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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
    Yūshi no Monshō: Deep Dungeon1987MSX, NESDisk Original Group...
    Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi1988NESSquare Co., Ltd....
    Dragon Wars1989Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000Interplay Productions, Inc.3.87
    Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan1990DOS, FM Towns, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000New World Computing, Inc.3.80
    Hard Nova1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.23
    Shin Megami Tensei1992SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.76
    Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant1992DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.02
    Crime Fighter1993DOS, Windows3.73
    Shin Megami Tensei If...1994iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.67
    The Elder Scrolls: Arena (Deluxe Edition)1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.60
    The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.82
    Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner1995PSP, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.83
    Diablo1996Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.91
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Special Box1996SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.50
    Fallout1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.13
    Baldur's Gate1998Macintosh, WindowsBlack Isle Studios4.07
    Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven1998Windows3DO Company, The3.81
    Fallout 21998Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.17
    Koudelka1999PlayStationInfogrames, Inc.3.94
    System Shock 21999Linux, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.11
    Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast1999Macintosh, WindowsGraphic Simulations Corporation4.01
    Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor1999Windows3DO Company, The3.62
    Planescape: Torment1999WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.20
    Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
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    Selected Covers

    Shin Megami Tensei II SNES Front Cover
    Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei II
    Dragon Wars DOS Front Cover
    Front cover for Dragon Wars
    Shin Megami Tensei If... SNES Front Cover
    Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Planescape: Torment Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for Planescape: Torment
    System Shock 2 Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for System Shock 2

    Selected Screenshots

    Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei II
    Title screen
    Screenshot from Dragon Wars
    Ascend the stairs?
    Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei If...
    Title screen
    Screenshot from Planescape: Torment
    Rumbler, Life rings and a Grenade Launcher.
    Screenshot from System Shock 2