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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Xenoblade Chronicles 22017Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
ARK: Survival Evolved2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneStudio Wildcard...
XenobladeX2015Wii UNintendo Co., Ltd....
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.4.39
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.4.00
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.61
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Flight Rising2013BrowserStormlight Workshop, LLC...
UnderRail2013WindowsStygian Software...
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Oneak tronic Software & Services GmbH4.21
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.86
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.06
Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Total War: Shogun 22011Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.93
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.11
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.71
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.15
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.23
Mass Effect 22010Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.22
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles2010New Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.53
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Selected Covers

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch Front Cover
Front cover for Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Dragon Age II Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Age II
XenobladeX Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for XenobladeX

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Title screen + Main menu
Screenshot from Dragon Age II
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