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.
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
- 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.
Related game groups
Gameplay Feature: Character development - Automatic leveling
Gameplay Feature: Character development - Skill development / training
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|Fallout 3||2008||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.66|
|Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide||2003||Linux, Macintosh, Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.90|
|Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven||1998||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.81|
|Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor||1999||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.62|
|Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer||2000||PlayStation 2, Windows||3DO Company, The||3.73|
|Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (Collector's Edition)||2000||Windows||Activision Publishing, Inc.||3.81|
|Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines||2004||Windows||Activision Publishing, Inc.||4.17|
|Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption||2000||Macintosh, Windows||Activision, Inc.||3.90|
|Gothic II||2002||Windows||JoWooD Productions Software AG||3.98|
|Gothic II: Gold Edition||2004||Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||4.07|
|Gothic II: Night of the Raven||2003||Windows||Akella||4.15|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||4.13|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition||2012||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||ak tronic Software & Services GmbH||3.86|
|Fallout: New Vegas||2010||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.74|
|Mass Effect 3||2012||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.10|
|Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.96|
|Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant||1992||DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, Windows||GT Interactive Software Corp.||4.02|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic||2003||Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.93|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords||2004||Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox||LucasArts||3.96|
|Neverwinter Nights 2||2006||Macintosh, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.84|
|Neverwinter Nights 2 (Chaotic Evil Edition)||2006||Windows||Atari Europe S.A.S.U.||4.50|
|Neverwinter Nights: Diamond||2005||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.41|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir||2008||Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.93|
|Neverwinter Nights 2 Deluxe||2008||Windows||Atari Europe S.A.S.U.||0.00|