Do people still consider The Legend of Zelda a RPG series?

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#1 Posted by Nerkcon (4707 posts) -
I don't know how it started, I think someone from the Zelda team called it an RPG or something. There even used to be arguments over this with sheep. On Gamefly all the Zelda games are under the Zelda tab. And Zelda has won RPG of the year a few times and even gets nominated as a player's vote for RPG of year. How can anyone even argue it's an RPG? Not only is there any roleplaying but there is also no gameplay elements of an RPG in it. The two most annoying arguments are; "It's an RPG because you can name Link like how you name your characters in all RPGs." And... "It's an RPG because it's in a fantasy setting."
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#2 Posted by Jimmi323 (870 posts) -
I don't think it's an RPG, but the fact that you gain abilities through objects in dungeons might have something to do with it. It's sort of like leveling up...
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#3 Posted by jimkabrhel (15624 posts) -

It's more action adventure to me. Though Zelda II there was true leveling up. That was an RPG to me.

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#4 Posted by Legendaryscmt (12532 posts) -

It has RPG like elements, but I always considered it an action/adventure game.

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#5 Posted by painguy1 (8686 posts) -

Never did consider it an RPG and never will consider it an RPG. It is and always will remain an action adventure/3d platformer to me

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#6 Posted by sam_nintendo (2066 posts) -

It's confusing, but it's sort of a different definition thing. Under a broad umbrella, it could concievably be considered an RPG. Enough for the creator of Zelda to think so at least :P

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#7 Posted by Shy_Guy_Red (17133 posts) -

I like to consider it an Action RPG, with the difference being that you're always one character and that you can use all of your attacks outside of battle and that the equipment and attack systems are simplified.

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#8 Posted by hammerofcrom (1323 posts) -

never considered it any kind of RPG. it's an action/adventure/platformer

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#9 Posted by Im_single (5134 posts) -
Zelda has never been an RPG, I don't even know how someone who has played an RPG could classify it as such.
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#10 Posted by Cloud_765 (111394 posts) -
I've never considered it an RPG. I have always and will always consider it an action/adventure title. :P
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#11 Posted by skingus (2370 posts) -
It is not an rpg, but the confusion may come in the sense that it just feels deeper than your usual Adventure game... Which it is! There is alot of talking to people and creatures, and generaly alot of investigation in a Zelda game which makes it an Adventure/puzzle game actually, but it may feel deep like a rpg though.... Who knows? It is not a rpg, but some may consider it having some lite rpg elements...
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#12 Posted by Blue-Sky (10378 posts) -

The only thing keeping Zelda from an RPG is the lack of stat-modification.

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#13 Posted by Cloud_765 (111394 posts) -

The only thing keeping Zelda from an RPG is the lack of stat-modification.

Blue-Sky
Yeah, plus the only "stats" there really are there are the health (in forms of hearts) and the MP gauge, but not much else stat-wise signals it to be an RPG, I would think.
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#14 Posted by Phoenix534 (17774 posts) -

It's more action adventure to me. Though Zelda II there was true leveling up. That was an RPG to me.

jimkabrhel

This. I never considered it an RPG series, but Zelda II was really close to one.

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#15 Posted by painguy1 (8686 posts) -

[QUOTE="jimkabrhel"]

It's more action adventure to me. Though Zelda II there was true leveling up. That was an RPG to me.

Phoenix534

This. I never considered it an RPG series, but Zelda II was really close to one.

Zelda II wasnt ur average Zelda game lol.

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#16 Posted by ZookGuy (2340 posts) -
The only RPG Zelda is Zelda II.
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#17 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -
I guess because when it came out, it wasn't a shooter or a platformer or a racing game, so it was automatically an RPG.
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#18 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -

The only thing keeping Zelda from an RPG is the lack of stat-modification.

Blue-Sky
And, you know, the combat.
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#19 Posted by NBSRDan (1320 posts) -
The RPG genre is too loosely defined to not include the Legend of Zelda franchise.
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#20 Posted by Blue-Sky (10378 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blue-Sky"]

The only thing keeping Zelda from an RPG is the lack of stat-modification.

