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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.66
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.90
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor1999Windows3DO Company, The3.62
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer2000PlayStation 2, Windows3DO Company, The3.73
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven1998Windows3DO Company, The3.79
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.16
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption2000Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (Collector's Edition)2000WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.81
Gothic II: Night of the Raven2003WindowsAkella4.16
Gothic II: Gold Edition2004WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.07
Gothic II2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.99
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.09
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.11
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.12
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.96
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360ak tronic Software & Services GmbH4.31
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition2008Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.4.27
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.76
Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant1992DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.02
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic2003Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, XboxAspyr Media, Inc.3.93
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxLucasArts3.98
Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.84
Koudelka1999PlayStationInfogrames, Inc.3.94
Neverwinter Nights 2 Deluxe2008WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.0.00
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Selected Covers

Fallout: New Vegas Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fallout: New Vegas

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Fallout: New Vegas