Forthcoming PSP action-RPG The 3rd Birthday features a female character whose clothes tear progressively as she fights. If you're thinking 'huh, cool' right now, then apparently that's just you being pervy and not the fault of the dev. The game's producer, Yoshinori Kitase insists that the clothing deformation (for want of a better term) is nothing to do with titillation and is actually just good old realism. Sure it is. And DOA Xtreme 2 is aimed at the Bratz market.
"We didn't do that because we wanted to show her in a very sexy light," protested Kitase to Eurogamer. "It's more like that's reality. If you keep fighting obviously you'll get ripped and damaged and injured and wounded. So we just wanted to make it plausible and realistic. That's all."
Methinks the producer doth protest too much. Let's just have a look, shall we? Here's a frame from one of the cut-scenes of this Parasite Eve spin-off:
Above: Poor Aya seems to be in need of a change of clothes... and some Dettol
Hmmm... there's an argument for both sides. I mean, there's a glimpse of bra, some upper thigh and the kind of stomach that would have a million maids pondering the purchase of a new washboard. She's also about as cut up as she can get without facing the Twisted in her birthday suit, which is quite a stirring thought. But let's face it - the poor girl also appears to be in a lot of pain. And abdominal lacerations aren't something most people look for when they're out on a Saturday night.
Then there's the unfortunate realisation that this Aya's beautifully-rendered skin, hair and cloth physics have to go through the PSP's ugly filter. Ready for this?
Above: This in-game screenshot looks great for a PSP game. Can't really say the same for Aya
Yeah... it's not quite as hot now, is it? A blurry cloth texture has ripped to reveal... a slightly grey skin-coloured texture! So if you do buy the game looking for sexy times, you might need just a little bit of your own imagination. That said, surely no-one buys a game for the glimpse of a little more flesh than usual these days, do they? I mean, 20 years ago, it was quite something to see Tyris Flare in a bikini, but times have changed.
Still, open wounds, eh? PHWOAR.
07 Sep, 2010