Top 10 Video Games with notable Create-A-Character features for Black Gamers [Linwood’s Picks]

As I said before in a previous list, being a Black gamer, I tend to find myself looking for titles that I can either tailor the main character to represent my likeness. Even if vaguely, for the purpose of imprinting a unique style that would make spending time behind a controller more worthwhile. This is why I am, and many others, are excited for the release of ‘Cyberpunk 2077′, which is a product of a franchise ingeniously crafted by a Black American creator, Mike Pondsmith’. For those of you who did not know.

I’m not necessarily focusing on how many options there are regarding this feature, as my choices are based on how they act within a package that’s related to my tastes. So you won’t be seeing any wrestling, sports, or any MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games, although ‘City of Heroes’ still remains an amazing world that we had to say goodbye to. If there are any that you think we should take a look at, make sure to comment.

10. TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS 2

“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – the sequel to the award-winning next-generation first-person shooter – returns to Sin City. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is your last chance to rescue America’s sexiest city from an escalating terrorist siege that will force you into heart-pounding action from beginning to end.”

Note: Not only can you and a friend customize your characters to use in both multiplayer as well as a split-screen co-op story campaign, but it is also possible to scan your face using a webcam on the Xbox 360 for your figures.

9. SAINT’S ROW: THE THIRD

“The Syndicate, a legendary criminal fraternity with pawns in play all over the globe, has turned its eye on the Saints and demands tribute. Refusing to kneel to the Syndicate, you take the fight to Steelport, a once-proud metropolis reduced to a struggling city of sin under Syndicate control.”

Note: The third and fourth entries feature customization that is “out of this world”. Due to the franchise’s shift in tone after the second, fans have been understandably divided on which half are the better games. Personally, I would just enjoy them all.

8. FALLOUT 3

“You, the Lone Wanderer, are a young inhabitant of Vault 101. The Vault has supposedly been sealed for the last 200 years, with nobody entering or leaving. All was going well until your father, James, disappeared from the vault without any explanation. During the ensuing commotion, you also escape the vault and set off in search of your father.”

7. MASS EFFECT [TRILOGY]

“The game takes place within the Milky Way galaxy in the year 2183, where civilization is threatened by a highly advanced machine race known as the Reapers. The player assumes the role of Commander Shepard, an elite human soldier who must stop a rogue agent from carrying out the Reapers’ galactic invasion.”

6. STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

“The story of Knights of the Old Republic takes place almost 4,000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire, where Darth Malak, a Dark Lord of the Sith, has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. The player character, as a Jedi, must venture to different planets in the galaxy to defeat Malak.”

Note: Surprisingly, the first game has a Black model with cornrows with a fade and the second allows you to select a Black model with locs.

Fun Fact: I rocked the former hairstyle after playing KOTOR when I was around sixteen.

5. DEF JAM: FIGHT FOR NEW YORK

“D-Mob, after being arrested for involvement in a shooting, is broken out of police custody. Now, his crew is involved in a major turf war with Crow, with control of New York’s underground at stake.”

Note: This is the only installment in the franchise that I can highly recommend, and the customization is very deep for a brutal fighter with wrestling mechanics. You cannot, however, create a female character for the story mode.

4. SOULCALIBUR V

“The sixth main installment in Namco’s Soulcalibur series of fighting games, Soulcalibur V is the follow-up to Soulcalibur IV and retains the weapon-based combat that characterizes the series but follows a new character, Patroklos, who aims to rid his sister of a curse brought upon her by an ancient weapon.”

3. THE SIMS 4

“The Sims 4 is a life simulation game, similar to its predecessors. Players create a Sim character and control their life to explore different personalities which change the way the game plays out.”

2. TONY HAWK UNDERGROUND

“The plot follows the player character and their friend Eric Sparrow as the two become professionals and grow apart.”

Note: I highly recommend this, the sequel, and ‘Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland’. However, the first two mentions have exceptional customization, depending on whether your tastes are geared towards realism or exaggeration, respectively. Unfortunately, ‘Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland’ is yet another game that did not allow you to create a female character for its story mode due to a kiss scene with another woman acting as the love interest (Voice by Cree Summer).

1. DRAGON’S DOGMA

“Set in the high fantasy world of Gransys, the player takes on the role of a human protagonist dubbed the Arisen on a quest to defeat the dragon Grigori, a being said to herald the world’s end, while uncovering a deeper conspiracy along the way.”
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