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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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Astral Chain2019Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
MapleStory 22018WindowsNexon America Inc....
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XenobladeX2015Wii UNintendo Co., Ltd....
ARK: Survival Evolved2015Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneSnail Games USA, Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.4.16
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut2014Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver3.31
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.13
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.54
UnderRail2013WindowsStygian Software...
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Flight Rising2013BrowserStormlight Workshop, LLC...
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.86
Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.25
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Oneak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.62
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.08
Total War: Shogun 22011Linux, Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.93
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings2011WindowsAtari, Inc.4.06
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011OnLive, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.15
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.15
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.75
Xenoblade Chronicles2010New Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.48
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Selected Covers

Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Total War: Shogun 2
Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for Xenoblade Chronicles X
Astral Chain Nintendo Switch Front Cover
Front cover for Astral Chain
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Dragon's Crown PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon's Crown

Selected Screenshots

Main menu.
Screenshot from Total War: Shogun 2
Title screen.
Screenshot from Xenoblade Chronicles X
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Main menu
Screenshot from UnderRail
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