I received a press release today for an upcoming fighting game called “Girl Fight” from developer Kung Fu Factory and producer Microprose. Skimming over the press release, I saw that it was a fighting game with an all-girl cast, coming this spring for XBLA and the PSN (or SEN or whatever the hell it’s called now.) Figuring it would be in the same vein as Skull Girls, a game that also features an all-girl cast of fighters, albeit in a cartoon, 2D style, I didn’t really give it much thought.
Skull Girls doesn’t hold my interest because a) it is a cartoony game with all girl fighters and b) the girls look like they are all 12 years old in that anime “hey I look young but I’m really not” kind of way. Since there really wasn’t a whole lot of info within the press release, I went and took a peek at their Facebook page and that’s when my interest in the game turned from “meh” to “bring it on.”
Why the change of heart? Because the game holds no pretense about what it really is and what it has to offer.
Games that have blatant tits and ass thrown in your face while trying to be a respectable game of a well known and much heralded series *cough* Resident Evil: Revelations *cough* is about as low as you can get. Not that Revelations is the only game to do it, it’s just one of the more flagrant about it in recent memory.
So far all that is publicly known about Girl Fight are the few details gathered in the press release:
“Published by Majesco Entertainment, Girl Fight allows players to choose from an array of sexy fighters to battle their way out of THE FOUNDATION, a shadowy, scientific organization looking to weaponize the psionic fighting abilities of the cast of gorgeous, all-female fighters.”
Yep that’s it. It says right up front what it is and makes no bones about pandering to its audience with “with hair flying, long legs kicking and the ear-piercing shrill of deadly vixens.” I mean the strap line in the email is “Get Ready to Lick the Competition with Girl Fight, Coming Soon to Xbox LIVE Arcade and PSN.”
It’s not as if Girl Fight is the only game to be released that is dedicated to showing off – or rather exploiting- the female form. Bayonetta is a game that has the main protagonist clothed in her own hair, and becomes less and less covered the more she uses her powers.
The upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw features a chainsaw wielding cheerleader named Juliet Starling that bounces around in the shortest of skirts and tightest of tops. The difference between these games and Girl Fight is that Bayonetta was actually a good game from a great studio and Lollipop Chainsaw has the backing of Suda 51, one of the most offbeat and creative minds in gaming.
While I have no delusions that Girl Fight will ultimately end up a terrible game, more like Rumble Roses and less like Dead or Alive, but the simple fact that they aren’t trying to make it out to be something that it isn’t is what interests me. They aren’t saying it will take the fighting genre in a totally new direction or saying that it will revolutionize fighting games. It says flat out what it is and one of the only images released features lips, an ass, and a woman lying down with a gun.
This is a game I’ll keep my eye on and watch as it comes under fire and mocked by the gaming community, and make no mistake it will. Oh, will it ever. But as bad as the game is when it is finally released, it’ll still have some of my respect for not holding any punches, making excuses, and being upfront with exactly what it is. Hell, even the title is “Girl Fight.”