Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and is developed and owned by Square Enix. The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science-fantasy console role-playing games (RPGs), but includes motion pictures, anime, printed media, and other merchandise. The series began in 1987 as an eponymous video game developed to save Square from bankruptcy; the game was a success and spawned sequels.
Might and Magic (MM) is a series of computer role-playing games from New World Computing, which in 1996 became a subsidiary of The 3DO Company. The producer of the series was Jon Van Caneghem. Might and Magic is considered one of the defining examples of early computer role-playing games, along with the Bard's Tale, Ultima and Wizardry series. The original Might and Magic series officially ended with the closure of the 3DO Company.
NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987. It is a descendant of an earlier game called Hack, which is a descendant of Rogue. Salon describes it as "one of the finest gaming experiences the computing world has to offer. " The "net" element references that its development has been coordinated through USENET even before the Public Internet existed. The "hack" element refers to the game it was based on, Hack.
Ultima is a series of fantasy computer role-playing games from Origin Systems, Inc. Ultima was created by Richard Garriott, a.k.a. Lord British. Several games of the series are considered seminal games of their genre. Today, Electronic Arts holds the brand.
Xenogears is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square for Sony's PlayStation. It was released on February 11, 1998 in Japan and on October 21, 1998 in North America. The game was never released in PAL territories. The game was re-released by Square Enix for the Japanese PlayStation Network on June 25, 2008. Xenogears follows protagonist Fei Fong Wong and several others as they struggle to survive in a world torn apart by war between the nations of Aveh and Kislev.
Escape Velocity is a single-player role-playing space trading and combat simulation computer game series first introduced in 1996 by Ambrosia Software for the Apple Macintosh. Two other similar games based on the original, EV Override and EV Nova, followed in 1998 and 2002 respectively. In addition there is a trading card game available based around the storyline of the EV Nova universe. The series was created as a joint effort between several people and groups.
Baldur's Gate is a popular series of computer role-playing games that take place on Faerûn, the main continent from Dungeons & Dragons's Forgotten Realms campaign setting, set in the years following the cataclysmic Time of Troubles. The original series, developed for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS by BioWare, includes Baldur's Gate (1998), ''''', ''''' (2000) and ''''' (expansion pack, 2001).
Jorune, or Skyrealms of Jorune, is a science-fantasy role-playing game set among the Skyrealms - floating "islands" of earth levitated by mysterious crystals in the crust of an alien planet. Three editions of the game were published from 1984 until 1992, but all are currently out of print. The buildings, races, and bizarre creatures of Jorune were brought to life by the realistic artwork of illustrator Miles Teves.
Paper Mario, known in Japan as Mario Story, is a role-playing video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 game console. It was first released in Japan on August 11, 2000, in North America on February 5, 2001, and in Europe on October 5, 2001. Paper Mario was re-released for Nintendo's Virtual Console in 2007. Paper Mario is set in the Mushroom Kingdom as the protagonist Mario tries to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Hired Guns is a computer role-playing game produced by DMA Design for the Amiga and the PC in 1993. The game is set in the year 2712, in which the player controls four mercenaries selected from a pool of twelve. One of the features of the game is that all four characters are on screen simultaneously, each in their own window.
EarthBound, known in Japan as Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushū, is a role-playing video game co-developed by Ape and HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Super NES video game console. It was designed by Shigesato Itoi, who also developed its predecessor, Mother, which was released only in Japan. EarthBound was released in Japan (as Mother 2) on August 27, 1994, and in North America on June 5, 1995 .
Phantasy Star is a series of console role-playing game video games and other supplementary media created by SEGA. The original game debuted in 1987 on the SEGA Master System with Phantasy Star, and continues into the present with Phantasy Star Universe, SEGA's foray into the realm of MMORPGs. Each of the games in the series features a science fantasy setting featuring a cross-genre combination of magic and technology. The series takes place in two similar fictional universes.
Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic computer role-playing game first released in 1988. The game was designed by Alan Pavlish, Brian Fargo, Michael A. Stackpole and Ken St. Andre, programmed by Pavlish, and produced by David Albert for Interplay Productions, and published by Electronic Arts.
Fountain of Dreams is a 1990 computer role-playing game. Published by Electronic Arts, it was originally intended as a follow-up to the popular computer role-playing game Wasteland. Neither Interplay nor any of the creative team that created Wasteland worked on Fountain of Dreams, and at some point Electronic Arts dropped all claims that the game had any connection to Wasteland, much to the relief of the employees of Interplay at the time.
A computer role-playing game (CRPG) is a broad video game genre originally developed for personal computers and other home computers. While technically not a separate genre, and sharing the same defining characteristics as console RPGs (also confusingly referred to as CRPGs) there are nonetheless general tendencies that make them distinct from RPGs on other platforms.
Destiny of an Emperor (天地を喰らう, Tenchi o Kurau, literally "The Devouring of Heaven and Earth") is a traditional console role-playing game by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was originally released in Japan in 1989, with an English language localization released for the North American market in 1990.
Neverwinter Nights (NWN), produced by BioWare and published by Infogrames, is a third-person perspective computer role-playing game that is based on third edition Dungeons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms rules. It was originally to be published by Interplay Entertainment, but the publisher's financial difficulties forced the change. Infogrames released Neverwinter Nights for Windows on June 18, 2002.
The Bard's Tale is a fantasy computer role-playing game created by Interplay Productions in 1985 and distributed by Electronic Arts. It was designed and programmed by Michael Cranford. Based loosely on traditional Dungeons and Dragons gameplay and inspired by the Wizardry computer games, The Bard's Tale was noteworthy for its unprecedented 3D graphics and animated character portraits.
Icewind Dale is a computer role-playing game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment. Released on June 20, 2000, it takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign setting, and is based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition ruleset. The player begins the game by creating an adventuring party, which becomes enlisted as a caravan guard in the wake of strange events.
Vagrant Story is a Japanese-developed console role-playing game developed and published by Square for the PlayStation video game console. The game was released in 2000, and has been re-released through the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles nine years later. Vagrant Story was primarily developed by the team responsible for Final Fantasy Tactics, with Yasumi Matsuno serving as producer and director.