Guild Wars Nightfall: Character Creation

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Clearing out my screenshots from the character creation process available during the Nightfall preview event…

More below the cut…

First up, the Paragon.

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One of the consistent criticisms of Nightfall has been the relative lack of character customization options, as we can see above. Seven hairstyles is not much, and the lack of variety is reinforced by having a couple of fairly similar styling options. Hair colors are a bit more numerous, but mostly these are subtle variations. The faces, I feel, are the weakest point of the Paragon class, with many faces having inhuman-looking white or metallic eyes, and none really having any significantly different facial features. I didn’t bother showing skin tones because there’s nothing significantly different there: about eight choices, ranging from dark black to some shade of tan or white.

Now, take all of this commentary with a bit of a grain of salt: ArenaNet representative Gaile Grey indicated after the Preview event that some changes would take place for character customization options. Still, I imagine some level of criticisim is still valid.

In the picture below I demonstrate the way the Paragon’s armor looks when dyed — Unfortunately it’s a bit disappointing. The metallic bits of the armor are colored, but the color scheme remains primarily white.

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A panoramic shot showing about the lightest possible Paragon skintone and hair color.

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A seemingly Egyptian hairstyle…

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I get the feeling I’ve seen this hairstyle before. It’s respectable, but nothing new or special.

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Another Egyptian style. Nice looking, but all of the faces strike me as distinctly African, so it’d be tough to pull off a truly Egyptian looking Paragon.

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My favorite Paragon hairstyle. This one isn’t anything particularly flashy, but it’s executed pretty well and it looks really nice. The headband cinches it.

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As a brief aside, here are some images of the Male Paragon…

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and the Male Dervish.

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The customization options for males are notoriously skimpy and I don’t even consider it really worthwhile to go over them extensively.

I also didn’t spend much time on the female Elementalist.

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The Elementalist faces were unremarkable, and the hair coloration was merely the usual Elementalist hair colors. Overall the hairstyles for the Nightfall Elementalist were kind of bland, but Elementalists seem to have gotten a variety of interesting styles in Prophecies and Factions, so a bit of a subdued option is nice. The default Elementalist clothing is so ugly that I really have no interest in an Elementalist, though perhaps there are some nicer styles available.

On to the Mesmers!

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a capture of the Mesmer hairstyle selection box, but I took a number of screenshots that will have to suffice. A lot of the Mesmer faces are very “imperious” and cold, which is fine, but some softer and more kind-looking face options would have been appreciated. Mesmer hair colors are also nothing to write home about — Considering it’s just a color overlay I don’t see why ArenaNet even bothers making colors class-specific.

Below we have what looks like my favorite Paragon hairstyle, mirrored horizontally and without the headband. I love the somewhat rugged look of the Mesmer’s starting outfit here, too, by the way. Mesmer styles tend to be very refined and elegant, but I like the look of these more practical adventuring outfits as an option to have.

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This hairstyle itself isn’t attractive to me, but the jewelry piece that accompanies it is very classy.

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This is a hairstyle I’ve seen in Prophecies. Nightfall gives it a little twist by dramatically improving the texture quality on the hair.

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Again, in a different color…

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Here I think we have one of the few Mesmer hairstyles utilizing a very showy headpiece. It’s kind of ironic that there are not many more styles like this since most Mesmer clothing styles seem to be centered on courtly and masquerade fashions. All-in-all, I find this an ugly style, but its uniqueness is something to be applauded.

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Next, Necromancers.

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The facial options are too similar for my liking, but they do have one good thing going for them, that being that no other class has similar looking faces. The angular face, high cheekbones, and dramatic eyeliner all make for pretty striking faces. I would have liked if ArenaNet had included some more normal faces for someone who might want to play a more scholarly Necromancer, rather than the club-style goth, but such is life.

The hairstyles are nice, but the Necromancer really suffers from lack of variety. Many of these styles have been done before in Prophecies and Factions, or close enough, such as #4 and #5, but had to be included because they’re “safe” and traditional choices. The last two are pretty clever and well-done, technically, though not my style. As usual the Necromancer retains a huge palette of hair color choices. To be honest, I think every hair color should be available to every profession and don’t see a substantial reason why that’s not the case.

