Not many come to mind, sure. But JRPGs with character creation tools do exist! And some are fairly robust.
This is a list of JRPGs that offer full on character creation. So not just class selection or name creation, for example. The ability to change at least several appearance details are what qualify.
An Interesting Variety of JRPG Character Creation Tools
Some of these games may not be what you typically consider a JRPG. Try not to get hung up on it. This article explains the definition of JRPG and its whole controversy if you’re interested. It even let’s you take a quiz to see where you stand!
Anyways — here’s a good bunch of JRPGs that have character creation tools!
Dragon Quest IX
Like the old school Dragon Quest or Dragon Warrior games, you get to pick a vocation or class at the start of Dragon Quest IX. However, unique to DQIX is a full on character appearance editor.
And not only can you customize the main character, you get to design the rest of the party members as well. Though I think my favorite aspect of Dragon Quest’s IX character modeling is that you can see equipped gear. Super underrated feature in games in my opinion!
Bloodborne, Dark Souls, and Demon’s Souls
FromSoftware’s Souls games aren’t known for their pretty characters, but fans are nonetheless passionate about customizing them the best they can.
Indeed, you are welcome to make a sickly looking man or woman to your own liking. The character creation tools themselves actually have decent depth even if the end result is usually underwhelming. But that’s what helmets are for!
Xenoblade Chronicles X
This JRPG might be hard to get your hands on because you will need a Wii U to play it. Other than that, it offers a nice character creation screen to play with.
Options are plentiful here, but my favorite part is that when you select a voice to use for the character, they list the actual voice actor or actress beside each choice.
In the original Nioh you played as William, but the sequel switches to a make your own character format.
The quality of the models and the amount of options offered make Nioh 2 a premier pick on this list.
Monster Hunter World
I just spent like 90 minutes the other night creating a female hunter in Monster Hunter World. I downloaded mods for hairstyles, eyes, faces, the whole deal. I may have a problem but I doubt I’m alone.
Anyway, this is probably the closest to a AAA Western game in terms of character creation options and graphics quality.
This is a janky little Dark Souls clone with plenty of anime edge to make it different. One of its best features is the ability to make some smoking hot female avatars.
In all seriousness, the amount of clothing and accessories options is really impressive in Code Vein. And it’s a fun play to boot.
Final Fantasy XV Comrades
This is a DLC for Final Fantasy XV where you can play online with other players. It features a character creation tool so I figured it was worth putting on here.
It’s kind of a shame because the models and everything are beautiful. I just wish it had a bigger part of the game dedicated to it.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
This is a unique Tales game as most of the series follows preset protagonists. In Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, however, the player creates their own character.
The options are sparse, but equipped gear also shows up on the avatar as you progress. A nice bonus.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma is both innovative and hilarious with what it does with character creation.
Not only do you design your character and party members, but other players can come across and recruit them as well. You can imagine the types of designs you might see roaming the world.
God Eater Series
You’d probably jump into this series with the most recent in God Eater 3. Similar to the visual style of Code Vein, it features some attractive character models to customize.
Based on the long around Ragnarok Online MMORPG, Ragnarok Odyssey fits the bill as a JRPG with its own character creation tool.
The aesthetics are a bit silly, but you can definitely have some fun with it.
White Knight Chronicles
As much as this game got panned on release, it somehow gained a cult playerbase online. I wonder if the servers are still up?
Anyway, it’s always looked nice. And the character creation tool is powerful. Maybe worth revisiting.
Fire Emblem Series
The following Fire Emblem games have some form of character creation or a feature called ‘My Unit’ where you get some appearance options for a single unit: Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Phantasy Star Series
Whether it’s Phantasy Star Portable on the PSP, or the newer MMO options in the series on current platforms, this is one JRPG series that’s commonly offered character creation.
Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy XIV is still going strong with its last expansion, Shadowbringers.
Its character creation features have always been decent, with fantastical races to choose from and lovely visuals.
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