The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best fashion design?

Don’t pretend you’re all about the stats and are above venal preening over your looks in games. You secretly spend hours grinding dungeons, scouting through outfit blogs, and loitering over paint samples in the hardware store to assemble the best possible outfit for your MMO character.

But as we all know, not every MMO is created the same or has the same sense of fashion. Some games’ armor and cosmetic design are lacking while others only frustrate by giving you so many great options that you don’t know which to choose first.

Which MMO has the best fashion design? Which is easiest to reach that point where your character looks less like a hobo rooting through thrift store castoffs and more like he or she is ready to star in an action movie alongside Dwayne Johnson or Charlize Theron?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Siri

FFXI for the cool looking designs of the outfits, SWTOR for the share amount of options and having different outfit slots to change up on the fly for role playing, and last but not least LOTRO, love the simplicity the mechanics of the entire wardrobe system.

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Tithian

If we’re talking about typical combat-focused MMOs, then SWL. Probably. It has a good variety of both normal clothes and WTF-stuff/Nightmare fuel.

For non-combat, more sim-like MMOs, I’d say Second Life. The fact that people can market their own stuff is huge.

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Melissa McDonald

Obviously Second Life, where there is a huge cosmetics economy. Endless malls, upgrades for your avatar including all body parts from eyeballs to sculpted/mesh feet and hands, all made by the player community, shoes, accessories, jewelry, skins made from photographs of people, an endless arms race to create an ever-more-realistic avatar.

I mean, it’s not even close. There are literally well over a million clothing options, probably much more than that.

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McGuffn

Scarlet Blade.

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Castagere Shaikura

1. Rift
2. Wildstar
3 GW2
4. Just about every Asian mmo.

ernost
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ernost

The problem with Asian MMO’s is that most of the best options are fixed ‘outfits’ so if you say, like only the top of one or the bottom of another, you cannot mix and match.

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starbuck1771

Conan Exiles because I can go commando if I so choose.

veldara
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veldara

I’m actually fond of Secret World Legends’ fashion system, I like that the clothing in the game is grounded in modern world styling and isn’t too far out there. (Most of the time.)

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Toy Clown

The games that have been the easiest, and least expensive, to hop into fashion have been Rift, GW2 and ESO. What I love about GW2 is everything is account-wide, so I don’t have to buy armor / outfits for different characters, nor dyes. Rift has a great system due to the ability to create outfit tabs. I loved that feature! Rift’s fashion is also account-wide I believe.

ESO is getting a transmorg system in the near future, which will put that game up near the top with easily accessible fashion. I also like that everything is account-wide (at least region-wide). Most cash shop outfits are inexpensive.

After playing BDO for over a year and spending 20-34$ on cash shop outfits, every game feels inexpensive after that. :3

semugh
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semugh

probably Black desert.

Cadaver
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Cadaver

ESO is easily my favourite. It’s the only game where I’ve trawled through Dulfy’s pages looking for inspiration. My only really criticism was that I couldn’t combine costume elements with crafted pieces.

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Bryan Turner

I really should fire that up again.

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Toy Clown

Devs just announced last week they’re working on a transmog system, so that will give even more fashion choices!

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cambruin

Where did you hear/read that? That’d be awesome.