Last year I wrote a post grieving the lack of beard options in most MMOs. Even some of the most robust character creator systems like Black Desert Online are sorely lacking in creative facial hair expressions. I mean, if an Indie MMO ever set a Kickstarter tier goal to include 30 additional beard styles I would fund the entire game’s production myself. Not now of course, I lack the capital. But once I’ve made my first million having successfully patented and marketed my design for a beard and moustache booger blocker you bet your sweet sideburns I would. Instead I’m left playing busty females or beardless pansies whenever I start new MMO.
Enter Blade and Soul. Sure, it has a linear storyline, a simplistic questing system, ridiculous amounts of inventory clutter, and bosom physics that would confound even NASA’s brightest, but this game knows how to provide its players with some serious beard and moustache opportunities. But why talk about the glorious facial hair theatrics in Blade and Soul when I could just show you?
The Full Beard
First there’s the classic “full beard.” This is for anybody wanting to create that “Island Castaway” look for their character. For each male race Blade and Soul has some of the best full beards I’ve ever seen. The Jin in particular have a marvelous beard specimen.
The Beard that Knows Kung Fu
Are you looking for facial hair with an eastern flair? Blade and Soul has you covered. This isn’t my personal taste but if you want to look like a villain straight out of a Bruce Lee film, then you’ve got options. You can even be a child-dog-cat thing with a beard that is simultaneously savage and sublime.
Lastly, we have the moustache. Not technically a beard per se, but the examples below will convince you, these cookie dusters pack enough punch to stand toe-to-toe with a beard any day.
So you’ve got two options in Blade and Soul dear reader, you can piddle around with boob sliders and baby faces, or you can make a real warrior; the kind that can only be described as the unholy spawn of a lumberjack and a ninja, an under-water welder and a sumo wrestler, a professional bowler and a tiger. Make your choice; 99% of the people playing Blade and Soul chose column “A.” Me? I’m sporting a full beard and face-punching pandas.