I’ve never been offended by the way girls have been portrayed in video games. They’re no more demoralizing than TV, magazines, or Barbie. In fact, if most males in a game can be slightly scruffy hunks, then I don’t see the problem with making the chicks obvious sex bombs. They’re imaginary people, after all, and they just portray what’s popular.
So when I was asked to play Scarlet Blade, an obviously mature title with so much T and A offered as eye candy that I can see guys literally never making it past the character creating stage, I said yes. And I realize, that was a good move on my part.
Scarlet Blade, which I have dubbed Crystal Tits, looks extremely superficial on the outside. You play the commander of a chick called an “Arkana”, which is some sort of man-made creation of perfection that kicks major butt. She barely wears any clothes, and they make mention of that constantly. The trailer (NSFW) for the game is so sexed up that you almost feel like you’re watching a “Girls Gone Wild” commercial minus the steel drums when it starts up.
Shameless marketing? Yes. And it works. Because Crystal Tits is actually a really good game. The storyline, while rocky at times, is more realistic than a lot of games I’ve played recently. And it draws you in by speaking to you directly, without actually breaking the fourth wall. It even laughs at its own character design, with quite a few NPCs making mention of the lack of clothing.
Meanwhile, the gameplay is pretty easy. If you’ve played World of Warcraft or any other MMO that was made after WoW, you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. The fighting moves are pretty seamless, and actually feel like you’re in control.
While definitely not a feminists dream game, what with all the pervy comments and inclusion of lingerie, it is also empowering. Your Arkana kicks some major butt, all while wearing pumps. They look oversexed without actually being so. And, it’s nice to see a game be true to itself, and not mince words when describing itself.
Scarlet Blade is still in Open Beta over at Aeria Games. If you have some time to kill, it’s definitely worth checking out. Not the best game I’ve ever played, but it’ll be nice to play every so often when I’m trying not to starve…