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
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.12
Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.70
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (Director's Cut)2011Macintosh, WindowsCD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.3.84
Total War: Shogun 22011Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.26
Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc....
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.85
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
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.3.83
Neverwinter Nights: The Complete Collection2011WindowsAtari, Inc....
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Mass Effect 22010Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Final Fantasy XI Online: Vision of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Scars of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Heroes of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening2010Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.01
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 LLC...
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
The Precursors2009WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.73
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Selected Covers

Final Fantasy XIV Online Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy XIV Online
Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Total War: Shogun 2
Xenoblade Chronicles Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Xenoblade Chronicles

Selected Screenshots

The end of an era
Screenshot from Final Fantasy XIV Online
Main menu.
Screenshot from Total War: Shogun 2
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