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FFXIII, Bioshock 2 and Saints Row 2 avatar gear hit Home, 360

Today was an unusually big day for premium avatar accessories. First came the news that Final Fantasy XIII- and Bioshock 2-themed outfits and decorations had debuted on Home, running from $1.99 to $4.99 each...


Above: PSN IDs blurred to protect the affluent

... which was followed shortly afterward by the announcement that 360 Avatars can now wear outfits inspired by the year-and-a-half-old (but still awesome) Saints Row 2.


Above: That hot dog's bun should really be bigger. Right now it's like a vest

While we're normally not to keen on the marketing-driven Home or the avatar-costume money pit in general, this stuff was just too weird not to delve in and check out firsthand. Starting with the Final Fantasy XIII items, the new stuff includes four outfits (at $4.99 each), enabling your avatar to cosplay as Snow, Lightning, Sazh and Vanille. The first two were revealed in tasteful, somewhat boring screenshots released by Sony and Square Enix...

... while the rest are revealed in these less tasteful screens, taken by me:


Above: "Damn you, $2 gunsword model! You stay on the couch, airship model, until I get done berating this one"


Above: Vanille's sense of style can make even the dumpiest avatar... less obviously dumpy (from the front)

Then we've got the Bioshock 2 costumes, which all sell for $4.99, but are a little more interesting. These include a "Bouncer" Big Daddy...

... a slightly less lunky Rosie...

... and a Big Sister, which can be worn by male or female avatars.


Above: If you're not going to make them dance, what's even the point?

All three of the costumes are susprisingly detailed, and have it all over their more cartoony 360 counterparts, which were made available ages ago.

Interestingly, both consoles have a Big Daddy doll you can buy, although only the 360 Avatars seem to actually do anything with theirs.

That's as opposed to the Home version of the doll, which just seems to act like an avatar arm extension.


Above: Don't be fooled - the quickest way to get him to lift it up for the camera was to make him gesture

Finally, Home users can buy a Subject Delta helmet for two bucks, but nothing else to wear with it. What the hell's up with that?


Above: THIS IS ONLY A THIRD OF AN OUTFIT

Of course, none of this stuff actually does anything aside from looking cool and advertising to everyone that you have $5 to throw away. But if forking over actual money to dress up an imaginary version of yourself is your kind of thing, then hey, today's a pretty huge day.

Apr 22, 2010

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10 comments

  • kiing8kong6 - April 23, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    1st
  • grappler51 - April 23, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    Wow, I can't believe people actually buy this stuff. I mean, I guess I can understand buying outfits for your avatar to wear, but using REAL money to buy a virtual doll that your avatar holds is ridiculous.
  • michaelmcc827 - April 23, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    No doubt the pimp suit will sell millions.
  • NotBraze - April 23, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    Actually the helmets for the other BioShock costumes went online way before the costumes did. Back in mid 2009 they released a bunch of BioShock themed Avatar shirts along with a Bouncer Big Daddy Doll (from the teaser trailer) and the helmets for the Bouncer, the Rosie, and Subject Delta (then just called 'prototype Big Daddy') The stuff you showed came out early this year and for some reason the Avatar Marketplace groups them into two separate categories rather than combining them. As for the Subject Delta helmet for Playstation Home, the full suit was a pre-order bonus from Amazon (I think) and so I'm sure they're only releasing the helmet so that the full costume can stay exclusive to those people. And yes, as a matter of fact, I do know that I'm a super nerd.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - April 23, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    @NotBraze: You're absolutely right about the helmets, so I've updated the story to reflect that. Thanks for pointing it out.
  • Redeater - April 23, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    Wow! Sazs...or however you spell it. Was one of the funniest captions I have ever read! Nice job Wiki
  • Redeater - April 23, 2010 4:20 a.m.

    Oh and I am super choked about the Home bioshock outfits. I bought the big daddy delta 360 outfit and compared to these screen shots.......my avatar now looks like a pile of ass!
  • batman5273 - April 23, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    I want to be w weiner!
  • phoenix_wings - April 23, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    Loved Saints Row 2, but IDK about shelling out some additional funds to express that fact. I lol'd hard at the "what r u?"
  • lovinmyps3 - April 27, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    The Bioshock stuff is pretty cool in Home. The Final Fantasy XIII stuff looks a bit weird though.

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