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The first thing you probably notice with the Nightfall necromancer is the weird skin discoloration. Unfortunately it’s not possible to get rid of this, nor is it possible to adjust the color to better fit your skin tone. I think it looks pretty nice on the darker skin tones where it’s more a color-variation than a contrast, but if you want to play a light-skinned Necromancer you’re penalized by having a severe skin contrast issue.

The hairstyle below is very cool, the hair frills, for lack of a better term, have a bit of motion to them and look pretty nice from most angles.

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Though I think this was a nice attempt at a style, it’s just too ugly looking for me to want to use a character with it.

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Classic Vampiress appearance.

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Next up, the Monk.

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The female Monks have always suffered from having crummy hairstyle options and this is unchanged in Nightfall. The first option is the obvious choice for any Monk with light skin. The other hairstyles (aside from bald, which isn’t a hairstyle in my book) are all cornrows and other such things that might look good on a character with a dark skin tone, but look silly otherwise. The facial options are scarce, as usual, but not bad. There are two “kind” looking faces, and four somewhat “stern” faces. I would have liked to see more kind faces, but at least there are some for the healer class of the game.

Here we have me showing the way the Monk default armor dyes. Not bad looking, and at least the colors are noticeably different (unlike, say, the Paragon, which has armor that is barely different at all when dyed).

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You’ll also notice the white paint on the Monk’s skin. Though this isn’t as big a deal as the skin discoloration on the Necromancer I find it rather dumb nonetheless. I’d prefer if options like that were made through some kind of in-game cosmetic choices, not forced on you.

One of the new hairstyles. It looks silly, I think, but is technically pretty well executed.

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Not a bad style below, but probably not one I’d want to look at for a hundred hours either. Aside from the first hairstyle and baldness, this is my favorite.

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Next up, Rangers.

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Rangers in Nightfall have to have about my favorite selection of hairstyles. I can see myself creating a character with any of these hairstyles and being reasonably satisfied. Some of the styles are not unique, but overall that’s not a huge issue for me: Eight good hairstyles is eight good hairstyles. It goes without saying that variety is lacking in the faces department, with all of the faces a little too similar for my liking, but none are bad per-se. The Ranger has an average set of hair colors, but my favorite has to be #6 which is a unique sort of tawny brown.

Below I demonstrate how most of the Ranger armor dyes.

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The above image shows orange coloration on the boots, gloves, and mask. The truly asinine thing about this set of Ranger armor is that the animal pelt on the chest and leg pieces is what changes colors. If you want to run around with a tacky blue or purple leopard pelt, you’re good to go. If you have any sense of taste or dignity, you’re out of luck.

Below you have a classic Amazon style woman. Great style, I love this look.

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I am in love with this headpiece. Even better is that it looks good both from the front and from behind (which is the direction you’ll be seeing your character from most of the time anyway).

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This style is pretty nice looking, and earns additional points for being something I haven’t seen before. I’m usually not one for dreadlocks, but their short length and the little rag-cap just seems to work well together. I think it works well with the warrior-woman aesthetic.

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This style is the same as or very similar to a Dervish hairstyle. I think the bangs are unique, but the ponytail is the same as a Dervish hairstyle. I’m partial to the ponytail, but the rest of it is a little too sculpted to work well with the Ranger-woman look. Still, it’s nice overall, and if there weren’t better options it’s still something I would choose willingly.

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Another sort of classy style, which is different for the Ranger. I like this one more because it’s definitely a low-maintenance look and gives off a cool and competent warrior vibe without sacrificing femininity.

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And last, but not least, we have the Warrior class.

