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Top 10 Playable Gaming heroines. The Strongest Women You’ll ever know.

Let's have a look at it female characters in video games. I usually expect them to be helpless good looking beings waiting to be rescued by other protagonists. This has changed through time and nowadays we see them as main characters capable of saving themselves and accomplishing incredible things. The number of playable female heroines is considerably less than non-playable female characters, I am beginning to see a trend; we are getting more and more. These girls aren’t just there to look good. So Here is a list of my Top 10 Gaming Heroines!

10. Chell from Portal

Now I’m thinking with portals if you know what I mean.

Okay, so Chell doesn’t really speak, in fact, we don’t know we’re playing a woman until we first use a portal. This created a stale character. But it is also her greatest strength. Chell ignores all the taunts from GLaDOS and manages to keep sane and overcome many obstacles before destroying GLaDOS, she has proved to be more than capable. I’m hoping she stays in the Portal Sequel.

9. Samus from Metroid

Yeah, that’s a woman under that armour.

I’ve only played a bit of Metroid at friends houses when I was younger, but even though I still didn’t understand many things, the reveal of the Protagonist as a girl was fantastic. It showed that Girl kick-ass too and I reckon it paved a path for the heroines to come.

8. Joanna Dark from Perfect Dark

Hey, if you look that good, the bad guys won’t know what hit them.

I’m not talking about Zero. The Joanna in the original game was strong, resilient and knew her stuff. She made James Bond look like a pansy. Not much more I can say here!

7. Faith from Mirror's Edge

Yeah, she runs away, she also runs up to you and kicks you in the groin.

A pro at Parkour. Faith is really not into walking as she is into running… really fast. That being said, she is still a caring individual (Especially towards her family) that Still manages to best even the best of the law enforcement… Without weapons. Faith's knack for running into and away from her problems at the same time is absolutely brilliant and mixed with the solutions she finds along the way, it’s easy to put her on this list.

6. Zoey from Left 4 Dead

I’m Blinded! By her beauty! …Okay, stop shining that light in my eyes, I really can’t see.

This horror movie gal can take care of herself; she's more than capable of handling herself in a zombie party. Full of hilarious quotes "Oh no! The zombies killed God!", Zoey is my favourite character in Left 4 Dead, always the one I choose first. Plus; Zoey is voiced by Jen Taylor, who is also Cortana in the Halo series.

5. Carla Valenti from Fahrenheit/ Indigo Prophecy

She’s going to solve this bitch of a case… and look good doing it!

Carla Valenti; an NYPD Detective Inspector who is investigating some ritual murders. Extremely capable, she knows what she’s doing, but one of the best things here, is her weaknesses as well as her strengths. Carla is a highly claustrophobic character, by sharing this with the player, it makes us understand her better. Plus she later determines the future of planet earth along with Lucas kane (and a Sex scene).

4. Jade from Beyond Good and Evil

Nice! ...How many Megapixels in that thing?

Not just a simple reporter, Jade takes her camera and dai jo stick and investigates the corruption of the military force that was supposed to protect them from the marauding aliens, the DomZ. Jade was simply a regular gal caught in the middle of a conflict while running an orphanage for the injured children of Hillys. A very unique character (Especially with the ethnicity discussion) Jade has rightfully earned her place on this list.

3. Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

Check out the guns on her! … I mean the ballistics… I mean, ah nevermind.

You have to have Miss Croft on this list. No matter what iteration of her is around, she always kicks ass, solves puzzles and… shimmy’s on ledges. Surely the most recognizable character on this list (Heck, people who don’t even game know her), Lara has the looks, the moves and the love for Tomb Raiding helping her become the most successful Gaming Heroine of all time. Most successful? I don’t doubt it, best? Close, but no.

2. Cate Archer from No One Lives Forever 2

She’s thinking of the most humiliating way to kill me… and I don’t care!

