following games:Might and Magic: Secret Of...

Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SNES (1995), Amiga (1992), SEGA CD (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Macintosh (1993), PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

A party of brave heroes managed to defeat the corrupted guardian Sheltem as he attempted to destroy the world of...

Might and Magic IX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The world of Axeoth seems to be in grave peril. The region of Chedian is threatened by an invasion of...

Might and Magic: Millennium Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

A partial compilation of the Might and Magic series. Game manuals and hint books are included as PDF files. The...

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