After having a pretty long conversation last night about video games with an old friend, we decided that it's pretty hard to get into a game when you can't create your own character. And even though we talked pretty adamantly about this issue, we still got confused because it wasn't always like that.
Is it possible, that maybe character creation in video games ruined all the other video games ever? We can talk about how it helps representation but that isn't really the issue I want to cover. I want to know, from you guys specifically, if creating your own character -- whether they share the same face as you or not -- adds more to the game than one that doesn't allow you to make your own character.
When I looked through the list of recently played games (that I keep in my head), I found that other than Enter the Gungeon, I almost exclusively play games where I get to make my own character. The oldest one this generation being Dragon Age: Inquisition. Even though their character creator is a little weak in comparison to other games, it still added something to the gameplay.
There's something extremely enjoyable about playing a game where I know the guy on the screen looks somewhat like the guy holding the controller. It allows me to fully immerse myself in the story. It doesn't matter if it's Fantasy or Sci-Fi, it still adds more than I ever considered.
And then there's Fallout 4 where my character looks, pretty much, almost like me except more handsome (not the image above by the way). And when I think about my recently played mental list, I notice that some of the biggest games of the year aren't on it.
Sure, I started Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but I barely scratched the surface. And I still haven't started The Witcher 3, even though I've been told that it's one of the best games of this year.
To answer my own question at the top of this card, yes, character creation does matter... to me at least. But does it matter to you guys? And if not, let me know why? Is it an escapism kind of thing? Or do you have any preference towards one game over the other? Let me know in the comments or make your own card!
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