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

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Yūshi no Monshō: Deep Dungeon1987MSX, NES, WindowsDisk Original Group...
Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi1988NESSquare Co., Ltd....
Dragon Wars1989Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.69
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.3.34
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, Windows3.56
Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.79
Shin Megami Tensei If...1994iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner1995PSP, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.83
Diablo1996Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.93
Fallout1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.13
Fallout 21998Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.17
Baldur's Gate1998Macintosh, WindowsBlack Isle Studios4.07
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven1998Windows3DO Company, The3.81
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast1999Macintosh, WindowsGraphic Simulations Corporation4.00
Planescape: Torment1999Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.19
Koudelka1999PlayStationInfogrames, Inc.3.95
System Shock 21999Linux, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.11
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor1999Windows3DO Company, The3.67
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.15
Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga2000Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.99
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer2000PlayStation 2, Windows3DO Company, The3.75
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Selected Covers

Koudelka PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Koudelka
Fallout 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fallout 2
Hard Nova DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hard Nova

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Koudelka
Title Screen / Main Menu
Screenshot from Fallout 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Hard Nova
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