The term "Western RPG" can be used in two different ways:

A RolePlayingGame developed in the Western world, specifically North America and Europe.

Or a Role Playing Game following a style popularized by Western computer developers, which is sometimes differentiated from {{Eastern RPG}}s by having several or more of the following features:

* Usually made in North America or Europe.
* Often released on the PC instead of consoles (though recently they have been on both).
* The game rules resemble (and are often licensed from) {{Tabletop RPG}}s such as ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* Often has a WideOpenSandbox game experience, but can be a DungeonCrawler, or in recent years, a plot-based game focused on the CharacterDevelopment of both the customized PC and the [=NPCs=].
* The main hero is generally [[CharacterCustomization customizable]], and is more of a [[FeaturelessProtagonist "blank slate"]] than a predetermined character.
* In some games, non-boss encounters can be resolved (at least, [[UselessUsefulNonCombatAbilities in theory]]) without combat, through [[CombatDiplomacyStealth diplomacy or stealth]].
* TurnBasedCombat was the dominant combat form in the past, but has been steadily losing ground to action-based real time. RealTimeWithPause is the genre's popular middle ground.
* The art style tends to be more "{{real|IsBrown}}istic" and "[[DarkerAndEdgier grittier]]" than in Eastern [=RPGs=].
* Usually enemies are fought on screen rather than cutting to a separate "battle screen", though the latter was not uncommon in early Western [=RPGs=]. [[CommonTacticalGameplayElements Terrain and party formations]] often play an important role in combat.
* Dice rolls are often visible, and stats are directly shown as they interact with the rules. In recent years, however, many of the more action-oriented Western [=RPGs=] have been moving away from this.

Computer [=RPGs=] can have a flexible format. Some games are more like "dungeon crawlers" (a more forgiving version of {{Roguelike}}s), while some others are more akin to HackAndSlash with experience and levels. During the past decade, a number of Computer [=RPGs=] have also begun resembling WideOpenSandbox games. In the past, the majority of Western [=RPGs=] were turn-based, but today more of them are {{Action RPG}}s; ironically, turn-based [=RPGs=] had American origins, while {{Action RPG}}s had Japanese origins.

Some games created in the West transcend this genre and overlap with Console [=RPGs=] in terms of feel (such as ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'', ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' and ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'') and this is reciprocated in Asia with games that utilize elements of dungeon crawlers and Roguelikes, which have today become more popular in the East than they are in the West.

See also our guide on how to SoYouWantTo/WriteAWesternRPG.

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!!Examples of this genre:

