A Review Of Genesis 2 Female & Victoria 6
Okay, after much self-debate, decision making, and financial planning, I caved in and bought the G2F Morph and V6 Pro Bundles on the last day of June to ensure I made a sales purchase with the June coupon, even though ideally I would liked to have waited before seeing if there would be a "Victoria 6 3D Model Pro Suite" type of deal. However, I eventually came to the reasoning that if one were to occur, why didn't it come along side the rest of the major G2F/V6 launches? If one still comes out at this point, I'll see if I can get an upgrade with an additional cost for the extra content...
But anyway, that's not what this topic is about. This is about my personal review of a figure that I wasn't sure whether or not I would enjoy because of the loss of unisex versatility from it's predecessor, Genesis 1. However, after playing around with the morphs and content, I must confess that I am actually quite impressed with the much finer way things morph on the figure. Dials such as arms, hips and legs give shape far more effectively with far less distortion than ever before on any DAZ figure. Dealing with facial proportions feels more fluid and well-blended. The base figure itself, overall on a morphing scale, and just by visual appearance itself actually does look much better worked on than any Basic Female shape on Genesis 1. What makes all of this so much better is that just about every morph has it's own asymmetrical dials if one so happens to need them. But the big one for me personally was that almost every morph can dial in both positive and negative fields! No more do I have to go into the Parameter Settings just to unlock the negative range on morphs that should have had them available by default on the original Genesis figure.
As far as clothing and other add-ons go, they, too feel better-handled and converted far more efficiently. Most Genesis 1 clothing and hair convert to the G2F base almost just as flawlessly as morphing the figure itself. Any mis-shapings that does happen to occur, such as male hair, can be VERY easily corrected with the slightest dial of the item's fix morphs and still look flawless afterwards. I actually haven't gotten MallenLane's V4 for G2F yet, as surprising as it may sound (I only wanted to focus my money and attention on the DAZ Original Bundles for now), but from what Mallen and other users have shown in other threads it looks AMAZING and I hear it only gets better with every update given to it from the contribution of commentary.
As far as Victoria 6 herself goes, while I've never been much of a Vicky person, I'll admit that she certainly does look a lot less like a superficial European supermodel. Granted she's still quite idealistically built, but more so in a way that doesn't look as flabby or, in some area's, stiff as V5's default shape did. I was actually surprised that V6 doesn't have anything "Elite" about her such as her "Belle" skin or a special model morph like V5 had with G1. What also surprised me about her content was the fact that two of the hairs she came with, Fashion Hair and Charm Hair, are both designed and have the same set of textures as the "Pure Hair" series. I was actually quite savvy about getting and using the Pure Hairs during Gen 5's run, so the fact that the name has been dropped tells me I might have to pay attention to the hairs that come out with every Gen 6 Iconic Character DAZ releases from now on.
So, after everything that I've discussed in the various threads here and now actually being able to give G2F and V6 a real shot, I'll concede to that Genesis 2 Female is in fact more realistic and managed better than Genesis 1. However, I do not want anyone to think for a second that this means I instantly forgive DAZ for the sudden split between the genders, because no matter what DAZ representative on their break or what big name PA here tries to reassure me, the fact is that the discrimination between male, female and child marketing has been revived and there will be favoritism in content creation and support as there was back in the days of Gen 4. I've said this in my V6 ProSuite thread and I'll say it here. I still think that some of this realism and improvement seriously could have just been done on a unisex mesh just as much as a gender specific one and always will hold that notion until the day DAZ makes the OFFICIAL thread explaining the contrary with all the details! Like many of the other customers that have expressed their well-founded anger here, I will not abandon Genesis 1 and continue to use it along side with any use I personally see for Genesis 2. But I now must admit to myself what I have before me is a new era of Genesis that I will give DAZ and the PA's the appropriate credit for what I do like about Genesis 2, and I do anticipate to see what interesting things they will reveal unto us in the near future.