Monday, September 8, 2008

Top 20 Chicks in Games

Main characters in videogames are often male. However through gaming history, we have seen some seriously great female characters, either in supporting or main roles. We present them to you in this all time "Top 20 Chicks in Games" gallery.

Rank 20: Julia (Tribes)

Julia (Tribes)
Julia is the illegitimate daughter of Imperial Queen Victoria and Phoenix sub-clan Leader Daniel. She originally had brown eyes, but has mechanical gold eyes surgically implanted in "The Present" to give her HUD information without the need for bulky head gear typical tribesman would wear. Her armor is also unique, having much less observable plating than typical light armor, in addition to her jets being mounted on her calves as opposed to her back. She is the one caught up in the hopes of her parents, the friction between the tribes, and a behind the scenes plan to destroy the Tribals once and for all.

Rank 19: Princess Daphne (Dragon's Lair)

Princess Daphne (Dragon's Lair)
Dragon's Lair was one of the first laserdisc video games, released in June 1983 by Cinematronics. It featured animation created by Don Bluth, a former Disney animator. Dragon's Lair overcame a host of limitations faced by other games of that era by tapping into the vast storage potential of laserdisc, but imposed other limitations on the actual gameplay. The game created a sensation when it appeared, and was played so heavily that many machines often broke due to the strain of overuse.

Rank 18: Victoria (Tribes)

Victoria (Tribes)
Victoria is an Imperial Princess who was captured by the Phoenix Leader Daniel. The two fall in love and have a child together. She kills Daniel after he murders her father, and lives on to raise their daughter, Julia, to an age around 6 years old. She is then killed by Jericho.

Rank 17: Rikku (Final Fantasy X)

Rikku (Final Fantasy X)
Rikku is a playable character in the PlayStation 2 games Final Fantasy X and most notably in Final Fantasy X-2. She is a lively, kind-hearted young Al Bhed girl with blonde hair and spiral-shaped pupils instead of the ordinary "dots" – features that all Al Bhed share – and is highly skilled in mechanics, alchemy and thievery. She is the daughter of Al Bhed leader Cid, the younger sister of Brother, and younger cousin of Yuna, whom she calls "Yunie." Cid was known for his lack of subtlety, and Rikku would urge him to learn some restraint. She speaks English as fluently as if it were her first language, often makes strange hand gestures, makes humor in anxious or dangerous situations, and makes liberal use of the term "big meanie" when she feels someone is being annoying or nasty.

Rank 16: Claire Redfield (Resident Evil)

Claire Redfield (Resident Evil)
Claire Redfield is a leading fictional video game character appearing in the Resident Evil series of survival horror games. A nineteen year old college student and motorcyclist, she is the younger sister of S.T.A.R.S. member Chris Redfield, the hero of the first game. She is the female protagonist of Resident Evil 2 and Code: Veronica, which follows her search for her missing brother. She was voiced by Canadian actress Alyson Court.

Rank 15: Paine (Final Fantasy X-2)

Paine (Final Fantasy X-2)
Paine, who only appears in Final Fantasy X-2, is designed by Tetsuya Nomura. The character is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi in the Japanese language version and by Gwendoline Yeo in the English language localization. She is eighteen years old, and uses a sword for combat.
As part of one of Final Fantasy X-2's side-quests, the player can collect from around the world of Spira Key Items called "Crimson Spheres". These spheres document Paine's experiences as a warrior-fighter for the Crimson Squad, which was intended to be an elite unit to surpass the Crusaders; the best members were to be assigned to lead Crusader chapters across Spira. These spheres reveal that Paine had been the recorder for a group of candidates named Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal, the game's present day leaders of the Youth League, New Yevon, and the Machine Faction, respectively.

