Star Trek Online Character Creator Hands-on
In less than two months we all be able to get our Vulcan hands on of the most anticipated MMOs of all time, Star Trek Online. Until then, the folks at Rock, Paper Shotgun have given us a little preview of the Star Trek Online character creation process. Among other things, you can make a hideous looking Bolian, check out the article excerpt below.
The Star Trek Online beta has for some reason allowed us in. So of course this means spending my entire afternoon playing with the character creator. It’s made by Cryptic. Can you guess whether it’s brilliant or not? It’s brilliant.
What they’ve done is very clever. Currently there’s only access to the Federation side, which means the pre-created races available are Human, Andorian, Bajoran, Bolian, Vulcan, and Ferengi. But of course there’s also “Unknown”, the option to let you mould a new alien race for the Star Trek universe. But that comes later.
If you’ve played City of Heroes or Champions Online you’ll know quite how extraordinary Cryptic’s character creators are. Others attempt to offer the same lists of options, but almost none are able to produce the same results. (I’d say the one exception that I’ve spotted is Saints Row 2.) The same is true here. The nuance available to you with the tiniest of tweaks is fantastic, and unlike so many competitors’ creators, changing one value doesn’t obliterate your hard work with the others. Each setting is able to interact with the others without distorting it, so if you want to mess around with your head width, it isn’t going to muck up the mouth size or nostril depth you so carefully picked out.
What they’ve done for pre-established races is very smart. Rather than letting you go crazy-go-mad with the settings, each is carefully fixed so you can’t step outside the boundaries of realistic (if you’ll pardon the term being used when dealing with making alien faces). So for instance, pick a Bolian and it will offer you a generic blue seamed head. Attempt to go crazy and you’ll be able to make something odd, but not insane. And most of all, you won’t be able to give him hair. For instance. Default Bolian. (source Rock, Paper Shotgun)
Read the full article here.