Last week we asked you to send us photos of your best combat pose in an effort to win a copy of SEGA's new RPG, Resonance of Fate. Let's find out who won.
Thanks to Sega, we have FIVE Resonance of Fate packs up for grabs, each containing a copy of the game on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, along with a ten-track soundtrack CD and Resonance of Fate t-shirt.
Resonance Of Fate is notable for its a) innovative combat system where each character pulls off a range of attacks while posing like they’ve just stepped onto a catwalk, and b) copious customisation that allows you to tweak every tiny detail of each character’s appearance.
Thus, we asked you to send us a photo of yourself in full Resonance Of Fate combat pose.
Now, judging competitions is somethign we take very seriously here at Kotaku. So this time I'm going to give you a little bit of insight into how we actually choose the winners. Below you'll find the shortlist I considered for the five prizes along with my thinking as to why they did or didn't win. Hope you enjoy it...
Here we have an entry from Kane. This is basically the polar opposite of Aled's entry: the costumes are inventive (if a little obviously quirky), but it needs some more dynamism in the poses. Another nice try, but again no prize.
This is better. Here's an entry from Kai Sheng. Not only is the pose spot-on, but the outfit is super-stylish and there's even a suitably ridiculous monster on the receiving end of such a dashing attack. Kai, a winner is you!
I like what Anna is going for here. The moody lighting, the silly glasses, the pet accessory, these all work. But unfortunately it's a bit too dark and the close-up doesn't reveal the full extent of the combat pose, nor her outfit. Moving along...
In a similar vein, Jaryd also goes for the mood lighting technique. Here, however, it pays off, looking for all the world like he's been overexposed through excessive bloom lighting. The pose is solid, too, but what wins me over is the hair. I hope that hair is real. Jaryd, a winner is you!
I'm going to jump straight to another winner here. Andrew nails it all - the ludicrous pose, the awkwardly thrilling camera angle, the giant orange, the goggles - and is probably my favourite entry overall. The goggles, they do everything.
Here we have an entry from chuloopa, a regular comp entrant. It's not the best photo - it's a bit blurry and dark - but it's a triumph of concept over execution. The pose is suitably absurd; the outfit even more so. Chuloopa, a winner is you!
Here's one from Xiaokang, another who absolutely nails it for me. Great pose, great costume, but even better is the monster depicted complete with damage counter. Genius, and that's our fifth and final winner.
Congrats to all five winners, and a big cheers to everyone else who entered, especially the six "highly commended" shown above. Finally, thanks to SEGA for the cool prize packs.