APB Has a Sweet Character Creator

EA has a series of events nearly every hour going on at their booth at E3 right now, and I happened to catch a bunch of their presentation on the character creator for the upcoming All Points Bulletin.  In short: City of Heroes has nothing on this.  The characters come out looking top-notch, just as the presenter kept saying– as if you were a developer of the game, not a generic avatar in an MMO.  Granted, the video we were watching was someone who was extremely creative, including adding in tattoos, stripes and designs on the clothing in ways I’ve seen few real-world folks do with such finesse, but I could see a randomizer (with color-coordination built in) potentially generating similar results.

Similar to some other games’ character creators, instead of dealing with sliders, some aspects (such as body weight) are handled by sliding a cursor around in a box, where each of the box’s four corners corresponds with a specific trait, such as muscle mass versus body fat, skinny versus heavyset.  Eyes can be scaled and tilted, skin tone and clothes changed a rainbow of colors, but in one particularly cool effect, the hairstyles can be grown or shortened with a slider, expanding and retreating like that old computer morphing special effect that was overdone in Michael Jackson’s Black or White video… regardless the simile, really awesome to see in action.  Plus, your gang’s logo can be easily put together, and the cars you drive can be equally customized to sport your gang’s colors and logos.  Oh, and clothes?  Often it’s “choose from the long sleeved jacket or the tank top,” but in APB, you can layer clothes and accessories on top of each other, like a t-shirt over a long sleeved shirt, or a bra, shirt and jacket for a girl… it all results in complex and gorgeous characters.

The presenter explained that this deep character creator is so powerful because they want to get away from the common names-over-heads presentation that’s prevalent in most MMOs.  They want characters to be memorable for the things they do, and the appearances they sport.  I think this developer is well on its way to accomplishing that.  I can’t wait to see more.

DC Universe Online and another MMO that’s slipping my mind are playable on the showfloor, as well as League of Legends.  I’ll try to get some time in with those and share thoughts there too.   Want me to check out something else?  Leave me a comment!

5 Comments to APB Has a Sweet Character Creator

  1. June 3, 2009 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    We’ve got a dancing request via Twitter:

    From SolitaryThunder:

    Make him to the Hokey Pokey!!!!!!!!!!!! Dont forget to capture it…

    Another strange dancing request from @davidfretz…

    I would like to request Noah do The Watusi? j/k Did the guy who is currently making Love – MMO make it to E3?

    From @NT_ -

    If he has time, Noah could check out Jumpgate: Evolution at the Alienware or Gazillion booths and let us know how it looks.

    From @Blamefulgecko -

    I’m definatly interested in his impressions of Nintendo’s Press Conference.

  2. June 3, 2009 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    This is from the original developers of Crackdown on the 360, and I felt that game had MMO written all over it.
    It was fun, ran quite well, looked cool, and the amount of mini games while progressing was phenomenal.
    If APB has any of that aspect, I will be all over it…so will my son!

    Cheer mates!

  3. Onigato's Gravatar Onigato
    June 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Twist some arms, break a few lets over at Sony. get them to admit that a new PS3 console model or a price cut is coming soon. hehe

  4. Onigato's Gravatar Onigato
    June 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Permalink


  5. Julien's Gravatar Julien
    June 5, 2009 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    As much as I like GTA and respect your journalistic integrity Noah, I really couldn’t care less…
    please, please, please tell me they let you check out the TOR demo. If there’s anyone I would trust with impressions from that game it would be someone from the”M-team”

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