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Reaper Bones review #110: Sarah Blitzer, IMEF Sniper

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Sarah Blitzer, IMEF Sniper


Bobby Jackson's Sarah Blitzer is inspired by Bernadette Mataki from the Gears of War third-person shooter. I was a big Gears fan back in the day; with its gorilla-like men and its lithe women, it was a bit like a throwback to the old days of He-Man action figures, only with more guns. There was a shift in the character models as the game evolved; Anya Stroud, who wore tight skirts and handled communications in the first installment, was a fully capable warrior in the third, wearing armor that covered most of her upper torso. Blitzer didn't get that memo.

It's pretty typical in gaming: female characters in armor look a lot like male characters, so the artist exaggerates their characteristics to make them clearly identifiable as male or female. Except the Gears of War-style apes are so exaggerated that the female models went in the opposite direction: very little armor, a prominently displayed bosom, and long hair. Blitzer's sole excuse is that she's a sniper, so she needs to be lightly encumbered, but still -- not even a chestplate?

Since she's a sniper, it would be nice if her model was actually of her, ya know, sniping, but instead we get her holding the rifle next to her to demonstrate it's bigger than she is. Which makes for an interesting pose but is hardly in line with the male members of the Intergalactic Marines Expeditionary Force (IMEF) team.

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