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: Wings of the Goddess2007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.50
    Neverwinter Nights 3-Pack2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
    The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.06
    The Witcher (Limited Edition)2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.38
    Mass Effect2007Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.00
    Neverwinter Nights 2 (Chaotic Evil Edition)2006WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.50
    Neverwinter Nights 2 (Lawful Good Edition)2006WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.3.67
    Neverwinter Nights 2 (Limited Edition)2006WindowsAtari, Inc....
    Final Fantasy XI Online2006PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.33
    Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.84
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan2006PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.2.72
    Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.26
    Gothic (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.5.00
    Killer72005GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
    Neverwinter Nights: Diamond2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.41
    Neverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast2005Linux, WindowsBioWare Corporation4.36
    Neverwinter Nights: Platinum2004WindowsAtari, Inc.3.84
    Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection2004PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.00
    Gothic II: Gold Edition2004WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.07
    Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia2004PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.48
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords2004Windows, XboxLucasArts3.96
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.17
    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.19
    Gothic II: Limited Gold Edition2004WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG4.00
    Monster Arena2004BrowserRinkWorks3.00
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    Selected Covers

    The Witcher Windows Front Cover
    Front cover for The Witcher

    Selected Screenshots

    A castle - obviously. (Intro)
    Screenshot from The Witcher
    A Texan Farmer talks about the emergence of Ulmeyda's city in one of the game's animated cutscenes.
    Screenshot from Killer7
    Main menu
    Screenshot from Mass Effect