by David Sanchez on July 21, 2012 @ 12:18 am
I don’t think we could ever accuse God of War protagonist Kratos of being a prejudice pig. I mean, the dude will kick anyone’s ass regardless of whether they’re man, woman, human, beast, or monster. According to Sony, the upcoming God of War: Ascension will feature less of an emphasis on putting the hurt on female characters.
“There are some things we’ve pulled back from,” said Sony Santa Monica Game Design Manager David Hewitt in a statement to IGN. “I think where this has been an issue is with violence against women — the team’s pulled back from some of that and assessed that a little more carefully. There are certain things that carry a different kind of resonance that we don’t want to get into. This isn’t about statement-making in that regard. It’s about fleshing out this character.”
I’ve personally never had a problem with the violence in God of War, be it against male or female characters. Kratos is a badass who plays by his own rules and if anyone gets in his way, he’ll take his or her head. That said, I’m also aware that there are countless pansies out there who can’t handle a bit of violence against monstrous female characters, even if this doesn’t include the entire gamer population. Remember, people made a big deal out of a would-be rapist trying to get frisky with Lara Croft, so this decision by Sony shouldn’t be too surprising.
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