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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Divine Divinity Windows Front Cover Alternate front cover

Windows (2002)

Two thousand years ago, the wise mages of the Council of Seven sacrificed themselves to save the land of Rivellon....

Divinity Anthology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Released to mark the anniversary of ten years of Divinity games, this collector's package includes: Divine Divinity - Remastered for...

Divinity II: Developer's Cut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Divinity II: Developer's Cut is a re-release of Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga and includes: Divinity II: Ego Draconis...

Divinity II: Ego Draconis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

A moment of weakness doomed the Divine called Lucian. Instead of putting an end to all the misery by killing...

Divinity II: Ego Draconis (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Collector's Edition includes: Divinity II: Ego Draconis Resin figurine (18 cm) holding a metal letter opener Cloth-map of Rivellon...

Divinity II: Flames of Vengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Divinity II: Flames of Vengeance is an add-on for Divinity II: Ego Draconis and starts right where the cliffhanger of...

Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2011)

The Dragon Knight Saga consists of two games: Divinity II: Ego Draconis (a remastered version) Divinity II: Flames of Vengeance...

Divinity: Original Sin Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Divinity: Original Sin is a role-playing game that harks backs to an earlier generation of the genre using an isometric...

Divinity: Original Sin (Collector's Edition) Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

This collector's edition includes: Divinity: Original Sin (DVD + 2 Steam keys) Beyond Divinity (Steam key) Divine Divinity (Steam key)...

DOS (1984)

DND is a PC conversion of the seminal mainframe classic of the same name, which started computer role-playing games. The...

Doc the Destroyer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Centuries of pollution have destroyed the environment, causing the few survivors to live beneath the energy dome - outside of...

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is a puzzle-based adventure with strategy and RPG-elements mixed in. It revolves around the...

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Dofus is a 2-D Flash-based tactical MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) that uses cute manga-inspired graphics. The humorous fantasy...

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2008)

In Dokapon Kingdom monsters have attacked and pillaged the kingdom of its riches. For the adventurer who returns the kingdom's...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Get money by completing jobs as an adventurer. By completing jobs, you get money to buy weaponry, items and traps....

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

It is the time of the Ascension wars, when powerful creatures of several races and origins battle against one another....

Dominions 3: The Awakening Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

For time untold, the Pantokrator ruled over the known worlds as a god and was the most powerful force known....

Don't Go Alone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Don't Go Alone is a horror role-playing game.The player can choose their party from a variety of 16 paranormal characters...

Doomdark's Revenge Macintosh Front Cover 2014 cover

Windows (2014), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2014), BlackBerry (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

The follow-up to the original Lords of Midnight game uses a similar game system to its predecessor, but the story...

Doom & Destiny Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Windows Phone (2012) and Windows Apps (2013)

Four geek friends think they are going to play another night of tabletop role-playing games, but instead see themselves sucked...

DOOM II RPG iPhone Front Cover

BREW (2009), J2ME (2009), iPhone (2010) and BlackBerry (2010)

DOOM II RPG is a follow-up in the style of the Wolfenstein RPG, chronologically set before the events in DOOM...

DOOM RPG BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005), J2ME (2005) and BlackBerry (2009)

DOOM comes to mobile devices as a first-person turn-based role playing game, co-developed by John Carmack. It incorporates many elements...

Doom, the Roguelike DOS Front Cover

Linux (2006), DOS (2005) and Windows (2002)

This game is a mix between two classic games: Rogue, the text-only dungeon crawl role-playing game that has spawned a...

PlayStation (2000)

Nobita can't take it any more! His teacher yells at him at school, his mom yells at him at home,...

NES (1990)

This game is based on the animé series about the mechanical blue cat Doraemon, who can turn dream into reality...

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