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Role-Playing (RPG)

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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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PC-98 (1992)

In 1999, Armageddon came to the world. Japanese researchers have experimented with genetics and biological mutations; as a result, a...

PC-98 (1992)

In 1999, Armageddon came to the world. Japanese researchers have experimented with genetics and biological mutations; as a result, a...

DOS (1993)

As a flotilla of ships was crossing the sea, a horrifying monster surfaced and destroyed it. A young man was...

Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata is the third episode in the Boktai series and the only one not...

PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1993)

The plot of Shinc is as simple as its title: the hero - aptly named Hero Narcissus - is a...

Shining Blade PSP Front Cover

PSP (2012)

Sinister plans begin to unfold within the Dragonian empire, beginning with the revival of the villainous leader of the Dark...

Shining Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Genesis (1992), Wii (2007) and iPhone (2010)

In a wondrous land perhaps not so far from our world, a strange and terrible series of events took place....

Shining Force CD SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

This is a compilation of two strategy RPG titles from Shining Force titles: Shining Force Gaiden (the original version released...

Shining Force EXA PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Shining Force EXA is an entry in the Shining Force series, but unlike most of the earlier titles it has...

Shining Force Gaiden Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The first of the three Shining Force games for Game Gear, this is a Japanese-only gaiden (side-story) to the main...

Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Gear (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

One of the three gaiden (side-story) Shining Force games for Game Gear. The events of the game take place in...

Shining Force II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Genesis (1993) and Wii (2008)

Shining Force II is a strategy/RPG hybrid with cartoon-like graphics. The game is comprised of two modes: exploration, in which...

Shining Force III SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Set in a world of fantasy and magic, Shining Force III places you in the boots of a young general,...

Shining Force III Premium Disc SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

This is a bonus disc (only available in Japan) which was given free to customers having purchased all 3 scenarios....

Shining Force III Scenario 2 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

This is the second in the three scenarios of the Shining Force 3 series. The story continues with the adventure...

Shining Force III Scenario 3 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

This is the third and final game from the Shining Force III trilogy. In it, you take the role of...

Shining Force: Neo PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Max completes his Force military training and returns to his village to meet his family and to find news of...

Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon is a remake of the first Shining Force game. The story still revolves...

Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

This is not a sequel to the game Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention for Genesis, but a sequel...

Shining in the Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Genesis (1991) and Wii (2007)

This is a story-driven console-style RPG, and is the first in the three game Shining series for the Genesis (followed...

Shining Soul Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Long ago the Dark Dragon reduced the civilisation to dust. After hundreds of years of rebuilding, that same civilisation is...

Shining Soul II Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

The Dark Dragon was defeated by our hero in the first Shining Soul, and the people rejoiced as the Darkness...

Shining Tears PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Shining Tears is an old-school Action RPG set in the Shining universe (previous games include Shining in the Darkness and...

Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

Part of the Shining game universe, Shining the Holy Ark is a pure console-style RPG (unlike Shining Force games, that...

Shin Megami Tensei SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), SEGA CD (1994), TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Wii (2007)

A young man lives together with his mother in Kichijoji, a district in modern Tokyo. One day, he has a...

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