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« on: February 12, 2005, 05:48:36 PM »

tomb raider came out in november of 96. since then, there's been a pile of series featuring a male hero (dante, ratchet, jak, joe, etc), but, aside from a couple of resident evil reappearances (jill & claire), & bloodrayne(?!), i can't think of any action/adventure series featuring a heroine (games like primal & beyond good & evil looked promising, but don't seem to be going anywhere)...

personally, i think this's kinda disappointing. i've enjoyed the games i've played featuring female leads, & i thought tr established the fact that a strong heroine -based series could be profitable. it just seems like a step backwards as far as opening gaming up to a wider audience, & i'm not sure why somebody hasn't capitalized on the opportunity...
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2005, 06:45:09 PM »

Isn't the Metroid person a female?

And my wife loved Jade in Beyond Good & Evil.  I'd kill for a sequel.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2005, 06:52:46 PM »

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I'd kill for a sequel.

Me too, but unfortunately I don't see that happening.  frown  

I think the primary issue here is that they usually try to make the girls into "Oh, look - I'm a model as WELL as a superhero" instead of "I'm a normal girl" type thing.  The girls are turned off by the exaggerated 'features' of the character and the guys grow bored with playing a giant boob after a while. (note I said 'playing a boob' not 'playing WITH a boob')
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2005, 07:38:04 PM »

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I think the primary issue here is that they usually try to make the girls into "Oh, look - I'm a model as WELL as a superhero" instead of "I'm a normal girl" type thing.  The girls are turned off by the exaggerated 'features' of the character


In the January OPM, Zoe Flower's article "Getting the Girl" suggests that this isn't necessarily always true.  Did anyone else see it?
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2005, 07:49:12 PM »

Do we really need another Lara? Seriously...I am of the opinion that a decently customizeable, or a choice of avatars is nice.  Make them my presence in the game.  Of course, that doesn't always work.  If Jade had been a generic character, Beyond Good and Evil wouldn't have been as much fun as it was.  *sigh*  I guess over the top isn't nessecary, just representative.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2005, 10:57:13 PM »

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Do we really need another Lara? Seriously...


well, strictly speaking, no smile ...

but a unique, interesting heroine can add as much distinct flavor, both melodramaticly & comedically, to a series (as mentioned above) as any sarcastic, sullen, badass (sound familiar?) male hero, as the number of 'secondary female leads you get to play as' appearing in many recent games (ada wong being the latest) demonstrates...

i just think, if done right, it could be very successful - & i'm just surprised it hasn't been...

(props to warning for reminding me of samus)
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2005, 04:53:26 PM »

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Isn't the Metroid person a female?

And my wife loved Jade in Beyond Good & Evil.  I'd kill for a sequel.


Yes she is.  Samus Aran.
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2005, 05:26:21 PM »

I've never played a Metroid game.  I probably should huh?  Should I start wiht Metroid Prime?
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2005, 05:38:55 PM »

Metroid Prime is a good place to start.  The two GBA games (Fusion and Zero Mission) are both excellent as well.  Since Zero Mission is technically a remake of the very first game, it would probably be the most appropriate starting place (although they're pretty loosely connected in terms of story or lack thereof).
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