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    Role-Playing (RPG): Descendants of pen-and-paper RPGs. Character development is 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 inventory, wealth, or combat statistics.

    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: 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.

    From: http://www.mobygames.com/glossary/genres

    Links to Offline Western RPGs:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fMzcWIn-Fs 1997-2010 Fallout History from Fallout 1 to Fallout: New Vegas from Bethesda and Black Isle Studios
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdBetpp6zlg 1993 DOS Betrayal at Krondor/Betrayal in Antara from Sierra On-Line and Dynamix Gameplay Review from surfergal17011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV_iWq41DXM&list=PL4968184C4A44F859 1993 DOS Ultima VII Part 2 Serpent Isle from Origin Gameplay Video Review from Kikoskia
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQIUlCHGp1Y 2000 Sony Playstation Koudelka from Sacnoth/SNK Gameplay Review Video from Volkerdogg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afK-VGRNkRw 1999 Sony Playstation Galerians from Crave Entertainment Gamepaly Review Video from King Game Review
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvPuP1FF2zM 2000 Sony Playstation Fear Effect from Eidos Gameplay Review Video from MetalJesusRocks
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S3_lDwYadg 2003 PC Star Wars: KOTOR from Bioware/LucasArts Gameplay Review Video from CGRundertow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov0MuLwts14 2005 Microsoft Xbox Jade Empire from Bioware Gameplay Review Video from CGRundertow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIilltR6XpA 2006 PC Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Bethesda Game Studios Gameplay Review Video from CGRundertow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDl2sgDlM8s 2007 Xbox 360 Mass Effect from Bioware Gameplay Review Video from JeremyJahns
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyagspBbesI 2009 PC/PS3/Xbox 360 Dragon Age: Origins from Bioware/EA Gameplay Review Video from Classic Game Room/Lord Karnage
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l55ULrT6ggM 2011 Sony PS3/Xbox 360/PC Lord of the Rings: The War in the North from Snowblind Studios Gameplay Review Video from CGRundertow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQAib3dFHlA 2011 Xbox 360 Bastion from Supergiant Games Gameplay Review Video from GameSpot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miPGSGUVgSg 2011 Xbox 360 Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings from CD Projekt RED Gameplay Review Video from GameSpot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhkmMoIDjcY 2011 PC/PS3/Xbox 360 Dead Island from Deep Silver Gameplay Review Video from New Challenger – Game Reviews

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