Cherokee_Jack

And, you know, the combat.

There are no guidelines for RPG combat.

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#21 Posted by DeadEndPanda (2358 posts) -

easy, zelda is so awesome we have to make up a new genre for it,

its called awesome

its RPG+action/advanture :P

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#22 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -

[QUOTE="Cherokee_Jack"][QUOTE="Blue-Sky"]

The only thing keeping Zelda from an RPG is the lack of stat-modification.

Blue-Sky

And, you know, the combat.

There are no guidelines for RPG combat.

There's no guidelines for RPG anything, apparently. What exactly is it about Zelda that makes it an RPG?
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#23 Posted by reaver-x (2795 posts) -
i think of it more of an action/adventure series than RPG, the same goes for Dark Cloud series as well.
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#24 Posted by Im_single (5134 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blue-Sky"]

[QUOTE="Cherokee_Jack"] And, you know, the combat.Cherokee_Jack

There are no guidelines for RPG combat.

There's no guidelines for RPG anything, apparently. What exactly is it about Zelda that makes it an RPG?

Hell, the way people throw around the word RPG nowadays some might consider Super Mario Bros. 3 an RPG :roll:

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#25 Posted by bobaban (10560 posts) -
RPG? No. Action Adventure with RPG elements. Yes.
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#26 Posted by shoryuken_ (3420 posts) -

I consider it a Legend.

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#27 Posted by RankCrusher (117 posts) -

If by RPG you mean "Really Pathetic Game" series, then yes.

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#28 Posted by shoryuken_ (3420 posts) -

If by RPG you mean "Really Pathetic Game" series, then yes.

RankCrusher

That was so original. Like, I mean original. You changed Role Playing Game to Really Pathetic Game. Who would've ever thought of that, huh? Absolute genius! I'm flabbergasted by the originality of this joke. Stupefied. Shocked. Amazed.

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#29 Posted by zarshack (9936 posts) -

Its action adventure, always has been.

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#30 Posted by Texas2089 (16490 posts) -

It annoys me to end when people classify Zelda as an RPG. I've seen it countless times on DS and Wii boards on topics like "Your favorite RPG" and see peole listing Zelda. I don't know where this confusion started, but Zelda is NOT an RPG. I've even considered posting a topic about this myself on both boards (epsecially DS) but decided against it because I probably would have been modded for trolling. If you really want to make an impact that's where to go. I would hope most people here in SW know better by now.

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#31 Posted by Johnny-n-Roger (14476 posts) -

since when was Zelda ever considered a Role Playing Game?

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#32 Posted by siLVURcross (26106 posts) -
It's not even an RPG. The only one in the series that was, was Zelda II.
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#33 Posted by Kandlegoat (3147 posts) -

the only Zelda game could be considered an rpg is Zelda 2 like everyone hae been saying. ironically,it's one of the lesser liked zelda's in the series.

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#34 Posted by Parasomniac (2723 posts) -
I always called it Adventure. Don't consider anything an RPG unless it has some sort of leveling system.
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#35 Posted by AdrianWerner (28437 posts) -

Well..better for them to consider it RPG than adventure game :D But nah, I doubt many people would claim it to be RPG

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#36 Posted by the__joker (6013 posts) -

It has RPG like elements, but I always considered it an action/adventure game.

Legendaryscmt

This, oh and rpg or not I love zelda!

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#37 Posted by warmaster670 (4699 posts) -

It's confusing, but it's sort of a different definition thing. Under a broad umbrella, it could concievably be considered an RPG. Enough for the creator of Zelda to think so at least :P

sam_nintendo

Under a broad umbrella, EVERY game is an rpg, as your playing the role of a character/characters.

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#38 Posted by Supafly1 (4441 posts) -

I think it's a half RPG-adventure game. It's missing some key RPG elements and at the same time it has some other important elements that make its an RPG.

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#39 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -
I have always seen it as action adventure.
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#40 Posted by jimkabrhel (15624 posts) -

If by RPG you mean "Really Pathetic Game" series, then yes.

RankCrusher

Good one. You made a funny.

Whenever someone makes a comment like this about a universally accliamed game, I have to wonder if it's just for attention.