Gameplay feature: Character development - Skill distribution

Group Description

This group contains all games in which the character development is based on manually developing character attributes or skills. When certain criteria are met, a fixed amount of points is distributed to raise a character's attribute or make them learn or improve a skill.

Special cases

  • Also included are games in which skills are bought instead of improved, as long as there is an underlying experience points mechanic. Example: Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • If a game has partly automatic skill distribution, it still belongs into this group. Example: in Baldur's Gate some stats (e.g. hit points) rise automatically, but others like thief skills are divided manually.
  • The group can also include games which disguise the experience points mechanics. Examples: System Shock 2 has no level ups but is still a valid entry because the cybermodules work like directly distributed experience points. They are only received after completing objectives or exploration.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War is not valid because augmentations and upgrades are bought with money. There is no experience point mechanic present.
  • A rule of thumb: when in doubt and the game in question is not an RPG, there is a good change it does not belong into this group. However, there are exceptions like No One Lives Forever 2

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ARK: Survival Evolved2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneStudio Wildcard...
XenobladeX2015Wii UNintendo Co., Ltd....
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.4.33
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.61
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver...
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
UnderRail2013WindowsStygian Software...
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Seekers of Adoulin2013PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.20
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Oneak tronic Software & Services GmbH4.18
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.86
Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack2012Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC...
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.05
Fallout: New Vegas - Gun Runners' Arsenal2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.17
Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.76
Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.55
Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.05
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.12
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.06
Dragon Age II: Legacy2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.83
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.11
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Selected Covers

XenobladeX Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for XenobladeX
UnderRail Windows Front Cover
Front cover for UnderRail
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Wasteland 2 Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Wasteland 2

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from UnderRail
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Creating a character.
Screenshot from Wasteland 2
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