- Saints Row 4 - PS3,PC,Xbox 360
- Bioshock: Infinite - PS3,PC,Xbox 360
- Pandora's Tower - Wii
- Tomb Raider - PS3,PC,Xbox 360
- The Path - PC
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Character Customization For The Creatively Challenged
I love custom characters. If a game gives me the choice to use a default hero or create my own I will jump into the customization screen head first every time.
Unfortunately I'm not very good at it. My characters almost always seem to end up somewhere in the uncanny valley with creepy eyes, misshapen skulls or a face that only an Innsmouth mother could love. My most recent failure was a Saints Row 4 hero that was supposed to look like a playful southern cowgirl but instead wound up looking more like an angry ginger scarecrow with a taste for human flesh. Oops.
The main issue is that most character customization systems only give you two choices: use a prebuilt character or manually adjust 73 different facial features. The first is boring and the second requires professional level skill to do well.
I would thus like to propose that future games include a third option: preset, interchangeable faces. Instead of having to adjust everything by hand I'd like to be able to scroll through a couple dozen default faces. A few round faces, a few angular faces, thin, strong, older, younger, sexy, cute, strong, male, female, etc... It would help people like me to create visually pleasing characters despite the fact that our desire for creativity often outpaces our actual creativity.
Of course, dedicated players will still be allowed to tweak details by hand and apathetic players could still just grab a prebuilt character and start the game. But I think a lot of people would really appreciate a nice middle ground between making no choices and having to make too many choices.
Now if you'll excuse me, my scarecrow and I need to go bust some alien heads.