Like every gamer in existence – I can’t wait to get my hands on GTA V. But I feel like Rockstar missed a huge opportunity to shake things up. Once again their latest effort takes place in a male dominated world. Obviously women don’t steal cars, rob banks, murder people, pay for tail, and then gun down the gigolo for a refund – that would be unrealistic. Sigh, here’s why a female lead in GTA V wouldn’t have been such a bad idea.
Many feel that Rockstar shouldn’t be forced to include a female character just to pander to certain groups of gamers (I’m looking at you FemShep lovers). And they’re correct; including a female lead character just for the sake of including one is a bad idea.
The reason they should have added one is because she could have breathed new life into the franchise and presented the studio with a new challenge. Everyone knows Rockstar is the master of open world crime games and that they can emulate movies like Scarface and Boyz n the Hood.
A playable female character would have gave them an opportunity to explore stories that are mostly untouched in crime dramas. I hate to say this, but the three male leads already look like characters we’ve seen a million times before. How many times have we’ve heard stories about people who try to escape a life of crime only to be drawn back in?
Here’s something we don’t see often, how about a housewife that’s forced to take up a life of crime to support her family? Or how about a high school graduate who is accepted into an Ivy League college, but she has to do a few odd jobs to pay her tuition? Sure these aren’t the most original ideas, but neither is former gangster’s past comes back to hunt him.
The gaming industry needs more strong female leads, and Rockstar could turn a female criminal into their best character to date. It would be a homerun if handled correctly (she has to be real an non-sexualized). We’ve seen countless men and minorities struggle in urban environments; it’s time to highlight something new.
Honestly it feels a little lazy on Rockstar’s part. There are three main characters; a female one wouldn’t have ruined the game. This would have been the perfect opportunity to test the waters and see how gamers react to a female lead.
Instead they decided to keep women in support roles and as eye-candy. “Check out the picture of the blonde with the fake iPhone — damn she’s hot?” Unfortunately this is the role most women play in the series. Why do you think Rockstar released that image and the one with the female cop roughing up the same girl? It’s all about the sex appeal. They had a chance to change this with the inclusion of a strong female lead, but they decided to continue to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Maybe next time…