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 XI Online: Ultimate Collection - Abyssea Edition2011WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.5.00
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Dragon Age II: Legacy2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.91
Neverwinter Nights: The Complete Collection2011WindowsAtari, Inc....
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.69
Fallout: New Vegas - Courier's Stash2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.80
Fallout: New Vegas - Gun Runners' Arsenal2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.17
Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.53
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.12
Final Fantasy XI Online: Scars of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.5.00
Final Fantasy XI Online: Heroes of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.5.00
Final Fantasy XI Online: Vision of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Xenoblade Chronicles2010New Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.46
Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.94
Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Fallout: New Vegas (Collector's Edition)2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC5.00
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.76
Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.83
Final Fantasy XIV Online (Collector's Edition)2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.4.48
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening2010Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Mass Effect 22010Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.19
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.96
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate2009WindowsAtari, Inc.3.95
The Precursors2009WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.73
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