Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Character Creator Is Delightfully Bonkers – IGN First

The variety of characters is one of the most distinctive features of Borderlands. The characters of Borderlands are unique and memorable, from the playable characters to the supporting characters to legendary foes like Handsome Jack. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands lets you add yourself to that legendary cast of characters. This is the first time the series has ever offered the possibility to create your own character.

OK, it's a little bit of a cheat since you're creating a character to play inside a fictional universe created by one of Borderlands’ most popular characters of all, Tiny Tina. But you still get to choose the look and style of your character and put them through the paces of a Borderlands game – a first for the series. But it's more than just letting you create and customize to your heart’s content; everything about Tiny Tina's Wonderlands' character creation system fits flawlessly into the Borderlands universe, the world of Wonderlands being spun on the fly by Tiny Tina, as well as some deeper tabletop RPG touches you might not expect to find.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Custom-Character Sampler

Tiny Tina will be watching your game and laughing at the lack of paint on your character models. The vanilla character template is essentially a unpainted miniature that was purchased new and not packaged. It's normal for a real-life tabletop player to paint and customize their own miniature. This is a great way of introducing a Borderlands character creator.

Get Monstrous

Borderlands is your answer to any concerns you have about being limited by Tiny Tina's character creator. You could build the most handsome, rock-jawed warrior gigachad this side of Misty Mountains. But that would miss the point. That's something Kayla Belmore, Senior Producer, and Matt Cox, Creative Director were quick to emphasize. Cox stated, “You can go full Monster Factory,” referring to the YouTube series that has seen character creation tools taken to places no one should. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands allows you to create outrageous characters without restriction. It is practically expected.

One of the funnest ways to make your character deeply… off… is to disengage the sliders for symmetry. I was happy pushing the creator to the limits, with the blessings of the development team. And I must admit, I wish that I had taken a picture. Because I can turn off symmetry, I was able make one ear nearly imperceptible, while the other was a huge, pointed elven-shaped ear. This is something only animals like the fennec Fox or certain bat species are able achieve. But it was only the one. The same with the eyes. One large, bulging eye looked like something pulled from the bottom of the sea by a Russian fisherman, the other was simply a bead, one black dot that had sunken into the socket. My character was simple, but it was wonderful.

One of the funnest ways to make your character deeply… off… is to disengage the sliders for symmetry. I was thrilled to push the creator to its worst levels…

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is all about your choices. This is how you can make the experience feel your own. The tons of options that you have in character creation is a great way for you to reinforce this intent. The character is a blank sheet from the beginning, a pale grayish-purple figure that you can use to express your creativity. There are no predetermined genders or voices, so you can make whatever and who you like. My character, with his off-set eyes, horrifying ears and strange ginger Richard Simmons fro and mutton cuts, won't win any beauty awards. But that's exactly what appeals.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands – Spells Screenshots (IGN First)

You may be asking yourself, “Why would I want to customize an avatar I have never seen?” Isn't it a first-person shooter? Gearbox has taken this into consideration. Although you spend a lot of time in first-person, everyone who plays with you can enjoy your horrible or beautiful creation. You, the player, get to also enjoy Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands' overworld. You can see the tiny, severely deformed avatar of your character as you move from one area to another in the overworld. This giant-headed avatar gives you the chance to really appreciate your hard work in creating your character. I say, lean into it.

As you move around the overworld, a miniature, super-deformed representation of your character appears on the playscreen.

Tiny Tina's character builder is another feature that I like. Similar to previous Borderlands games with their Quick Change machines and customization options, you can discover new customization options throughout the game and then apply them later. Borderlands 2 was my favorite part. I loved the process of adding new heads to my character, and then showing my friends how it felt to flex to them when we were grouped up. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands also has this rare customization. Only the combination of options is likely to be seen by anyone else. It will be interesting to see what customization options you unlock as you go along. The Minecraft helmet Easter Egg in Borderlands 2 remains one of my favorite customization options in all of gaming, and knowing Gearbox, I'm confident there will be weird, wild, and hopefully ridiculous, options to unlock in Tiny Tina’s imminent adventure.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will be our featured IGN First Game for February. We've already done a thorough dive into Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands' spells system as well as our Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands first impressions. Check out our Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands hub for all the Badasses news.

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