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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
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection2009PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.12
    Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.38
    Dragon Age: Origins2009Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.90
    Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.00
    Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate2009WindowsAtari, Inc.3.95
    Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - Broken Steel and Point Lookout2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.00
    Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.43
    Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.66
    Neverwinter Nights 2: Gold2008WindowsAtari, Inc.4.25
    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition2008Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.4.29
    Fallout 3 (Collector's Edition)2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.53
    Fallout 3 (Survival Edition)2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.95
    Neverwinter Nights Legends2008WindowsAtari, Inc.5.00
    Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir2008WindowsAtari, Inc.3.93
    Neverwinter Nights 2 Deluxe2008WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.0.00
    Fallout Trilogy2008WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.60
    Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.5.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 20082007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.10
    The Witcher (Limited Edition)2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.38
    Neverwinter Nights 3-Pack2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
    Final Fantasy XI Online Starter Pack2007WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.5.00
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess2007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.50
    The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.06
    Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.32
    Etrian Odyssey2007Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.83
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    Selected Covers

    Etrian Odyssey Nintendo DS Front Cover
    Front cover for Etrian Odyssey

    Selected Screenshots

    Main menu
    Screenshot from Fallout 3