I very much doubt that you’ve played No one lives forever and its sequel. Shame on you! Cate proves to everyone that it’s a bad Idea to send a Man on a mission, especially when Women do it better! Handy with a whole manner of weapons, vehicles and gadgets. Cate is sexy, stylish and possibly single and she sure gets in H.A.R.M.S way a lot. Cate Archer (Whom I only discovered recently, really, why did no-one tell me how awesome NOLF is?) came incredibly close to the number one spot. She is that cool.

1. April Ryan from The Longest Journey

Yeah… she just saved two worlds… Now she doesn’t know what to do for the rest of the day

That Number one spot belongs to April Ryan. Sent on a quest to save two worlds, April manages to forge solutions MacGyver style. Sometimes a little too much (I’m still confused about the rubber duck solution). Anyway, April is the deepest character I have ever had the pleasure of controlling (Actually, scratch that, it sounds wrong), just listening to her commentary only scratches the surface, she also keeps a diary which gives even more insights. Apart from being the most realistic character I know, April manages to solve many insane puzzles, meet a lot of strange people (and things) and eventually saves the world… Oh wait, no, she saves TWO WORLDS! I think she just one-upped everyone on this list!

So there you have it, They aren't just eye candy after all! I mean, I don't mind them showing some assets, but there is so much more!

Do you agree? Who is your favorite? Think we will see more of them?
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About Freefallone of us since 4:54 AM on 10.10.2008


I'm Freefall, a 20 year old gamer from the UK.
Currently at University and balancing my time.
I'm an avid Video Gamer, I'm into every kind of game there is, games are a part of my life.
Destuctoid is the Best and Most Random Community there is, that's why I'm here.

It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and I'm out on a journey to save the world... Man, I love video games.

I might just drop in a few Opinions here and there, So
Don't mind me.

May your life be like toilet paper... Long, and useful

Some of my stuff:

Why we don't get any good Star Wars Sequels

Top 10 Things in Games which make me feel good

My Gaming Confessions

You've seen me before?

Who Am I?
I once went to the cinema and watched a 3D movie. As I was walking out, a guy with his 3D glasses still on yelled, "Woah, everything is 3D!" I was one of the 10 people that put their glasses back on to check.

I was looking at my to-do list on my laptop. Near the bottom of the list, already crossed out, was written "time travel" I have no recollection of writing that.

Once, there were only two brownies left. I decided I should eat them both so that they wouldn't be lonely. I am completely satisfied with my decision.

That's who I am.

Most Games Completed In a Year= 2009:

Tomb Raider Legend
Gears of war 2
Professor Layton
Knights of the Old Republic

Oddworld: Strangers Wrath
Knights of the Old Republic II
Left 4 Dead
Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force

Prince of Persia
Drawn To Life
World of Goo
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
Jet Set Radio Future

Dead Space
Resident Evil 5
Homeworld 2

Star Trek: Elite Force II
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Jade Empire
Plants vs Zombies
Pokemon Platinum
Dead Rising

Perfect Dark Zero
Second Sight
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Secret Files: Tunguska

Grim Fandango
Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Freespace 2
The Secret of Monkey Island: SE
Half-Life 2
Ninja Gaiden 2

No One Lives Forever
Earth Defense Force 2017
Splosion Man
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Gears of War
Fable II

No One Lives Forever 2
Beyond Good & Evil
Star Trek: Shattered Universe
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis
Castle Crashers
Left 4 Dead
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

Pokemon Yellow
Timesplitters 2
Max Payne 2
Mirror's Edge
Timesplitters: Future Perfect
Star Wars: Republic Commando

Brute Force
Halo 3
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Starcraft: Brood War
Valkyria Chronicles

System Shock 2
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Shadow of Destiny
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Burnout Paradise
Assassin's Creed 2
Amped 3
Batman: Arkham Asylum

"Skills for kills agent, skills for kills"

"Try to get your combat multiplier even higher!"


No One Lives Forever 2
The Longest Journey
Grim Fandango
Valkyria Chronicles
Halo. Yes you heard me.

You are now converted to my cause.
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