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
Neverwinter Nights 2: Gold2008WindowsAtari, Inc....
Mass Effect2007Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 20082007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.10
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.32
Neverwinter Nights 3-Pack2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
Etrian Odyssey2007Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess2007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc....
The Witcher (Limited Edition)2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.22
The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.06
Final Fantasy XI Online Starter Pack2007WindowsSquare Enix, Inc....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan2006PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.2.72
Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.84
Final Fantasy XI Online2006PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.33
Neverwinter Nights 2 (Limited Edition)2006WindowsAtari, Inc....
Neverwinter Nights 2 (Lawful Good Edition)2006WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
Neverwinter Nights 2 (Chaotic Evil Edition)2006WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
Gothic (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsCD Projekt Sp. z o.o....
Neverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast2005Linux, WindowsBioWare Corporation...
Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.26
Neverwinter Nights: Diamond2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.41
Killer72005GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.85
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.19
Monster Arena2004BrowserRinkWorks...
Gothic II: Gold Edition2004WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.07
Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection2004PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.00
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Selected Covers

Gothic II: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Gothic II: Gold Edition
Mass Effect Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Mass Effect

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Mass Effect
Main Menu
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
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