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Have MMORPGs perfected cloning or does character creation suck?

Posted by lordaltay1 Sunday June 22 2008 at 12:55PM
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The single least developed component of most MMORPGs is character customization. When I enter the character creation screen, I’m constantly disappointed with the options I’m presented with. Most games usually let me change my face or hair, but that’s about the extent of customization in those games. I don’t understand at all why developers haven’t expanded on this feature. Is it too much to ask for to look unique in an MMORPG world? It’s upsetting to see everyone running around looking EXACTLY like my character, as it takes away from the uniqueness of my character. Even games like World of Warcraft have extremely limited character customization, as players can only change their skin color, face, hair style, hair color and facial hair. The two games I’ll analyze today are WYD Global and Perfect World.

The game I’ve found with the absolute least character customization is WYD Global. The game isn’t bad for a free MMORPG, and is actually pretty enjoyable, but has absolutely NO character customization. Upon entering the character creation screen in WYD Global, you’ll be presented with four different classes, each standing on the screen. Upon selecting which class you want to be, you’ll be presented with a text box to enter your character’s name. You can’t change your character’s gender. What in the world were the developers of this game thinking? Would it have been so much extra work to allow players to at least be able to change their gender? The only female characters in this game are mages, which are oddly called “foemas” in WYD Global. Don’t think the game makes up for the lack of character customization with a wide variety of classes, as there are only four. Games aren’t like Gauntlet legends anymore, players like character customization!

The game with the best character customization of all time is definitely Perfect World. I bet you didn’t expect me to name a free to play game, but surprisingly Perfect World is indeed free to play. The game is immensely popular in China, and has only been recently licensed to Cubinet, a Malaysian publisher. Luckily, English is a common language in Malaysia, so the game is open to US players. Upon making your character in this game, you’ll be blown away with the options you’ll be presented with. Players can everything about their character from nose length to the distance between your eye brows. Unlike most MMO games where each customizable component of your character has only a few different styles, Perfect World has so many options. For skin color and hair color, players can choose almost any color from a color grid. The game has nearly limitless options for customization, and if you spend some time customizing your character, odds are you’ll never see someone that looks exactly like you. You can customize just about ANYTING you can think of in Perfect World, and yes, females can indeed make their breasts bigger. Just so you folks understand the extent of which you can customize your character in Perfect World, I’m going to show you a screenshot of my character. I guarantee you won’t be able to show me another game that lets you do this. Keep in mind, I tried to make my character look as obscure as possible to demonstrate the extent of Perfect World’s customization; there are plenty of options to make your character look normal.

My Perfect World Character