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|
|Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer||2007||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.32|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess||2007||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||4.50|
|The Witcher (Limited Edition)||2007||Windows||Atari Europe S.A.S.U.||4.22|
|Mass Effect||2007||Windows, Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.00|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 2008||2007||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||3.10|
|The Witcher||2007||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.06|
|Neverwinter Nights 2 (Chaotic Evil Edition)||2006||Windows||Atari Europe S.A.S.U.||4.50|
|Neverwinter Nights 2 (Lawful Good Edition)||2006||Windows||Atari Europe S.A.S.U.||3.67|
|Neverwinter Nights 2 (Limited Edition)||2006||Windows||Atari, Inc.||...|
|Final Fantasy XI Online||2006||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||3.33|
|Neverwinter Nights 2||2006||Macintosh, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.84|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan||2006||PlayStation 2, Windows||Square Enix, Inc.||2.72|
|Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker||2005||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.26|
|Killer7||2005||GameCube, PlayStation 2||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.||3.84|
|Gothic (Collector's Edition)||2005||Windows||CD Projekt Sp. z o.o.||5.00|
|Neverwinter Nights: Diamond||2005||Windows||Atari, Inc.||4.41|
|Neverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast||2005||Linux, Windows||BioWare Corporation||4.36|
|Neverwinter Nights: Platinum||2004||Windows||Atari, Inc.||3.84|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection||2004||PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360||Square Enix, Inc.||3.00|
|Gothic II: Gold Edition||2004||Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||4.07|
|Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia||2004||PlayStation 2, Windows||Square Enix, Inc.||3.48|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords||2004||Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox||LucasArts||3.96|
|Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines||2004||Windows||Activision Publishing, Inc.||4.17|
|Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne||2004||PlayStation 2||Atlus U.S.A., Inc.||4.19|
|Gothic II: Limited Gold Edition||2004||Windows||JoWooD Productions Software AG||4.00|