Each type of RPG is played different and according to what the rules or design of the game is. The only common thread through all the different type of games discussed is that the player is able to assume the role of different character that is not like the player. It gives the player the ability to become someone else completely. This is why these games are referred to as Role Playing Games.
World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the most popular RPG available currently. Here is an example of how to play a well-known RPG. After downloading and logging into the game, it is played by firstly selecting a realm thereafter the player will select their avatar and change it according to their preference. Once the character and the player are orientated in the game, which is in third person, the player will then start with the quests presented. The player is given a pet which moves through the game with the character.
Around the screen of the game there are icons available for the player to click on and check on the health of the character and their pet, available quests, inventory etc. There is also a chat box which allows the player to chat to their alliance or other player in the game. The game gives the player the ability to zoom in and out in order to see more or focus on details if they want to. The game has a great medieval look and feel to it which gives the player the setting and what to expect.
WoW is a very social game and requires the player to interact with as many people as possible. The player can also join a guild which is a collection of players and allows them to interact as much as they need to.
The character faces quests as the player moves it through the game. The character will need to be able to fight effectively and use the appropriate weapons available. Once the quests are completed successfully, the character will then have gained some skills to move on the next level and deal with what the level requires. In that level, the character will gather materials and fight monsters which will get more challenging as the character gains skills and knowledge.
The character may also die in the game if it is attacked. The player can resurrect the character during the game. The player just has to keep on exploring and fight to keep moving forward in the game.
Most games are set up in this manner however the plot may shape or determine how the game is played. Each game will have its own way to entertain and challenge the player whether the player wants a strategy, action, horror or murder mystery. There are many available games for any person to play and most people have more than one downloaded at any given time. RPGs are meant to be fun and entertaining and bring out the players competitive side.