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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
  • Related game groups

  • Gameplay Feature: Character development - Automatic leveling
  • Gameplay Feature: Character development - Skill development / training

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    Game TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
    Neverwinter Nights 2 Deluxe2008WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.0.00
    Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.43
    Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.63
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan2006PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.2.72
    Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012WindowsbitComposer Games GmbH2.89
    Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.89
    Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.89
    Fallout 3 (Survival Edition)2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.95
    Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.99
    Monster Arena2004BrowserRinkWorks3.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection2004PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 20082007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.10
    Hard Nova1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.23
    Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.25
    Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.28
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.33
    Final Fantasy XI Online2006PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.33
    Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.33
    Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.43
    Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia2004PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.48
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Special Box1996SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.50
    Fallout 3 (Collector's Edition)2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.53
    Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
    The Elder Scrolls: Arena (Deluxe Edition)1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.60
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    Selected Covers

    Final Fantasy XI Online PlayStation 2 Front Cover
    Front cover for Final Fantasy XI Online

    Selected Screenshots

    A ravine on La Theine Plateau
    Screenshot from Final Fantasy XI Online
    Title screen
    Screenshot from Hard Nova