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
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura||2001||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||4.02|
|Baldur's Gate||1998||Macintosh, Windows||Black Isle Studios||4.06|
|Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn||2000||Macintosh, Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.13|
|Baldur's Gate II: The Collection||2002||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.36|
|Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal||2001||Macintosh, Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.12|
|Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast||1999||Macintosh, Windows||Graphic Simulations Corporation||4.00|
|Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga||2000||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||3.98|
|Crime Fighter||1993||DOS, Windows||3.73|
|Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi||1988||NES||Square Co., Ltd.||...|
|Deus Ex||2000||Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||4.01|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||4.16|
|Diablo||1996||Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows||Blizzard Entertainment Inc.||3.91|
|Diablo II||2000||Macintosh, Windows||Blizzard Entertainment Inc.||3.91|
|Dragon Age II||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.85|
|Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.25|
|Dragon Age II: Legacy||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.15|
|Dragon Age: Inquisition||2014||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.36|
|Dragon Age: Origins||2009||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.90|
|Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening||2010||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.02|
|Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.38|
|Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition)||2009||Macintosh, Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.75|
|Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition||2010||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Dragon's Crown||2013||PlayStation 3, PS Vita||Index Digital Media, Inc.||4.38|
|Dragon Wars||1989||Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000||Interplay Productions, Inc.||3.87|