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King's Field is a series of first-person action role-playing games by FromSoftware. The first game in the series was one of the earliest releases for the PlayStation console. The first three games follow an overarching storyline, which differs in some details between the Japanese and the Western releases, but for the most part focuses on the royal family Forester from the kingdom of Verdite. A recurrent plot element in the games is the retrieval of the holy Moonlight Sword.

Influenced by Ultima Underworld rather than by Japanese RPGs, King's Field games are notable for their exploration-based gameplay and a considerable degree of difficulty. The player character traverses predominantly hostile areas, with only a few places populated by friendly NPCs. Areas in the games are interconnected, and in later installments resemble an open world setting. The player character can attack with various weapons and cast magic spells. Weapons and magic proficiency increase when used repeatedly. Other recurrent features include weapon and armor degradation and the option to kill any NPC in the game.

Some of the series' characteristics have been carried over to other RPGs by FromSoftware, such as Demon's Souls and Dark Souls series.

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