Friday, October 05, 2007

All in the presentation

As much as I love the look of Valkyrie of the Battlefield, there was something about Alicia’s outfit that bothered me. It wasn’t until I saw a cosplay version that it hit me…the armor bits!

Viewed within the confined visual style of the game, you almost don’t even register it as hard armor. Seeing it in the harsh light of reality makes it readily apparent this outfit does not work well outside its context.

It’s still a minor gripe and easy to overlook since it blends in well with the period artwork. If you have access to the Japanese PSN store, you absolutely must download the HD trailer for this game.

1 comment:

Dee said...

Well, you know, there's something to be said for totally not-utilitarian body armor. It gives a lot of ingenuity and draws character presence. Think of FFX's Lulu and her skirt that isn't really a skirt so much as it is a bit of fabric affixed to multiple leather belts. You don't think, man, that isn't gonna hold up to much of a Flare thing. You think, w00t! And then you consider how an indicator such as Dragon Quest 8's Appearance stat might have a little more importance than mere eye candy. You just don't care; it's attractive. Personally, a big thumbs up.