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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Chaos Rings Android Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2012), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2013)

Chaos Rings is an RPG detailing the fates of five couples who are summoned against their wills to the mysterious...

SNES (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1998)

In this action-strategy-RPG hybrid you play the role of a young member of a cave-dwelling race of warriors. As the...

NES (1991)

The king's daughter is seriously ill, and the kingdom is plagued by monsters. The king needs you, the offspring of...

Charlie Murder Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013)

Charlie Murder is a beat 'em up first revealed as a Xbox Live Indie Game and eventually released as part...

Chartbusters 14 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Chartbusters 14 is an unofficial add-on compilation for Diablo and requires the original game to play. It includes a toolkit,...

Linux (2005) and Windows (2005)

ChessRogue is an unusual combination of Chess and Rogue.You play the part of the White King, entering a multi-level dungeon...

Chester Field: Ankoku Shin e no Chōsen NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The Kingdom of Guldred has been invaded by General Guemon and his dark forces, who have killed their king. A...

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

In the year 2300, mankind has finally united, creating a federation government on the Earth and dedicating efforts and resources...

Child of Light Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Child of Light is a role-playing game played as a 2D platformer with turn-based battles. The game is set in...

Child of Light (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

This limited edition package includes: Child of Light (game download code) Child of Light: Golem Pack (DLC download code) Child...

Child of Light: The Golem's Plight Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

The Golem's Plight Pack also known as Golem Pack is DLC for Child of Light. It includes a new companion,...

Children of Mana Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Some years before the action begins, a great catastrophe began at the base of the Mana Tree. This gives the...

WonderSwan (2000)

Cho Aniki makes it's first appearance in a handheld console with Chō Aniki: Otoko no Tamafuda, only this time the...

Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2010), WonderSwan (1999), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

This is the first game in the Chocobo's Dungeon series. You take on the character of Chocobo and adventure through...

Chocobo's Dungeon 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Following the adventures of the first Chocobo Dungeon game, Chocobo and Mog continue to search for treasure. One day, Mog...

Choice of Broadsides Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010), webOS (2010) and Kindle Classic (2012)

A rollicking naval adventure on the high seas explicitly in the vein of C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower or Patrick...

Choice of Intrigues iPad Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Picking up where the prior installment, Choice of Romance, left off, this multiple-choice game casts the player as a Death...

Choice of Kung Fu Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2013), Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Kindle Classic (2013)

This wushu RPG-adventure spans the player's entire martial arts career in the Middle Kingdom, beginning with making decisions for a...

Choice of Robots Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Browser (2015), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

You will build a robot. You will give it personality. Will it love humanity or despise it? Will the robots...

Choice of Romance Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and webOS (2010)

This multiple-choice game situates the player in Iberia (a magical version of medieval Spain), the scion of an upwardly-mobile family...

Choice of the Deathless Windows Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Browser (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

In the towering spires of the changed city of Shikaw, business is conducted and contracts are written. With demons. This...

Choice of the Dragon iPad Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010), webOS (2010) and Kindle Classic (2012)

Choice of the Dragon plays much like 1986's Alter Ego, with a twist: instead of being a contemporary human being,...

Choice of the Ninja Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2013), Browser (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

What Choice of Kung Fu did for China, Choice of the Ninja does for Japan: gives players a chance to...

Choice of the Star Captain Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Kindle Classic (2012)

This comedic multiple-choice game visits a science fiction setting in which humanity is besieged by invading alien fleets of the...

Choice of the Vampire Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2013), Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010), webOS (2010) and Kindle Classic (2012)

This multiple-choice game casts the player as an undead denizen of the Mississippi river delta in the period between the...

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