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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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Game Boy Advance (2004)

Following the events of the previous game, Torneko despite his success has again grown restless and looking for adventure. He...

Dragon Quest I & II SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

This is a remake of two first Dragon Quest titles, the second version of both Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest...

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chose is a remake of the NES game and the Playstation version and tells...

Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi is a remake of Dragon Warrior IV. The remade version has received a complete graphical...

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Tasked with protecting a village, the player character along with other angels (celestials) are attempting to reach God's land. By...

PlayStation (2002)

Dragon Quest Monsters 1 - 2 is a compilation with updated graphics and interface of the following games: Dragon Warriors...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Following in the footsteps of the media phenomenon Pokémon, Dragon Quest Monsters lets players travel a fantasy world on a...

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In Monsters: Joker, you play an aspiring monster tournament competitor. The goal is to recruit and train a team of...

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Our hero - a young Monster Scout desperate to take part in the championship - hopes to compete in the...

Nintendo DS (2011)

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional is an expanded version of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2. The game follows the...

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D is a remake of the 1998 monster-recruiting role-playing game Dragon Warrior Monsters. The game...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Part of the immensely popular Dragon Quest franchise, this entry to the Fushigi no Dungeon / Mysterious Dungeon series stars...

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Hand of the Heavenly Bride is the second remake of the original version of Dragon Quest V, and is largely...

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

The court jester Dhoulmagus of the kingdom of Trodain stole a powerful magical scepter sealed beneath the royal castle. Using...

Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

You and two of your friends decide to attack the Archenemy - the evil Mudo - in his castle. But...

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

A remake of the Super Famicom role-playing game, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation is based on the same engine...

Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The hero of this game is the son of a brave warrior named Papas. It appears that his mother died...

Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome is a remake of the earlier game of the same name. It retains the...

Wii (2012) and Wii U (2013)

Upon witnessing the destruction of his village, the human hero must take the form of another race in the hope...

Dragon Quiz MSX Front Cover

MSX (1991)

Taking its name as pun on the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quiz is a hybrid of a role-playing and a...

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Set in the fantasy world of Elanthia, DragonRealms is a massively multiplayer text-based roleplaying game. Players can choose from eleven...

Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Dreamcast (2001)

The Dragon Riders of Pern have protected their world from the alien oppressor Thread, but now they have all gone...

Dragon's Crown PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

The Dragon's Crown is a legendary artifact that allows its bearer to control any dragon. The king of Hydeland has...

Dragon's Dogma Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Dragon's Dogma is an action RPG set in an open world fantasy universe. It is ruled by a giant dragon...

Dragon's Eye Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1981) and Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Dragon's Eye is a fantasy RPG in which you are cast as a valiant warrior tasked with saving the lands...

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