Five of the Best: Character Creators

Five of the Best is a weekly series about the parts of games we overlook. We’ve discussed a diverse bunch: crowds, hubs, potions, mountains, hands… They’re the things we take for granted while we play but then, years later, find lodged in our brains. It’s only then we begin to appreciate how important they were. So let’s celebrate them.


Character creators! How long do you spend in them? Do you pick a premade face and just breeze through? Do you pick a template, tinker a bit and then settle? Or do you adjust absolutely everything, take all evening and it still doesn’t look right? I feel your pain.

We’ve come a long way from picking between a couple of different faces. These days, we push bone structures around, pick multiple tones for our hair colour, and plaster ourselves in all kinds of make-up and body markings. Who do you want to be? It’s not an easy question to answer. But I look forward to character creation. It’s part of the ritual of the game for me. The warm up, the settling in phase, the getting you ready for the adventure ahead. A role-playing game wouldn’t be the same without it.

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Black Desert Online

BDO has the best character creator I know of. I remember it causing a stir when people found out about it. The characters looked so real! And they still do. It’s a great marketing tool.

But how much does your painstakingly made face actually matter in the game? Not a lot. I don’t remember paying particular attention to how anyone looked. There was so much else going on in the game – the active combat is wonderful.

Or maybe I wasn’t looking because I find the idea of beautiful dolls running around a bit unsettling. Who made them? Why? It gives me the shivers.