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The Best Female Video Game Characters of All Time

At any point pondered who the best female computer game person ever is? Is it Chun Li or Samus Aran? See who are the fan most loved female gaming heroes beflow. Ladies computer game characters aren’t only maids in trouble or femme fatales, they are becoming the overwhelming focus as the vitally playable person in many games like Tomb Raider or a solid female supporting person in different games like Mass Effect 2. As a matter of fact, a couple of them are presumably femme fatales on the grounds that they kick the butts of such countless men.

s” is your top choice of all the computer game female characters?

There can be no denying that, in the past, women in video games have been overlooked at best, and poorly written fan service at worst. Thankfully, though, things are now changing. Developers and publishers are realizing that women actually do play games, are worth writing about, and games with female protagonists do sell.

Who are the best female videogame characters? A playable female person like Faith from Mirror’s Edge? A maiden in trouble like Princess Peach? Or then again perhaps an intriguing side person, similar to Red Dead Redemption’s Bonnie MacFarlane? Go ahead and utilize this women in computer games rundown to begin a rundown of your cherished chick game characters or most nice female characters in computer games. Which one of these “young lady computer game character

22 Final Fantasy VI

Developer: Square
Publisher: Square
Platform(s): SNES, PS1, GBA, PC & Mobile
Initial Release Date: April 2, 1994
Genre: JRPG
GameRankings Score: 94%
User Score: 8.7
HowLongToBeat Time: 35 Hours

Female heroes are essential for a developing pattern in computer games as engineers hope to branch away from the beefy macho men of days gone by. As usual, the non mainstream scene is likewise working effectively of giving us layered and defective characters of the two genders. Thus, considering that, we should investigate 22 extraordinary games with similarly incredible female heroes.
Updated July 11, 2021 by Tom Bowen: Equal portrayal in computer games has turned into a lofty idea lately, and it appears to be that designers are presently at long last beginning to tune in. Without a doubt, there are a lot of incredible retro games with female heroes as well, despite the fact that it’s as of late that the pervasiveness of female leads in both huge spending plan and non mainstream titles has truly mirrored the extent of ladies who play computer games. Obviously, seldom is the orientation of a game’s hero a central consideration with regards to player satisfaction, however it’s great to see more solid female heroes lightning up our games nonetheless.
The Final Fantasy series has treated us to some excellent female party members over the years, but it’s rare to see one given a starring role. That’s not to say it never happens though, with the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy and the recently released Yuffie DLC for Final Fantasy Remake serving as a testament to that. The pick of the bunch, however, is undoubtedly Final Fantasy VI, which as well as being one of the series’ very best entries, features not one, but two female leads.

Terra’s struggle to come to terms with the revelations about her lineage and past allow players to get a better idea of her mental strength, while her physical strength is on display right from the beginning of the game. Likewise, Celes’ time on the island with Cid also serves as a test of her mental toughness and her ability to move past her depression and reunite the party ultimately serves as the catalyst for Kefka’s downfall.

21 Portal 2

Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360 & PC
Initial Release Date: April 18, 2011
Genre: Puzzle Platformer
Metacritic Rating: 95
User Score: 9.1
HowLongToBeat Time: 9 Hours

Valve doesn’t make new games all that often since the creation of Steam, but, when it does, they tend to be good ones. The first Portal game was a wonderfully written physics-based adventure that captivated gamers everywhere and its sequel was even better. For as enjoyable as the gameplay and puzzles in the titles are, however, the games’ biggest strength is arguably the captivating relationship between their protagonist, Chell, and the psychotic AI system, GLaDOS.

As a silent protagonist, it would be easy to discount Chell as a bit of a nothing character, but there’s a lot more to her than first meets the eyes or ears. Despite the barrage of abuse and barbed insults that GLaDOS hurls at her and the apparent hopelessness of her situation, she just keeps on testing in the hopes of somehow finding freedom. This perseverance eventually pays off in what ends up being a thrilling and fast-paced climax.

20 The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platform(s): PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC & Mobile
Initial Release Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: Graphic Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 94
User Score: 8.8
HowLongToBeat Time: 41 Hours

She doesn’t become the focal point of the Telltale series until the second season, but Clementine is often considered the best part of the games. Even after Telltale closed down, Robert Kirkman helped get a group together to finish the game so fans could find closure for Clementine’s arc.

In the first season, Lee takes care of Clementine, and then when he passes away, Clementine has to find her own journey and eventually takes care of a younger kid the same way Lee took care of her.

