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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.86
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.21
Total War: Shogun 22011Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
Fallout: New Vegas - Courier's Stash2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.80
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening2010Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.01
Final Fantasy XI Online: Heroes of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Scars of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Vision of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd....
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles2010New Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.53
Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.97
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.78
Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.65
Mass Effect 22010Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.21
Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - Broken Steel and Point Lookout2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.00
Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.43
Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.00
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate2009WindowsAtari, Inc....
Demon's Souls2009PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.67
Dragon Age: Origins2009Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Fallout 3: The Pitt2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.73
Fallout 3: Point Lookout2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.81
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.28
The Precursors2009WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.84
Final Fantasy XI Online: A Moogle Kupo d'Etat2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Mass Effect 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Mass Effect 2
The Precursors Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Precursors
Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Total War: Shogun 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Mass Effect 2
Title screen
Screenshot from The Precursors
Main menu.
Screenshot from Total War: Shogun 2
Story introduction.
Screenshot from Demon's Souls
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