What gameplay characteristics classify a game as an RPG? I understand about the non-video game RPG's like D&D, but I sort of thought all video games were at least quasi-RPG in nature, given that you are assuming a character and taking that character through multiple levels etc. I'm new to next-gen console gaming (the last console I owned was a Sega Genesis)and the first next-generation PC game I've ever played was Max Payne, so that should tell you enough about my perspective: NEWBIE. I'm trying to get an idea of what else is out there and what I might be into besides 3rd person shooters. Other questions about RPG's: Do they contain Action/Combat? Do they utilize Stealth/Strategy? The reason I ask these questions is that so far, I really dig these aspects of current games like MGS2 and DMC etc. What are some examples of the best RPG's for PS1/PS2 that include some of the above traits? Thanks for helping a Console gaming newbie.