It’s been a crazy first month of 2022. Microsoft acquiring Activision and PlayStation acquiring Bungie, it’s safe to say that these two video game titans are planning something big for their future. While Microsoft acquiring Activision makes sense, as Microsoft and Xbox are primarily known for being great platforms for multiplayer, PlayStation getting Bungie is a bit quizzical, as Bungie is known for creating Halo and Destiny, games that offer single player but great multiplayer.
But at the same time, I believe it’s the right move for PlayStation.
Live Service Games Is A Smart Move For Sony
When you think of PlayStation, you think of award-winning single player games, right? The Last of Us, Uncharted, Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War etc. are all great examples of the single player experience PlayStation has been pumping out since the PS4 era.
Single player is PlayStation’s strength, but everyone has a weakness. For PlayStation, it’s multiplayer.
Now that doesn’t mean PlayStation doesn’t have multiplayer at all. The Last of Us and Uncharted had multiplayer that players continue to play to this day. But that’s about it.
While the folks over at Microsoft and Xbox have a plethora of multiplayer games that are renowned around the world. Sea of Thieves, Halo, Gears of War, Forza etc. are some of the best examples.
PlayStation has tried to create multiplayer to rival the likes of Halo or Forza, but cannot seem to get it right.
So instead, they put all their focus into creating single player games, which has done wonderfully for the PlayStation brand, as they are now the big name when it comes to publishing single player games.
PlayStation acquiring Bungie is the first step in PlayStation fixing the lack of multiplayer options. Bungie are veterans in the multiplayer business, and I believe they can help fix that. But it’s obvious PlayStation has more plans they’re keeping from the public.
Sony has plans to launch at least 10 live-service games by March 2026, meaning that Sony has been planning this for a while now.
While Bungie are excellent developers for multiplayer games, they’re not enough to give PlayStation the multiplayer games they need. I believe Sony is making moves to acquire more developer companies for their multiplayer games, which is a smart move.
PlayStation is dominating the single player market already with their games, and with Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarök not too far, it’s expected that they’ll be topping the charts once more with their games.
It’s only a matter of time that Sony and PlayStation does the same for the multiplayer market.
Hogwarts Legacy: How Good Is The Character Creation?
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Hogwarts Legacy is just around the corner, and if you’re one of those people who always expected an owl to crash into your bedroom to give you a letter of invitation to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry then congratulations, you’re still a child at heart. One of the many things that muggle-borns are keeping a close eye on is the character creation as this always has been a huge selling point for gamers who wish to see themselves in the game their playing. No argument needed there as it simply adds to the immersion. We’ll see just how good the character creation is by giving it a good wangle!
How Good Is The Character Creation In Hogwarts Legacy?
As the game is still said to be a “work in progress” not everything is set in stone just yet. There’s plenty of options to go through however so let’s see if you can either look like a Korean pop idol of some sort or a child that looks like a melting candle.
So the first thing you will notice once you go to the character creation screen is the plethora of Presets offered to you. This is a good start for players who just want to dive right in and explore the second-floor girls’ lavatory.
Once you have chosen your base look you will be taken to the Facewear section where you can choose your facial structure from a set of fifteen portraits. Some players may prefer having sliders when it comes to specific parts of their custom character’s face as they really have every intention to see a carbon copy of themselves in-game.
When you’re satisfied with the shape that you chose you can also go and specify a skin color and some glasses for your character. Hogwarts is known to have a rather diverse community of students so go be yourself and choose which suits you the best!
Moving on to Hairstyles you have two customization choices, your hair color, and the actual style of well, your hair! There can only be so many options for hair in any game as it’s quite difficult to build this from scratch compared to sculpting the bridge of your nose or adjusting the height of your temple.
Hair can be quite a delicate part of customization, especially when not all options are available to you. Nevertheless, you still have enough choices here to either look like Anton Chigur or The Daywalker. Props to you if you got any of that!
Next is the Complexion tab, you have the option to give yourself a slight blush if or some freckles and moles if you have any. We weren’t kidding earlier either when we said that you can look like you aged prematurely. That’s what the scars and markings are for! At the end of the day it’s all about getting your features down to a T!
On the following tab we have Eyebrows. Most options that we went through gave us the impression that everyone back in the 19th century had time to shave, and that’s a good thing! You can tell a lot from a person’s eyebrows after all. Just don’t get caught looking!
After choosing the shape that fits your fancy you can go and apply any color to it, most likely you will choose the same color you chose for your hair but hey, it’s your choice that matters here so go crazy! The same goes for your eyes as well.
For the final touch, you have four more options. You have two choices for your character’s voice which should’ve had more in our opinion. You can also change the pitch of that voice to resemble yours. Lastly you have your difficulty selection which is pretty straightforward, you also have your character name and which dormitory you want to be sent to.
The character creation in our opinion is good enough where it stands. It’s not great but it’s definitely not bad either. Having the option to choose a preset or create your own character completely from scratch (sliders and all) is a recent concept that players have been searching for a lot lately and it’s much appreciated that Avalanche Software gave that to us.
While others are happy with the choices they’ve been given, we can still see some possible complaints that will go after the Facewear section as limiting your features to only fifteen options is a very daring move given that there’s a chance that a player out there might not get the look they’re after.
It all just goes back to the sliders since this gives the player a more precise selection when it comes to making adjustments to their looks, plus there weren’t too many options for body-type either. It’s not a long list of shortcomings but you will have to take these into consideration if you’re the kind of gamer who spends more than an hour in the customization screen. We’re still looking forward to the game however so don’t let any of that bring you down. Thank you, and see you in the world of magic!