So I’m pretty much in love with this game right now and I’ll probably need to do a proper review at some point, but for now, lets talk a bit about customizations. Now, I love games (mmos in particular) that give you a great deal of liberty when designing your character. I mean, you’re in it for the long haul with your guy, so he might as well embody what you have in your head as your heroic avatar. But too many developers tend to skimp on this feature and it absolutely boggles my mind how they think they can get away with it in this generation of gaming.
SWTOR is no exception. While I will say that they do give you quite a bit of options with heads, hair, skin tone, scars, complexion, and even face paint… I think they fell short with the body type options. See, you only get 4, yes FOUR, body types! You can be short and skinny, tall and skinny, super beefcake, or round. And I don’t mean that in any kind of derogatory way, I mean, literally ROUND! It’s impossibly human and pretty much downright cartoonish. I like games that give you a wide variety of making your guy look the way you want, but if you’re only going to get 4 options, then at least make them be more natural.
(by the way, the last option I made to look like the starwars kid cause that’s what it reminds me of… like an over the top cartoon version of him.)
I don’t even want to get started on the female options either… short skinny with a small chest, short skinny with a large chest, tall toned with a medium chest, or tall toned with a medium chest that is stretched horizontally. Like, something you’d do in photoshop where you stretch the image out widthwise. Visually, it doesn’t make sense, especially when you compare it to the previous body type. It literally looks like they took the character model and just stretched it wide… it just doesn’t look right proportionally. Seems ol BioWare is having trouble with its more voluptuous options!
Also… side note… I get that they want to keep with the whole look and feel of the movies… but they need to ditch the 70s hair styles!! >)