Top 10 Games With Female Protagonists

Becca Obregon

2020-03-07

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Women can give birth to children, inspire men for feats, go to work, save the planet, and do all these things at the same time! Besides, women are protagonists of many awesome video games. In this article, we will tell you about the most exciting games of all time that feature female characters on lead roles. Get ready to click ‘download’ as the list is really hot. 

1. Mirror’s Edge Series

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Faith Connors plays deadly hide-and-seek with armed troops and dangerous governmental bosses. Faith’s role is to carry secret messages and items between members of the underground rebel movement of a utopic future city. Mirror’s Edge is one of those rare video games in which female characters are not oversexualized and face realistic tough problems and encounters with enemies who treat them like real threats rather than innocuous girls.  

2. Resident Evil 2

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This gorgeous horror game is a remake of a cult 1998 game by Capcom and features 2 playable characters, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Claire herself has been an iconic video game character for over 20 years already! In RE2, she gets trapped in the infected Raccoon City and has to escape, fighting through hordes of merciless monsters. This game breaks the scream queen cliche, showing how strong and decisive women can really be. Resident Evil 2 is deservedly one of the best games of 1998 and 2019 at the same time. 

3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game screenshot - Kassandra

Although the Assassin’s Creed series has always been a masculine story, Odyssey changed the look at the entire game. It lets you choose between a female character Kassandra and a male character, Alexios. According to official Ubisoft statistics, Kassandra has quickly become a much more popular character due to the uniqueness of the option for the franchise and excellent design of the female protagonist. 

4. The Last of Us Series 

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If we look at the only playable game of the series, Ellie isn’t really the main character of the game. The story of the original game is more about her father. Nevertheless, the young girl shows herself as an incredibly strong personality who’s always there to help her dad fight monsters and survive. If you want more gameplay featuring Ellie, you can download the Left Behind DLC in which you play Ellie all of the time. Play TLOU as soon as possible as the second chapter is already on the way to hit PlayStation 5. In the new game, Ellie grows older and becomes the main character instead of her aging father. 

5. Tomb Raider Series

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If we take a look at older games about Lara Croft, we’ll see a busty superhero who knows no fear. Fortunately, such an unrealistic and somewhat sexist image has gone. In the latest game, Lara remains pretty and tough, but she also becomes much more feminine and humane. She’s a person who can make mistakes, learn from her experience, change her views, and make difficult decisions. You may come across slight dissonance when you see Lara feeling sorry about a killed deer and then killing a squad of hostile humans, but treat that as a necessary convention. 

6. Celeste

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Celeste is a perfect modern game that tells a semi-fable story of a girl who faces totally real problems. The protagonist, Madeline, hikes a high and dangerous Celeste mountain to overcome her fears, intense anxiety, and other psychological problems that are so common for people nowadays. She grows and falls along her way to understand something new and look at her life under a different angle. Madeline is one of the most complex and psychologically realistic female characters, amongst others. If you’re not afraid of hardcore platforming gameplay, you must try it out as soon as possible. 

7. Uncharted: Lost Legacy

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Uncharted without Nathan Drake? Yes. And it’s awesome! Uncharted: Lost Legacy is a spin-off that tells the story of Nate’s ex-lover and ex-partner, Chloe. The game had to be a short DLC, but Naughty Dog decided to make it a standalone chapter. Similarly to Nathan and Victor, Chloe unites with the South African mercenary leader Nadine to find the legendary tusk of Ganesh. The story and gameplay appeared to be so good that the game has only high marks on all game-related websites. Many players even say that it’s much better than Tomb Raider. 

8. Alien: Isolation

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Remember Ellen Ripley? Of course, you do. This badass woman became one of the most celebrated sci-fi characters of all time. Alien: Isolation continues the story of the original movie and lets you embark on the scary adventure playing Ellen’s daughter Amanda Ripley. Similarly to her mother, Amanda finds herself locked on an abandoned space station where she has to survive under pressure of a nearly immortal xenomorph. She can’t kill the alien, but it’s possible to outsmart it in a variety of ways. Inhabit her body and experience the scariest space horror ever! 

9. Horizon: Zero Dawn

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Aloy of HZD is perhaps the best female protagonist in all respects. She has all the traits that you may expect a woman from her universe to have. This post-apocalyptic world inhabited by robot-dinosaurs is extremely dangerous, and so is the protagonist. Aloy is a strong and beautiful character, who’s free from fetishes and patronization, which makes her a perfect female protagonist.  

10. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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Senua is a young warrior who struggles through mental disorders along with fighting horrible enemies. She tries to see the truth, but the voices in her head try to mislead her. The closer she is to Helheim, the harder it is to tell daemons from the mind’s tricks. Nevertheless, she keeps fighting until the end and manages to find the truth of her being and purpose! 

You Know More? 

Now you know what to play to celebrate the beauty, strength, and perfection of women. Which games on the list are your favorite? If you want to reply and maybe tell about other great games that feature female characters as protagonists, join the conversation in the comments below. You can also share the article with friends to tell them about these great games!

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