Yes, it is true. Because one of the important elements which makes the game fall into RPG genre is leveling character system. Even in my opinion, the leveling character element is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in an RPG (and JRPG) game.
There are so many elements of RPG games which are included in various types of games today like action games and adventure games, and a number of other types of games. But without any leveling characters element, those game in my opinion are not worthy to stand in a row of RPG games. Why is that? Let’s us discuss more about this.
If there is a question, is there any game that has many RPG elements but without character leveling system? The answer is yes, and there are many games like that. But those games won’t go inside the list of RPG games, especially JRPG. An example is the popular Monster Hunter World game … Yes, you didn’t read it wrong, Monster Hunter World.
How could the Monster Hunter World game can’t be included in the RPG pool? Why? The answer is simple, It has no leveling character system … 🙂
That game is tends to fall into the type of action game, along with some RPG elements such as crafting and exploration. Or it can also be called the hunting game. God Eater is included in this type of game too.
Why leveling character is so important in RPG games? Because it’s the element/system that distinguishes an RPG game with another game.
As with other types of game genres, what makes a game said to be included in the action genre? How about the shooter genre? Or fighting genre for example? Yes, it’s very clear that each genre has a special characteristic that distinguishes it from other types of games or other genres.
For example, it’s clear that Dead or Alive or Tekken are fall into fighting games genre. Is there anyone denied it? No. Or, is it possible to call them an Action game or Adventure game? It’s not possible, isn’t it? Well, RPG games are the same as that.
An RPG game must have a leveling character system, otherwise it is not RPG. Leveling character is an RPG game system which is very complex and must be unique compared to other RPG games. Any of you who used to play RPG games will definitely can’t find the same leveling or character development system in different games. Unless it is a certain games that are indeed a series with similar game system, even though it’s not the same 100%.
What do you think? Is there any game that you played without character leveling system, but you still call it RPG?