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.3.29
    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, The3.79
    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.4.19
    Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
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    Selected Covers

    System Shock 2 Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for System Shock 2
    The Elder Scrolls: Arena DOS Front Cover
    Front cover for The Elder Scrolls: Arena

    Selected Screenshots

    Title screen
    Screenshot from System Shock 2
    Title screen
    Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls: Arena
    Title Screen / Main Menu
    Screenshot from Fallout 2