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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Dragon Age II: The Black Emporium PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The Black Emporium is a DLC for Dragon Age II. It is free for all buyers of an unused copy...

Dragon Age II: The Exiled Prince PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The Exiled Prince is a commercial DLC for Dragon Age II. It adds a new companion named Sebastian Vael who...

Dragon Age: Inquisition Windows Front Cover

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

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a role-playing game and the third main game in the Dragon Age series. It is set...

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Destruction Windows Front Cover

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

Destruction is a free downloadable content pack (DLC) for the 2014 game Dragon Age: Inquisition.It is the first multiplayer expansion...

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Dragonslayer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Xbox 360 (2015), PlayStation 3 (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Dragonslayer is a free downloadable content pack (DLC) for the 2014 game Dragon Age: Inquisition.It is the second multiplayer expansion...

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Jaws of Hakkon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Xbox 360 (2015), PlayStation 3 (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Jaws of Hakkon is a downloadable content pack (DLC) for the 2014 game Dragon Age: Inquisition. It contains a new...

Dragon Age: Inquisition - The Black Emporium Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Xbox 360 (2015), PlayStation 3 (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

The Black Emporium is a free downloadable content pack (DLC) for the 2014 game Dragon Age: Inquisition. It contains a...

Dragon Age Legends Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Dragon Age Legends is a turn-based RPG on Facebook and Google+. Ravi, the Viscount of Kaiten fears something is wrong...

Browser (2011)

Dragon Age Legends Remix 01 is a "remix" of Dragon Age Legends. It features the same graphics as the aforementioned...

Dragon Age: Origins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Four hundred years have passed since the last Blight was successfully prevented by the Grey Wardens. Now once again the...

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is the first add-on to Dragon Age: Origins. After the death of the Archdemon in...

Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The Collector's Edition includes: Dragon Age: Origins The Stone Prisoner downloadable quest Downloadable Blood Dragon Armor for both Dragon Age:...

Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition) is a special edition release which includes:Dragon Age: OriginsThe Stone Warrior downloadable questWarden's Keep...

Dragon Age: Origins - Feastday Combo Pack PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Feastday Combo Pack is a compilation with two downloadable content (DLC) packs for Dragon Age: Origins: Feastday Gifts Feastday Pranks...

Dragon Age: Origins - Feastday Gifts PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Feastday Gifts is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins. It features ten gifts for the companions...

Dragon Age: Origins - Feastday Pranks PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Feastday Pranks is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins. It features ten pranks for the companions...

Dragon Age: Origins - Leliana's Song Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Leliana's Song is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins and requires the original game to play....

Dragon Age: Origins - Return to Ostagar Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Return to Ostagar is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins. During the course of the quest...

Dragon Age: Origins -  The Darkspawn Chronicles PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Darkspawn Chronicles is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins and is not integrated into the...

Dragon Age: Origins - The Golems of Amgarrak PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Golems of Amgarrak is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins. It is set after the...

Dragon Age: Origins - The Stone Prisoner Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The Stone Prisoner is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age and requires the original game to play....

Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins includes: The game Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening expansion 9 Downloadable Content Packs...

Dragon Age: Origins - Warden's Keep Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Warden's Keep is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age and requires the original game to play. It...

Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Witch Hunt is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) pack for Dragon Age: Origins and is not integrated into the main...

PC-88 (1982) and FM-7 (1983)

Commonly considered the first Japanese-made game with role-playing elements, Dragon and Princess involves a quest of a party of adventurers...

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