(Note, ALL these shots are raw from Second Life.)
So the waiting is over, and the Belleza Venus mesh body has hit the grid and is already a huge hit. When the Slink Physique was released there was a huge rush to own what was seen as something of a revolution in-world, and it’s been the same for this release; which is why the beautiful new Belleza main store is jam-packed with punters all eager to try it out.
I dropped by and got a demo to test. I own many Belleza skins, so the idea of a bespoke Belleza mesh body is an exciting prospect. But has it been worth the wait, and the considerable hype? It’s a beautiful body; there’s a lovely swooping arch to the spine that makes your bum look pert, and the breast shape is fabulous. In fact, the boobies are a real selling point for me; they look perky and nommable. In the interests of science (yay! Science!) I played with the sliders and the mesh shape seems to accommodate changes very well indeed. This is a good thing, because when it comes to clothes slight adjustments had to be made to ensure a good fit. The ability to select various body parts to ‘alpha-out’ is very useful, but a few improvements do need to be made. I found a couple of areas around the inner thigh that just wouldn’t go alpha despite my changing my shape slightly, but I’m sure such issues can be addressed in future updates, of which I am sure there will be many.
The main attraction with this mesh body, for me at least, are the inbuilt hands and feet. These are beautifully sculpted, and the ability to change hand position and foot shape via a simple HUD click is worth the price alone. This is a huge selling point for the Venus body, and the results are fantastic. The hands look beautiful and very realistic with a great variety of positions to choose from. The fast HUD driven changes will be particularly coveted by bloggers, who can choose the perfect hand position for their shot with just a quick click. The feet look good too: flat, mid or high, but not as good as the SLink feet in my opinion which are ever-so-slightly more detailed. That said the advantage here is that you don’t have to fork out for individual foot styles. There are some manicure and pedicure colours built into the HUD to allow for styling changes, but in my opinion it wouldn’t hurt to add a few more colours..(but that’s because I’m a nail-polish addict and I ALWAYS want more colours…GAHHH!)
If you have a huge SLink manicure, pedicure and shoe collection then you’ll want to be able to continue to use your purchases and to accommodate this there’s a Belleza Venus Body included without hands and feet so that you can continue to use your SLink appendages. (You know initially I didn’t know how I felt about that; on the one hand it’s great to be able to continue to use SLink assets with this body, but isn’t it a wee bit on the cheeky side too? That said, doesn’t the fact that such an option is even included recognise the fact that SLink Physique set the bar pretty high to begin with?) I don’t do SL politics, but I can say that BOTH of them are pretty darn fabulous and equally worth owning, and I certainly don’t think that sales for SLink will be seriously impacted. In fact, if anything the release of the Belleza Venus Mesh Body will encourage further developments in mesh body technology, a prospect I certainly relish!
In short then the Belleza Venus gets a thumbs up from me. The HUD is fantastic, the hands and feet awesome and the one-click change is a brilliant idea. The boobs have great shape, as does the body itself. If you’re thinking of splashing out the cost is L$3995, but you do get a lot for your money so I actually do think that this is a very fair price indeed.
What I would say is that it’s absolutely essential that you demo this, and by that I don’t just mean try it on in a sandbox. Wear different outfits, play with the sliders, add different hairstyles and most of all MOVE ABOUT….
Seriously, stick on some tunes in your flat and using your favourite dancing animation throw some shapes. Watch how the mesh body moves, and how the clothes move upon it. Try the different feet shapes and hand shapes; see if you will be able to live your Second Life in this body successfully. and then if you’re happy, zoom on over to Belleza to purchase one.
Oh and if you’re wondering? I haven’t actually bought one yet. I’ve heard that there’s a curvy one on the way (although it already accomodates curves pretty well) and I need to see that before I make any purchasing decisions…watch this space!
Last but not least, this release has gotten a LOT of blogger coverage. I particularly liked this post on the ‘Miss3chevious’ blog, this one from Bitchzilla and this excellent video tutorial from Vixie. Have you got a Venus Mesh Body yet? If so what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!