BioWare Taming Down the Love Scenes in Games

BioWare.  I love you, I really do, and everyone knows it.  But something has been bothering me lately, particularly with the arrival of the all new (but less awesome) Dragon Age game.  And this thing REALLY bothers me.  Because I like to get down and dirty when I game.  I want my character in an RPG to get in some hot romance.  Honestly, BioWare, I feel like you’re slipping a bit in the romance department.  Particularly in the scenes.

Female Shepards really make Kaidan nervous. And... I guess male Shepards, too.

First, let’s take the original game that got TONS of flack for being ‘too sexual’ (but all of us who actually played it loved the romance).  The original Mass Effect game had sexual tension, kissing, side boob, and a beautiful booty.  The scene that got incredibly harsh criticism was if you choose to have your female Shepard pursue a romance with Liara, the blue skinned alien.  But it was a gorgeous realization of teammates coming together as more than friends.  My female Shepard had a strong relationship with Kaidan.  So strong, that she skipped any romancing in ME2.

Then came Dragon Age: Origins, a game that had not only hot tenting scenes, but also two characters who would swing either way.  If you played as a male, and wanted to romance the sultry male elf, Zevran, you could.  If you played as a female, and wanted to get it on with the red headed female bard, Leliana, you could.  My female hero of Fereldan Avaline pursued a relationship with Alistair, which culminated in a beautiful romance scene.  After the scene, the option to have them kiss or hop in the tent again continued to be available.  It goes without saying that every time my party returned to camp, I would have Avaline and Alistair tenting.

In the sequel to the original Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 widened the number of romanceable options for the player.  In fact, Shepard could get it on with various races.  However, in Mass Effect 2, there was no complete nudity.  While Miranda unzips her suit to reveal bra and panties and Jacob strips off his shirt, there’s no sideboob and bum reveal.  And, unlike Dragon Age: Origins, there aren’t any sex motions.  What’s even worse, if you decide to remain faithful to your flame from ME1, you get a rather cold reception on Horizon, and all you’ll wind up doing when you could be getting it on with someone else is staring at a picture of them.  Pretty lame.

Anders Has Glowing Eyes!

Who can resist those glowing eyes? Oh... maybe the people who don't want to date a terrorist.

And in Dragon Age 2, the latest game out by BioWare, some romance scenes don’t have characters in their skivvies at all, and it fades to black WAAAAAY too early.  In fact, I don’t believe there’s an actual tenting scenes in any of the romances.  There might be some kissing, some frantic throwing-against-the-wall, and hand-holding-leading-to-the-bed, but that pales in comparison to the actual sex scenes in Dragon Age: Origins.  It was a huge disappointment to those of us excited to see the new scenes.  These new scenes actually left me in a “That’s IT?!!” state.

As you can see, BioWare has continued to tame down the love scenes in their games.  This makes me incredibly wary of the upcoming Mass Effect 3, and another sequel in the Dragon Age series.  In Mass Effect 3, especially, I’m hoping this trend BioWare has gone on won’t continue.  Because I’d really like to see an explosive reuniting scene with my Shepard and her former flame Kaidan.

BioWare, you may consider this my urgent plea that the toning down of romances and love scenes doesn’t continue for the upcoming games you have in store.  Seriously.  Please.

-Kat

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Posted On
Apr 30, 2011
Posted By
tyer

it’s a video game not a porn movie

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Apr 30, 2011
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vince

This is a classic case of selling out. The original controversy helped garner some attention for these great games. Now instead of catering to fans they dumb dow and censor games. Remember this is America where violence is perfectly fine but a pair of tits will tear a hole in space and time. As a gamer of nearly 30 years I like games to have these romance elements. It adds a unique spin. It doesn’t make it porn you bible beaters.

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Apr 30, 2011
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seasalt

dragon age: origin’s sex scenes were awful. just awkward and uncomfortable to watch cause of the blocky animations and ugly misshaped underwear. the whole scene was just goofy no matter which characters were involved. mass effect 1’s was really nice though, but i have no problem with the way they are done now. you see enough to get the gist of whats going on and they leave the saucy part in the middle up to your imagination. no side boob isnt that big of a deal, if you really need to see more just go on the internets and find some “fan art” if you know what i mean.

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Apr 30, 2011
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Vortex

I don’t think Shepard should spend the time for romance in ME3 with Earth and everyone in danger. Maybe Shepard should take a raincheck on his romance until he has saved everyone.

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May 01, 2011
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Asperity

Agreed wholeheartedly, Kat. Though I will say the bit where you throw Fenris against the wall in DA2 was the hottest thing BioWare’s managed yet, and remarkably non-uncanny-valley (probably because the camera was positioned so far away from it.) The thing that’s really offensive in DA2 is that you see both of the women in various stages of undress, but not the men. (Spoiler: Merrill wears a bee suit to bed.)

And pfui to Shepard saving herself for the Reapers, or whatever. She’s on a spaceship. It takes a while to get places, even if you’re in a hurry. Why not spend some time getting to know your travel companions? The worst part about ME-universe nookie is that it only happens the night before mortal peril. The best part is, of course, Garrus Vakarian.

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May 01, 2011
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Asperity

Hm, the Isabela scene is also pretty great, mostly because divesting her of all her knives is ridiculously awesome. However, it’s totally obnoxious that they spent a lot more time on animating her scene than any of the other three.

And I’m never going to be sure whether the Fenris-tattoo-pattern sweater I’m designing is canon-accurate if I can’t see the broody elf topless. That’s really unfair.

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