Rank 14: Eva (Metal Gear Solid)

Eva (Metal Gear Solid)
During the events of Metal Gear Solid 3, EVA is a female spy in the service of the People's Republic of China (more specifically, the Chinese branch of The Philosophers) sent to retrieve the Philosophers' Legacy. EVA uses her charm and good looks to win over the trust of Snake and his enemies. A few hints of her true origins are made in the beginning of Operation Snake Eater when she meets Snake. When they meet she reveals that her pistol is a Chinese copy of a Mauser C96. She also uses a technique that uses the muzzle jump to create a horizontal sweep.
On 20th July 2007, during the 20th anniversary presentations for the Metal Gear series, it was revealed that EVA will be present in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Rank 13: Yuna (Final Fantasy)

Yuna (Final Fantasy)
Yuna is the female protagonist in both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 of the Final Fantasy console role-playing game series from Square Enix. She has also made cameo appearances in Kingdom Hearts II.
Born in Bevelle and brought up on the island of Besaid, at the start of Final Fantasy X, Yuna is a reserved, intelligent and serious girl whose formal attire contrasts sharply with Tidus' more outgoing appearance. Yuna is a summoner of Yevon and has the ability to summon powerful creatures known as "aeons". She is mild in demeanor and soft-spoken, but harbors no doubt in herself or in her mission to destroy Sin, and usually manages to conceal any feelings of sadness from others. She is also half-Al Bhed on her mother's side, and consequently has heterochromatic irises: one blue and one green.

Rank 12: The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 4)

The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 4)
The Boss (aka The Joy) is a legendary American soldier, the founder and leader of the Cobra unit, and is known as the mother of the US special forces. According to her tombstone seen in the ending, she was born in the 1920s. She is known in Russia as Voyevoda, literally meaning The Warlord. In June of 1944, mostly during World War II, she led the Cobra unit to victory at the Battle of Normandy. She was pregnant at the time with a baby fathered by The Sorrow and gave birth to a baby boy on the battlefield via a messy caesarian section that left her with a long, snaking scar across her abdomen. The baby was taken by the Philosophers and would later grow up to be the man known as Revolver Ocelot.

Rank 11: Cortana (Halo)

Cortana (Halo)
Cortana is a fictional artificially intelligent (AI) character in the Halo series of video games. Voiced by Jen Taylor, she appears in Halo: Combat Evolved and its sequels, Halo 2 and Halo 3, as well the novels Halo: The Flood, Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike, and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. During gameplay, Cortana provides back story and tactical information to the player, who assumes the role of the Master Chief. In the story, she is instrumental in preventing the activation of the Halo installations, which would have destroyed all sentient life in the galaxy.

Rank 10: Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy 8)

Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy 8)
Tifa Lockhart is a female protagonist from Square's critically acclaimed role-playing game, Final Fantasy VII. She was designed by Tetsuya Nomura. She is an expert in Zangan-Ryu martial arts and uses her fists and feet as her weapons. Tifa has long black hair with the ends parted like a dolphin's tail and brown eyes. She is voiced by Yuko Minaguchi in Ehrgeiz and by Ayumi Ito in the Japanese versions of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts II. She is voiced by Rachael Leigh Cook in the English versions.

Rank 9: Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid 4)

Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Meryl Silverburgh is introduced as the niece of Solid Snake's commander, Roy Campbell, in Metal Gear Solid. She takes up the role of Snakes rookie sidekick. During the course of the game, she is assigned to Shadow Moses, but refuses to join the rebellion led by Liquid Snake, she is then imprisoned. Snake rescues her first from her cell and then from Psycho Mantis's mind control, but she is later shot and captured by Sniper Wolf. Her ultimate fate depends on the ending of the game. She later appears in both volumes of the Japan-only Metal Gear Solid Drama CD audio drama and in one of the "Snake Tales" short stories included with Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance in which she replaces Olga as boss of the Tanker Stage of Sons of Liberty. She also appears in one of the VR missions of Substance, in which the player must protect a wounded Meryl from incoming enemy soldiers.

Rank 8: Sophitia Alexandra (Soul Calibur IV)

Sophitia Alexandra (Soul Calibur IV)
Sophitia Alexandra is a fictional character designed for the Soul Series of fighting games. Sophitia made her first appearance in Soul Edge and has returned for Soulcalibur, console ports of Soulcalibur II, Soulcalibur III and Soulcalibur Legends. She will also return in Soulcalibur IV.

