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
Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.43
Demon's Souls2009PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.67
The Precursors2009WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.84
Dragon Age: Origins2009Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.91
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Xenus II: White Gold2008WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.06
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition2008Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.4.18
Mass Effect2007Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.03
Etrian Odyssey2007Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.83
The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.06
Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.85
Killer72005GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.87
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxLucasArts4.00
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.18
Monster Arena2004BrowserRinkWorks...
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.17
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic2003Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, XboxAspyr Media, Inc.3.95
Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Summoner 22002GameCube, PlayStation 2THQ Inc.3.17
Neverwinter Nights2002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.88
Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment Inc.2.89
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Gothic II2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.99
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Selected Covers

Killer7 PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Killer7
Summoner 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Summoner 2
The Witcher Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Witcher

Selected Screenshots

A Texan Farmer talks about the emergence of Ulmeyda's city in one of the game's animated cutscenes.
Screenshot from Killer7
THQ logo
Screenshot from Summoner 2
Main Menu
Screenshot from The Witcher
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