PCGH Special: Important games of the role-playing genre (From the beginnings to 1995)
Today we present you a selection of RPG milestones - regarding technical aspects and the content.
Wizardry I Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord 1981 (picture: Mobygames)
In this edition we have such big names as Might and Magic, Lands of Lore, the Ultima and Wizardy series, while games like Deus Ex, Bioshock and Fallout will be dealt with in another article.
The question arises what a role-playing game actually is. In a shooter game you sometimes have to choose which weapon you want to take, too - so do they matter? For this article we stick to a simple definition: Multiple possibilities to solve a problem (choices and consequences), focus on character development and a good storyline with optional quests are the features we are looking for - no matter whether if you have a single hero or a whole party. The fascinating Asia role-playing games of the Final Fantasy series and similar games will get their own article later on. Hybrids like the "Quest” -series (Hero's Quest, Space Quest, Quest for Glory) count as adventures in our opinion.
Now have fun while browsing the picture gallery. And if you miss a certain game, just use the comments to explain which game that is and why you think it should be part of this collection.