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One of the many defining features of the Borderlands series has been its roster of characters. From playable characters, to supporting characters, to legendary enemies like Handsome Jack, the many people (and annoying robots) that inhabit the Borderlands universe are some of the most unique and memorable characters in any game. In Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, you can add yourself to this list of legendary characters, because for the first time in the history of the series, you can create your own personalized character.
OK, that’s a bit of a cheat since you’re creating a character to play in a fictional universe created by one of Borderlands’ most popular characters, Tiny Tina. But you can still choose your character’s look and style and put them to the test of a Borderlands game – a first for the series. But it’s more than allowing you to create and customize to your liking; everything about Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands character creation system fits seamlessly into the Borderlands universe, with the world of Wonderlands being spun on the fly by Tiny Tina, as well as deeper tabletop RPG touches than you’d expect. maybe not wait to find.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Custom Character Sampler
One of the first jokes when you start a game of Bunkers and Badasses under the watchful eye of Tiny Tina is to dig into your character model’s lack of paint. In fact, the vanilla character model is basically an unpainted, freshly purchased, and unboxed miniature. Just like any real tabletop player with an investment in the hobby, you’re expected to paint and customize your own miniature, which is a great way to introduce a character builder to the Borderlands series. .
If you’re worried about being unfairly restricted within the confines of Tiny Tina’s character creator, good news: it’s Borderlands. Sure, you CAN build the finest rock-jawed gigachad warrior this side of the Misty Mountains, but that would be missing the point. It’s something lead producer Kayla Belmore and creative director Matt Cox were quick to point out. “You can go full Monster Factory,” Cox said, referencing the infamous YouTube series where character creation tools are taken to places no one should go. With Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, that kind of freedom to create the most outrageous characters isn’t just encouraged, it’s built right into the creative process. That’s pretty much what’s expected of you.
One of the most fun ways to make your character deeply…off…is to disengage the sliders for symmetry. I was more than happy to push the creator to its horrifying levels, especially with the dev team’s blessing, and I have to say, I wish I had taken a shot. Being able to turn off symmetry meant I was able to make one ear almost imperceptible while the other was a massive, pointy elven ear that grew to proportions only seen in animals like the fennec fox or certain species of bats -mouse. Except it was just one. Same with the eyes. One massive, bulging eye, like something dragged from the coldest depths of the sea by a Russian fishing boat, while the other was a pearl, a single black speck sunk in its socket. In a word, my character was beautiful.
One of the most fun ways to make your character deeply…off…is to disengage the sliders for symmetry. I was more than happy to push the creator to its most gruesome levels…
The team emphasized that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is all about your choices, to make the experience unique to you, and the tons of options available to you in the character creation process alone is a great way to hammer that. intention. It really is a blank slate from the get-go, a pale gray-purple figure on which you can apply any paint of your imagination. There are no options locked behind genre, no specific set of voices to commit to, you are free to do who and what you want. My character, with his quirky eyes, horrifying ears, and weird ginger Richard Simmons-fro and mutton chops, won’t win any beauty awards, and that’s really the kind of thing I like.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Spell Screenshots (IGN First)
Now you’re probably thinking “Wait, why would I want to customize a character that I never see? Isn’t this a first person game?” Well, Gearbox has passed you by, I’m afraid, and taken that into account. While it’s true that much of your game time is in first person, anyone playing with you can enjoy your horrible or beautiful creation, but you, the person playing the game, also enjoy the fruits of your work in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ overworld. As you move from area to area in the overworld, you see a tiny, super-deformed version of your character moving across the play screen. This big-headed avatar is a great chance to really appreciate the hard work you’ve put into creating your character, and the fact that they’re SD makes even the most straightforward character creation look pretty ridiculous. I say lean on it.
As you move from area to area in the overworld, you see a tiny, super-deformed version of your character moving across the play screen.
Another feature that I find interesting about Tiny Tina’s character creator is that the options at the start of the game are not static. Much like previous Borderlands games and their quick-switch machines, you can find new customization options during gameplay and apply them later. One of my favorite parts of Borderlands 2 was equipping new heads for my pre-made character and then bending to my friends when we teamed up. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will also have this kind of customization rarity, only the combination of options will almost certainly be invisible to anyone. I’m really interested to see what kind of customization options unlock as you progress. The Minecraft Easter Egg helmet in Borderlands 2 remains one of my favorite customization options in all games, and knowing Gearbox, I’m sure there will be some weird, wild, and hopefully ridiculous options to unlock in the impending adventure of Tiny Tina.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is our first featured IGN game for February, and we’ve already dipped into the Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands spell system, as well as our first hands-on impressions of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. For all the Bunkers and Badasses news, be sure to check out our Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands hub, and for everything else you know where to keep it.