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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.86
Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment Inc.2.89
Monster Arena2004BrowserRinkWorks...
Xenus II: White Gold2008WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.06
Summoner 22002GameCube, PlayStation 2THQ Inc.3.17
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver...
Hard Nova1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.34
Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.43
Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Crime Fighter1993DOS, Windows3.56
Shin Megami Tensei2001Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.59
Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.61
Shin Megami Tensei If...1994iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd....
Demon's Souls2009PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.67
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor1999Windows3DO Company, The3.68
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Dragon Wars1989Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.69
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.71
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer2000PlayStation 2, Windows3DO Company, The3.75
Shin Megami Tensei1992SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.76
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.77
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.79
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Selected Covers

Shin Megami Tensei If... PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei If...
Xenus II: White Gold Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Xenus II: White Gold
Hard Nova DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hard Nova
Shin Megami Tensei PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei

Selected Screenshots

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