The moment you start S4 league, you have to choose to use a male or a female character. I was one of the few people who chose the male character first because that was the first selection by default (I like to just PLAY the game, ok?) and I was already in the game shooting and slashing stuff.
Eventually, you can have a second character and then even a third character so if you wanted to use the other gender you couldn’t choose, all you had to do was level up a couple of times. But, when there’s a choice, people are sure to argue over which choice is better. And most of the times (I’m not sure why), people think female characters are generally better. I don’t think S4 was much of an exception to this either.
There’s also the dodging animation where the female dodges had them cartwheeling in the air while the male dodges made them roll on the ground. To be honest, I kind of agreed with them at first. The female characters were ‘stylish’ as the game depicted. They just visually looked better. The dodging animations were cooler, their clothes looked better (at least, it was in the PEN shop) and they were also technically a little bit smaller since the majority of males are taller than majority of females. This obviously lead into the ‘smaller hitbox’ argument as people said that it was harder to shoot them since they were smaller. But by the time I actually cared about the visuals of the game, I couldn’t start using a female character because:
1. It was difficult to buy clothes for both of them and maintain enough PEN without getting PEN-locked. Clothes were much more expensive than weapons and skills for repair and the rentals ran out by real-time so I was losing more PEN than gaining them.
2. By the time I stopped buying clothes, I was too used to using the male character (ironic really). The dodges seemed weird and using sword felt a bit off and this was especially noticeable when I was using the CS heavy. Even though they looked nice, it felt weird.
Speaking of CS heavies, that was one of the few myths created by certain players long ago. People compared the CS heavy of the male and the female character and probably thought “well, the female character adds a little extra jump when they use the CS uppercut so it probably hits higher too”. Some people even thought that Female characters were able to attack faster with the CS and all of this probably caused a lot of unnecessary rage and arguments but still lead to the over abundance of female characters at one point. Maybe it was just me but I swear at one point in my S4 ‘career’, I saw like 1 or 2 male characters every week when I played daily (and that includes my own character).
But of course, some people couldn’t believe the idiocy of all this and made a video to prove it. Because someone just HAD to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az_PtmNB5nQ&feature=plcp
(yes Harakiry, I’m looking at YOU… with a cookie)
I’ll probably continue to use my male character since using the female character has no more appeal. The character dodges and attacks feel a bit off and I no longer by clothes. Besides, as Proto has pointed out: “In S4, female characters without clothes are fully covered. Female characters with clothes are barely covered.” Now THAT’S a fact for the better or worse…
I feel like this article was a bit… half-assed. I really should get more inspiration.