The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the most attractive cosmetic options?

There are a lot of games out there with really great cosmetic systems. But a great system in and of itself doesn’t mean that a game has great cosmetic options. The system in Secret World Legends sure does work well, but if you don’t like the game’s mostly real-world aesthetic, you are probably not going to like many of your outfit choices. For all the positives in Guild Wars 2‘s system, good luck finding something devoid of the armor pieces that some of our staff loathes with a passion. (Here’s a hint, it rhymes with “rutdrapes” and there are about a million pieces in that category.)

So today’s question isn’t about which MMO has the best actual system for cosmetic gear. Instead, it’s a question of which MMO has the best actual cosmetic gear. Even if the game itself would benefit from an entirely different cosmetic system (more dye channels, more costume options, any dye options whatsoever looking at you World of Warcraft), we’re asking you directly: Which MMO has the most attractive cosmetic options?

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KatsPurr
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KatsPurr

Eve Online by far! Second comes GW2!

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Theodrax

I’m enjoying Secret World Legends costumes. I could wish there were a few more face and body options, but I’m spending far to many of my Marks of Fortune on dressing fancy.

Am I allowed to say City of Heroes. I know it’s expired, and the graphics are very dated, but in its day it couldn’t (and still can’t) be beat for costume options.

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Brown Jenkin

GW2 is probably my overall favorite for quality of cosmetics probably really tied to the game’s overall awesome aesthetic, but I think LOTRO remains the best overall system and has some really nice visuals as well. On the other hand, even if the range of choices in BDO isn’t amazing, the quality of those outfits is A+

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Maggie May

SWL has bunny slippers, pink ones. And they don’t force you into enormous shoulder pads, I am actually enjoying the change if pace from the fantasy tropewear. And yea ditto on SL when I left years ago I had 60 k items in my exploding inventory including hundreds of skins. Not a good game for a packrat.

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Sajiri

Gonna go with PSO2 again. Has such a huge range of costumes, some of which Im not fond of but it caters to so many tastes and aesthetics that even if I dont like them, I can appreciate the choice. My only downside is that the weird position female characters idle in makes a lot of those amazing costumes look super weird if you arent a tiny anime girl doll. I like my curvy muscular lady :/

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Loren🌈ろーれん

I still think GW2 has some of the best cosmetics, because I care about face, hair, and body type as much or more than I do costume pieces, and it’s one of the few that’s remotely satisfying in that area imho.

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greyformat

FFXIV for best outfits, yet worst system for wearing them.

Wildstar for it’s wardrobe and dye functions, yet limited choices (space-faring doesn’t leave much in the non-practicality, regardless of gender).

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Carebear

the MMO with the worst cosmetic system: FFXIV

Its really ironic though :P to have great options for glamour / transmog / outfit but an old and obsolete system

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sophiskiai

Warframe. While it’s arguable to what extent the Warframes themselves count as “cosmetic” options, I’m a total sucker for being able to swap between bodies – especially when those bodies are faceless biomechanical battlesuits which move with such fluid grace :)

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John Mynard

While the options are not super varied, I think Warframe needs to be mentioned, if for no other reason than the variety of colors that are available for use and the fact that they accept and publish user submissions for gear options several times a year.

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Alex Hyer

The game that THINKS its the nicest at its clothing, but is one of the worst…

Guild Wars 2.

That damn game’s cash shop clothing is like an anime nightmare.

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Pandalulz

I’ll throw another +1 in for FFXIV. I’ll always dig those classic bonkers Final Fantasy designs.

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taradyne

I like Rift’s wardrobe system and the thousands of pieces in it. The game’s art style is on the realistic side but the clothing is pure fantasy.

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Melissa McDonald

/insert usual plug for Second Life. Nothing else even comes close, especially now that we have sculpted / mesh clothing with cloth physics, things that billow in the wind, etc., animated clothing, diaphanous clothing like veils and hose.

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Alex Hyer

The expensive avatar bodies/heads in SL now are nicer lookin gthan most MMORPGs too.

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Phubarrh

Age of Conan was halfway there with the vanity armor tab, the downside being that you still need to carry wardrobe items in your inventory if they aren’t actually installed (although you can also pull them from the claim window anytime). Funcom fixed that in TSW with their nice wardrobe dropdown. But I do also like the armor design in AoC; for a game that lets players expose more flesh than most, its clothing tends to the most practical, even if it’s ceremonial or swashbuckling in nature.