19 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One & PC
Initial Release Date: October 23, 2015
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 78
User Score: 6.4
HowLongToBeat Time: 19 Hours

Syndicate focuses on two protagonists, Evie and Jacob Fyre. Evie is the older twin sister of Jacob. She is a British assassin who was active during the Victorian era.

Evie quickly became a fan-favorite character and has remained one of the most popular characters in the franchise. While she doesn’t have the whole game to herself, she does have a lot of memorable moments and scenes in Syndicate that make playing it worthwhile.

18 Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One & PC
Initial Release Date: April 3, 2020
Genre: Survival Horror
Metacritic Rating: 84
User Score: 6.2
HowLongToBeat Time: 6 Hours

A remake of Resident Evil 3 followed in the footsteps of the Resident Evil 2 remake, with Jill Valentine taking the lead role alongside Carlos Oliveira. Like Clare, Jill has always been a very popular character in the franchise. In the remake, players will get their chance to play as Jill after she is attacked in her apartment by an intelligent bioweapon called Nemesis.

 

The game is about Jill’s escape from Raccoon City and the pursuit by Nemesis that almost kills her. Some reviewers have called Resident Evil 3 as strong of a remake as Resident Evil 2, but play for yourself and find out which you prefer!

17 Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve
Platform(s): PC
Initial Release Date: March 23, 2020
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Metacritic Rating: 93
User Score: 9.2
HowLongToBeat Time: 12 Hours

Released at the end of March, Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game in the popular Half-Life series that follows Alyx Vance’s journey. Players control Alyx, humanity’s only chance at survival, as she tries to help the resistance take down the Combine once and for all.

The game is set in between the first Half-Life and the second. Alyx will need to team up with her father, Dr. Eli Vance, and many other allies.

16 Bright Memory

Bright Memory
Developer: FYQD Personal Studio
Publisher: Playism
Platform(s): Xbox Series S/X, PC & Mobile
Initial Release Date: January 12, 2019
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Metacritic Rating: 55
User Score: 4.0
HowLongToBeat Time: 1 Hour

Bright Memory is a first-person shooter and hack and slash game that features a protagonist named Shiela, who works for the Science Research Organization. Her goal is to try and prevent a military organization from reawakening the dead.

It takes place in a riveting and graphically gorgeous location called “Land of Sky,” which is home to many ancient beings. The game received excellent reviews upon its launch.

15 Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

Mirror's Edge
Developer: DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One & PC
Initial Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 74
User Score: 5.3
HowLongToBeat Time: 9 Hours

Faith Connors is the protagonist of the Mirror’s Edge video game series. She appeared in the original game and its reboot, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. Her role in the game is that of a “Runner,” which is someone who transports necessary items to groups trying to hide from the controlling government system.

She is often on lists about the best female characters in video games for a reason considering her design isn’t oversexualized, a rarity in the video game world, and her incredible abilities and complex storylines in the games.

14 Silent Hill 3

Silent Hill 3
Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher: Konami
Platform(s): PS2 & Windows
Initial Release Date: August 5, 2003
Genre: Survival Horror
Metacritic Rating: 85
User Score: 8.6
HowLongToBeat Time: 6 Hours

Silent Hill is a beloved survival horror franchise with some of the most disturbing imagery in the genre. Silent Hill 3 is a direct sequel to the first game, although it is the third overall.

Players will take on the role of Heather Mason, a teenager who gets separated from her dad in a shopping mall. As she tries to find him, the world around her begins to shift into something much dark and more sinister and the reality around her begins to fracture.

13 Resident Evil 2

Claire Locker
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One & PC
Initial Release Date: January 25, 2019
Genre: Survival Horror
Metacritic Rating: 93
User Score: 8.6
HowLongToBeat Time: 9 Hours

Resident Evil 2 received rave reviews when it was released last year and it even won multiple Game of the Year awards. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering how well-made the game was. It has two protagonists in Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield.

Claire has long been considered an iconic video game character, especially in the Resident Evil series. She’s a renowned badass who people can’t help but love. In this game, you get to help her escape Raccoon City from the plague of infected.

12 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC
Initial Release Date: October 5, 2018
Genre: Action RPG
Metacritic Rating: 87
User Score: 6.2
HowLongToBeat Time: 43 Hours

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the few games in the franchise that lets you choose to play as a woman for the entirety of the game. Kassandra is easily the most popular option, too.

While you can choose between her or Alexios, it seems like most players strongly prefer Kassandra. In terms of her character design and the voice acting, she is a very strong choice. Another plus for the game is that it introduces romance options and you can choose to make your character a member of the LGBTQ+ community if you want.

