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11th Jun '16 5:10:37 AM supergod
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* ''VideoGame/{{Blackguards}}''
6th Jun '16 6:00:03 AM rjd1922
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The jump to full 3D and MultiPlatform brought with it new sensibilities, however. Some Western-developed games (''VideoGame/SepterraCore'', ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'', ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', etc.) deliberately went for the console RPG feel. Other developers embraced real-time combat and [[UsefulNotes/GeneralGamingGamepads Game Pad]] controls and started streamlining traditional RPG mechanics and pitching their games as "{{Action RPG}}s"--a term that has never been particularly well-defined in the West, but one that now posed the critical question: just when does an "ARPG" stop being an RPG and become an ActionGame? At the same time, RPGElements started to bleed into other genres (shooters, strategy games, {{MOBA}}s, sandboxes, etc.), and by TheNewTens, Western RPG was suffering from a severe identity crisis that could be summed up in one sentence as "It's an RPG if [[TakeOurWordForIt the publisher says it is]]."

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The jump to full 3D and MultiPlatform brought with it new sensibilities, however. Some Western-developed games (''VideoGame/SepterraCore'', ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'', ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', etc.) deliberately went for the console RPG feel. Other developers embraced real-time combat and [[UsefulNotes/GeneralGamingGamepads Game Pad]] controls and started streamlining traditional RPG mechanics and pitching their games as "{{Action RPG}}s"--a term that has never been particularly well-defined in the West, but one that now posed the critical question: just when does an "ARPG" stop being an RPG and become an ActionGame? At the same time, RPGElements started to bleed into other genres (shooters, strategy games, {{MOBA}}s, sandboxes, etc.), and by TheNewTens, Western RPG was suffering from a severe identity crisis that could be summed up in one sentence as "It's an RPG if [[TakeOurWordForIt the publisher says it is]].is."
18th May '16 5:27:03 AM Koveras
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* ''VideoGame/AnvilOfDawn''
10th May '16 12:05:50 PM Koveras
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Perhaps as a response to this, the genre is experiencing 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. 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}}, who released ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' to great success and now owns the ''Fallout'' IP. 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 is experiencing 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.[[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}}, who released ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' to great success and now owns the ''Fallout'' IP. 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.
4th May '16 9:58:42 AM MissMokushiroku
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* ''VisualNovel/LorenTheAmazonPrincess''
21st Apr '16 8:05:42 PM lrrose
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17th Apr '16 5:21:10 PM dmeagher13
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The term "Western RPG" (WRPG for short) can be used in two different ways:

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The term "Western RPG" (WRPG for short) short; sometimes also referred to as Computer [=RPGs=] or [=CRPGs=], due to their historical preference for PC platforms instead of consoles) can be used in two different ways:
7th Apr '16 9:49:10 PM PurpleAlert
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* ''VideoGame/TheDead''
27th Mar '16 11:30:48 AM oknazevad
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* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale''

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* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale''''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' (and its sequel)



** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''



** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''

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** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''l
27th Mar '16 11:25:18 AM oknazevad
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Perhaps as a response to this, the genre is experiencing 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. 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}}, who had released ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' to great success and now owns the ''Fallout'' IP. 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 is experiencing 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.Analysis/WesternRPG. 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}}, who had released ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' to great success and now owns the ''Fallout'' IP. 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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