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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
ARK: Survival Evolved2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneStudio Wildcard...
Baldur's Gate1998Macintosh, WindowsBlack Isle Studios4.08
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.15
Crime Fighter1993DOS, Windows3.56
Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi1988NESSquare Co., Ltd....
Demon's Souls2009PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.67
Deus Ex2000Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.01
Deus Ex: Human Revolution2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.15
Diablo1996Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.94
Diablo II2000Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.92
Dragon Age II2011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc.4.13
Dragon Age: Origins2009Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.91
Dragon's Crown2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Dragon Wars1989Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.69
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.77
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.74
Etrian Odyssey2007Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.83
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard2008Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Fallout1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.13
Fallout 21998Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.17
Fallout 32008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.70
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.79
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Selected Covers

The Elder Scrolls: Arena DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Elder Scrolls: Arena
Dragon Age: Origins Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Age: Origins
Fallout 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fallout 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls: Arena
Main Menu
Screenshot from Dragon Age: Origins
Title Screen / Main Menu
Screenshot from Fallout 2
Story introduction.
Screenshot from Demon's Souls
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