Rank 7: Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)

Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)
Jill Valentine is a videogame character in the Resident Evil series. She is one of the main characters in the original Resident Evil, where she is introduced as a member of the Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.), part of the unit's Alpha Team. She returned as the protagonist in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where she was no longer a member of S.T.A.R.S., merely a citizen trying to survive the viral outbreak in Raccoon City. Valentine, portrayed by Sienna Guillory, also appeared in the second cinematic adaption of the series, entitled Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Rank 6: Alyx Vance (Half Life 2)

Alyx Vance (Half Life 2)
Alyx Vance is a fictional character in Valve's 2004 first-person shooter computer game Half-Life 2, and its following episodes: Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Alyx is a young woman in her early or mid-twenties of Black/Asian decent, and is a major figure in the human resistance against the rule of the the Combine and their human representative, Dr. Breen. She is a close friend and ally of Gordon Freeman and is considered to be the primary heroine of the series.

Rank 5: Chun-Li (Street Fighter)

Chun-Li (Street Fighter)
Chun-Li is one of the earliest female video game protagonists to achieve widespread popularity. Prior to Street Fighter II being released in 1991, most female characters in games existed as objectives to be rescued or cast in the roles of other supporting characters, such as townspeople, girlfriends, the occasional opponent, or simply background decoration; as such, there were very few heroines in action-based video games. After the success of Street Fighter II and Chun-Li's popularity, female protagonists became increasingly common. Since then, in games with selectable characters, at least one of them will almost always be female; and a number of games released since that have placed a female character in the lead role.

Rank 4: Princess Peach (Super Mario)

Princess Peach (Super Mario)
Princess Peach is the female character featured in Nintendo's Mario video games series, she is often depicted as the "damsel in distress", but in some of the Mario titles she is a playable character. Peach is the human princess of the fictitious Mushroom Kingdom, where many of the games are set. Outside Japan, she was known as Princess Toadstool until late 1996.
Peach first appeared in Super Mario Bros. and has since appeared in most subsequent games, in which she is usually kidnapped by the villainous turtle-like creature, Bowser. She has also shown her fighting abilities in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, Super Paper Mario, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Peach's first game as the main character, Super Princess Peach, was released in North America on February 27th, 2006.

Rank 3: Princess Zelda (Legend of Zelda)

Princess Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Princess Zelda features in The Legend of Zelda series of videogames. She is a member of Hyrule's royal family and plays a pivotal role in the history of Hyrule. Although she is not the main character of the story, as the player takes control of the hero, Link. Usually, it is the fate of the Princess that drives the story. In some games she appears as one of the sages (wise men and women). In later games she has been shown to be a form of prophetess. In Ocarina of Time and The Minish Cap she displays other magical powers, such as powerful attacks and force fields. Creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that her name was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Rank 2: Samus Aran (Metroid)

Samus Aran (Metroid)
Samus Aran is the heroine of the Metroid video game series. Introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid, Samus is a bounty hunter armed with a powerful robotic power armour with a number of advanced technologies built into it. She hunts the "Space Pirates" and energy-draining alien parasites called "Metroids", while attempting to complete missions given by the Galactic Federation. Her gender was unusual for a game protagonist of her time; Metroid led players to believe Samus was a male cyborg. Samus is considered one of the earliest and most significant female protagonists in the history of video games.

Rank 1: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Lara Croft is the star of Eidos' Tomb Raider series. The design of Croft is the brain child of Toby Gard. Such is Lara Crofts appeal she has not only been immortalised in a series of games but also feature length movies, comic books, novels, and a series of animated shorts. In both outings on the silver screen, Croft is brought to life by sultry actress, Angelina Jolie. In 2006, Lara was honoured with a star on the Walk of Game, and was awarded a Guinness World Record recognising her as the "most successful human video game heroine."


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2 comments:

Shiben Bhattacharjee said...

1st!

I kinda had a feeling Lara will make it 2 the top :D

Rikku rocks!

Nice list

Anonymous said...

hey guys where is Mona from the game Max Payne 2...she is the one for me...

 
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