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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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PSP (2010)

Motto NUGA-CEL! is an updated port of the PS2 title NUGA-CEL! which includes a number of changes and additions. Several...

PSP (2010)

This limited-edition release of Motto NUGA-CEL! includes the game along with a soundtrack CD and a set of postcards featuring...

Mount&Blade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Mount&Blade is an open-ended, nonlinear game focused on realistic medieval warfare that combines RPG elements with strategy management, exploration of...

Mount & Blade: Warband Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Although Mount&Blade: Warband is called a stand-alone expansion pack to Mount&Blade, it is more of an enhanced remake of the...

Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword continues the saga, this time in the gunpowder age of medieval Eastern Europe.The player starts...

MS Saga: A New Dawn PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

MS Saga: A New Dawn is an RPG inspired by the Gundam series anime. Far in the future a machine...

Muelsfell: Rise of the Golems Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Muelsfell is a browser-based game where players take on the roles of mages that craft golems. These golems are used...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Mugenborg is a turn-based RPG with robots fights. The game was released only in Japan. The player controls a young...

PC-88 (1984) and PC-98 (1984)

Cursed by the gods, on the verge of death, the protagonist of the game is transferred to a different realm...

PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

After the protagonist of the previous game retrieved the precious Heart of Phantasm, he was teleported away from the magical...

PC-88 (1990)

After having traveled to two magical realms, the hero was finally able to leave the world of Elderein and return...

PC-98 (1994)

A young man wakes up and sees a young woman in front of him. She tells him that her name...

Amiga (2011)

MCE is an editor for saved games, characters and highscores from the following 50 games: Bard's Tale 1 Bard's Tale...

Muramasa Rebirth: Genroku Legends - A Cause to Daikon For PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2014)

A Cause to Daikon For is one of the Genroku Lengends additional scenarios for Muramasa Rebirth. This add-on follows the...

Muramasa Rebirth: Genroku Legends - Fishy Tales of the Nekomata PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2013)

Fishy Tales of the Nekomata is one of the Genroku Lengends additional scenarios for Muramasa Rebirth. This add-on follows the...

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009) and PS Vita (2013)

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a 2D side-scrolling action game with light RPG elements. The game focuses on two protagonists:...

Murkon's Refuge Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

Murkon's Refuge is a first-person party-based RPG, similar to the early Wizardry games. The player takes his party through the...

NES (1990)

The player controls a young boy called Musashi, who lives somewhere in medieval Japan in the village of Arima ....

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This Japan-only treasure box includes: Warriors Orochi A set of 77 character puffy pop-ups which represent the main heroes and...

My Brute Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008), iPhone (2009), Android (2012) and bada (2012)

Statistics for a virtual champion are randomly generated based on the value of the characters in the player's username. Customizing...

Mysterium Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

As a alchemist you must solve a set of mazes to prove your worth.To solve the mazes you must transform...

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Nintendo DS Front Cover

SNES (1995), Nintendo DS (2006) and Wii (2007)

The legend of the Golden Condor... from village to village and from town to town, everybody speak of it -...

SNES (1995)

Seven heroes from seven different Worlds. Seven heroes who were brought to a mysterious temple on a remote island and...

Windows (2005)

In Mystic: Duell der Zauberer the player takes the role of Tim who suddenly finds himself in castle Urqhard. Unfortunately...

Mystic Towers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

In Mystic Towers, the player takes control of an old and rather eccentric wizard Baron Baldric, whose task is to...

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