I was reading some posts on NMA, youtube and steam recently regarding Fallout 4 and I've seen plenty of users say that Fallout 4 isn't an RPG due to the predetermined backstory and limited dialog. I think Fallout 4 is a bullshit game but I'm not sure if I consider it to be an RPG or not. I usually consider a game an RPG based on it's systems. Like, Mass Effect 2 for example, I don't consider ME2 to be an RPG. It's a great game but when I level up in that game, I don't feel like I'm progressing in any way. Being level 1 vs being level 30 in ME2 makes almost no difference, you get hardly any more health than before, your damage doesn't get increased either. The only thing that it does is extend my pull or shockwave ability from 3 seconds to 4 and the system might as well not exist. It doesn't add anything, the game is a shooter that lets me choose what I get to say and presents me with "difficult" choices. It comes down to progression for me and character roleplaying in some ways, with JRPGs like final fantasy being the only exception to that rule that I can think of. They can get away with railroading you into being a certain character, I'm fine with that for those kinds of games and I still consider them to be RPGs in a way. Any thoughts on this topic?