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
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Gothic II: Night of the Raven2003WindowsAkella4.18
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic2003Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, XboxAspyr Media, Inc.3.95
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.90
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Final Fantasy XI Online2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Gothic II2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.99
Summoner 22002GameCube, PlayStation 2THQ Inc.3.17
Neverwinter Nights2002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.88
Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment Inc.3.00
Baldur's Gate II: The Collection2002Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.20
Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Gothic2001WindowsXicat Interactive, Inc.4.05
Wizardry 82001Macintosh, WindowsEncore, Inc.4.13
Shin Megami Tensei2001Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.63
Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal2001Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.15
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.15
Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption2000Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.88
Diablo II2000Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.92
Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.99
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer2000PlayStation 2, Windows3DO Company, The3.75
System Shock 21999Linux, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.11
Planescape: Torment1999Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.19
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Selected Covers

Neverwinter Nights Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Neverwinter Nights
Final Fantasy XI Online PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy XI Online
Planescape: Torment Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Planescape: Torment
Shin Megami Tensei II PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Neverwinter Nights
A ravine on La Theine Plateau
Screenshot from Final Fantasy XI Online
Title screen
Screenshot from Planescape: Torment
The picture in the intro scrolls in the Playstation version
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei II
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