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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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Space Rangers 2 Complete Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a collection of Space Rangers 2: Dominators and Space Rangers 2: Reboot released on Impulse.

Space Rangers 2: Dominators Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Space Rangers 2: Dominators is a blend of space exploration and trading, role-playing and real-time strategy, played from many different...

Space Rangers 2: Dominators. Reboot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Space Rangers 2: Dominators. Reboot includes: Space Rangers Space Rangers 2: Dominators Space Rangers 2: Reboot Exclusive game developing materials....

Space Rangers 2: Reboot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is an expansion to the Space Rangers 2: Dominators game.It adds: Five new text quests. 27 new planetary battle...

Space Siege Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As humanity explores space, they encounter an evil and very powerful race called the Kerak. The humans have no chance...

Spacewrecked: 14 Billion Light Years From Earth DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In this sci-fi RPG you are sent to a fleet of spaceships which have been invaded by aliens who escaped...

Spandex Force Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Create your own hero and clean up the crime-infested town of Vigilance Valley in this puzzle RPG. Save citizens in...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The world of Neverland was once in balance, ruled by three deities. But soon kingdoms appeared that wanted to control...

Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empire Android Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), PSP (2006), iPhone (2012), Android (2011) and iPad (2012)

The wars continues in the magical world of Neverland. After the demons gained the upper hand once again in their...

Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Rallen and Jeena may have managed to stop the Krawl invasion of the Nanairo Star System and forced them to...

SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The magic portals, which allow the people of Eo to travel between the shattered islands, are about to fail. As...

SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Faith in Destiny is the successor to SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars. The campaign takes place four years after the sinking...

SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars is the sequel to SpellForce: The Order of Dawn. In Order of the Dawn, the player...

SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The Collector's Edition includes: SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Exclusive in-game weapons and items SpellForce²: Sounds of Shadows (official SpellForce² soundtrack)...

SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Now, only a few years after the end of the Convocation, evil is back – stronger and more powerful than...

SpellForce: The Breath of Winter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The battle is far from over. Now the prince of darkness prepares to resurrect the Dark Gods into the world...

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

SpellForce is a RTS\RPG hybrid game similar to Battle Realms. The storyline is the usual "the fate of the world...

Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Based on the 2nd Edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) Spelljammer rule book, Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace leads the...

Spells of Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

An interesting combination of an RPG with a trading game, this game puts you in a setting where the class...

The Spiderwick Chronicles Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Play as Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace as they explore the fantastical world around them with the help of a...

Spiral Knights Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Spiral Knights is a free-to-play massively multiplayer action role-playing game, with a focus on instanced adventures. When the Spiral Knights...

The Spirit Engine II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Spirit Engine II is the sequel to The Spirit Engine. Like its predecessor, it's a side-scrolling RPG with tactical...

Windows (2003)

The Spirit Engine follows 3 travelers (of your choosing) who run into each other by very uncommon means. Their goal...

Spirit of Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In a medieval fantasy world, strange drugs appear that create an addiction among the population. It appears that they are...

Spore Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

In Spore the player has to accompany a new race through five stages of its evolution.First there is the Cell...

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