I think it's no secret that my absolute favorite Streetfighter babe is karate kid Makoto. She's SF's total barefoot tomboy babe, and her beauty shines through to me even through her no-frills look, simple but spirited design and utterly awesome fighting skills. Well, the latter is on display in these two long match vids from the recent Capcom Cup Qualifier held at TGS 2013. In several stunning upsets, player Haitani using Makoto (a dark horse choice of character, apparently) bested the rest of the competition and sends the karate kid into the next stage of the gaming tournament. It's awesome to see Makoto finally be recognized (at least in these matches) to be a force to be reckoned with apart from the usual character choices, and hopefully this will herald a new age where more Makotos will kick butt in these high profile gaming events. Anyway, check out the vids for some truly awesome Barefoot Karate Babe Buttkicking! Man, makes me want to give Mak foot massages all the more. Heheh...
Only Mago's Feilong stands in the way of Haitani's Makoto in this final match of the TGS tourney...
Choose Hermes from the menu to minimize staring at too much posing.
Some time ago I posted about the recently-released anime fighter, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle and it's apparent single barefoot babe, Hermes Costello. Of course, this female stand-user can only go shoeless in her unlockable alternate costume, which can be seen here in this rather lengthy video. Hermes' part comes very late in the vid- pretty much almost at the very end. You can skip all the rest by simply picking her name from the menu at the start of the vid, unless you actually want to see 16+ minutes of Jojo posing madness.
I have to say that while Hermes' costume is rather fetching and her in-game model has a nice, sporty physique and quite attractive feet- I can't get past how MANNISH she is due to the art style. She actually looks like Gakushu from Ikkitousen in drag (okay, that's a bit harsh- at least she's nowhere near as bulky). Really- most of the men are more feminine than she is in terms of facial features. Well, the face really isn't our no. 1 priority anyway- hell, Mileena is hot even with her Tarkatan mug thanks to her other assets. Oh well... what can I say but good thing her feet look so nice. Heheh...
Lee Won Hee is certainly one lovely new babe footfans will surely love to watch.
I posted about this lovely Taekwondo Girl several months ago, but as of late I've come to be a bit more intrigued with her. To recap, the lovely Lee Won Hee is one of the competitors from the (as-yet) China-only online fighting game Xuan Dou Zhi Wang (which apparently translates to 'King of Combat Masters'). While this interesting fighter has quite a few lovely ladies in it, sadly Lee is the only barefoot fighter, but hey, that just makes her all the more special.
The vid above shows footage of the game that shows off Won Hee quite a bit- In it you'll see her sexy Intro and Win Pose, and even see her in her KO poses (one face up and one face down). Thankfully, her character model is so hi-res her lovely bare feet and soles are seen quite clearly even through the game's fast action.
Anyway, I found a couple more vids of XDZW gameplay, one of which is a special demo or spotlight on Lee. It shows off her moves and some strategy- sadly you'll probably only make heads or tails of it if you can read or speak Chinese. Still, any footage of Lee is better than no footage. Heheh.
Here's all the info you need to get started with Lee... if you can read or speak Chinese.
Next up is a lengthy gameplay video of 3-on-3 casual XDZW matches with Won Hee. Darn, I just wish she would get rid of those TKD footguards and just go fully barefoot though. Oh well.
Overall I really like how the game looks and moves- the crisp character models seem to be a mix of 3D and 2D, though some of the movements could be smoother and more fluid, such as in Capcom's SF3 Third Strike.
More Xuan Dou Zhi Wang gameplay with Lee Won Hee in action.
I am aware that Xuan Dou Zhi Wang is being made into a mobile game, which may gives us Won Hee to play with on our smartphones eventually (hoping she, and the game, makes it to international appstores). There IS quite a bit of interest in this game, so maybe someday it will make it into our PCs and Lee's feet closer to our admiring gazes.
The trailer for the upcoming mobile version of Xuan Dou Zhi Wang, featuring a CG segment that includes Lee Won Hee and a nice, intimate kick and sole shot into the camera...
For now, check the vids out. There are quite a few more on Youtube, but these are the nicest and most Hi-Res I've found for now. Enjoy!
I currently know nothing about the bandaged Tae. But I like her already.
Just hot off its debut announcement at Sony's Pre-TGS Event is an upcoming title from Goichi Suda (Suda 51) of Grasshopper Manufacture, which was recently acquired by GungHo. The game is called Lily Bergamo, which will be an online title for Playstation 4. All we know about it at this point is that it will star a female protagonist named Tae Ioroi (we assume it's the girl with the interesting outfit in the trailer below). Other than that, some concept art has been released. What I do know is that Tae is one lovely-looking femme fatale and she wears our kind of footwear (which nicely leaves most of her beautiful feet quite, quite bare) as seen in a wonderful closeup. That's really all I need to be interested in this- but really, it's a Suda 51 title- what can we expect from the maker of Killer 7 and Lollipop Chainsaw but something pretty off-the-wall and sexy?
Suda 51 knows what we like to see...
Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot of the lovely, mysterious 'Lily' and her sexy feet in the months ahead and as the game is released next year on PS4 (hoping it's released outside Japan of course). At least it's something to look forward to. Barefoot babes are very much alive in gaming's future, I see! For now, check out the intriguing debut trailer of Lily Bergamo from TGS.
Semi-barefoot Anime Heroine and giant demon robots? SOLD!
The DOA girls are back and sexier than ever before.
