Here's a post that's looooong overdue, for one of the best barefoot videogame babes around. I was actually consciously pushing this back as I was waiting for this hottie's confirmation in the upcoming Super Streetfighter IV, but what the heck... if and when that happens, it will be worth a separate post. Anyway...
As we all know, some of the best barefoot game babes are martial arts tomboys, and certainly this fighter from Streetfighter III: Third Strike qualifies as one in every sense of the word. At first mistaken for a boy during the early days of SF3:3S (her gender-ambiguous name didn't help either), this ferocious new challenger immediately impressed players with her innovative, in-your-face, offense-heavy style which was a huge difference from the myriad clones and retread characters of the Shotokan-Fireball School. This young upstart knocked out the competition with lightning-fast punches, brutal grapples and powerful karate techniques. But what really got players' eyes popping was when Makoto got stunned- causing her loosely-fitting gi to sag slightly, revealing that she was, indeed, a girl.
Of course, Makoto probably bucks the usual trend of fighting game hottie- she really does look like a young boy with her somewhat messy, short hair, while her bulky gi pretty much hides her physique (though we surely know she's got a hot, athletic body beneath all that cloth). Even further, her official artwork portrays her as not being your usual soft-looking babe; she's a martial artist with callused, rough-looking and STRONG looking feet... in fact, she has quite mannish feet as seen above in her official portrait.
I actually prefer seeing Makoto in her in-game sprites; her feet are nice, big and expertly drawn, and you see them from pretty much every angle throughout her smoothly-animated attacks. I love her slow, methodical walking animations, as she pads towards her enemy with her complex kata-like stances. Watching her, I really do find her attractive, and would readily give her a soothing foot massage after a hard day's ass-kicking.
Surely a babe just made for foot fans to love.
Makoto tussles with her rival and another HOT barefoot babe, Ibuki.
Makoto shows Ryu what she's all about.
Cool Makoto Fan Artwork.
This unique barefoot babe last appeared about a decade ago in the sprite-based, 2D Third Strike... but rumor has it that she may appear in the upcoming Super Streetfighter IV, along with fellow barefoot babe Ibuki. Seeing this karate kid in full 3-D would be BEYOND AWESOME, and I truly look forward to dishing out the pain with Makoto's formidable feet in High Definition. Here's crossing our fingers that SSFIV really pushes through as the barefoot babe fighting game to watch out for in early 2010.