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
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.90
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.68
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer2000PlayStation 2, Windows3DO Company, The3.75
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven1998Windows3DO Company, The3.81
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor1999Windows3DO Company, The3.67
Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.18
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption2000Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.89
Gothic II2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.99
Gothic II: Night of the Raven2003WindowsAkella4.18
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.79
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.05
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.11
The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.06
Koudelka1999PlayStationInfogrames, Inc.3.95
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.31
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir2008WindowsAtari, Inc.3.88
Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.85
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate2009WindowsAtari, Inc....
Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.36
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei If...1994iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
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