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* ''VideoGame/{{AdventureQuest}}''
* ''VideoGame/AethrasChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/TheAgeOfDecadence''
* ''VideoGame/AidynChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/{{Allods}}'' series
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''
* ''VideoGame/AlternateReality''
* ''VideoGame/AncientEvil''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ancients 1 Deathwatch}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ancients 2 Approaching Evil}}''
* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''
* ''VideoGame/ArxFatalis''
* ''VideoGame/{{Avadon}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Avatar}}''
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''
* ''VideoGame/TheBannerSaga''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battleheart}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/TheBardsTale The Bard's Tale: A Quest for Coin and Cleavage]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheBardsTaleTrilogy''
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor''
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalInAntara''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodnet}}''
* ''VideoGame/BobsGame''
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness''
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOfNorrath''
* ''VideoGame/ClassOfHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/CubeWorld''
* ''DarfurIsDying''
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Dark}} Dark]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}''
* ''VideoGame/DarkHeartOfUukrul''
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkSpire'' (Made by a Japanese developer and a clone of ''Wizardry''. Note that ''Wizardry'' [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff remained popular and influential in Japan for far longer than in the USA]].)
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstone}}''
* ''DarkWaters'': A GameMod for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' created by Adam Miller.
* ''VideoGame/DeadState''
* ''{{Deliantra}}''
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' (another Japanese example)
** ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the SpiritualSuccessor
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' (in development)
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
** ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]''
** ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExTheFall''
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''
* ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity''
** ''VideoGame/BeyondDivinity''
** ''VideoGame/DivinityIITheDragonKnightSaga''
** ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin''
* ''VideoGame/{{Dnd}}''
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''
* ''VideoGame/{{DragonFable}}''
* ''{{VideoGame/Dragonstomper}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakkhen}}''
* ''VideoGame/DreamWorld''
* ''VideoGame/{{Dungeon}}''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonLords''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege''
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Nehrim}}'' (a fanmade [[GameMod total conversion]])
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''
*** ''VideoGame/InterestingNPCs'' (a fanmade {{NPC}} {{GameMod}})
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', a GaidenGame {{MMORPG}} set at least 500 years prior to ''Arena''
* ''VideoGame/{{Elvira}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{EpicDuel}}''
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'' (another example by a Japanese developer)
* ''Videogame/EvilIslands''
* ''VideoGame/ExcelsiorPhaseOneLysandia''
* ''VideoGame/{{Exile}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}''
* ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}''
** ''VideoGame/FableI''
** ''VideoGame/FableII''
** ''VideoGame/FableIII''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''
** ''VideoGame/FalloutVanBuren'' (a canceled installment)
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
* ''[[VideoGame/FearMythosRPG Fear Mythos: The RPG]]''
* ''FinalVision''
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce''
* ''VideoGame/FreedroidRPG'', which is also OpenSource and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin free]].
* ''VideoGame/AGameOfThronesGenesis''
* ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}''
* The ''GoldBox'' series by SSI
** ''VideoGame/UnlimitedAdventures'' (a [[GameMaker game making tool]] for Gold Box-style games)
* ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}''
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'': Owned now by a Korean game distributor, it's still defined by its Western developers and influences, particularly Diablo.
* ''HeroicArmiesMarching''
* ''VideoGame/IOfTheDragon''
* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale''
* ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise'' (freeware; blended with EasternRPG)
* ''Videogame/{{Inquisitor}}''
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomComeDeliverance''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning''
* ''VideoGame/KingsField'' (another Japanese example)
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfPenAndPaper''
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheChalice''
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''
* ''Videogame/LegacyOfTheAncients''
* ''Videogame/LegendOfGrimrock''
* ''[[VideoGame/LionheartLegacyOfTheCrusader Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader]]''
* ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore''
* ''VideoGame/TheLongingRibbon''
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsTheThirdAge'' (Another western take on the JRPG)
* ''VideoGame/TheMagicCandle''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''
* ''VideoGame/{{MechQuest}}''
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic''
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterArena''
* ''VideoGame/MordorTheDepthsOfDejenol''
* ''[[VideoGame/PLATOMoria Moria]]''
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade''
** ''[[Videogame/EighteenSixtySixAMountAndBladeWestern 1866: A Mount & Blade Western]]''
** ''VideoGame/{{Europe1200}}''
** ''VideoGame/TheLastDaysOfTheThirdAgeOfMiddleEarth''
** ''[[Videogame/LightAndDarknessHeroesOfCalradia Light & Darkness: Heroes of Calradia]]''
** ''Videogame/PhantasyCalradia''
** ** ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}''
** ''[[VideoGame/SolidAndShade Solid & Shade]]''
** ''Videogame/StarWarsConquest''
** ''VideoGame/SwordOfDamocles''
* ''VideoGame/{{Nethergate}}''
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''
** ''[[VideoGame/BloodrightTheBloodRoyal Bloodright: The Blood Royal]]'' (a popular fanmade module)
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfArterra'' (a popular fanmade module)
** ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' (a popular fanmade module)
** ''VideoGame/D20ModernNeverwinterNights'' (a [[GameMod mod]] which adds modern and futuristic themed content for the LevelEditor)
** ''Videogame/JulyAnarchy'' (a futuristic UrbanFantasy series of planned mods - the first one has been released)
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''
* ''{{NeoQuest}}'' (Notable for being a PHP RPG on the {{Neopets}} Web site)
** ''Neoquest II''
* ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}''
* ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures''
* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity''
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''
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* ''Planet Stronghold'' (An independent 2D game with many Western RPG elements, created by Winter Wolves with [[VisualNovel Ren'py]], released for computers in February 2011.)
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* ''VideoGame/ThePrecursors''
* ''VideoGame/QuarterstaffTheTombOfSetmoth'' (overlaps with InteractiveFiction)
* ''VideoGame/QuestOfYipe''
* ''VideoGame/RealmsOfArkania''
* ''VideoGame/{{Risen}}''
* ''VideoGame/SevenDaysToDie'' (a lot of the [=RPG=] aspect is missing, since it's still in Alpha)
* ''VideoGame/ShadowKeep''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''
* ''VideoGame/ShroudOfTheAvatarForsakenVirtues'', the successor to the ''Ultima'' series
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates''
* ''VideoGame/SiegeOfAvalon''
* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth''
* ''VideoGame/{{Space}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Space Station 13}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Stonekeep}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Sudeki}}'', though it is modeled after [=JRPGs=]
* ''StickRPG''
* ''VideoGame/{{Soulbringer}}''
* ''VideoGame/StarControl II''
* ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'', though it has elements inspired by Eastern RPG and is something of an hybrid of the two.
** ''VideoGame/{{Summoner 2}}'', its [[ActionRPG action oriented]] sequel.
* ''VideoGame/SuperheroLeagueOfHoboken''
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock''
* ''VideoGame/TaskMaker''
** ''VideoGame/TheTombOfTheTaskMaker''
* ''TelepathRPG'' (also a TacticalRPG [[WebGame made in Flash]])
** ''[[TelepathRPGServantsOfGod Servants of God]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''
* ''ThroneOfDarkness''
* ''VideoGame/TitanQuest''
* ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/TorchlightII Torchlight 2]]''
* ''VideoGame/TormentTidesOfNumenera'', the successor to ''Planescape: Torment''.
* ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds''
* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaI''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaII''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaIII''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaIV''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaV''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaVI''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaVII''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaIX''
* ''UnterwegsInDuesterburg''
* ''VideoGame/UntoldLegends''
* ''VideoGame/VacantSky''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption''
* ''VideoGame/{{Venetica}}''
* ''VideoGame/WarpForce''
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''
** ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings''
** ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' series
* ''[[Franchise/{{Thunderscape}} World of Aden: Thunderscape]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheYouTestament''
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