11 The Last Of Us Part II

Ellie holding a shotgun and Abby screaming
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4
Initial Release Date: June 19, 2020
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 93
User Score: 5.7
HowLongToBeat Time: 24 Hours

Where the first Last of Us game was, for all intents and purposes, a story about Joel as he came to terms with the loss of his daughter and learned to love again, the sequel instead focusses on Ellie’s struggles to accept the brutal reality of the new world. She’s not the only strong female protagonist in the game though, with players also getting to spend quite a bit of time in the shoes of the game’s main antagonist, Abbie.

Some of the events in the game didn’t sit well with everyone, nor was Abbie a particularly popular character. Even so, her inclusion allowed the developers to tell a very different type of story than the one found in the first game, with viewers encouraged to reexamine their thoughts about Joel and Ellie. Perspective can sometimes be incredibly important, and that’s definitely the case when looking at events through Abbie’s eyes.

10 Tales Of Berseria

Tales Of Berseria
Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform(s): PS3, PS4 & PC
Initial Release Date: January 24, 2017
Genre: JRPG
Metacritic Rating: 80
User Score: 6.6
HowLongToBeat Time: 45 Hours

The first game in the Tales series, and the first real big-budget JRPG, to feature a female protagonist is also the best Tales game in years. Tales of Berseria tells the story of Velvet Crowe, who grows up in a quiet village that is soon ravaged by daemons brought on by an event known as Daemonblight. This event causes Velvet to be possessed and mutated into a sort of daemon-eating daemon who hunts daemons (it’s all very JRPG). But what allows Velvet to stand out is the fact that she’s your unconventional female JRPG character, taking on the archetypically male role of an aggressive, bloodthirsty, revenge-driven monster slayer.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform(s): PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X & PC
Initial Release Date: March 5, 2013
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 87
User Score: 8.3
HowLongToBeat Time: 12 Hours

While the original Tomb Raider games did feature a tough female protagonist, she was also skimpily-clad and busty. The newest incarnation of Lara Croft is a well-proportioned, slightly more suitably-dressed young woman who goes beyond simply being the ‘strong female protagonist’ and moves into the realm of being a fully realized character who is flawed, makes mistakes, takes risks, makes judgment calls, learns, grows, changes, and becomes a better version of herself. She is incredibly human.

The game certainly struggles with a lot of narrative dissonance as Lara gets teary-eyed over killing a dear in a cutscene only to then silently mow down several human beings with an automatic rifle thirty minutes later, but that’s a mechanical oversight rather than bad writing. Lara is still excellent.

Celeste

Celeste
Developer: Extremely OK Games
Publisher: Extremely OK Games
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC
Initial Release Date: January 25, 2018
Genre: Platformer
Metacritic Rating: 94
User Score: 7.4
HowLongToBeat Time: 8 Hours

The game that, as it seems, must feature in every one of my articles (because it’s perfect), Celeste is a game about anxiety, overcoming personal fears, and moving through an existential crisis. It’s a beautifully written game with outstanding platforming mechanics and, best of all, a complex and believable female protagonist (named Madeline, not Celeste – Celeste is the mountain).

 

Madeline’s journey up the mountain is a physical manifestation of the hero’s journey, as they grow and learn and fall and fail and change along their way. She is a young girl trying to achieve something great for nobody’s sake but for her own. She wants something to be proud of, and this is what she’s chosen. It’s your job to help her get there.

Super Metroid

Metroid Series
Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform(s): SNES
Initial Release Date: April 18, 1994
Genre: Action Adventure
GameRankings Score: 97%
User Score: 9.2
HowLongToBeat Time: 8 Hours

The big reveal at the end of the original Metroid – that Samus Aran is in fact a woman – is decades old now, but it’s always worth remembering that this badass space bounty hunter who fights pirates and traverses hostile terrain is also a woman. While Samus may not be an outstanding character in terms of her writing, character development, dialogue, and interactions, she is an excellent character when judged on her actions.

From game to game, Samus and the player visit myriad planets, each with their own dangers to survive and mysteries to uncover. Using her wits and her physical strength, Samus must survive and succeed in her mission, and ensure that you, the player, have fun while she’s doing it. Her suit and ship designs also remain some of the coolest in gaming history, untainted by time and nostalgia.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted: Lost Legacy
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4
Initial Release Date: August 22, 2017
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 84
User Score: 8.0
HowLongToBeat Time: 7 Hours

The Uncharted series is all about Nathan Drake and his bromance with Victor ‘goddamn’ Sullivan. In each of the four mainline games, white man Drake teams up with older white man Sully to fight off hordes of their fellow men. While Drake is not overly masculine, he can still become tired as a character, and so the release of Lost Legacy as a game that allows players to finally embody fan-favorite supporting character Chloe was a welcome one.