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jettisonedintospace

of what I played and comes to my mind right now:

*** FFXIV, EvE Online, Warhammer the Age of Reckoning, Wildstar, ArcheAge
**° SWtOR, LotRO, SWL, ESO, AoC, Aion, GW2, Rift
*°° WoW, FireFall

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NeoWolf

The more you complain about Butt Capes.. sorry “rutdrapes” the more you convince us you love them :)

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Ken from Chicago

If it were a romcom, Bree and buttcapes woulda been married by now. ;-)

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Utakata

And, oh yeah…pigtail sliders… <3

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Fervor Bliss

The detail you can see with 4k is wonderful so I have to say Black Desert Online.
I wish more games cared about the graphics of their games like they do.

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pepperzine

If only they didn’t nickel and dime players to switch up their outfits.

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Toy Clown

I do enjoy Secret World’s clothing options. It’s very simple, easy to collect wearables, and I love the simplicity of playing around with making realistic outfits.

I loved Rift’s cosmetics. They are varied! Just a bit costly because most are tied to the cash shop. But the good side is once you own it, it’s yours forever. Sadly the game didn’t appeal to me that much, but that and the housing system were awesome.

Sticking my head back into GW2, they have some nice cosmetic options. Again, most are stuck behind a paywall, but not in a way that’s overly expensive, and many of the items are too flashy for me, so I don’t spend heaps of cash there! The only thing I dislike about GW2’s entire system is having to use transmutation stones to put skins onto armors. Before ascended gear, I went out and farmed karma for my character’s gear, bought several inventory tabs, and filled them with outfits so I didn’t have to pay for transmutation stones. Now with ascended and it not being practical to do what I did a few years ago, I’ve lost a lot of the enjoyment of the game, oddly. I’m still trying to figure out a solution, as I love to change my charater’s outfits daily for fun.

BDO’s system was okay. Nothing to write home about, but there were some beautiful options. As a RPer, I leaned more toward realistic period costumes that would fit into the setting, but there wasn’t many of those. They weren’t sold on the cash shop, mostly, and were craftable, but still had to pay 15$ to transform the outfit to dye it.

There’s others out there I’m sure, but with as expensive as MMOs have become with “fluff”, I’ve had to become a lot more discerning where my cash goes. I’m happy to support my favs, of course, but jeeeze, they’re really hitting me in the pocketbook now.

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Little Bugbear

GW2 I like how you easy it is to get into the cosmetic system.

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Chris Moss

Considering you can make whatever designs you want, and color cloths any way you can think of, I would have to say APB: Reloaded.

Haven’t played in awhile, but I think it’s time to go create a new outfit.

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Chris Moss

Someone created Dva from Overwatch

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Utakata

I’ve been meaning to get that game sometime for the cc. Is it B2P?

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Chris Moss

It’s F2P. With a little P2W, when it comes to the Random Gun boxes you can buy(aka Joker Boxes). Funny enough if you are pretty skilled, you can beat anyone with the starter rifle, STAR. I’ve done it many times.

The biggest issue that gets to people, you have pretty blatant hackers that can ruin a match ; ;

Otherwise it is one of the funnest games I have ever played!

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Bryan Correll

SWTOR has a lot of great clothing options. And a lot of crap ones too (hats, other than simple caps or helmets, are almost all silly looking.) Actually obtaining the pieces you want can be very frustrating.
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As for the header image:
Funcom – “Welcome the Secret World Legends! What kind of hoodie do you prefer?”
Me – “Um…..none of them. I think hoodies look stupid.”
FC – “Pfft. Mark Zuckerberg wears hoodies!”
Me – “And he looks like a dork. When you’re a billionaire it’s time to buy adult clothes.”
FC – “Carter wears a hoodie. Don’t you like Carter?”
Me- “Yes, Carter’s great. She’s also a kid. I’m not.”
FC – “We even have leather hoodies!”
Me – “Just give me all the clothing I bought from Pangaea in TSW that hasn’t transferred over.”
FC – “Oh yeah, we’re working on that. But here’s a green hoodie. You’re Dragon, so you should love a green hoodie.”
Me – “What I’d love is my green suit pants, the ones that didn’t transfer properly and are the only thing that match my green suit coat.”
FC – “Working on it!”

