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Submitted by xtheownerzx 544d ago | opinion piece

Are Customizable Characters Really Important?

GamerFitNation: It is always a big deal being able to customize a character in a game, but does it add anything to the game? In some games you don’t get to see much of your character. Other games have customization that is so minimal that it almost doesn’t matter. But in sports games the ability to create a character can add immense value, as you are able to add in almost anyone, ranging from complete caricatures of people, or even the player themselves. (Mass Effect 3, PS3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Wii U, Xbox 360)

pr0t0typeknuckles  +   545d ago
Personally for me its very important,you can make your own character in your image,not every game should have it obviously but some openworld games and rpgs highly benefit from it imo.
Xof  +   544d ago
Essentially, for any game where the player-character is a player-surrogate, customization is important.

In other words, games where you do not play as a set character.

The two examples that seem most appropriate today are, I think, The Legend of Zelda and Mario, as in both cases the "character" of the protagonist is very much a blank-slate, yet players are given zero customization--which, even though these games--particularly the Zelda series where Link is supposed to be a "link" to the human player--have zero customization at all. This is why that one parent modded Ocarina of Time to make Link female.
3-4-5  +   544d ago
Yes...Customization is arguably one of the most important aspects of making a game personal and addicting.

It adds replay value without having to add anything more to the actual gameplay

My experience is then different than yours and so on...
fredolopez  +   545d ago
i see customization more as a luxury. i enjoy customization, but for myself it's not that important.
Triforce079  +   544d ago
Depends if the developers arn't creative they give you the tools ???? i say invent decent characters from the off.
TenSteps  +   544d ago
I like being able to customize my character but in this scenario I can live with or without it.
Neixus  +   544d ago
It's a nice bonus, i like the feeling of playing my own character, instead of someone else.
can't imgagine fallout or wow without character customization,lol
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kevnb  +   544d ago
A lot of people like them, who am I to judge. And I'll admit, in some games it's a nice feature.
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MysticStrummer  +   544d ago
I always prefer to customize if possible. The more options the better.
toxic-inferno  +   544d ago
I guess any game where you are trying to "forge your own story" is helped by a character-customisation option.

When the game spoon-feeds you a story (not a bad thing at all; storytelling at its finest!), you can believe in the characters it gives you. But when it expects you to use your imagination to build your own story, a character customisation seriously helps.

Imagine Skyrim if you HAD to play as a white, male Breton with goofy hair and a scar down his left cheek. It simply wouldn't have the same feeling of embarking on your own adventure.
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Bebedora  +   544d ago
I agree. It's like when I read a book and the persons in it I imagine gets it's own look and even expressions at times.
toxic-inferno  +   544d ago
This is going to sound horribly poetic and philosophical, but...

It really is amazing how the human imagination functions!
edonus  +   544d ago
Depends on the game.
If the game revolves around major character that has his own quirks and style then why would you want to customize them. Think Would you want to customize Kratos or Marcus Fenix.

On the other hand games that are open and you make your own path customizing is a must.
Jyndal  +   544d ago
The more creativity I'm given in a game, the better I like it.
GunsAndTheBeast  +   544d ago
Yes.
Donnieboi  +   544d ago
Being able to customize my character in Metal gear Online (from the skin, hair, facial hair, clothes, clothing color, voice, etc) really made it feel like my character was unique.
KillrateOmega  +   544d ago
If the game itself isn't strictly dependent upon a particular character with his own particular appearance, then I always prefer customization.

It adds personality to your character and further immerses you in the experience. It's more personal.
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Tiqila  +   544d ago
depends on the game
CrossingEden  +   544d ago
this, some stories work better without customization, some don't can't imagine customization being able to fit inside the last of us
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BosSSyndrome  +   544d ago
I think it depends on the genre of game.
Myst  +   544d ago
Agreed depending on the type of game it is it can be either the most important or not at all.
vikingland1  +   544d ago
I would like more face mapping in games. The PS4 & Xbox One have good enough cameras and enough power that it should be easy. It would be cool to play a game that the main character looks just like yourself. I know some sports games have tried it in the past but most of the time they just look scary LOL. My son made a character in madden and it looked just like him. I tried it and it looked nothing like me. So it was a hit and miss type of thing. It needs to get better.
Scrivlar  +   544d ago
It depends what type of game you're playing. If it's something like Skyrim where one of the main strengths of the game, having as much freedom , choice and variety as possible. Then I think it would be strange and lazy not to have character customization. On a game like Saints Row it's not necessary but nice to have the option.
Npugz7  +   544d ago
Yes I prefer being able to create my own character!
drizzom  +   544d ago
The higher the interaction with other people, the more important the idea of individuality and thus customizable characters become.
ScepticTankAvenger  +   544d ago
Super important. Nuff said.

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