Character creators are a big deal to me. If I didn't have to make my characters quickly enough at launch to avoid losing my precious names, I would probably spend the better part of a month before clicking "create" the first time. So you know
that the first thing I did when I sat down to play WildStar's
recent press beta was to play around with the character creator.
All right, that's the first thing everyone
does: You have to make a character, but I was playing that to win
Character creation in MMOs usually falls short of what's offered in games like The Sims
and Saints Row IV
. At the low end you have games like Final Fantasy XI
(pick a race, pick a face, pick a hair color, am I seriously done now?), and at the high end you've got Champions Online
or the dearly departed City of Heroes
does not hit the high end, but it does do some things pretty nicely, even if it also misses some opportunities.