Anj here. We’ve kept an eye on the designs since they started releasing character profiles. While Res hasn’t touched the game, I’ve played a bit here and there.
We do agree that the lack of variety in female body types is disappointing. Astraea is the only one with any real difference in design. The others are just Barbie torsos, back kibble, and LEGS THAT GO FOR MILES AND MILES AND MILES.
However, that’s just an assessment of the ladies’ designs on their own. Compared to the guys and given the format of the game, these aren’t the worst female designs.
Across the board, everyone’s designs are damn leggy. It shows more on the girls since 4 out of 5 of them are string beans. If you measure out the guys, they are still proportionally leggy but their increased bulk makes them look less skewed.
We’re willing to write the legginess off as a stylistic choice or aliens being aliens but the ladies don’t get a full pass. With 5 characters, there should be more variation. The developers managed to get Lanky, Brawny, HUGE’N’MANRY with the guys so there is no technical limitation keeping them from doing the same with the female characters.
As for the “femme fatale” trope, we’re not going to call it either way. A femme fatale is a female character who uses her feminine wiles to seduce and ensnare her victims. A key part of that trope is her effect on another character. Without a story - or ANY kind of interaction - to show us how these girls act around guys or how the guys act around them, we can’t really say where they fall.
This game has the player and characters do two things:
1) Kill the things
2) Kill the things in a team
There’s no story and no interaction between characters. No one is treated differently from anyone else because, no matter who you’re playing, you’re just playing yourself killing things. Every single bio can be summed up as:
“THEY KILL THINGS GOOD”
–CANON CHARACTER YOU WISH WAS HERE
On the one hand, we did ask very specifically for female characters to be played the same as the guys. Technically, TFU does this. We can’t criticize them there. The girls lack variety but, within the context of the games, they aren’t treated any differently from the other equally bland characters that I care nothing about.
TFU didn’t do much to inspire lady bot feels but they didn’t do anything anger inducing either. All and all, it’s a decent time killer of a game, if a bit generic.