Paired up with the sort-of villain of Uncharted 4, the South African mercenary leader Nadine, Chloe embarks on her own Uncharted journey, allowing the player the opportunity to enjoy all the witty banter and teamwork that we’ve come to enjoy from Uncharted games, but with two tough ladies instead. A real refreshing experience.

Bayonetta

Bayonetta
Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Sega
Platform(s): PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch & PC
Initial Release Date: October 29, 2009
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 90
User Score: 8.1
HowLongToBeat Time: 12 Hours

While she might be all skimpy clothes, suggestive comments, and the occasional streak, Bayonetta is undeniably a tough woman. Unafraid of everything she comes up against – that includes God – Bayonetta doesn’t cower in the face of danger. In fact, she laughs in it, kicks it, and grinds it into the dirt with high heels which are also guns and sometimes swords. Bayonetta has fun in every moment of combat, and you the player are having fun right along with her.

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Her posh English accent and her librarian glasses wonderfully juxtapose her frantically murderous actions. Her obsession with style melds perfectly with the obsession of the game itself with substance, making for a perfectly balanced action game.

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation
Developer: Creative Assembly
Publisher: Sega
Platform(s): PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC
Initial Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: Survival Horror
Metacritic Rating: 83
User Score: 8.5
HowLongToBeat Time: 18 Hours

Ah, Ellen Ripley. One of cinema’s most beloved badass women, and one of the coolest sci-fi and horror movie heroes of the twentieth century. In the incredible homage to the original Alien film, Alien: Isolation, players inhabit the body of Ripley’s daughter Amanda.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Amanda finds herself in a similar, though arguably far more dangerous situation than her mother as she traverses the mostly abandoned Sevastopol space station. Amanda is tasked with using her wits to outsmart her pursuers, one of which is the deadly hunter xenomorph, as she hides, crafts, weapons, and learns her environment in order to survive. She is every bit the woman her mother was.

Child of Light

Child of Light
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch & PC
Initial Release Date: April 30, 2014
Genre: Platformer / RPG
Metacritic Rating: 89
User Score: 7.8
HowLongToBeat Time: 11 Hours

More than just a game starring a female protagonist, this one’s hero is a young girl lost in a fantasy world. Aurora has found herself in a fairy tale book after grieving the death of her mother. A subtle allegory for the struggles of working through depression, this game treats players to a beautifully designed and animated world of fairy tale creatures and settings; a world that imbues Aurora with the gift of flight and the power to fight back against the darkness of her mind.

Once again we have here a female protagonist who is strong not only in the physical sense, but also mentally strong as well. As a result, Aurora is able to survive just about anything, including her own depression. The game is also a joy to play, and one of those rare games that’s truly suitable for, and recommended to, all ages.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Ninja Theory
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC
Initial Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre: Action Adventure
Metacritic Rating: 88
User Score: 7.9
HowLongToBeat Time: 8 Hours

Similar in many ways to Child of Light, although infinitely more frightening and intimidating, Hellblade’s titular protagonist Senua is absolutely one of the greatest female protagonists we’ve seen in an age. Senua is a young woman wading through the murk of her own mental health. As voices in her mind play tricks on her and lie to her, demons manifest out of thin air and attempt to halt her progress, and the world around her shifts and changes, denying her the use of her senses and her logic, Senua must battle her way into Helheim.

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She is a woman who is worthy of as much sympathy as she is worthy of praise. Her journey is the fight against her own demons, and the game never makes it clear if they truly are demons or are just ones of her own making. Either way, her ability to survive them makes Senua a female protagonist to be studied and learned from for years to come.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4 & PC
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2017
Genre: Action RPG
Metacritic Rating: 89
User Score: 8.4
HowLongToBeat Time: 30 Hours

There has not been a female protagonist more celebrated, better crafted, better voiced, and better executed in years than Aloy of This young, clever, strong, charming, resourceful, beautiful, and tenacious woman is the epitome of modern female gaming protagonists, and the game she stars in is near flawless to boot. Aloy has been born into a gorgeous post-apocalyptic world inhabited by really cool machine dinosaurs, and she must conquer this land, discover who she really is, see her journey to its end, aid in the trials and tribulations of those she meets, from farmers to kings.

Aloy is very much your typical stalwart savior of the world fantasy hero archetype, but she is also a powerful woman who is not fetishized, lazily designed, or patronized even for a moment for her. She is the perfect video game protagonist, and she is also a woman. Aloy is the heckin’ best.

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