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.
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
- 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.
Related game groups
Gameplay Feature: Character development - Automatic leveling
Gameplay Feature: Character development - Skill development / training
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|Fallout 3: Point Lookout||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.81|
|Fallout 3: The Pitt||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.74|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Ultimate Collection||2009||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||4.12|
|Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.38|
|Dragon Age: Origins||2009||Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.90|
|Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||4.00|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate||2009||Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.95|
|Fallout 3: Game Add-on Pack - Broken Steel and Point Lookout||2009||Windows, Xbox 360||1C-SoftClub||4.00|
|Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage||2009||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.43|
|Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard||2008||Nintendo DS||Atlus U.S.A., Inc.||5.00|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Gold||2008||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.25|
|The Witcher: Enhanced Edition||2008||Macintosh, Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.29|
|Fallout 3 (Collector's Edition)||2008||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.53|
|Fallout 3||2008||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||3.66|
|Fallout 3 (Survival Edition)||2008||PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks LLC||2.95|
|Neverwinter Nights Legends||2008||Windows||Atari, Inc.||5.00|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir||2008||Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.93|
|Neverwinter Nights 2 Deluxe||2008||Windows||Atari Europe S.A.S.U.||0.00|
|Fallout Trilogy||2008||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.60|
|Xenus II: White Gold||2008||Windows||Game Factory Interactive Ltd.||3.12|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer||2007||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.32|
|Mass Effect||2007||Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Final Fantasy XI Online Starter Pack||2007||Windows||Square Enix, Inc.||5.00|
|Etrian Odyssey||2007||Nintendo DS||Atlus U.S.A., Inc.||3.83|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess||2007||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||4.50|