Ruination of female garments 'isn't meant to be erotic' insists Square-Enix

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

Source: Eurogamer


  • Clovin64 - September 8, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    If they are trying to make it sexy, then they should have put the game on PS3 or 360. Blocky PSP garaphics? Nah. I just realised that that Hi-res image looks like Cloud Strife after he's been viciously raped by a Predator. Boner lost.
  • pin316 - September 8, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    i reckon the actually wounds/damaged clothes mechanic is perfectly valid and, as has already been pointed out by a few people, we have many games where a male protagnoist's clothes get damaged through the course of the game to represent battle-wear and nobody makes a big point about this. I'm not denying they are using design elements of the character in a 'sex sells' kind of way, but that is to do with the actual basic outfit itself, not the fact that the outfit is getting damaged... making a big deal out of nothing
  • JakeyBaby - September 8, 2010 7:28 a.m.

  • n00b - September 8, 2010 5:29 a.m.

    if they wanted to be realistic wear body armor or something not jeans and shirt
  • quincytheodore - September 8, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    Wha? This is actually good. Okay look at FF 13, they fought all day and still looks like Maybelline models, That doesn't make sense. If the clothes rip apart and the char's body is scarred, now that's realistic. No, I'm not masochist. If this was Silent Hill, it will be regarded as brilliant gimmick.
  • Spybreak8 - September 8, 2010 2:55 a.m.

    Ha, it's like seeing a beat up and half naked woman (R-ape cough) is sexy. WTF Japan.
  • ultimatepunchrod - September 8, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    i mean i can see what people are getting at, but no one complained when batmans suit got ripped up in arkham asylum. i know he had more clothes on but still, she's in a war zone its not like changing clothes is gonna be an option. to me its not about sex.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 8, 2010 1:25 a.m.

    Honestly, why the hell not?
  • Metroidhunter32 - September 8, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I need to pick up P.E, but although the screenshot was sufficently sexy the game itself wasn't.
  • lovinmyps3 - September 7, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I wish it was coming to PS3.
  • FauxFurry - September 7, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    Aya's clothing damage is just as important to the gameplay and plot integrity of Third Birthday as clothing damage/casual disrobing is a defining aspect of Captain Kirk or Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star or Bruce Lee/Jet Li in anything or Ichigo and his guy friends from Bleach or Goku and his buddies from Dragon Ball Z(including the games) or Inuyasha from....I forget,and so on and so forth. They don't even get the benefit of a bra,absolutely embarassing themselves and everyone watching their inability to cover their collective shame! This is only one step in making female characters a bit more like their male counterparts.Maybe She-Hulk will start dressing like regular old Hulk or Hulk Hogan next? As for the reCAPC: caropmer corrected. What's a caropmer and what's wrong with caropmer in the first place to require corrective measures?
  • n00b - September 7, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    damn you Square-Enix put this on Xbox 360(well if microsoft would steal it) or ps3 not shitty psp. Then again if enough ppl buy it on psp we'll see a console version. And yes this is as realistic as the clothes deformation if Soul Caliber 4. Not meant to be erotic in anyway. I totally believe you Yoshinori-san
  • joemegson94 - September 7, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    Yep, this has only be done to make it more realistic. No other reason at all. Just like in Soul Calibur IV. Now that's sarcasm.
  • batmanboy11 - September 7, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    To quote Chris Antista: "Well that doesn't explain this boner!"
  • marioman50 - September 7, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    Aya, you look like you need a shower... and baby oil.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 7, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    Developer doth protest too much indeed. To quote the best TV spy ever, "Don't sprinkle sugar on this bull and call it candy." I'm talking about Michael Westen, btw.
  • Squander - September 7, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    @510BrotherPanda: hahaha like "The -young- Boss" fighting her way through Raccoon City ^^ however, parasite eve has been an awesome game, I doubt this one will suck - oh and I actually like the way Aya looks!
  • Yarbo - September 7, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    I loved the original Parasite Eve, probably one of my favorite JRPG's of all time. They should remake Parasite Eve, that'd be pretty slick.
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 7, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Never played any of the old P.E. games... Looks very Resi. That HUD looks like Metal Gear.

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