While the color of her torso, including the boobs, is slightly different from her face’s skin tone, I am still marking that as an underboob (it doesn’t have to be skin to count). This chest design is pretty damn egregious, no matter how much lore would justify it with her not being human.
Needless to say, anyone familiar with how Megaman characters look knows there are no male equivalents to whatever the hell is happening to Layer’s breasts.
Also, no, designers, you weren’t clever by giving her panties and weird pant legs that do not actually connect to form real bottom outfit. It’s just gross.
So, Control has rightfully been nominated for and received many great awards.
But I personally think we should be talking about how Jesse Faden’s wardrobe is utterly amazing not just within the themes of the game, but just in each outfit tells a story and is perfectly designed for its stated purpose.
Every one of them is a distinct outfit which maintains the dignity and practicality of the protagonist, they are consistent with her personality and circumstances. None of them sexual her, even when specifically depowering her to create the feelings of helplessness and vulnerability.
A lot of that can be boiled down to two factors:
- Commitment to creating an entire world and complete story that will be compelling to the audience and a foundation for further expansion
- Hiring women into positions of creative influence and letting them take the lead in conversations that are relevant to women *
This is fantastic costume design, and I cannot recommend this game enough. It’s currently available on PlayStation, X-Box and the Epic Games Store. It will become available on Steam in August next year.
* For those rushing to type a response about creative freedom etc, I can assure you that this game is very much still a Sam Lake story (perhaps the most Sam Lake story every) and he considers it to be one moreso than Quantum Break. The enemy of creative freedom isn’t diversity and inclusion, its risk adverse executives who believe in simplistic but comforting myths.
Okay, so Tumblr has permanently blocked the Mercenary Suit (which may or may not be available on the backup site… not that I would ever want to subvert our corporate overlords) so let me propose a different outfit from the same, empowering armor manufacturer: The Anti-Venom Suit!
Not only does it empower men with badassery, it stops us from being harmed by venom, poisons, toxins or Venom Snake (aka Keiffer Snake). I mean it doesn’t promise that explicitly, but it’s right there in the title! You can always trust what it’s in the title!