The Daily Grind: Where do you want MMOs to offer more character customization options?

    
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Also, more cats in general, please.

We’ve gotten lots of good character creators in recent years. Sure, there are things I might not like about Black Desert‘s character options, but we’ve come a hell of a long way from the days of having two sliders and a color selection (Phantasy Star Online) or eight hairstyles and two color options (Final Fantasy XI). At this point, you have plenty of options to make the sort of character you want. I appreciate that. We also have plenty of options to make sure that you get to wear more or less what you want, or at least you get to choose between several costuming options.

Still, though, there are areas in which I don’t get a lot of control over my character. Emotes, for example, still tend to be standardized, as do combat animations. There aren’t many games that allow my characters to have piercings or tattoos, too. We’ve got lots of options for making characters, but that just makes the constraints we do have feel more omnipresent. So what about you, dear reader? Where do you want MMOs to offer more character customization options?

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AGx

As far as MMOs go, BDO is my favorite by far. It’ll be nice when they remove the restrictions on classes like Wizard which force them to be old men. Otherwise, we need to be allowed more drastic changes. Think TESV: Skyrim as an example. Even better if it’s to the extent that you can get with some mods.

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Jacob Golden

Bdo is nice character creation and maybe combat thats it. Personally for me to hard to get a group and plenty of better solo games out there then bdo like skyrim and fallout
((Wish eso was as good as skyrim T.T))
Still trying to find a good game with gameplay and character creation for me half the game is character creation if im going to spend untold hours playing i want it to look just right
And as good as bdo character creation is it still had its own problems

mourasaint
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mourasaint

Archebius mourasaint better that having to pay real money for the same privilege.

Archebius
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Archebius

mourasaint I would HATE to have additional options unlocked by in-game achievements. Costume pieces? Sure. But I don’t want to keep unlocking new options for my character as I go, and having to go back into the character creator to tweak them.

Griffs
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Griffs

Wonder when BDO will start charging players to character customization?

Jarin
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Jarin

I would really love to see more animation style options, but I do understand that the level of dev time required there is significantly higher, so I’m not holding my breath.

Walah
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Walah

I’d rather have a game that was big on different variations of clothing and armor loot drops during gameplay, rather than having a game where most of the customization stops at the character creation screen, or the cash shop.

DasBenty
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DasBenty

I can make a woman with ginormous jumblies but I still can’t accentuate the size of my male characters crotchular region. What if I want to make it look like I just robbed a Subway and stuffed a $5 footlong down my pants??

Nanulak
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Nanulak

Once I am in game my characters looks are not that important since I only see myself from the rear and in armor.  What I do like is variety in costumes and appearance items in game.  Especially if I can somewhat disguise what I am as far as my class or my capabilities.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Nordavind zyrusticae Thanks for that visual. :p
It’s too obvious that it’s meant to be grotesque, though. Either that, or the artist doesn’t know how to handle facial proportions. The chin should be WAY smaller and the eyes further apart (the distance between should be, at a minimum, the same as the width of one eye). Those two changes alone would reduce the squick factor considerably.

mourasaint
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mourasaint

The question is poorly phrased. It’s not about “where”, but “how”.

But anyway, obviously the more customization the better, provided it’s in keeping with the rules of the universe in question. Tattoos, types of body build, what have you…

The interesting question is how they should be unlocked. 

My answer to that is through in-game achievements, like rep grinds and dungeon completions, and NEVER via micro-transactions.