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|
|The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings||2011||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.26|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection - Abyssea Edition||2011||Windows||Square Enix, Inc.||5.00|
|The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition||2012||Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360||ak tronic Software & Services GmbH||4.37|
|Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.15|
|Dragon Age II: Legacy||2011||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Neverwinter Nights: The Complete Collection||2011||Windows||Atari, Inc.||...|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||2011||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.70|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Vision of Abyssea||2010||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix Co., Ltd.||5.00|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Heroes of Abyssea||2010||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||5.00|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Scars of Abyssea||2010||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||5.00|
|Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City||2010||Nintendo DS||Atlus U.S.A., Inc.||4.00|
|Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money||2010||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||2.94|
|Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition||2010||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Fallout: New Vegas (Collector's Edition)||2010||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||5.00|
|Fallout: New Vegas||2010||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.73|
|Final Fantasy XIV Online||2010||Windows||Square Enix, Inc.||3.77|
|Final Fantasy XIV Online (Collector's Edition)||2010||Windows||Square Enix, Inc.||4.64|
|Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening||2010||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.02|
|Mass Effect 2||2010||Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.17|
|Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.98|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate||2009||Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.95|
|The Precursors||2009||Windows||Game Factory Interactive Ltd.||3.73|
|Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - Broken Steel and Point Lookout||2009||Windows, Xbox 360||1C-SoftClub||4.00|
|Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage||2009||Windows, Xbox 360||1C-SoftClub||4.00|
|Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition)||2009||Macintosh, Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.75|