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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

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Gothic II: Limited Gold Edition2004WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG4.00
Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection2004PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.00
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.90
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.95
Neverwinter Nights: Gold2003WindowsAtari, Inc.4.40
Final Fantasy XI Online2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic2003Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, XboxAspyr Media, Inc.3.93
Gothic II: Night of the Raven2003WindowsAkella4.16
Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.33
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.33
Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.63
Gothic II2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.99
Neverwinter Nights: Collector's Edition2002WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.95
Baldur's Gate II: The Collection2002WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.42
Neverwinter Nights2002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.88
Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.99
Wizardry 82001Macintosh, WindowsEncore, Inc.4.12
Shin Megami Tensei2001Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.62
Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal2001Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.13
Gothic2001WindowsXicat Interactive, Inc.4.05
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.14
Diablo II2000Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.91
Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

Final Fantasy XI Online PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy XI Online
Neverwinter Nights Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Neverwinter Nights
Gothic II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Gothic II
Neverwinter Nights: Gold Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Neverwinter Nights: Gold

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Neverwinter Nights
Main Menu
Screenshot from Gothic II
Title Screen
Screenshot from Wizardry 8