Today is International Women’s Day so I wanted to talk about some of my favorite female characters in video games. Even though video games have mostly been a man’s world, women are rising up in the gaming industry and making it a much more diverse and interesting place. Whether it’s female developers and coders, or streamers and YouTubers, women are influencing the way of the future in video games, and I couldn’t be happier about it. So, I decided to make a list of female video game characters who I think make women look strong and powerful, just like in real life. Without further ado, here are my 5 favorite female characters in video game history.
#1 Laura Croft (Tomb Raider Series)
Laura Croft has been a staple in video games ever since Tomb Raider came out in 1996. This badass take-no-crap-from-anyone treasure hunter has made the world fall in love with her. Laura Croft has been part of the gaming world for so long, she’s helped pave the way for strong female characters. From her early games to her recent releases, I feel like she will always be relevant and a badass who gets the job done no matter what. She is everything I would want my daughter to be: smart, determined, physically and emotionally strong, and she never lets anyone tell her what to do. I hope every woman can feel as strong and confident as Laura Croft.
#2 Cortana (Halo Series)
If you spent most of your tween and early teenage years in the 2000s like I did, then Halo was a game I hope you spent most of your gaming life playing. Halo was a big part of making me the gamer I am today, and I am proud to call myself a Halo fan. Everyone knows Master Chief is the main character, but everyone should also know that Master Chief would be nothing without Cortana. I think the saying goes “Behind every strong man is an even stronger woman”. This was 100% the case in the Halo franchise. Cortana saved Master Chief way too many times to count with her smarts and ability to convince Chief to make the right choices. I think without Cortana, the success of the Halo Universe would have never been as big as it is now. I just hope the developers for Halo Infinite understand how important Cortana is to the series and find a way to bring her back again.
#3 Kassandra (Assassins Creed: Odyssey)
The first two female characters were a blast from the past, but now we are going to talk about some more recent characters. One of my favorite characters of all time, female or male, is Kassandra from Assassins Creed: Odyssey. Whenever I get a choice to play as a female character in a game, I do it 100% of the time. Maybe it’s because I have such amazing women in my life, like my mom and my wife, or because I have two little girls and I want them to feel like women rule the world (because they do), but I always feel drawn to the female characters.
Kassandra is ultimately the best female character I have ever played as, and for many reasons. One reason is because how strong she is right from the beginning of the game. Obviously, Assassins Creed is all about fighting and climbing so you have to be depicted as a strong individual if you’re going to be a main character in this game. The thing that stood out the most about Kassandra happened towards the end of the game when she had to fight to save her child and ultimately send him away to protect him from danger. This showed amazing character development from the AC team and is why she is my favorite female character of all time
#4 Jesse Faden/Courtney Hope (Control)
I recently played through Control and if you haven’t seen my review, I absolutely loved the game. One of the main reasons is because of the character Jesse Faden, voiced by Courtney Hope. Recently, video game developers have been giving more credit going to the voice actors that play their characters. It’s great to see game developers giving voice actors the opportunity to act as their own characters in the game instead of creating their own characters and just using their voices and it’s something I would like to see happen more often.
Jesse Faden exudes confidence and has no fear when dealing with things that are out of the ordinary. As I was playing I felt like the game kept getting crazier and crazier and Jesse just kept pushing through as if nothing fazed her. This all was so easy to believe because of the amazing job Courtney Hope did in voicing her character. The developers also made it really easy to get involved with Jesse because of the real-life scenes sprinkled in using the actual actors in the game. (Just a side note, the little Dr. Darling videos were my favorite, I felt like I was watching fun Bill Nye videos). Obviously, this game is fiction and the character was meant to prosper and not get freaked out, but this all was made possible by the strong woman behind the microphone bringing Jesse Faden to life.
# 5 Marianne (The Medium)
This is another game I played recently and even though I am not a horror/thriller type of gamer, Marianne made it so easy to get through this game. With her calm voice and her strong demeanor, I had no issues trusting her through the whole journey, even though there was a monster trying to wear her skin. I mean if something was trying to wear your skin, I don’t care how brave you are, you would panic. Marianne who was voiced by Kelly Burke was cool as a cucumber even during the tensest scenes in the game. and trust me there were plenty of times I wanted to lose my s**t.
Women Are the Reason Why Video Games Exist
Video games are helping fight the fight against oppression in all fields and I’m glad that as video games evolve, so does the gaming community. Females are the reason the world goes around. Without them, men would be nothing and I’m glad women everywhere, not just in video games, are starting to get the recognition they deserve. (The keyword being starting, we still have a long way to go). I hope this trend will continue and that we all can see everyone as equals.
Happy Women’s Day
To every woman, Happy Women’s Day. I hope you are treated with the love and respect that all people deserve. To my mother, I am so proud to be your son and I love you so much. Thank you for always supporting me no matter what crazy adventure I want to explore (A full-blown gaming news website). I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for you, Happy Women’s Day, Mom. To my beautiful amazing wife who loves and supports me unconditionally, you’re the reason I can leap into and chase my dreams. You’re my rock and you’re always there when I need you.
Whether it’s in video games or real life, women make the world work by birthing our children and teaching us that we can be great and accomplish whatever we want in life. Without women, these amazing video games we play every day wouldn’t exist because we wouldn’t exist. So Thank You to all the women out there in the world. HAPPY WOMEN”S DAY!!!
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