Top 10 Ridiculous Displays of Cleavage in Video Games
It's an unfortunate truth that the majority of video games are still created by men for men, catering to the 18-34-year-old heterosexual male's basest desires. In many cases, that means female characters will have large breasts on prominent display. This display of cleavage will take precedence over form and function, but even men have their limits, and if the cleavage is displayed gratuitously and nonsensically, the titillation will often backfire and instead look ridiculous. Here are ten cases where video game characters' breasts were featured in the stupidest possible context.
10. Sonya Blade, Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360 / PS3 / Vita)
Mortal Kombat's main excesses lie in its gratuitous violence, but its sexuality isn't exactly understated either. Case in point, Sonya Blade, an elite special forces agent who dresses like a streetwalker. What passes for her top is a ridiculously thin leather vest that puts her cleavage on prominent display. The only reason she's not higher on this list is the fact that partial nudity and gratuitous fan service are equal opportunity in the Mortal Kombat universe. At least Sonya doesn't have her name tattooed across her chest, unlike one Johnny Cage.
9. Ayane, Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360)
Traditional Japanese ninja gear generally doesn't involve a mini-dress with a gigantic ribbon around the waist wrapped tighter than any corset, pushing the ninja's cleavage upwards. Then again, traditional ninjas generally aren't sixteen-year-old girls with neon purple hair and breasts almost as large as their head. Traditional women (much less sixteen-year-old girls) generally don't have breasts that large, especially not if the rest of their body is completely devoid of body fat. Add in the infamous "jiggle physics", and it's clear why even many of Dead or Alive's fans feel guilt just admitting the virtues of the gameplay.
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