When comes the Role Playing Games (RPG GAMES). This is probably the second most popular game category. Role – Playing Games mostly features medieval or fantasy settings. This is due mainly to the origin of this category, which can be traced back to Dungeons & Dragons and other pen and paper Role – Playing Games. Cultural differences have also had a bearing on this category, as many gamers categorise this as a Western Role –Playing Games (WRPGs) or Japanese Role – Playing Games (JRPGs). These way gamers are given choice to have an alternate outcome for a game.
Final Fantasy XV
The game features an open world environment and action-based battle system, incorporating quick-switching weapons, elemental magic, and other features such as vehicle travel and camping. The base campaign was later expanded with downloadable content (DLC), adding further game-play options such as additional playable characters and multiplayer.
Final Fantasy XV takes place on the fictional world of Eos; aside from Insomnia, the capital of Lucis, all the world is dominated by the empire of Niflheim, who seek control of the magical Crystal protected by the Lucian royal family. On the eve of peace negotiations, Niflheim attacks the capital and steals the Crystal. Noctis Lucis Caelum, heir to the Lucian throne, goes on a quest to rescue the Crystal and defeat Niflheim. He later learns his full role as the “True King”, destined to use the Crystal’s powers to save Eos from eternal darkness.
The game uses an action-based real-time battle system, called the Active Cross Battle system. Instead of using a menu interface, the player selects commands directly mapped to buttons on the controller, such as “Attack”, “Defend”, and “Item”. Battles take place within the current environment rather than transitioning to a separate arena, and can range from open plains to enclosed building interiors.
A multiplayer mode called Comrades was released as an expansion, with game-play and combat lifted from the main game and tailored for multiplayer; rather than a preset character, players take the role of a customis-able avatar who takes part in a portion of the story skipped over by the main narrative. The game begins with players choosing their gender, hairstyle, clothing and other aspects. Using the in-game city of Lestallum as their base, the player is assigned missions with three other characters—either other players or AI-controlled. During missions, the player fights monsters either on sorties or to defend transports; at the end of each mission, the player is awarded Gil, materials used for crafting and enhancing weapons, and “Meteorshards” which can power up settlements around Lestallum and open up new quests.
Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories is a role-playing video game developed by Capcom and Marvelous. It is a spin-off title set within the Monster Hunter series. The game was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console on October 8, 2016 and was released in North America, Europe and Australia in September 2017. A mobile version of the game was released on December 4, 2017 in Japan and September 25, 2018 worldwide.
Unlike any of the previous titles in the Monster Hunter series, Monster Hunter Stories lets players take on the role of a Rider instead of a Hunter, and are able to battle in a role-playing turn-based system. Major additions in this instalment include hatching eggs and befriending monsters, battling alongside them, executing special Bond attack moves, and customising monsters’ abilities and appearance. The game features support for Amiibo figurines, with a first set launching alongside the game and a second set launching two months later. A similarly named anime series is a loose adaptation of this game.
Monster Hunter Stories features a completely new game-play different to the past titles in the series. The player assumes the role of a Rider who befriends monsters by stealing eggs and hatching them. The player then has the ability to name them, ride them in the field, and have them join the player in battle. The player will be able to explore different environments, encounter monsters in the field, battle them, collect items and steal eggs from monsters’ nests.
Battle Chasers: Night War
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an adventure based video game developed by Airship Syndicate and published by THQ Nordic. It was released in October 2017 for Microsoft Windows, Play Station and Xbox One and in May 2018 for Nintendo Switch and Linux. Based on the Battle Chasers Fantasy Comic Book series by Joe Mandureira, the game involves the cast of that series being marooned on an island and being forced to stop the plans of an evil sorceress in order to escape.
Players explore the games over world in linear fashion, fighting enemies at set instances, until they enter a dungeon, where they explore in an isometric view that has been compared to Diablo. There they can fight enemies and dodge traps using special abilities. During the battle, game features an “over charge” mechanic where using non magical attacks generates “overcharge” that can be used in place of Mana. The player can set the difficulty of dungeons before entering and completing dungeons at higher difficulties results in receiving more experience points.
Stardew Valley is a simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone. In Stardew Valley, players take the role of a character who takes over his or her deceased grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley. The game is open-ended, allowing players to take on several activities such as growing crops, raising livestock, crafting goods, mining for ores, selling produce, and socialising with the townsfolk, including marriage and having children. It also allows up to three other players to play together online.
Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game primarily inspired by the Harvest Moon video game series. At the start of the game, players create their character, who becomes the recipient of a plot of land including a small house once owned by their grandfather in a small town called Pelican Town. Players may select from several different farm map types, with each one having their benefits and drawbacks. The farm plot is initially overrun with boulders, trees, stumps, and weeds, and players must work to clear them in order to restart the farm, tending to crops and livestock so as to generate revenue and further expand the farm’s buildings and facilities.
Players may also interact with non-player characters (NPC) that inhabit the town, including engaging in relationships with these characters; this can culminate in marriage, which results in the NPC helping the player’s character to tend the farm. Players can also engage in fishing, cooking and crafting.
Reigns: Game of Thrones
Reigns: Game of Thrones is a strategy video game developed by Nerial in partnership with HBO and published by Devolver Digital. As the third entry in and a spin – off from the Reigns series, after Reigns (2016) and Reigns: Her Majesty (2017), the game is based on characters from the Game of Thrones franchise. Reigns: Game of Thrones was released in October 2018 for Android, iOS, Linux and Microsoft Windows.
Reigns: Game of Thrones plays similarly to its predecessors. Described as a “swipe ’em up”, the game allows the player to be one of the principals from the Game of Thrones universe, including Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Sansa Stark. In the game, the player is continually presented with questions regarding the ruling of their kingdom, where each has a binary choice: swipe left to accept or right to decline the proposal in question. Every choice can have an impact on four factors: military strength, religious favour, domestic popularity, and state wealth.
Each card indicates which factors would be affected by either decision, but not how strongly or whether the effect would be positive or negative. If either factor rises to its maximum or falls to its minimum, the player’s character dies and is succeeded by another character. The player begins the game as Daenerys Targaryen and progressively unlocks other characters throughout the game-play. With each character, the player encounters different challenges based on that character’s story arc. The game also includes mini games, such as jousting and tavern brawling.
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 is a role-playing video game developed by Atlus and Sega, and published by Sega for iOS and Android. It is part of the Shin Megami Tensei series, which in turn is part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise. The plot follows a player-customised character that battles demons with a smart phone app. The game was initially released in January 2018.
Dx2 features game mechanics found in gacha games as well as Shin Megami Tensei series. Battles are turn based and follows the press turn battle system founded in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Under the press turn battle system party members can gain additional moves from exploiting enemy’s weaknesses. Dx2 is a free to play game, with micro transactions featuring single player and combative player verses player mode.
Dx2 features over 250 demons. All of them be recruited, summoned through gacha mechanics or fused through normal play, without micro transactions, and have a player rating system in place.
Langrisser is a fantasy tactical role playing video games series created by Masaya Games. The main development team is Career Soft, first as Team Career within Masaya Games for the first three games and then as an independent studio for Langisser IV and V. The series has a fantasy Germanic setting, but draws on religious concepts like Ditheism and Sword worship for historical context.
Langrisser is divided into Scenarios, each of which reveals a portion of the story through battle interaction. The series set itself apart from other tactical RPGs in its time with larger-scale battles, where the player can control over thirty units at one time and fight against scores of enemies.
Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Space time Continuum Disorder is a 2015 role playing as well as adventure video game developed by Shiro Games, a French video game development company based in Bordeaux. Like its predecessor, the 2013 game Evoland, Evoland 2 is an adventure game that draws influence from a number of different video games, frequently implementing other genres/categories and game-play styles during its story campaign.
Evoland 2 is the sequel to the original Evoland, with its graphics style similarly changing as the player travels through time and its varied game-play styles being revealed as the player moves along the story line. The scenario is based on time travel and different game-play styles that are linked to the story and the player’s actions. These game-play styles pay homage to older games that inspired the developers.
The majority of the game’s fighting system revolves around real-time fighting from a top-down angle. The game will often shift to new genres of play at predetermined points in the story, such as a side scrolling platform game, a match-3 puzzle game, a turn-based role-playing game, a vertically-scrolling shooting game, and a 2D fighting game. During the story campaign, players can also attempt to find hidden items scattered around the game world, such as Maana or Orikon Ore to upgrade Kuro and his party, and stars that act as bonus collectables.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is a Norse Methodology based Role Playing Game series developed by tri – Ace and published by Square Enix, created by Yoshiharu Gotanda. Valkyrie Profile draws heavily from Norse mythology, though it takes artistic liberty with the source material and does deviate from it significantly.