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: A Crystalline Prophecy2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd....
Final Fantasy XI Online: A Shantotto Ascention2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd....
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
The Witcher (Enhanced Edition)2008Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.4.18
Xenus II: White Gold2008WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd.3.06
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.68
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir2008WindowsAtari, Inc.3.88
Mass Effect2007Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.03
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.31
The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.05
Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess2007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
Etrian Odyssey2007Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Final Fantasy XI Online2006PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.33
Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.85
Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan2006PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.2.72
Killer72005GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.88
Neverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast2005Linux, WindowsBioWare Corporation...
Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.36
Monster Arena2004BrowserRinkWorks...
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.17
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxLucasArts4.01
Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia2004PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.48
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.18
Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.33
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.95
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Selected Covers

Etrian Odyssey Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Etrian Odyssey

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Fallout 3
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