While the days of women in video games being reduced to “damsels in distress” are thankfully behind us, we still have a ways to go before women’s armor is no longer needlessly sexualized. Ivy of Soul Calibur, Quiet of Metal Gear Solid V, and Mileena of Mortal Combat IX are just three of the worst offenders of overt female wardrobe sexualization of the last few years. But the good news is, there’s hope.
Though the last few years have provided us with some laughably skimpy lady-gear, it has also given us games in which our female characters can feel like stylish but fully-protected badasses.
Destiny was originally released in 2014, and has since added serval expansions including “The Taken King” (2015) and “Rise of Iron” (2016)- and as someone who has played through these let me assure you, the female armor has only gotten cooler and cooler. Regardless of what race you choose to play as (Human, Awoken, or Exo) you are guaranteed stylish and class-oriented full body protection for whatever planet you’re fighting on. But what makes Destiny’s armor especially intriguing are their shader options. As players you can collect a variety of color/texture shaders to customize your guardian’s appearance. You can get these shaders from random drops OR you can buy them straight from Eva Levante, the Guardian Outfitter who works in The Tower.
2. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third installment of the Dragon Age game series, released in 2014. Like the previous two Dragon Ages, Inquisition players create a character from a list of races (human, elf, dwarf, or qunari) and classes (warrior, rogue, or mage). For the most part racial choice does not affect armor appearance, but because the races are so radically different in size the race you chose does affect the fit of the armor you have on. The only other exception to this is that the qunari race does have unique headslot equipment. Regardless, the armor for female characters of every class in this game is phenomenally creative and works with the female body to make armor that is emblematic of their identity in the world.
3. Fallout 4
The Fallout franchise turned their lady-centric sex-appeal way down on their fourth chapter. The raciest outfit you’ll find in this Fallout game is “The Harness,” which is a far cry from the “Chained Stripper” outfit of Fallout: New Vegas. The best part of Fallout 4’s female wardrobe? The diversity in style. You can switch from looking like a wasteland wanderer to wearing a cute 50’s style red dress with the tap of a button. To give you an idea of how many different outfit options there are, watch a minute or two of this video which takes the viewer through each and every one of the available female clothing options.
Have other game recommendations for console games with non-sexualized female armor? Let us know in the comments!