The art in this game is impressive. I give this company big credit for pushing 2d art in their games. I think this game pushed it a little to far with their female characters. But i can't help but give a nod to the art. Even though i realize it probably would of sold better if they pushed it less far.
I had never heard of the game until you mentioned it, and yeah the art is impressive. And yeah, the sorceress is dripping out of her corset.
However, I did a little more research and heard a fairly reasonable editorial about the critique, the artist's response, and the need for the discussion of female objectification in games - without sounding patronizing.
It's well done, and in fact calls out a lot of the folks - including myself - who think that female objectification goes waaaaaaay too far in video games design these days.
Here's to hoping that major studios take a nod to the elf ranger instead of the sorceress or amazon in the future. But I'm not holding my breath.
I don't have a problem with female objectification in games. As long as the buyer/player expected it to be their. It would piss me off to see it in a educational game.
The exaggerated lines in the character designs are what i think they took to far. Even in the dwarf design. He is so smashed down his body forum is reading unclear. I'm still amazed by how far the artist pushed it. Just feel someone in the company should of had the art toned down a little. Just for the sake of the games art being less alien to the masses.