Game Groups > Gameplay feature: Character development - Skill distribution
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.
- 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 chance it does not belong into this group. However, there are exceptions like No One Lives Forever 2
Related game groups
- Baldur's Gate series
- Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping
- Gameplay feature: Character development - Repetition
- Gameplay feature: Monster capture / training
- Gameplay feature: New Game+
- Gameplay feature: Pickpocketing
- Genre: Dungeon Crawler
- Megami Tensei / Megaten universe
- Protagonist: Demon
- Protagonist: Visually customizable character
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