For those that do not know, Deep Down does not feature a playable female character. Some people had taken up arms and heavily criticize this particular aspect of the game as they assumed the game was akin to Dark Souls, and that had you choose between female or male, so why not this game? One particular article stood out in which Brenna Hillier heavily criticized the game. To me, this article almost seemed hateful, with text such as: 'didn't this game look absolutely interesting before Capcom ordered you back into the kitchen'?
It seemed to me like these people were judging out of their own speculation and assumptions, which the developer now attempted to clarify. He came out and said something must have gotten lost in translation, as the game's story is created around one character and he happens to be male. Much like how Uncharted doesn't let you choose a female character or Mirror's Edge doesn't let you choose a male character. It's creative design. To my knowledge, apart from being able to select certain armor and skills, the game doesn't even allow the character to be customized at all (as in facial appearance, skin pigment and such); but I could be wrong about that. I just haven't seen anything like that anywhere, yet some people just assume it is there.
What do you think about this whole situation? You can click here to read one of the more recent articles about this. The link to the article I mentioned earlier by Brenna is also in there if you want to read it.
I really think that creative vision shouldn't be dictated. If they want Lara to be female so that the story context reflects her relationship with her mentor and farther, then they should go for it. If the story is good and makes sense, that is up to be criticized, but I feel that criticizing that she can only be female is not a valid point. Inversely, I also think the same about Uncharted where Drake is male, Gears of War where Marcus is male and Mirror's Edge where Faith is female. I think criticizing articles like Hillier wrote are bad form.
I'd love to know what you guys think though.