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Gadget Corner: Role to Play

Fantasy games ignored once again

 by Zach Richter
 published on Thursday, January 26, 2006


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Picture extreme high-speed racing featuring top-notch, tricked-out cars joined with brutal fast-paced blood sports.

Sounds terrific, right?

But if you're looking for a plot driven game with lots of character development for your new Xbox 360, you'll have to wait a little longer.

When the new gaming console debuted last November, 12 games were released with it -- five first-person shooters, three sports games, three racing games and one action game. No role-playing games were released for the system.

Role-playing games -- RPGs --are games where the player takes control of a character who usually starts off with a mundane goal, which almost always leads to a larger chain of events, culminating in saving the world.

Leaving RPGs off the game launch list is a tradition that started with the original Sony Playstation in 1995. Since then, developers have tended to lead with games that are easy to pick up and play right out of the box, saving more complicated games for a later release date.

For those awaiting the first RPG for the new Xbox, good news is on the way.

Currently on the horizon is the sequel to the original Xbox hit Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The sequel, titled Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, is an action RPG where the player takes on the role of a prisoner who learns that a great destiny awaits him or her.

Reach the reporter at zach.richter@asu.edu.



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