My husband and I currently have parallel games of KOTOR II going on – I’m playing as a light side female, he is playing as a light side male. We are enjoying the game, HOWEVER, I am extremely irritated that while my HIS romance option is a gorgeous Echani handmaiden who practices sparring in sexy black underwear, MY romance option is the freaking over-the-hill DISCIPLE! First of all, he looks like old Richard Gere on a bad hair day. Secondly, he is a nicey-nice scientist/historian with a pansy voice who follows me around like a puppy dog telling me how much he admires me.
I would have loved to watch the strong, silent, and sexy Bao-Dur struggle with conflicting feelings of respecting his superior officer and growing attraction for me as we travel together. I would have enjoyed breaking down the shell of unpredictable bad-boy Atton, challenging him to confront his past and unlock his true attraction to me. I would have even liked the option to show Mira that men really aren’t worth more than the bounties on their head and open her up to the true pleasure of my Force powers, but NO! They picked the LEAST desirable, least challenging, most un-enigmatic character in the whole game and thrust him on me.
I know there are probably a lot of programmers who don’t have a lot of experience with what women want, but take a look at pop culture and get a clue! Yeah, Luke was cute, but we really wanted to sleep with Han Solo. We swoon over sexy dangerous Angel (in Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Legolas is definitely gorgeous, but Aragorn is the one with dark, rugged mystery surrounding him.
After playing through Baldur’s gate and putting up with the whining of goody-goody Anomen, and now having that eager, bright eyed disciple make passes at me (while my husband laughs his @$$ off) I am despairing of ever finding a game that understands! Yeah, we marry the nice reliable guys, but we don’t want them invading our fantasies as well!