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
  • Related game groups

  • Gameplay Feature: Character development - Automatic leveling
  • Gameplay Feature: Character development - Skill development / training

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    Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
    Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.25
    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.4.15
    Dragon Age II: Legacy2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
    Neverwinter Nights: The Complete Collection2011WindowsAtari, Inc....
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Vision of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Scars of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.5.00
    Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Heroes of Abyssea2010PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.5.00
    Mass Effect 22010Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.16
    Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening2010Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
    Final Fantasy XIV Online (Collector's Edition)2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.4.64
    Fallout: New Vegas (Collector's Edition)2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC5.00
    Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.72
    Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.89
    Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
    Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.77
    Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: A Shantotto Ascention2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: A Crystalline Prophecy2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: A Moogle Kupo d'Etat2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
    Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition)2009Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.75
    Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.28
    Fallout 3: Point Lookout2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.81
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    Selected Covers

    Final Fantasy XIV Online Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for Final Fantasy XIV Online
    Fallout 3: Point Lookout PlayStation 3 Front Cover
    Front cover for Fallout 3: Point Lookout

    Selected Screenshots

    The end of an era
    Screenshot from Final Fantasy XIV Online
    A riverboat arrives near the Jefferson Memorial.
    Screenshot from Fallout 3: Point Lookout
    Mass Effect 2 - Start screen
    Screenshot from Mass Effect 2
    This is the menu.  Largely unchanged, but with a cool picture.
    Screenshot from Fallout: New Vegas