One of the hallmarks of MMORPGs is the freedom for players to create the kind of character that they want, from race to looks to class. It’s a large separation from most of mainline video gaming, where characters are established by the developers and inhabited by players. In Legend of Zelda, I was always Link, but in World of Warcraft, I’m PajamaPantz the Orc Rogue and proud of it.
However, not all MMOs allow this degree of freedom; several eastern games, like Closers and Vindictus, create fixed character/class roles and ask players to select from among them. These characters have defined looks and backgrounds, which not only limits choice on the player’s behalf but results in a landscape full of clones.
How do you feel about that? Is it hard to connect with pre-established MMO characters? Or do you like slipping into a role that’s already been fleshed out and prepared for you?