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As far as facial options I think the Warrior class has got to be my favorite. There’s some real visible differences between the facial choices, and almost every one seems to convey a different emotion or characteristic to me. Regarding the hair, the Warrior is my second favorite. Although there are at least two styles here that are also in the Ranger hairstylization options, I can’t really count that against this class per-se. I’m actually glad ArenaNet allowed Warriors to choose those two hairstyles, but I would’ve liked it if these options were provided in-addition-to a set of at least eight styles, rather than to skimp out by only creating six styles and reusing two.

Below I demonstrate how the Warrior armor dyes.

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Unfortunately the dye applies to the armor’s trim, rather than the larger plated areas of the armor. I think it would probably look better if the dye applied to the majority of the armor and left the trim untouched, but I’m sure it’s possible to make this look decent, at least. The undyed armor does look good enough that there’s really no reason to dye it, though.

Below we have some larger pictures of hairstyles. This one here is pretty interesting because it looks rather Roman-esque to me, especially with the female gladiator look of the armor.

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This hairstyle is funny, yet at the same time very appropriate for a warrior. I like it, though it’d look better perhaps with a more sternly-faced character and blonde hair to contrast against the brown circlet. Unique and attractive, I think.

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Below we’ve got a very stylish looking peacock headpiece on an otherwise kind of plain hairstyle. The headpiece really makes this look, and gives it a sort of ceremonial appeal that is fitting for the ornate armor the Warrior wears here. I’m a bit jealous that this hairstyle isn’t available for Mesmers.

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On the downside, it is a bit severe with this part in the back. Since you see your character from behind 90% of the time it’s kind of a dealbreaker for me to have such a severe and unattractive looking backside to a hairstyle. Other people might not mind, though.

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Below we have the dreadlocks with cap hairstyle, which again looks pretty good in the context of a female Warrior. This screenshot also shows off perhaps my favorite female face. In case you don’t notice off the bat, it has a scar on it. Not the type of thing I’d normally want on a character, but for a Warrior or Ranger having pristine face after pristine face gets a little unbelievable. Sometimes a scar provides a nice little accent, or a little expressiveness to an otherwise unremarkable CG face. Bravo on having the guts to finally put in a female face with a tiny, unremarkable scar.

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And… That’s all the screenshots I have from character creation!

13 Responses

  1. I want to see male ele hair!!! plz?

  2. esmirna perez

    cool, I would love to see some kind of movie with all this characters. Very good, very creative, very sexy.

  3. Random GW Player

    I would like to see the female dervish facial features and etc. But thats just me.

  4. %name said:

    I would like to see the female dervish facial features and etc. But thats just me.

    Alright. I’ll think about doing another post like this with some more of the options for the classes. Keep in mind that this post was made from the Guild Wars Nightfall Preview event and thus some appearance options here have been changed, and a few more appearance options have been added.

  5. cool stuff nice to finally be able to find some reference for a female warriors after calling the local library and lookign at some lame sites
    I found this one! yay!

  6. QUOTE:”Another Egyptian style. Nice looking, but all of the faces strike me as distinctly African, so it’d be tough to pull off a truly Egyptian looking Paragon.”

    –Apparently you aren’t aware of what an Egyptian is nor their geographic location huh? How about making some basic research on the matter. In fact, why not start with the somewhat flawed but seemingly interesting Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptians

  7. %name said:

    Apparently you aren’t aware of what an Egyptian is nor their geographic location huh? How about making some basic research on the matter. In fact, why not start with the somewhat flawed but seemingly interesting Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptians

    Apparently you’re an idiot, Rashal. How about “making some” basic research “on” the matter? In fact, why not start with the differences between African and Egyptian physiology, then move on to differences between Egyptians and Arabs, then get lost and stop trolling my website?

  8. egyptian face has alot of beauty things .

  9. 1.) egypt is in africa

    2.) features change over time

    3.) ancient egypt was comprised of mixed afro-asiatic races, including those with distinctly ‘african’ features

    4.) i’m not trying to be mean, just informative :-)

  10. This site goes on forever, boring

  11. I play guild wars, but i havent played nightfall yet, this was a nice site to use as a refrence for once i get the game

  12. i just love the pics ^^

  13. good site dude

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