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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    sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
    Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
    Baldur's Gate1998Macintosh, WindowsBlack Isle Studios4.06
    Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.13
    Baldur's Gate II: The Collection2002WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.36
    Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal2001Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.12
    Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast1999Macintosh, WindowsGraphic Simulations Corporation4.00
    Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
    Crime Fighter1993DOS, Windows3.73
    Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi1988NESSquare Co., Ltd....
    Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.16
    Diablo1996Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.91
    Diablo II2000Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.91
    Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.85
    Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.25
    Dragon Age II: Legacy2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
    Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.15
    Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.36
    Dragon Age: Origins2009Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.90
    Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening2010Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
    Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.38
    Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition)2009Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.75
    Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
    Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc.4.38
    Dragon Wars1989Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000Interplay Productions, Inc.3.87
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    Selected Covers

    Dragon's Crown PlayStation 3 Front Cover
    Front cover for Dragon's Crown
    Baldur's Gate Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for Baldur's Gate
    Diablo II Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for Diablo II

    Selected Screenshots

    Title screen
    Screenshot from Baldur's Gate
    Title screen
    Screenshot from Diablo II
    Title Screen
    Screenshot from Deus Ex