Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Dragon’s Dogma 2 character creator is taking over my life

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I do love a game that lets me spend hours toiling away at my character, prodding and poking them until they fit the perfect image I’ve conjured up in my head. The character creator for Dragon’s Dogma 2 is no exception to this.

Character creators have always been a source of entertainment, particularly for marginalized gamers who often don’t get to see themselves as the main protagonists in the stories they love. Even now, despite the constant whining from a small, but vocal group online about how ‘straight white male protagonists’ are all dying out, it’s rare to see a protagonist that isn’t one.

So, with that in mind, you can see why I love character creators.

And I’ll be the first to say that character creators have really been improving lately, particularly when it comes to body image and gender. The demo for Dragon’s Dogma 2’s character creator pleasantly surprised me by letting me choose from a selection of bodies for my Arisen, the protagonist and who you’ll be controlling, that ranged from fat, skinny, tall, short, and all of the wonderful things in between. A few months ago, I could list like, 4 games that would let you even be a little bit chubby. Now I can list around 6. Nothing groundbreaking, and one is Skull and Bones, but baby, we are getting there!

What’s truly special about the character creator for Dragon’s Dogma 2, however, is the level of customization it offers. You can be as tall as a giant, have wide and swaying hips, and an ass that just won’t quit. You can have wrinkles, sagging skin, and a number of scars, freckles, and tattoos that add small, but meaningful changes to your character.

Hell, if you want to attempt to make Gale of Waterdeep from Baldur’s Gate 3, pictured below, you can very well give it a go.

Dragon's Dogma 2 Gale
Image Source: Capcom

All of these things make it impossible for me to put down the Dragon’s Dogma 2 character creator. When I’ve not booted it up to play on my PS5, I’m thinking about all of the characters I could try and make with it.

It isn’t just me who has the Dragon’s Dogma 2 bug, either. I’ve seen so many different people sharing their creations online, some making the most heinous sh*t you’ve ever seen with a horrifying rendition of Pokemon’s Pikachu, whilst others are creating well-known characters from other video games such as Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil.

My group of friends have taken it one step further. Thanks to the option to create beastlike characters, we’ve used the character creator to finally create our Leonin (lion/human hybrids) characters from Dungeons and Dragons. It’s very rare indeed that a character creator lets you do this much, and while we don’t think Capcom had us in mind when adding this option to its game, we salute them all the same.

The best thing about the Dragon’s Dogma 2 demo is that it lets you save all of your creations to add to the full game when it releases this month. Not only is this great for me, someone who has spent over 3 hours in this damned thing, but it saves me the effort of going through it all again when I eventually grab the game in a few month’s time. Cheers for that, Capcom.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 releases on 22nd March for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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