Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Best female characters in video games Part II

Alyx Vance – Half Life 2

          The most important female character in the game, Alyx Vance is probably the only character players could get attached to. She was introduced in Half Life 2, but a picture of her as a baby could be found in the first game, and serves as a support character for the protagonist, Gordon Freeman.
Alyx is the child of well known physicist Eli Vance and is part of the human Resistance against the Combine occupation of the Earth. She helps Gordon in his mission to reach and destroy the citadel, as she is a skillful fighter who is able to use many weapons well (she’s also immortal in the campaign!). On top of her combat skills, Alyx inherits some of the scientific skills from her parents, being able to repair all kind of damaged electronic equipment and hack into the Combine systems. She also created Dog, a really powerful sentient robot that protects her, and later on, the main character.
She’s a great help and company during the campaign and there are few crucial moments in both Half Life 2 and the Episodes that followed when your heart stops beating as she is in grave danger.
Gordon Freeman wouldn’t have made it this far without her and because of this she has a well deserved spot on this list. If we live long enough we might see her again in Half Life 3 or Episode 3, but as things look now this could take Valve twenty years or even more (slower than Blizzard releases…).
Alyx and her guardian.

A friendly face.

Clementine – The Walking Dead Series

The only child on this list, Clementine might look like one but because of the situation she has been through in the game now acts like an adult.
            Clementine is the second most important character in Season One of the game. While her parents went on a trip out of town she stayed at home with her babysitter, when the zombie apocalypse started she escaped the danger and climbed in her tree house waiting there for things to unfold. When the Lee Everett, the player character, arrived at her house she helped him fight her babysitter, now a zombie, and realizing her parents might not come back she left together with Lee. During their adventure together, Lee started to care about Clementine and take good care of her.
            With the conclusion of Season One, Clementine became the new protagonist in Season Two of the game. She serves as a moral balance for the groups she joins, reminding everyone to be human. Clementine shows great intelligence, patience and courage in difficult situations and she has a very mature attitude for an eleven years old kid, all these qualities helped her survive.
            Clementine is a great character and I hope we will see more of her in the future, as the Season Two has not concluded yet by the time this article was written. I'm confident she will be fine, after all, if there is anyone in these series that will survive the zombie apocalypse that person must be her.
Like a family.

Don't underestimate the child!

Lara Croft – Tomb Raider Franchise

I was never a big fan of Tomb Raider series, but I know a lot of things about Lara Croft as many of the gamers out there probably do even if they didn’t play any games in the franchise.
Lara Croft is a British archeologist with a great thirst for adventure, she is beautiful (all of them are!), intelligent, athletic and a great fighter. She shows almost no weaknesses throughout the original series and is ready for anything.
Lara Croft’s main occupation is to search the world for lost treasures and by doing this she ends up in forgotten caves and tombs (hence the name) which most of the time are lurked by supernatural and extremely dangerous creatures (and mean humans). There is a wide variety of weapons put at Lara’s disposal, but the most iconic for her are the dual pistols, which even if they are weaker than most of the weapons in the Tomb Raider games these pistols represent her the most.
The original Tomb Raider series is comprised of twelve games in which Lara Croft is the protagonist. In 2013 a reboot of the franchise was launched showing a younger Lara, before her true adventurous spirit kicked in. In the new game she is unsecure and scared, but as the action of the game progresses so does her character turning slowly into the unbreakable heroine everyone loves.
We will see more games being released in the rebooted TR franchise in the future and it will be interesting to see how Lara’s new adventures will unfold and how her character will change in the process.             
TressFX and that beautiful face!

Nice anniversary!

To be continued...


1 comment:

  1. Great! I like your articles^^/ Thank you very much. :D