- PC created by player. What is the point of this character? Again I realize it might not be entirely fleshed out yet, but in BG/BG2 your PC felt like YOUR PC. It was happening to you and was made very clear from the start you had a role to play in the story. In BGIII, they are more or less a blank slate. And by choosing an Origin character you are seeing a more interesting tale. Why should I care about a PC if they don't have an interesting back story?
strong +1 Not only have they no interesting back story, they have no special place at all in the story. If the pc was missing you would play the same game (with only 3 party members), they feel more like a mercenary as companion ... an definitely not as the main character
So much this. I was playing origin characters in DOS2 because of how well they were integrated and how many personal stakes and reactions they had. I love the game, but the characters don't feel "mine" so to speak. Baldur's Gate is a different beast imo. I feel like BG 1 and 2 touched so many people was because the story felt deeply personal - you start off as a kid and then your foster parent gets killed so you embark on the act of revenge, then you are tortured for your powers and your childhood friend is taken, etc. The companions were colourful and had personal stakes, but they never overshadowed your character. To be honest I'd rather they completely scrapped the ability to play origin characters and just focused all those resources on our protagonist. Giving us such an amazing CC with so many race, class, and appearance options seems like a waste when it becomes more interesting to play pre-defined characters.
big +1 to this, my character feels like a blank slate and I can come up with as much backstory as I want to in my head but it doesn't really have the same feeling to it, especially when all my dialogue options won't reflect that. If they won't just go full deep dive on the custom PC's background, at least give us some way to make their background more personal in the character creator. Like create your character, then you go to a screen that lets you alter your backstory and such. DOS2 has this in a small sense with the "tags" system, where you could choose 2 tags like "barbarian" and "jester" that let you open up more options during dialogues according to those tags. I'm sure writing a 3 page backstory isn't something they could feasibly allow in the game, but let us choose certain things like backgrounds, where our PC is from, what they used to do, etc etc to give them more flavor.
On a side note, does anyone have any idea what the "who do you desire?" page where you create what seems to be your lover(?) after character creation is all about? Like, what am I supposed to do with this exactly? xD