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There has been some discussion in another post about a particular game advertised as a RPG. But in some peoples views did not live up to what they thought a RPG was supposed to be like.
What I think a true RPG game has;
1) very well written deep story line.
2) Multiple controllable characters but not limited to (can be a single character). Also able to mold your character with armor weapons, spells, etc.
3) Selectable dialogue that can lead you into different paths depending on what was chosen.
4) Strategic combat that can have consequences other then just death. (Example: Kill an innocent and characters in party may react in a negative manner. Also NPC's in towns react different to decisions you made on your journey.)
I am sure there is a few more things that can be added that I am not thinking of right now. But lets hear from the community. Whats your view on a true RPG.