Here’s my 3rd installment of sweeping generalizations about the female characters announced for the games at this year’s E3. Sony’s panel was pretty exciting I’ve got to say and here’s what we can expect as far as lady interests in upcoming releases…
The Last of Us
If somebody would like to buy me this game or send me their copy when you’re done, I’d love to check it out. Considering it’s from the Uncharted people I’m assuming it’s not $60 long but it looks great nonetheless. I was excited after hearing about this game at least year’s E3 and it pleases me to hear good things about it.
Beyond Two Souls
I guess Ellen Page is in another game? Seeing it right after The Last of Us was a little bit weird. There are more girls in the world to base a character on guys. But if it had to be someone I’m pretty okay with it being her. This trailer made this game look like pretty much a generic war mission shooter, but you play as Ellen Page so I guess it’s a step in the right direction. Unless there is more to this than meets the eye though, I worry that people will stick with their old faithful generic war shooters rather than take a chance on a $60+ Ellen Page playable character. Here’s hoping as we find out more, there will actually be more to find out about.
Grand Theft Auto 5
We already knew about this but I’ll take a moment to complain anyways. When is GTA going to have a female protagonist? Each night when I go to bed I say a little prayer to the game gods that they’ll do a 60’s throwback Foxy Brown type character but alas nothing. Even with this new 3 character plot they still can’t be bothered to make ONE of them a woman. I’m sure there will be plenty opportunity to sleep with them and run them over though, so there’s always that. Thanks Rockstar.
The Order: 1886
Boasting all in engine graphics, this this trailer was pretty darn cool. The whole alternate timeline steampunk-y vibe and the unseen baddies creeping in the shadows was doing a good job of peaking my interest. Also we have a lady as one of the main characters sitting nonchalantly in the cab who starts kicking ass right alongside her male counterparts. I was really hoping they were straight up fighting a ton of werewolves, but maybe I have just been watching too much Buffy. I’m excited to find out more. It’s cool to see a lot of period specific stuff this year. Maybe that means I’m one step closer to getting my Joseon era RPG.
inFamous: Second Son
Again, no lady folk. But similarly to Jack Chance in Quantum Break, it’s nice to see a male protagonist that’s not necessarily a type we’ve seen a thousand times before. It’s not exactly all my dreams of equality coming true, and the first inFamous game was one of the most boring games I ever had to sit and watch someone play (after we got it for free after the identity theft crisis on psn) At least it’s a somewhat less generic than normal protagonist so I’ll take it. I will say though, if Aaron Paul was going to be involved in a video game franchise, not making him the protagonist in inFamous 2 was a huge missed opportunity.
The Dark Sorcerer
Once again no ladies, but this one was was another winner in my book. As I grew more and more excited at a super epic wizard doing super epic spells and shit, I thought to myself, “The only thing I thought could make it better is if this scene ended as a joke…and then it did. Who knows what this game actually is, but being a wizard is at the top of my list of favorite gamic things, so check out the trailer it’s definitely worth a watch.
From the creators of Bastion comes the kickoff to the indie games portion of Sony’s announcements. We hear a lovely and haunting female vocalist as they give us a taste of the game’s beautiful and stylized graphics (looking much more cohesive visually than Bastion, which is a good thing.) The cool red-haired protagonist who I guess is a singer, hops around elegantly in a stunning world. This game is a prime example of how just another beacon of hope as far indie games breaking the mold as far as gamic tropes are concerned. Sony’s entire indie game announcement section was one of my favorites of the night. Putting an emphasis on indie developers was just one of the first sucker punches PS4 gave to Xbox one in terms of giving the people what they want. Also, Octodad looks like one of the best things ever. Seriously.
Final Fantasy XV
Aka Advent Children the Game. This new gen Final Fantasy looks BONKERS (but also amazing.) I’m not generally one who gets all too excited over graphics, but the hyper realistic anime characters fall a lot less deep in the uncanny valley than regular people which makes them way cooler in my book. You can only take away so much in terms of what the gameplay will be like but it looks very much like a departure from old FF conventions in terms of game mechanics. The unbelievably cool graphics coupled with some fresh gameplay might be exactly the kick in the pants the Final Fantasy franchise needs. We ladyfolk generally love us some Final Fantasy so I’m not too worried about this one in terms of gender equality. All the guys in FF games are pretty much girls anyways.
Kingdom Hearts III
What can I even say? Disney + Final Fantasy pretty much guarantees an easy sell to lady gamers (myself most definitely included.) This franchise is one of the most ingenious combinations of powerhouse brands that ever existed (in gaming at least) so how could we not be excited? It was right around this point in the presentation that I said to my boyfriend, “If it’s $400 maybe we can get this even though we have no money.” AND THEN IT WAS SO.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
I guess you can play as that cool chick from the Vita game, which is pretty much awesome. Too bad their demo got messed up because of technical difficulties (#somebodyisfired) it’s ok though, they’ll just release another Assasin’s Creed in the next week or so and maybe the demo for that one will work. Seriously though, pirates are neat and I guess you can build your own fleet and watch old peg leg guys puke around a campfire and if you could do all that as a badass pirate lady I’d be up for checking this out.
Elder Scrolls: Online
God I loved Skyrim. I loved being a Lizard lady who was also a wizard and I also had a brief but torrid love affair with WOW so I feel like this would be an amazing, but dangerous game for me to purchase. I would love to be able to explore the towns for each race, which is something we haven’t necessarily gotten to do before. Graphics wise it’s rough to see this up against some of the CRAZY intense graphics of something like Watch Dogs but it’s an MMO so what are you gonna do? All and all I’m pretty darn excited for the Beta that I will surely get on my new PS4 that at this point in the evening I have more or less already decided to buy.
From Bungie AND Activision comes this unbelievably cool looking Nausicaa-esque world that made me not care how generic the story was. I won’t deny for a second that this game looks amazing. Combining all the best of Halo, Call of Duty, and a little taste of Borderlands even, it’s pretty clear that this is the beginning of what is sure to become a new powerhouse franchise. I really liked in their demo they had a cool Tali looking girl character with an awesome cape, and then had a female player join them who was playing as a huge male character. That’s smarts there guys, way to go. As I watched this demo and grew more and more excited, I also grew more and more worried that a lack of couch co-op will keep this from becoming my new favorite game. IF YOU ARE MONITORING TUMBLR, PLEASE INCLUDE COUCH CO-OP IN DESTINY, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. The Halo franchise has always understood why couch co-op is so important and I hope to god they don’t forget as it seems like Destiny is going to be a milestone in multiplayer games and I would hate to see it veer from the path of the righteous couch co-op includers. The glitching in the demo was breaking my heart for this one as I honestly couldn’t wait to see more.
From that point on it was the old one-two punch at Xbox until the undeniable knockout of the $399 price point brought it home for the Sony announcements. It’s fascinating to me that announcements they saved as the best for last are things that Sony was probably not even counting as important for the original announcement. Xbox just blew it so badly that they allowed Sony to step in with features they didn’t even necessarily think of as big selling points and BLOW PEOPLES MINDS WITH THEM. Such as being able to play used games or lend friends games you have bought, and NOT having to be online. It’s not so hard to understand what the sensitive points are with gamers and cater to those fundamental desires in a new system and Xbox One really does not seem to give a hoot about the things that are the most important to us, the gamers who made them what they are today. Sony hit all the pressure points in just the right way, for gosh sakes they gave us a new Kingdom Hearts game, they know where our hearts are at and they made us a bunch of happy boys and girls last night.
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