E3 2010: APB's character customization is insane

There's a lot to say about the giant multiplayer shooter APB, but what caught our eyes was the character creation - the completely insane character creation. Realtime Worlds has gone totally over the top. Here's a short (and by no means complete) rundown:

Step one, make your unique face and body with a slick customizer. Like many other games, there are countless face and body designs to be achieved by adjusting sliders. But these look really, really good:

Step two, go nuts with one of the best vector-based in-game graphics creators we've seen. You can create just about anything with this - some of the work from beta testers was absolutely insane. You can use images created here as tattoos, clothing patterns, car decals, and tags:

Step three, design your clothes. Be a ninja, a superhero, a hipster, a gangster - whatever you want!

Step four, buy a car! If you do, you can go just as nuts on it as you can with everything else:

As we mentioned, some of the beta testers' work was incredible. We saw clowns, riot police, superheroes, and just a general flood of creativity (too bad their work was lost post beta). The clans looked like clans - they had unique costumes, cars, and tags, and all this customization helped them become famous within the game.

Oh, and if all this isn't enough for you, the game also contains a MIDI editor. You can even design a short theme song which your opponent hears after you kill him. A couple bars of Axel F will do nicely for us.

Jun 16, 2010


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  • GangsterJew92 - June 19, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    APB looks awesome. With this and The Old Republic coming out, I need to buy a new PC.
  • nadrewod999 - June 17, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    My only problem with APB was my hatred of the shooting controls and the very laggy driving, but those both might have been because my rig is a little slow these days. In case you are wondering how I got to play it, there was a "Keys to the City" event last weekend and I got a chance to play it, but I didn't get to customizing my stuff before the servers went down. Also, GR staff, PLEASE TAKE DOWN THOSE STUPID SPAM-BOTS! I GUARANTEE THAT ON "dhfjhb"'s, "itkonlyyou1285"'s, and "jianmei69"'s profiles, you will only find ads for "", "", and "" respectively. It would be to the benefit of all readers if their IP addresses were permanently banned (if that is even possible), or at least their accounts deleted (again, if that is even possible). Thank you for your time.
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  • McSpermie - June 17, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    Too bad the gameplay is boring and the driving sucks. The game had potential.
  • Hexar - June 17, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    @michaelmcc827 I'm with you on that one. The game had promise and yes the character creation is pretty impressive, but it's a shame that the rest of the game is awful. There is zero balance, zero sense of rivalry (a social district? really?) and plays like a busted third person capture the flag game set on one map. I will happily pass on this game.
  • reeperskull - June 17, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    @CH3BURASHKA yes it does have either a monthly subscription or pay by the hour @jacko415 they have a couple mmos coming out on ps3 dc universe, agent and free realms
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.

    I forget - does this still require a monthly subscription? If so, I'm outta here.
  • phieagles20 - June 17, 2010 4:35 a.m.

    @Jacko415 almost all MMO's are for PC but there is one MMO for consoles i can think of which will come to the PS3 in november: DC Universe online. I don't know how well it will work but i think i'll probably give it a try anyway
  • walrusthewill - June 17, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    the question i ask whenever i see character customization is if you can make the character fat. Some games known for their customization (SvR) have terrible fat player created characters. i need to know if you can make your character fat in this game
  • michaelmcc827 - June 17, 2010 2 a.m.

    I was super excited for this, and then after playing the beta...what complete and utter shit. Sure, the customization is great, but the gameplay mechanics are fundamentally flawed. I will be passing on this one, hopefully The Old Republic will suck up enough of my time.
  • RebornKusabi - June 17, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    Huh, this actually sounds genuinely cool. I kind of wish I wasn't dedicated to getting the Nintendo 3DS or I'd upgrade my PC to get this.
  • Jacko415 - June 17, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    @Limbo do they even make MMO's for consoles? i thought it was just a PC thing...
  • Jacko415 - June 17, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    i absolutely love the insane amount of creativity there is in this game. i did beta testing and i made so much different stuff from a penguin to a exploding car graffiti. and if you scale the right buildings you can display your grafics on billboards for everyone in the district to see. Captcha: outstanding turtles haha
  • Limbo - June 17, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    APB will be the only PC game I'll be needing for a long time. I'll just need a new computer so it runs well. That customization is insane, and custonmization is something I have always loved in games. Did the Xbox 360 version get cancelled? I remember hearing about it a long time ago, but I can't find anything on it now. Also, can't resist, first.

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