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|
|Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne||2003||PlayStation 2||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.47|
|Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark||2003||Linux, Macintosh, Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.95|
|Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide||2003||Linux, Macintosh, Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.90|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart||2003||PlayStation 2, Windows||Square Enix Co., Ltd.||3.33|
|Neverwinter Nights: Gold||2003||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.40|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic||2003||Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.93|
|Gothic II: Night of the Raven||2003||Windows||Akella||4.15|
|Final Fantasy XI Online||2003||PlayStation 2, Windows||Square Enix Co., Ltd.||5.00|
|Shin Megami Tensei If...||2002||PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.33|
|Baldur's Gate II: The Collection||2002||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.42|
|Final Fantasy XI Online||2002||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.||2.99|
|Neverwinter Nights: Collector's Edition||2002||Windows||Infogrames, Inc.||3.95|
|Neverwinter Nights||2002||Linux, Macintosh, Windows||Infogrames, Inc.||3.87|
|Shin Megami Tensei II||2002||Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.63|
|Gothic II||2002||Windows||JoWooD Productions Software AG||3.98|
|Wizardry 8||2001||Macintosh, Windows||Encore, Inc.||4.11|
|Shin Megami Tensei||2001||Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita||Atlus Co., Ltd.||3.62|
|Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura||2001||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||4.02|
|Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal||2001||Macintosh, Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.13|
|Gothic||2001||Windows||Xicat Interactive, Inc.||4.04|
|Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn||2000||Macintosh, Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.14|
|Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption||2000||Macintosh, Windows||Activision, Inc.||3.90|
|Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (Collector's Edition)||2000||Windows||Activision Publishing, Inc.||3.81|
|Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga||2000||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||3.99|