Alright, admit it. How many hours do you spend on the “design-your-character” screen whenever it pops up in games?
My answer: at least 3…
I might be under exaggerating there. When I was in middle school, I spent a whopping four-and-a-half hours designing my Mii avatar for the Wii.
Seriously…. Who does that? What’s the point?
Ha, only losers would spend that much time creating their avatar. (I say this, but then I turn around and spend more hours designing my character in various games. Let’s say it together: hypocrite!). If you’re like me, you’re probably addicted to the sweet, sweet torture of agonizing over every single freaking detail possible.
So, without further ado, here are three games that have some of the most intense character creation ever:
Saints Row 2
The first game in the Saints Row series was first released in 2006. It’s a series of action-adventure games based in an open world and tells the story of the Third Street Saints, a local gang. The stories are very witty, chock full of obscure pop culture references and parodies. It’s one of the best-selling game franchises of all time!
So, what makes character creation in Saints Row 2 so special? It has the most customization freedom in the series. The subsequent titles also kept a lot of the customizability, but Saints Row 2 is unique in that it lets you control weight distribution and even body size. That means you won’t have to stick to pre-determined body types and can actually make your own! On top of that, you can give your character different hair, facial hair, and makeup styles regardless of the gender you choose. Talk about trailblazing!
Black Desert Online
How terrifying does that Bart Simpson look? Black Desert Online is an MMORPG that has some pretty great ratings (7/10 on Steam and 8.1/10 on MMORPG.com). It was released in 2014 by Korean developers and is B2P (buy to play) in Europe and North America.Fun fact: the game devs designed their very own “Black Desert” game engine specifically for this game. Because the world is so massive and there are very busy and hectic castle sieges, they needed an engine that was robust enough to handle everything.
The game takes place in a fantasy setting and focuses on the war between the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. Valencia is spiritual and contains the Black Desert, which holds black stones that can be sold for large sums. Calpheon doesn’t have any black stones, so they try to steal from other nations, including Valencia. This results in a large-scale conflict. However, that’s not what we’re here for today. This game’s character creation tool is so surprising that they released a standalone version of it that you could download for free. Imagine seven gigabytes of data just for a character creator.
You can change the face shape and other features, even controlling the pupil shape and color. There is almost no body part that can’t be edited, resized, or even deleted (you can make certain body parts transparent!).
Final Fantasy XV
Now for the last stop on our list: Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy is the legendary fantasy-slash-science-fiction game and franchise that was first released in 1987 by Square Enix. This game is older than I am! They just announced a multiplayer beta, which is actually what inspired this post! The expansion pack is titled “Comrades” and lets you create a character and team up with other people online. The original game was released at the end of 2016 and has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. You’ll need to have the original game to play it.
There are a few short quests that you can play through, but the most exciting feature of the beta is being able to do insane customization on your character. You can design face tattoos and even width of your jaw! Another feature is being able to combine the elements of two “parent” characters so that your resulting avatar will have a combination of both. You can even wear a chicken suit, though I don’t know how practical that would be.
The weird thing is that this game was released as a single-player RPG nine months ago. Why would it be getting multiplayer DLC all of a sudden? Maybe they’ll introduce some sort of micro-transaction system where you can buy different features for your avatar.
So, how do you like these character creators? I know I love them. But hey, I was excited when I found out that you could change some small aspects of your appearance in Pokemon Sun and Moon, too. I love customizing characters! I don’t know what’s so addicting about it.
What about you? Are there any games with absolutely fantastic character creators that I’ve missed? Let us know in the comments section or Tweet us @essjay_ent?