History Main / WesternRPG

20th Feb '18 9:06:10 PM Jagger
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For a while, [=RPGs=] in the West remained [[RPGsEqualCombat all about]] TurnBasedCombat, but something extraordinary happened in 1985: Richard Garriot's Origin Systems released ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'', which codified the "[[WideOpenSandbox sandbox RPG]]" subgenre, where you could go wherever you wanted and do whatever you pleased. For the longest time, ''Wizardry'' and ''Ultima'' were the pioneers of Western RPG tradition, with ''Wizardry'' codifying such things as a PlayerParty of [[NonPlayerCompanion pregenerated NPCs]] and KarmaMeter, while ''Ultima'' codified things like interactive dialogue (via a TextParser) and NPCScheduling. ''Ultima'' even gave birth to the ImmersiveSim [[note]]with the ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' SpinOff[[/note]] and the {{MMORPG}} genres[[note]]''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' had not invented the genre, but it was its first commercial success[[/note]]. Although the ''Ultima'' series reached its [[VideoGame/UltimaVII high point]], [[VideoGame/UltimaVIII withered]], and [[VideoGame/UltimaIX died]] by 1999, it saw a successor to its traditions in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, which climbed to the heights of commercial and critical success in the following decade.

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For a while, [=RPGs=] in the West remained [[RPGsEqualCombat all about]] TurnBasedCombat, but something extraordinary happened in 1985: Richard Garriot's Origin Systems released ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'', which codified the "[[WideOpenSandbox sandbox RPG]]" subgenre, where you could go wherever you wanted and do whatever you pleased. For the longest time, ''Wizardry'' and ''Ultima'' were the pioneers of Western RPG tradition, with ''Wizardry'' codifying such things as a PlayerParty of [[NonPlayerCompanion pregenerated NPCs]] and KarmaMeter, while ''Ultima'' codified things like interactive dialogue (via a TextParser) and NPCScheduling. ''Ultima'' even gave birth to the ImmersiveSim [[note]]with the ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' SpinOff[[/note]] and the {{MMORPG}} genres[[note]]''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' had not invented the genre, but it was its first commercial success[[/note]]. Although the ''Ultima'' series reached its [[VideoGame/UltimaVII high point]], [[VideoGame/UltimaVIII withered]], and [[VideoGame/UltimaIX died]] by 1999, it saw a successor to its traditions in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, which climbed to the heights of commercial and critical success in the following decade.
decade. Western {{Action RPG}} titles influenced by Eastern titles such as ''TheLegendOfZelda'' began appearing in the late 1980s, notably ''VideoGame/TimesOfLore'', influencing ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'' which adopted its fully-scaled WideOpenSandbox world design (abandoning an OverworldNotToScale) and PointAndClickGame interface.
14th Feb '18 12:24:45 AM Koveras
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Perhaps as a response to this, the genre has experienced a renaissance of sorts in TheNewTens. The rise of crowdfunding (and Website/{{Kickstarter}} in particular) and affordable game tech (like UsefulNotes/{{Unity}}) has allowed some veteran developers to go back and reevaluate the gameplay and story ideas that were on the table during the Golden (pre-1995) and Silver Ages (late 90ies to early 2000s) but have been swept under the rug as Western [=RPGs=] went down the triple-A road. For more details on the Western RPG renaissance phenomenon, see [[Analysis/WesternRPG the Analysis tab]]. On the triple-A side of the industry, the narrative RPG subgenre is currently defined by the [[DuelingGames rivalry]] between Creator/BioWare's flagship franchises, ''Franchise/MassEffect'' and ''Franchise/DragonAge'', and Creator/CDProjektRED's ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' games. The sandbox RPG niche is dominated by Creator/{{Bethesda}}'s massive ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' franchises. Pure dungeon crawlers have largely gone out of favor with the big publishers, but Creator/{{Blizzard|Entertainment}} has made a resurgence with ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', and ''Diablo'' clones like the ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' series still bring in the cash.

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Perhaps as a response to this, the genre has experienced a renaissance of sorts in TheNewTens. The rise of crowdfunding (and Website/{{Kickstarter}} in particular) and affordable game tech (like UsefulNotes/{{Unity}}) has allowed some veteran developers to go back and reevaluate the gameplay and story ideas that were on the table during the Golden (pre-1995) and Silver Ages (late 90ies to early 2000s) but have been swept under the rug as Western [=RPGs=] went down the triple-A road. For more details on the Western RPG renaissance phenomenon, see [[Analysis/WesternRPG the Analysis tab]]. On the triple-A side of the industry, the narrative RPG subgenre is currently was, for a long time, defined by the [[DuelingGames rivalry]] between Creator/BioWare's flagship franchises, ''Franchise/MassEffect'' and ''Franchise/DragonAge'', and Creator/CDProjektRED's ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' games.games[[note]]although with CPR finishing ''The Witcher'' story arc and [=BioWare=] switching its full attention to the non-RPG ''Anthem'', the narrative subgenre has been dormant in the AAA space for some time[[/note]]. The sandbox RPG niche is dominated by Creator/{{Bethesda}}'s massive ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' franchises. Pure dungeon crawlers have largely gone out of favor with the big publishers, but Creator/{{Blizzard|Entertainment}} has made a resurgence with ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', and ''Diablo'' clones like the ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' series still bring in the cash.
3rd Feb '18 5:35:46 PM Sabrewing
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* ''VideoGame/JoeDeversLoneWolf''
26th Jan '18 4:08:09 AM DukeofFinland
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** ''VideoGame/ProphesyOfPendor''
16th Jan '18 4:52:58 AM ramaster
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* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile''



* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile''
16th Jan '18 4:51:00 AM ramaster
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* ''VideoGame/PathfinderKingmaker''
17th Dec '17 7:18:23 PM WanderingOne
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* ''VideoGame/GrimoireHeraldsOfTheWingedExemplar''
10th Dec '17 3:31:46 AM jormis29
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* ''VideoGame/SevenTheDaysLongGone''
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* ''VideoGame/{{Starcrawlers}}''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Starcrawlers}}''''VideoGame/StarCrawlers''
28th Oct '17 6:19:42 PM Nevermore2002
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** ''VideoGame/TheAielundSaga'' (a popular fanmade module that will take you to epic levels)
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