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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!
I prefer to create my own character just because I like to dress them up and all. Also because I wouldn't want every character to look the same!
character creation submerges the player in the game allowing them to be the hero or villain they always thought they could or should be.. RPG character creation allows the ultimate escape from reality by creating a world that could never exist because I will never be a bulky bipedal lizard or a scrawny thieving bipedal I'm just a regular guy and that's not half as fun as chasing dragons or walking the post apocalyptic mojave
It all depends on the game. I tend to play RPG's for the fact that I'm playing as someone else. The whole point, for me, is to get lost into someone else's story. So for me, it's not important when picking out a game to play. I'm too busy checking the mechanics of the game, to make sure it's something worth spending my money on. Also, as much as I love character creation, (the Soul Calibur games where you could create your own character were so much fun!), I'm that person that spends FOREVER on creating my own character. I have to make sure this matches that, and that I look at every single thing there is to offer. So I'm that person in that picture that has made its rounds on the interwebs, where the guy starts a new game, and the next picture says something like "4 hours later," and then he says, "Alright, time to start the game!" Lol!
I can't say I prefer character creation over preset but I do get into the games with character creation a lot more. it does feel like an extension of me.
Character creation doesn't matter that much to me. Sure, I like to create characters, too...but then again, I rarely create a character that resembles me (Argonian warrior, here). I don't even have a problem with playing male characters. With good storytelling, I can still find myself just as immersed with a character I created as I can with a preset.