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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
  • Related game groups

  • Gameplay Feature: Character development - Automatic leveling
  • Gameplay Feature: Character development - Skill development / training

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    Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.4.00
    Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.36
    Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete2013WindowsHasbro, Inc. ...
    Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc.4.38
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection - Seekers Edition2013Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Seekers of Adoulin2013PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
    Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.89
    Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.08
    Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.14
    Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360ak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.86
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.95
    Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack2012WindowsBethesda Softworks LLC5.00
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition (Dark Edition)2012Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.5.00
    Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.63
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection - Abyssea Edition2011WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.5.00
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360ak tronic Software & Services GmbH4.37
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.70
    Fallout: New Vegas - Courier's Stash2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.80
    Fallout: New Vegas - Gun Runners' Arsenal2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.17
    Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.43
    Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.89
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.16
    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (Director's Cut)2011Macintosh, WindowsCD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.3.71
    Total War: Shogun 22011Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.62
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.26
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    Selected Covers

    Mass Effect 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover
    Front cover for Mass Effect 3
    Mass Effect PlayStation 3 Front Cover
    Front cover for Mass Effect

    Selected Screenshots

    Title screen
    Screenshot from Mass Effect 3