The Daily Grind: Which MMO has your favorite cosmetic system?

    
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The Secret World is not my game of choice, but I sure did like its system for appearances. Clothing was just… well, clothing. You could wear whatever outfit you liked! Your stats were entirely tied to other parts of your character, and there was lots of stuff to mix-and-match. Skyforge uses a similar trick with its outfits, but there’s less mixing and matching. It’s a bit less appealing.

Of course, I’m very fond of any cosmetic system; there are just better and worse options. City of Heroes has some gold-standard elements to its cosmetic system, naturally, but even in games with more investment in gear, there are better and worse systems. So what MMO has your favorite cosmetic equipment system? Would it work in other games, or not quite so much?

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I haven’t played enough games with quality vanity systems to really compare but of the ones I have experienced DCUO, hands down.

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Of the games I play, Rift has the best wardrobe system, far and away. Lots of people have stated the reasons, no need to restate them.
I just want to add one bit of clarification. It’s been said that Rift’s wardrobe skins are account-wide, I wanted to be clear that’s account-wide per REGION. Some of us play on both NA and EU regions, and your wardrobe doesn’t follow you. Not a big deal, agreed, but didn’t want someone wondering why.

syberghost
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syberghost

This is the only thing about which any gamer will ever say this, but the gold standard is APB; not only does it have the biggest selection of clothes with the most detail, but you can make your own with a lot of detail, and even sell those creations to other players.

Pity it’s a diamond on top of a turd.

Shienne
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Shienne

DC Universe Online and The Lord of the Rings Online are both laudable for their no-muss-no-fuss vanity systems, but I’d give the nod to DC Universe overall, since you don’t actually have to have the item on you to use it for cosmetics. Once you’ve equipped an item once, its appearance is unlocked forever, and you can change it as much as you want.

Mailvaltar
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Mailvaltar

Polyanna They didn’t monetize the slots, you had no limitations whatsoever if you didn’t pay anything (after it went f2p, obviously).
There were and are clothes and outfits you can buy for real money of course, but tbh there aren’t nearly enough, and you can get lots and lots of clothes just by playing the game. Which is great of course, but didn’t exactly help them make enough money with the game…

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

teehee2 Craw Guy Gardner Chest FTW.

FeveredDreamer
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FeveredDreamer

LotRO still wills this one for me.  Other systems are more advanced certainly but one of my favorite things about LotRO is that you can have multiple outfits saved in advance.  So if you’re the sort for RPing you can *without spending anything* have an outfit or set of armor that is your standard appearance, or an outfit for guild events and so forth.  That being said, overall it is hard to argue with TSW, appearance being separate from stats just makes sense if you’re designing a game that cares about cosmetics.  GW2’s wardrobe system is great and all but the fact that it costs something (even something accessible) limits my appreciation of the system.

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It’s hard to argue with TSW for the basic design (100% separation of stats from looks). The UI left something to be desired, and they did monetize outfit slots, if I remember. It also was unfortunate that a game with such a well executed outfit feature set had so many lousy looking outfits.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

100% DCUO. You unlock styles for the gear you get and can change at any time without paying any fees. This includes colors, setup, weapon styles you name it.

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groo the wanderer

I would have to go with Rift and TSW . Both have very good wardrobes and the clothes are well designed . In Character creation mode though it was hard to beat City of Heroes which really did allow you to create the Superhero of your choice ( DCU is OK but its nowhere near as comprehensive )