Ah, Dead or Alive. Probably one of the pillar fighting games for me, even if the barefoot babe content in it has been on-and-off for the many, many releases in its long history. The original Dead or Alive on PSX was my absolute favorite barefoot babe fighter (still is a sentimental fave today), but DOA2, with its huge number of rehash/upgrades/editions pounded me with no barefoot content at all for about ten releases (Itagaki and Team Ninja then- go to hell). DOA3 had ONE barefoot babe in karate babe Hitomi. DOA4- a barren wasteland both in barefoot babes and fun. Sigh.
Team Ninja finally won us back with Dead or Alive 5 Plus, thanks to the sexy barefoot bikinis in the Collector Edition exclusive (during release) Hot Getaway Swimsuit set. And now- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. Bringing several additional fighters, new moves, modes and costumes, will it be Ultimate for us footfans as well?
If you got the 'Hot Getaway' barefoot swimsuit set from DOA5/DOA5 Plus, you can use them in Ultimate.
Unfortunately, the barefoot babe content in DOA5 Ultimate is actually a bit less than in DOA5 Plus- but I assume that you will do the right thing and add DOA5 Plus's Hot Getaway swimsuits (as DLC) to DOA5U. In fact, all previous DLC for DOA5 (and DOA5 Plus) can be transferred/cross-saved to Ultimate. It's quite painless- if you have a DOA5 save, the first time you boot up Ultimate it will ask if you want to load the save- yes, you do.
The sad part is that natively, DOA5U has no barefoot outfits for the ladies in the new costumes that come with the game (well, you can consider Hitomi's Karate Gi as one). Downer. However, if you got the Japanese/Asian Collector's Edition (just as it was with DOA5 Plus), you get to download the 'Ultimate Sexy' Costume Set, which includes several barefoot swimsuits for several of the ladies. Once again though, there's a caveat. Not all the ladies get barefoot swimsuits, or swimsuits at all. It's actually pretty irritating. Seven of the girls get swimsuits, while the other seven get 'Racing Outfits' which, while sexy, sadly come with footwear/sandals. Also, Rachel the Fiendhunter, one of the newcomer girls added in the game, wears sandals with her bikini. DAMN!
DOA5U adds in several new fighters, new moves and tactics for everyone, new modes, intro and win poses and lots of bits and bobs.
So what do we have left then? Six barefoot swimsuits. The three younger DOA girls- Kasumi, Ayane and Kokoro- get the ubiquitous one-piece Japanese 'School' Swimsuits. Since I'm not Japanese they don't particularly please me- luckily their Hot Getaway bikinis are much hotter. Leifang's bikini once again comes with a skirt-like cloth, but I find it's lingerie-like style much better than her DOA5 Plus swimsuit, which is great.
Next comes Hitomi's hot pink bikini, and it is pretty much my big favorite among the new swimsuits. I was really disappointed with her Hot Getaway skort thing, so this just shows off the Karate Kid's bod so well.
I'm sure a lot consider Helena's seashell bikini (Godfather?) the hottest suit of the bunch, and certainly it's the skimpiest and definitely an eye-catcher. But personally, I actually find her Hot Getaway white bikini sexier and much more suited for a lady of her class. But hey, I'll still use the new suit. Heheh.
You'll spend a lot of time finding all the new bits like new costumes, character intros, tag team intros, win poses, alternate hairstyles and stuff.
And FINALLY, there's Momiji in her white, oh-so-cottony bikini. All I can say is Momiji, OMG. Now THAT is a vision. Momiji's perfect bod and her height are a vision, and I just love seeing her in action in the swimsuit. The bikini is really hot, which is a contrast to every other costume she has (all of which are a variation of her 'Japanese Miko Warrior Ninja' schtick).
With the new suits, an all-new babe in Momiji and the addition of the DOA5 Plus suits, I guess DOA5U is a must have for any foot fan who loves the DOA girls (and what foot fan doesn't?). There isn't any change in the girls' feet models (still not as detailed as I would like, but they're still quite nice), but the overall look and feel of DOA5U is great and sexy. Sadly, getting an actual KO in action is still a bit hard, but thanks to that and the new additions (intros, win poses, taunts, etc) of the game, this is the freshest barefoot babe game we can get now.
Playing a lot with Kasumi just made me realize how damn kickass and awesome she is. All that plus perfect, kiss-worthy feet. What a woman!
One last caveat though- until the 'Ultimate Sexy' costume set is made available as DLC on the PSN/XBL stores, the only way to get them is through the Collector's Editions. Till then, the only barefoot costumes available are the Hot Getaway set (available as DLC now).
DOA5 Ultimate could have had more barefoot outfits, so in the end, it's not quite 'Ultimate'. But sexy it definitely still is, and well worth getting for me (and sharing with all of you!). From here on, we'll focus on the babes themselves next. Now, if you'll excuse me- I have to go play a bit more with Momiji... Mmmm...
Real-life tough girls once again make the jump to the digital dojo.
It's not the first time this has happened- the first time we saw female combatants in a MMA sports game (not a mainstream fighter) was a couple of years ago with Supremacy MMA- which was promising but ultimately was a boring, shallow mess. What will be different here then? EA Sports' UFC will feature real-life MMA athletes Ronda Rousey (seen above) and her rival Miesha Tate. More will follow from the Women's Bantamweight Division. Unlike regular fighting games though, women will only fight women in the UFC game, as in real life (weird, eh?). On the other hand, this will also mean barefoot fighting babes aplenty as per the real-life MMA attire- no stilleto pumps or thigh high boots here.
Still not sure though about this- I'm about as into UFC sports as I am into microbiology- which is to say, not much. Still, if the in-game MMA girls are at least as fetching as their real-life models (Supremacy had fugly in-game models) and the action is good and deep with a good selection of female fighters to choose from- maybe. We'll see about this perhaps next year. For now, check out the video interview below to tease what's coming.