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Cloudman said:
Bristow9091 said:

Yeah I see where you're coming from with this, and I do agree, but at the same time I disagree based on my experience with the first XC game so far lol, having to dress looking like an idiot because it gives me better stats shouldn't really be a thing in my opinion, it sort of ruins the experience a little, and as for progression and character development, yeah okay so I get better gear as the games goes on, and I can see that visually... but please tell me why a literal bikini and pair of smart glasses is better than the armour I was just wearing beforehand? I've already mentioned how it look silly in cutscenes, lol :P 

Yeah, that is a fair point. It does look silly if they're wearing a ridiculous outfit during a really serious moment in the game. I think XCX remedied this by allowing you to pick your appearance gear apart from your actual gear, though for this game I guess you just have to deal with it, unfortunately : / I don't have much experience with the 1st XC.

Ah that's pretty cool then, I'll be playing it sometime later this year hopefully... 

And yeah I'll admit that it's one of the only things I don't like about visual equipment changes, it can actually go as far as to ruin cutscenes and stuff for me... and that probably sounds very silly, but meh, it's just the way things are lol :P 



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fatslob-:O said:
Bristow9091 said:

Yeah I see where you're coming from with this, and I do agree, but at the same time I disagree based on my experience with the first XC game so far lol, having to dress looking like an idiot because it gives me better stats shouldn't really be a thing in my opinion, it sort of ruins the experience a little, and as for progression and character development, yeah okay so I get better gear as the games goes on, and I can see that visually... but please tell me why a literal bikini and pair of smart glasses is better than the armour I was just wearing beforehand? I've already mentioned how it look silly in cutscenes, lol :P 

Suspension of disbelief ?

But if I'm playing a roleplaying game, generally I'd assume, as I would in real life, that better armour which gives me more defence etc. would look like, well... armour that actually protects me, rather than a bikini, lol :P 

I'm not saying they CAN'T have stuff like that in the game, but at least give it really low stats, be a LITTLE realistic with this "armour"



Bristow9091 said:
Cloudman said:

Yeah, that is a fair point. It does look silly if they're wearing a ridiculous outfit during a really serious moment in the game. I think XCX remedied this by allowing you to pick your appearance gear apart from your actual gear, though for this game I guess you just have to deal with it, unfortunately : / I don't have much experience with the 1st XC.

Ah that's pretty cool then, I'll be playing it sometime later this year hopefully... 

And yeah I'll admit that it's one of the only things I don't like about visual equipment changes, it can actually go as far as to ruin cutscenes and stuff for me... and that probably sounds very silly, but meh, it's just the way things are lol :P 

Yeah, that's understandable. There was a game I played where a character got an appearance change which I thought was not for the better. It wasn't really a bother, but sometimes I just thought 'man, that costume looks kinda dumb. Wish I could have the old one back'



 

              

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Fucking love it! I love having fashion for my character. One of my favorite things to do in games that allow it is mess around with different looks for my character. I esp love it when a game lets you equip a bunch of strong gear but lets you choose the aesthetic as well. Diablo III or Xenoblade X do this. I may like the look of this set of really low-level armor but still, have a bunch of nonmatching strong stuff equipped.

 

I like to show off my stuff in game like these select examples. The games are Earth's Dawn (Earth Wars on Switch and a awesome game btw) Dragon's Dogma and Super Mario World.

 



SegataSanshiro said:

I esp love it when a game lets you equip a bunch of strong gear but lets you choose the aesthetic as well. Diablo III or Xenoblade X do this. I may like the look of this set of really low-level armor but still, have a bunch of nonmatching strong stuff equipped.

Yeah, if more, or better yet EVERY game, let you do this, I'd have no problem with it whatsoever, I just hate wearing mismatching or silly looking gear to get the best stats, and as I've brought up multiple times, it'd solve my problem with cutscenes too, lol.

Also your post has reminded me that I still have Diablo III on PS4 in the wrapper on my shelf, bought it like two or three years ago, lol, might just do a singleplayer run through it, originally my mate was meant to be buying it too so we could co-op the whole thing since we used to play a lot of Diablo II together, but it never happened.



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Generally speaking, I'm always in favor of having more freedom, and I love being able to customize the appearance of my characters in games. That said, this can sometimes come at the cost of making sure that those characters have an inherent iconic look to them, which is a shame. There's a fine balance there, and some games strike that balance better than others.



Of course, is neat to see how your character changes with different gear you equip I like how they do it in Xenoblade X, where you can have 'cosmetic equipment' to pick your favourite visible gear



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Visible equipment is a big bonus for me, and sorely missed when absent. As for the cutscene issue you mentioned, that's up to the player as well as the developer. Its up to the developer to design gear that gels well with both the storytelling and gameplay and the player has themselves to blame if they wanna dress silly but still take the story seriously.



If the gear looks cool, then I like it to show. I do not like it when I custom make a character and he ends up being buried in generic-looking armor. On an unrelated note, one thing that bugged me with FF10 was how these adventurers who know they will be traveling through a frozen mountain range never pack cold weather gear. Running around on mount Gagazet in shorts looked super stupid.



I like dress up for my character. I can either make them look really stupid and out of place or really cool and bad ass, win win



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