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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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Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Eight adventurers were traveling in a spaceship, pursuing the Guardians Corak and Sheltem. The Guardians went to the world of...

Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

For over a thousand years, the races of the Ancients and the Kreegans were waging an interstellar war. Eventually, the...

Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

After the corrupt Guardian Sheltem was defeated, the seemingly never-ending war between the Ancients and the alien Kreegans entered a...

Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This compilation includes the following: Original Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven on two Collector's Edition Holographic CD-ROMs...

Might and Magic: World of Xeen DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

World of Xeen combines two games - Clouds of Xeen and Darkside of Xeen - into a single game that...

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Nintendo DS (2009), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

The world of Ashan has a big demon problem. Every time the moon stands right, those bastards come from their...

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - I am the Boss Windows Front Cover

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

I am the Boss is DLC for Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and requires the original game to play....

Might & Magic: Heroes VI Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This is the sixth installment of the Heroes of Might and Magic series, now known as Might & Magic: Heroes....

Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Danse Macabre Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Danse Macabre is the second DLC (downloadable content, dubbed adventure packs in this series) for Might & Magic: Heroes VI....

Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Pirates of the Savage Sea Windows Front Cover Official site banner

Windows (2012)

Pirates of the Savage Sea is an "Adventure Pack" (or DLC) for Might & Magic: Heroes VI. It contains a...

Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness is an add-on sized successor to Might & Magic: Heroes VI....

Might & Magic X: Legacy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

The tenth installment of Might and Magic series, Legacy is a tribute to its older episodes (from 1 to 5),...

Might & Magic X: Legacy (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

This Deluxe Edition contains: The game Might and Magix X Legacy on DVD 4 lithography prints game soundtrack CD color...

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a free-to-play game which combines asynchronous PvP dungeon crawler with tower defence and...

Millennium 2: Take Me Higher Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Millennium 2: Take Me Higher is the second installment in the five-part series of top-down RPG games starring Marine and...

Millennium 3: Cry Wolf Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Cry Wolf is the third installment in the five-part series of top-down RPG games starring Marine and Benoit and their...

Millennium 4: Beyond Sunset Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Beyond Sunset is the fourth installment in the five-part series of top-down RPG games starring Marine and Benoit and their...

Millennium: A New Hope Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Millennium: A New Hope is a 2D RPG that tells the story of Marine and her friends. She is young...

Mimana Iyar Chronicles PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

In Mimana Iyar Chronicles, players are cast into the role of Crais Sewell, an anti-social, drunk, unemployed swordsman. As he...

PC-98 (1995)

Once upon a time, there was harmony and balance in the world. Four kingdoms of humans have watched over the...

Windows (2009)

Mines of Morgoth has a typical minimal plot for this type of game: killing the big bad guy at the...

Macintosh (1992)

Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete was one of Bungie's very earliest games developed, and even in 1992 they showed their...

Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord SEGA Master System Front Cover

NES (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), MSX (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

In Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord, you have been asked to recover the Golden Seal which is being...

Miraculum: The Last Revelation PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1996)

In the world of Miraculum, there lived a powerful king named Siegwald. But his power was not enough for him,...

MSX (1992) and PC-98 (1992)

It happened long time ago, when mankind possessed the secrets of magic. One time, when a comet was approaching the...

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