Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Top 5 sexiest video games


Valve Software


Video games can be sexy. No, I don’t mean the curvaceous female characters that perform feats of heroism while wearing ... very little. I’m talking about believable chemistry between characters, flirtatious banter and sexy attitude that has more to do with butt-kicking than butt-baring. In fact, more often than not, what isn’t seen is what makes a game sexy.

'Halo 3: ODST'


1. 'Halo 3: ODST'

It was nice getting a break from the inscrutable Master Chief to follow characters with a little drama goin’ on. The frustrated relationship between ex-squeezes Dutch (played by Nathan Fillion) and Dare (played by Tricia Helfer) was not only believable, it was interesting.
Things start out on a tense note, with Dare giving orders to her former beau. But once the mission goes bad, boy sets out to save girl – offering some nice glimpses into the complexity of their relationship and highlighting the chemistry between the two characters.

'Half-Life 2'

Valve Software

2. 'Half-Life 2'

Alyx Vance, the heroine in “Half-Life 2,” is the kind of woman you’d want to have a beer with. She’s funny, she’s smart and she’s wearing proper attire for her mission (saving the human race from aliens). No wonder scientist Gordon Freeman, the protagonist of the series, really digs her.
Or does he?
The are-they-or-aren’t-they question is a constant thread running through the long-running sci-fi shooter series. Vance’s dad, Eli, drops hints that the two are made for each other, but to date, there’s been no consummation of the duo’s simmering chemistry.
Let's face it guys, we all can relate to geeky Gordan Freeman and Alyx is our video game girl next door. We'll have to see what happens in “Episode 3” and - dare we ask - “Half Life 3?”



3. 'Bayonetta'

You would be hard pressed to find a more physically exaggerated female character in a video game, but don't let Bayonetta's outsize assets fool you. This is a strong female character who doesn't take crap from anyone. Sure, there is an overabundant amount of salacious stuff in the game, but it’s all done with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Bayonetta may just be the most sexy/deadly woman in a video game that we’ve seen so far. OK, you get the occasional peep show, but make no mistake, Bayonetta’s no brainless bimbo. When she appears to be at her most vulnerable, she is at her most deadly. And damn, that’s sexy.

'Mass Effect'


4. 'Mass Effect'

Alien girls are easy ... well not really. “Mass Effect” is famous for the adult choices you can make, and among those choices are the relationships you can have with either Kaidan, Ashley, or the blue-skinned alien Liara.
What’s sexy about “Mass Effect” besides sex scenes? You have to work to get to know the female characters and if you want to make any romance happen you need to say the right thing, at the right time - a good lesson that applies in real life too, kids. “Mass Effect” illustrates how video games are maturing with their audience - and “Mass Effect 2,” out Jan. 26, is a continuation of that theme.

'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves'


5. 'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves'

“Uncharted 2,” our choice for best game of 2009, seemed to hit the right notes with men and women. And chief among its many attributes is the love triangle between hero Nathan Drake and the two women in his life, Chloe and Elena.
The chemistry between Drake and his female paramours is palpable and the jealousy between Elena – his lady friend in the last “Uncharted” and Chloe – the bad-girl treasure hunter – is really well played. Throughout the game you witness Nathan struggle with his feelings for both women, which begs the question, are you on Team Chloe or Team Elena?

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