Do you know the one thing that annoys me the most with games and movies? The fact that the males get all the fancy plate armors, and women get BDSM-styled chain bikinis.
Seriously, there isn’t anything more out of the context than going to war while wearing outfits to make dicks hard. I’m a soldier myself, and for all I can say is that there’s a reason why lady soldiers go to battle carrying the same combat gear as their male counterparts: because it works!
Seriously, in battle, you jump, you run, you fall down, it’s extremely dirty, you sweat and usually, war is an all-round shitty place to be in. To wear suits that show cleavage or going to just in your underwear ruins camouflage, exposes skin to all sorts of bruises. Seriously, one single rush to cover and your arm is filled with wounds. Normal BDU-uniforms can prevent this.
Do the game makers even know the difference between female and male combat gear? If they don’t, the answer is here: there’s no difference. In Finnish military, women are given exactly same material as the men are. (Yes, it includes military underwear, a.k.a thousand balls boxers)
Practicality aside, dressed for bedroom and not for battle takes away all credibility for female characters. The fact that they are there only to suit male viewers need is a fine way of saying “Look, we girls are here only for fanservice”. Does’t work that way. If we’d have a movie with Strip club Protection Force made out of prostitutes, then hell yes, it makes even some remote sense.
But wearing a battle bikini to a goblin cave? Hell no! Again, practicality aside, for me, those hooker armors aren’t even remotely hot. Quite the contrary: they’re quite the boring ways to dress characters. It takes away all the personality, all the good unique qualities and reduces the character to the same level where pornstars lie:only good for eye candy. Goes to the same locker as credibility problems; best ways to ruin otherwise good characters is to make viewers think “Why the hell doesn’t she even look like a soldier/warrior”?
Being sexy is also a matter of brain, not just how much naked skin can be shown before the banhammer strikes the game as porn. For me, good warrior girls are warriors: they kick ass and look like professionals. The same as real life female soldiers do: they’re like any other male soldiers, except less hairy - and always not even that.