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Utakata

They call ’em cowls back in FF XIV. And because they where part of the chest piece, they would circumvent your option in not to display head gear. They where shaped for ears of a Lalafell, but not her pigtails. So they where annoying…to put it mildly. :(

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Utakata

…sooo, what does rhyme with “rutdrapes”? o.O

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Bryan Correll

It’s that magic garment known as a Buttcape. Which is like a normal cape, but instead of hanging from the shoulders it hangs from the hips.

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Utakata

Thanks for explaining that. /bows :)

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Xijit

I can’t figure that out either

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agemyth 😩

Dota 2, not an MMO, has great cosmetics >.< One might think that from the RTS birds-eye perspective you wouldn't notice them as much, but as one of the type that has spent thousands of hours in that game you get real familiar with all the fashion. I think the outlandishness of modern Dota cosmetics, with crazy particle effects and stuff, has finally worn me down on newer sets. My taste has started shifting to a new appreciation for the older items that look quaint these days.

EQ2 has some cosmetics I really liked such as the the "Heritage" racial armor sets.

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CthulhuDawg

EverQuest2. Exhibit A: backpack that has two baby otters sleeping in it.

/thread

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agemyth 😩

Baby backpacks/bjorns for all.

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Ken from Chicago

CHAMPIONS ONLINE has a lot of good costume pieces even if they don’t mix and match as well as CITY OF HEROES’ pieces, although to be fair, CO has way more options and the ability to see a clearly visible difference between leather, fabric and metal is very impressive. I wish the character’s faces and hands weren’t quite so puffy by default, but those can be modified if you take the time.

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Tia Nadiezja

The single best piece of cosmetic gear in any MMO I’ve ever played is the Odyssey dress uniform from Star Trek Online. It feels setting-appropriate but doesn’t lift too many elements from any previous Starfleet uniform, it’s elegant, and it’s new. And it’s not in the cash shop, which is nice.

But overall list of cosmetic gear? Eh, TSW/SWL, though not SWL by itself. Too much of the good stuff is TSW-exclusive and has to be imported.

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Ken from Chicago

Preach it, Tia! I love STAR TREK ONLINE Odyssey uniform. It has a crisp sharp look, with pants creases so sharp they could cut steel! I still can’t believe it’s the free default uniform. Yet another reason STO is the exception to so many complaints people have about F2P mmos.

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Tia Nadiezja

STO’s place in the list of free-to-play MMOs is very strange, since it both engages in a lot of the most generally-abusive practices (lockboxes, lockboxes that don’t tell you the odds, lockboxes with ridiculously long odds, lockboxes that announce to the world when you pull the grand prize to convince people to gamble more, expensive packs), but at the same time is also immensely generous with free stuff. The best uniforms in the game are free or earned in play (while a lot of very desireable uniforms that aren’t the best are in the C-Store or the Lobi Store), every bit of content is free, they give away three free top-tier ships every year as account unlocks, even without those ships and only flying free ships you can complete all the regular content, and with the event ships you can do advanced and elite stuff…

STO demands no money but allows, and tempts, you to spend all the money. It’s a bizarre balance, but leaves it one of my favorite free-to-play models. It’s actually free to actually play all of, but you’ll probably want to spend money on it anyway.

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Ken from Chicago

I agree, lockboxes are STAR TREK ONLINE’s kryptonite. I understand it’s a Perfect World deal to announce lockbox wins since I understand CHAMPIONS ONLINE and NEVERWINTER ONLINE also do that global announcement when someone opens a lockbox and gets the grand prize.

Expensive packs don’t bother me since you know what you’re getting. Also, they are more cosmetic affecting either how you play or how you look. You can play with the free in-game ships and uniforms. I simply *wanted* the Odyssey class Enterprise-F (“My Precious!”) because it looks cool and has fun features to play.

However everything else defies most if not all of the complaints I hear often about F2P mmos in general.

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Iridescence

It really is a very generous system. When I was playing I never spent any money and found little reason to do so other than perhaps to speed up the grind of getting an endgame ship. Lockboxes are always a fool’s game and most games have them in some form. Are they abusive? I would say no. Anyone playing a game aimed at an adult market should have the self control to decide whether that sort of gambling is something they wish to engage in fully aware that it is most likely wasting their money to do so.

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