Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing women out there. While celebrating and appreciating the women in your life, let’s not forget the heroines who saved their own world. Who is your favourite female protagonist in the games? Here is our list of women who saved their world, and games definitely worth playing.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Ciri
In the Witcher we mainly play as Geralt of Rivia, but throughout the series we’ve been chasing after Ciri his Child of Surprise and protecting her against countless threats such as the Wild Hunt who sought her power to tear through dimensions and wreak havoc. Yet another calamity befalls them all, something greater than the Wild Hunt – White Frost. As prophesied by Ithlinne, it signifies the beginning of the end of the world. The apocalypse could not be prevented. Ciri, being the last vessel of the Elder blood, heads through a portal to confront the White Frost. Depending on whether how you’ve treated Ciri throughout your playthrough, it will ultimately determine Ciri’s fate. In the best case scenario, Ciri cast away all her doubts and finally faced her destiny to stop the White Frost from overtaking this world.
If you’ve invested enough time in Witcher 3, you’ll see that Ciri is just like any other young adult, with her fair share of self-doubt, a bit of a rebel and lost in terms of how her future should turn out, but with the extra burden of saving the world and being the Child of the Elder Blood. Despite it all and with the support of her father-figure Geralt (and Vesemir) she stepped into that tower, alone, and emerged a victor from the confrontation with the White Frost.
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Horizon Forbidden West – Aloy
The story continues with Aloy as a mysterious plague, called the Red Blight, that ravages the land, killing all that it infects. The crops, the people and even the planet are dying while savage and fearsome machines prowl through the lands. The main objective of the game was to reuinte Gaia with her subfunctions, including Haephestus, Aether, Poseidon, and Demeter to dispel the Red Blight. Yet another bigger threat is looming in the horizon – Nemesis.
You gotta admit Aloy is one of the most popular female protagonists. She pretty much single-handedly conquered this post-apocalyptic world, while discovering who she is and saving the world from various threats. “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 gender.” – Will Harris, The Gamer.
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Bright Memory – Shelia
A first-person shooter game, featuring a female protagonist, a very rare find in the world of gaming. Shelia works for Science Research Organization, and the main objective of the game is help Shelia prevent a military organization from reawakening the dead. The game is very hardcore battle-style with not much room for storylines or character development. But still, it is very refreshing to have a female main character take on this role and take on the world. You go girl.
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Resident Evil 2 – Claire Redfield
Claire Redfield is basically the face Resident Evil 2 (along with Leon S. Kennedy). This is a well-loved game and its remake has gotten great reception from the fans and even won a few Game of the Year awards. Claire Redfield is the definition of a superwoman, clam and composed (as you can see in the picture above), protecting others and ready to take on any situation that arises. She would stop at nothing to ensure Sherry Birkin’s safety. Unlike Leon who has a job to do, but Claire’s mission is more personal, and you can easily relate to this character.
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The Last of Us Part II – Ellie
What is that little girl doing with a gun? Kicking zombie’s ass, that’s what. This sequel to The Last of Us focuses mainly on Ellie and her struggles to accept this cruel new world. Filled with hatred and on a mission for vengeance, she sets out to Seattle. The whole journey is wrought with a lot of emotions, which you can definitely feel for Ellie. She’s just a young girl, but she grew up in a twisted world. And Naughty Dog introduced another playable character – Abby, the main antagonist of the game. It really allows players to reexamine what they thought of Ellie and Joel as compared to in the first game. We won’t spoil too much for you, the game is definitely worth experiencing.
As for saving the world part, well let’s just say Ellie is The One, and she is the key to the end of this zombie apocalypse. The price is that she has to die. For more details you can visit or play the first installment of The Last of Us.
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Tomb Raider – Lara Croft
You can’t say female game characters without thinking about Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft. The game has been running for more than 20 years now and we’ve definitely seen Lara growing and evolving along with it. In terms of character design, the newer version of Lara Croft is more suitably-dressed and let’s just say they’ve also made changes to her body proportions. Still in her signature shorts and crop top, she is still hunting treasures and saving the world from the evil that was accidentally released while going after the treasure (or something along those lines).
But hey, she definitely broke the stereotype of treasure hunters being male. Women can do it too, and saving the world while at it.
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