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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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.33
    Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.95
    Neverwinter Nights: Gold2003WindowsAtari, Inc.4.40
    Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.90
    Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
    Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.33
    Baldur's Gate II: The Collection2002WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.36
    Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.63
    Neverwinter Nights: Collector's Edition2002WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.95
    Gothic II2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.98
    Neverwinter Nights2002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.87
    Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.99
    Wizardry 82001Macintosh, WindowsEncore, Inc.4.11
    Shin Megami Tensei2001Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.62
    Gothic2001WindowsXicat Interactive, Inc.4.05
    Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal2001Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.12
    Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
    Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
    Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (Collector's Edition)2000WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.81
    Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.13
    Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer2000PlayStation 2, Windows3DO Company, The3.73
    Diablo II2000Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.91
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption2000Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
    Koudelka1999PlayStationInfogrames, Inc.3.94
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    Selected Covers

    Gothic Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for Gothic

    Selected Screenshots

    Title screen
    Screenshot from Gothic
    Title screen
    Screenshot from Neverwinter Nights