CRPG's came about with the advances in computing technology in the home circa early 1980's.
CRPG can be played solo, unlike the traditional pen & paper RPG's.
Players control a party (multiple characters), but the narrative is usually centered around a main protagonist.
Party members assist the main protagonist to reach the end goal.
Computer Role Playing Games, better know as CRPG, are the evolution of the traditional pen and paper games, that use the Dungeons and Dragons rules, which are incorporated into digital form.
JRPG - Japanese RPG
What to play?
Evolution of Role Playing Games - Part 2
In homes since the 1980's
Japanese culture influences the aesthetic of the games, giving the unique styling and gameplay
Japanese video game market is console centric, due to Nintendo's success. Early JRPG's released on console.
JRPG's have a story focused gameplay with many plot twists focused on the protagonist
Many of the major game developers have structured their games over series, similar to way novels have series. The narrative usually continues over many games.
Some notable game series:
1. Elder Scrolls - Popularized by the exploration of a large world and influenced by the Ultima and Might And Magic lores.
2. Final Fantasy - Soon to be released #15, has countless renditions. This JRPG is THE JRPG by which all others try to emulate. First released on Nintendo's Entertainment system in 1987.
3. Pokemon - Another hugely popular series that spawned the famous catch phrase "Gotta catch em all". Gamers play the role of a Trainer who catches and trains Pokemon. Trainers battle against each other to become Pokemon champion.
MMORPG is Massive Multiplayer Online RPG. As the name suggests it is online multiplayer experience in a massive world.
MMORPG are designed to be played in parties or groups of characters to achieve specific outcomes and therefore has a very social element to the game. Similar to LARP in terms of character involvement, there may be a few or thousands of characters involved in the gameplay.
Many MMORPG's allow the player to customize their character avatar to look any way they like, giving an added element of connection to the game.
Although the main story sets the narrative, Many CRPG's have side quests and MMORPG's a known for their many and varied side quests.
Let's go questing!
Suikoden 2 - Top rated JRPG with many plot twists and turns.
Ultima - Released in 1981, Ultima defined the CRPG genre and continues to provide inspiration for the modern CRPG.
World of Warcraft - Blizzards mammoth MMORPG had over 12 million players at its peak. This year a movie is being made in the Warcraft universe.
The Witcher series - Highly rated series according to Metacritic. Fantastic world coupled by Norwegian lore, makes for a epic story.
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