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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

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Neverwinter Nights 2: Gold2008WindowsAtari, Inc....
Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 20082007PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.3.10
Etrian Odyssey2007Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Neverwinter Nights 3-Pack2007WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
Final Fantasy XI Online Starter Pack2007WindowsSquare Enix, Inc....
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
Mass Effect2007Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
The Witcher2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.05
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer2007WindowsAtari, Inc.4.32
Neverwinter Nights 22006Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.84
Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan2006PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.2.72
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....
Neverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast2005Linux, WindowsBioWare Corporation...
Neverwinter Nights: Diamond2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.41
Gothic (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsCD Projekt Sp. z o.o....
Killer72005GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.85
Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker2005WindowsAtari, Inc.4.36
Neverwinter Nights: Platinum2004WindowsAtari, Inc.3.84
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxLucasArts4.00
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.17
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