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 X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.83
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.4.56
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.11
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver...
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.48
Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete2013WindowsHasbro, Inc. ...
Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection - Seekers Edition2013Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc.4.38
Final Fantasy XI Online: Seekers of Adoulin2013PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.88
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360ak tronic Software & Services GmbH4.31
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.89
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition (Dark Edition)2012Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.5.00
Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack2012WindowsBethesda Softworks LLC5.00
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.09
Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.14
Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.05
Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.70
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (Director's Cut)2011Macintosh, WindowsCD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.3.84
Total War: Shogun 22011Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.62
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.85
Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.25
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.23
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Selected Covers

Mass Effect PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Mass Effect
Wasteland 2 Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Wasteland 2
Mass Effect 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Mass Effect 3
Dragon Age: Inquisition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Age: Inquisition

Selected Screenshots

Creating a character.
Screenshot from Wasteland 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Mass Effect 3
Splash screen
Screenshot from Dragon Age: Inquisition
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt