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|
|Yūshi no Monshō: Deep Dungeon||1987||MSX, NES||Disk Original Group||...|
|Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi||1988||NES||Square Co., Ltd.||...|
|Dragon Wars||1989||Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000||Interplay Productions, Inc.||3.87|
|Hard Nova||1990||Amiga, Atari ST, DOS||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.23|
|Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan||1990||DOS, FM Towns, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000||New World Computing, Inc.||3.80|
|Shin Megami Tensei||1992||SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.76|
|Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant||1992||DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, Windows||GT Interactive Software Corp.||4.02|
|Crime Fighter||1993||DOS, Windows||3.73|
|Shin Megami Tensei If...||1994||iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii U||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.67|
|The Elder Scrolls: Arena (Deluxe Edition)||1994||DOS||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.60|
|The Elder Scrolls: Arena||1994||DOS||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.82|
|Shin Megami Tensei II||1994||SNES, Wii, Wii U||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.60|
|Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner||1995||PSP, SEGA Saturn||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.83|
|Diablo||1996||Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows||Blizzard Entertainment Inc.||3.91|
|Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Special Box||1996||SEGA Saturn||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.50|
|Fallout||1997||DOS, Macintosh, Windows||Interplay Productions, Inc.||4.13|
|Baldur's Gate||1998||Macintosh, Windows||Black Isle Studios||4.06|
|Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven||1998||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.81|
|Fallout 2||1998||Macintosh, Windows||Interplay Productions, Inc.||4.17|
|System Shock 2||1999||Linux, Macintosh, Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.11|
|Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast||1999||Macintosh, Windows||Graphic Simulations Corporation||4.00|
|Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor||1999||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.62|
|Planescape: Torment||1999||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.20|
|Deus Ex||2000||Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||4.01|