Mona Sax was pretty bad-ass, so Rockstar is capable.
Let’s all make sure we know what I’m talking about here. I’m not talking about changing the game to conform to some sort of make believe female audience. I’m talking about the addition of a female protagonist that kicks as much ass as the guys. I’m not talking about watering down the game in any way shape or form; I’m talking about giving almost half of gamers a character they could identify with within the GTA setting. This has nothing to do with the quality of their characters, Rockstar games are of the best quality, and that’s the sad part. If there was ever a company that could integrate a strong female lead in a series like this it’s Rockstar.
A truly strong female protagonist could, especially in a game with two other male protagonists, turn what is sure to be a sausage fest of F-bombs, into a more varied and realistic experience, albeit an over-the-top one. If the writers and designers at Rockstar put the same work into a female character as they did for John Marsden or Nico Bellic, then I would agree that GTA V is truly an ambitious project.
Perhaps a trio like this?
GTA has always been a caricature, a visceral and over-the-top violent explosion-fest for a generation of guys who day-dreamed about stealing cars and escaping the police. I’m not saying GTA V should try and be something it’s not; I’m just saying such an “ambitious” and “open” game should have been ambitious and open enough to let the girls in on the fun. I’m not saying that means it should be less violent or ridiculous; I’m just saying that adding a girl or two to the line-up won’t necessarily make it less manly.
I’m not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I do think that Rockstar has missed an opportunity to do something that is truly ambitious for the GTA franchise. They didn’t need to do it for PR purposes and certainly not for sales purposes, but if they’re really hoping to push the envelope which it sounds like they are, then I do think they should have tried to do something they haven’t before, creating a strong female protagonist in a series that hasn’t before.