true fact heavenly sword was a failure of a game in a myriad of ways but it made up for it with killer writing, direction, musical scoring, and the fact that it gave us a game whose emotional heart lies in the agency of the main character and in her relationship not with her dad or her culture but her sister.
it also has my FULL OVERWHELMING SUPPORT for not including the very mention of sexual violence as perpetuated on women barring a few uses here and there of the words “red haired bitch” but i mean come on. they even address this DIRECTLY by including a small, two second scene that underlines what a non-issue this is for the game in its entirety.
our heroine nariko is bound and held captive and completely at the mercy of the primary villain, about to be sacrificed via gladiatorial combat for the amusement of all etc etc
primary villain, a man responsible for the genocide of not only her culture but a handful of other cultures on the continent, an unrepentant murdering colonialist conniving shitbag
makes a pass at her.
not even a proper pass, just a sort of hand-wavey hey girl if you’re not doing anything later maybe we could i’m just saying we’re both adults could be fun who knows
to which nariko replies, succinctly, “No.”
AND THEN HE BASICALLY JUST GOES ”OKAY NO BIGGIE” AND THEN THEY GO RIGHT BACK TO THE BUSINESS AT HAND
Games that deserve more attention 2/13 —> Heavenly Sword“You made me an outsider. You made me not care. What have you done to me? What have I become? You’ve turned me into a killer. I lost you. I needed you, but you left me. You’re part of me now. And I’m part of you.”
- That is why I’m here.
- To fight for us!
- No. To fight for her.
My father always knew how to prepare men for battle. For death. Once death has been fully accepted, there is nothing to fear. You are free. If I can leave Kai one last thing, let it be a future. A chance to do things differently. To live a peaceful life. To be happy.
That is worth dying for.