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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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Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - HD Remaster2020Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4Atlus Co., Ltd....
Astral Chain2019Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc.3.93
MapleStory 22018WindowsNexon America Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles 22017Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneFocus Home Interactive SAS2.01
XenobladeX2015Wii UNintendo Co., Ltd....
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.4.16
ARK: Survival Evolved2015Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneSnail Games USA, Inc....
Xenoblade Chronicles X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Divinity: Original Sin2014Macintosh, WindowsDaedalic Entertainment GmbH3.40
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut2014Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver3.43
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.05
Wasteland 22014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsinXile Entertainment, Inc.3.58
Aarklash: Legacy2013WindowsCyanide S.A....
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Flight Rising2013BrowserStormlight Workshop, LLC...
UnderRail2013WindowsStygian Software...
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Mass Effect2012PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.25
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Oneak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.64
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action2012Linux, Macintosh, WindowsbitComposer Entertainment AG2.86
Mass Effect 32012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.07
Mass Effect 22011PlayStation 3Electronic Arts, Inc.4.15
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.75
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011OnLive, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Now, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneSquare Enix, Inc.4.12
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Selected Covers

Aarklash: Legacy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aarklash: Legacy
Wasteland 2 Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Wasteland 2
Mass Effect PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Mass Effect

Selected Screenshots

Creating a character.
Screenshot from Wasteland 2
Main menu
Screenshot from UnderRail
Title screen.
Screenshot from Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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