Monday, July 29, 2013

Lightning gets a d-cup and breast physics in Lightning Returns

One of the most disappointing showings for me at this year's E3 was Lightning Returns.

Sure, the game looked and played absolutely brilliantly - but as I waited patiently to go hands on with it, I was struck by how saucy Square Enix had made Lightning look.  After every battle, she'd strike a rather suggestive pose - hip cocked out and midriff bared - as the stats for the battle flew past her.

The whole thing struck me as wrong and contrary to Lightning's character, but "wrong" would be later redefined at an E3 livestream which disclosed that one of Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns' developers wanted her boobs to be bigger.

Now it shakes out that in addition to being bigger, special attention will be paid to animated Lightning's bust to make sure it's got the jiggle to back up the sultry DLC costumes which SE is parading out for the once-demure Lightning.

That's right, kiddies, there will be jiggly breast physics and plenty of them.

Lightning, in less fan service-y days

Switching a strong, empowered heroine like Lightning from a C-cup to a D-cup was one thing - but the overt sexualization of her completely undercuts the character that drew many gamers to Final Fantasy XIII in the first place.

Admittedly, Square Enix sort of has a history of fan service in direct sequels, and you - as the player - have complete control over what outfit Lightning wears in Lightning Returns and can put her in everything from Yuna's Yukata to samurai armor to the Mithra Miqo'te outfit at the top of this page, but it's still sad to see fan service paraded around a character like this with such glee.

How much glee, you might ask? Crunchyroll dug up a quote from Character Model Designer Nobuhiro Goto which shows that Lightning Returns will resonate well with 8th graders everywhere:

"Yes, her chest jiggles. Since everyone can decide what costume she’ll wear, you can make sure it does (laughs). By the way, since Lightning swings her arm when you change her weapon in the menu screen, that’s a recommended action for sure-fire jiggling! To see it even better it could be useful to equip a small shield. Look forward to it!"

I just hope it's better than Square Enix's former foray into boob physics... but remind me again why a main character needs to be sexualized like this?

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go fire up a bunch of other Final Fantasy titles that had nothing half as silly as this in them and still managed to be incredible games.