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

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Xenoblade Chronicles 22017Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
ARK: Survival Evolved2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneStudio Wildcard...
XenobladeX2015Wii UNintendo Co., Ltd....
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.4.39
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver...
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.61
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
UnderRail2013WindowsStygian Software...
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.86
Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.20
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Oneak tronic Software & Services GmbH4.21
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.06
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Total War: Shogun 22011Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.93
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.11
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.71
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.11
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.23
Mass Effect 22010Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.22
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles2010New Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.53
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.79
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Selected Covers

XenobladeX Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for XenobladeX
Dragon Age II Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Age II
Mass Effect 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Mass Effect 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen + Main menu
Screenshot from Dragon Age II
Title screen
Screenshot from Mass Effect 2
Splash screen
Screenshot from Dragon Age: Inquisition
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