She’s the main character of a brand new IP packing duel wielding pistols and the perfect combination of action and sex appeal: A description many could argue belongs to the first lady of gaming, Lara Croft back in 1996. But does the English adventurer face competition from Platinum Games buxom, bookish bombshell? Stephen Totilo from Kotaku seem to think so.
Bayonetta was described as “A Bitch, a sexy bitch” by another reporter the last time the Kotaku journalist had the pleasure of being shown the game. This time around she elected just as strong of a response.
“…A Sega public relations person asked me if I thought Bayonetta had potential as a crossover character. Maybe, I said, though her game might make her too weird a persona to bring her to that Lara Croft virtual celebrity status. Croft’s Indiana Jones in a porn star’s body and short shorts. Bayonetta fights angels to a jazzy soundtrack while colorful butterfly imagery springs off her body.
What’s Bayonetta’s potential? There is no other female game character that I’ve observed elicit such a reaction from my reporting peers, and it’s not like she’s been the only one of such gender, measurements and posture to possibly draw such comments.”
While the success of Bayoneta will be judged mainly on its gameplay creating a new and original main character can’t exactly hurt. Bayonetta stands out as a sight for sore eyes away from the bevy of gravel voiced marines with more muscles than brain cells. Even if Bayonetta as a character fails to garner a similar hype to Lara Croft, she’s still likely to be popular with male gamers from around twelve upwards…
“At one point in the bits of the game I witnessed, a Sega rep got her to pull off (intentional verb choice, Kotaku readers) one of her super moves. The more aggressively she attacks, the less she wears. So as she fired a big hand made of hair to tangle with the boss, she wound up naked, though covered up by a few strands of her hair-suit that lingered.
A reporter who witnessed liked what he saw. He said he’d seen what he showed up to see and joked he could leave now.”
Post originally written by the author for TSSZ News.