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Action RPG (Action Role-Playing Game), also known as ARPG, refers to RPGs (role-playing games) that use direct, real-time, reflex-oriented, action combat systems, instead of the more abstract (turn-based or semi-real-time) battle systems of traditional RPGs.
A boss fight is a culminating challenge that pits the player against one or more enemies representing a greater threat and/or difficulty than those previously faced. These scenarios typically feature unique antagonists.
Video game bosses are usually the main antagonist, and arch nemesis of the main protagonist. In most cases the end of a game is when the main character defeats the final boss.
Digital Distribution is the concept of purchasing digital media via the internet and having it sent to the user directly via the internet. No physical representation of this content is given but the content resides on the users hard drive and is legally owned by them.
Carefully exploring a large, labyrinthine area full of enemies (i.e., a dungeon) in the hopes of finding treasure, leveling up, or completing a specific task. Having their roots in tabletop games, video game dungeon crawls are found almost exclusively in RPGs.
Fairies appear in many games, usually as a race that will assist players with magic. Fairies are almost exclusively female.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
A gaming genre of its own, but also frequently featured as a mini-game in other titles, especially RPGs.
A person, often a gypsy woman, gifted in diviniation through some kind of inate power or mysticism, usually with the aid of a crystal ball.
GamersGate is a client-free digital distribution service.
A heads-up display is a graphical overlay of vital information used in most modern games.
Health is a value that gauges how much damage players can take in a game before they die or pass out. Also known as life in some games. Health is usually represented by a bar or a percentage instead of an exact amount. Found in most non sport games
Humans are bipedal, sapient primates capable of abstract reasoning, language, and emotions.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
A game where you eventually receive a map of an area. Like in Metroid Prime you have map download stations to get a map outline of the area. This is the same concept in the exploring Castlevania games.
Many games allow you to buy stuff, these are the dudes who help sell it to you. Typically they also engage in light conversation.
Third-party developers and publishers occasionally engage in the practice of releasing a title or piece of DLC on only one platform for any number of reasons. Sometimes these are permanent while others are only platform exclusive for a certain window of time.
Who needs 2D when we've got 3D? 3D, or 3 dimensions, is what we're used to seeing in almost every game these days, letting us do all sorts of awesome stuff like run in circles!
No point in gathering coins, gold, gil, money, or whatever if you can't buy anything with it.
Sidekicks, different from partners, are less powerful, less important characters who support the main protagonist and generally stick by their side.
A blob consisting of some icky substance, the slime monster is one of the most used RPG monster clichés besides rats.
When a developer creates a game that could be perceived as a new instalment in an existing franchise that they've worked on before, but doesn't share the same name due to licensing issues or other reasons, it's called a spiritual successor.
Steam is a digital distribution service owned by Valve. Originally created to distribute its own games, Steam has since expanded to become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games, and supports community features, downloadable content and achievements. Starting 2010, Steam now offers Mac games; Linux games were added in 2012.
The option to display dialog and other information with text on screen.
The player character is seen at a distance from a number of different possible perspective angles. There is generally a movable camera but it can also be in a fixed position. It most commonly refers to a viewpoint behind the player character.
Voice Acting is the art of providing voices for characters in games, television shows, films, radio programs, and other forms of media.
Witches are women who can perform magic. There can be good witches and bad witches.
A viewable map that displays the entire game world. The map also usually shows the player's location in the world.
This is a list of PC games which support connecting an Xbox 360 controller to your computer and using it to play the game.
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