City of Heroes did it very well, but Guild Wars 2 did it better.
What I am looking for is the best of both worlds.
Star Citizen has been doing some amazing things with Cryengine and it has proven to be well suited for character customization as well as physics based destructible environments. Watch the example video below.
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The layering of skin-to-skin texture-to-tatoo-to-hair-to-cloth-to-armor is tailor-made for the superhero genre. What superheroes have on top of these layers is the addition of “auras”, or visual representations of power. Auras can be either a radiant glow, wispy smoke, or even buzzing flies, auras should have the flexibility of being emitted from either skin (think: elemental), skin texture (think: cracked magma), tattoos (think: mystic sigils), hair (think: flaming hair), cloth (think: Green Lantern movie), and armor (think: too many to think of). The option of auras in combination with customizable powers gives the player even more options than even City of Heroes ever had.
The proportions of a character, in many games, limit the options in the types of layers for hair, cloth, and armor. It’s understood that a character with hooved feet cannot wear shoes, but giving the player an option of types of hooves makes up for the limit of not having shoes. In contrast, a fat character should have access to all the above-skin texture options as a thin or muscular character has. Body sliders should address not only the size of a character, but the bulk and muscle tone of a character. This will allow for not only obese characters, but also muscular females.
THE CUSTOMIZATION CONSERVATORY
Haven’t seen it in game? Suggest it here. City of Heroes was touted as revolution in character creation, many critics claimed this was the only thing that the reason the game lasted as long as it did. I want a game that gives the player the ability to truly create a superhero unique to their imagination. A place where ideas for new clothing types, tattoos, auras, or even body types can be suggested, voted on by players, and fast-tracked to development.