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.
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
- 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.
Related game groups
Gameplay Feature: Character development - Automatic leveling
Gameplay Feature: Character development - Skill development / training
|Dragon's Crown||2013||PlayStation 3, PS Vita||Index Digital Media, Inc.||4.38|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Seekers of Adoulin||2013||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||...|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete||2013||Windows||Hasbro, Inc. ||...|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection - Seekers Edition||2013||Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||...|
|Jagged Alliance: Back in Action||2012||Windows||bitComposer Games GmbH||3.00|
|The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition (Dark Edition)||2012||Xbox 360||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.||5.00|
|Mass Effect||2012||PlayStation 3||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.10|
|Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack||2012||Windows||Bethesda Softworks LLC||5.00|
|Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning||2012||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.90|
|Mass Effect 3||2012||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.11|
|Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition)||2012||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||ak tronic Software & Services GmbH||3.86|
|Dragon Age II: Legacy||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Neverwinter Nights: The Complete Collection||2011||Windows||Atari, Inc.||...|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.76|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Courier's Stash||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||5.00|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Gun Runners' Arsenal||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||4.40|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||4.53|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||4.74|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||4.28|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||2.55|
|The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (Director's Cut)||2011||Macintosh, Windows||CD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.||3.83|
|The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings||2011||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.27|
|Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.25|
|Dragon Age II||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.87|
|Mass Effect 2||2011||PlayStation 3||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.91|