International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. I would be foolish to say I understand what women go through as a gentleman but I can say that growing up in a household with my mother and four sisters has given me respect and knowledge for plenty of the achievements they’ve given to the world.
There are many ways to celebrate and show your support today however since Bombchu is a video game website, I thought it would be a good time to share some games I truly enjoy that have a strong female protagonist who typically doesn’t take any crap from anyone.
Tomb Raider & Rise of the Tomb Raider (2013 reboot)
Lara Croft has seen many iterations but her latest one has ascended the former “poster babe” status and reached an all new level of intrigue. The player takes on the role of the titular character and begins their journey to become the true Tomb Raider. What’s more, both the first and second game in the series were written by the very talented Rhianna Pratchett who has also written for other titles such as Heavenly Sword and Mirror’s Edge. The narrative she composed showed Lara being beaten and bloodied which is unique for a female-led game and even pulled on the heart strings of this rather manly journalist. I think it’s the perfect series to show how female led games can be done correctly which is why I picked it for the first of this International Women’s Day playlist.
This one wasn’t touched upon much because of the shoddy release on the Xbox one but luckily, I played it on PC. The main character, Joule, explores a barren wasteland of a planet that was supposed to become Earth 2. What sets it apart from other open world games, however, is its use of helper bots that are absolutely amazing and help her along her path. The gameplay is very reminiscent of Metroid and Megaman and I believe the developer Comcept wanted it that way. It’s an easy suggestion and although I didn’t talk too much about it in my video review of the game, it was refreshing to not have to deal with a love story the whole time and be the one saving the mister in distress. Although, that didn’t turn out so well either.
Horizon Zero Dawn
While I haven’t actually played this game personally, I’ve watched my significant other play through it and look at me with such happiness that I would be remiss not to include it. The game stars the outcast turned seeker Aloy who is as snarky and strongly opinionated as any male character to date. There is never an instance of her needing to be rescued that I can recall but rather the game takes on the epitome of the hero’s journey as she continues to discover more about herself and the world around her then exposes these truths to the people who refuse to accept it. It’s a powerful narrative that touches on faith as well as other high-level concepts that most games avoid like the plague.
The Metroid Series
Okay, there hasn’t been a recent one in years which is sad. However, we know one is coming and if we’re going to mention the games to check out that involve a strong female lead, then the Metroid series will always be number 1. From its inception, Samus Aran was always designed to be a female inside a body suit. What made the series stand out wasn’t because you could check her out at the end of the first game but rather how perfect the gameplay in each title has been. It’s one of the few series to truly remain perfect from a gameplay standpoint after over 20 years in the industry and it continues the story of the bounty hunter Samus who suffers more loss and pain than just about any other video game character out there.
There are a few others out there that I would recommend but the line gets a little muddied here and there.
- The Walking Dead series by Telltale creates a narrative for the current main character Clementine however in season one she is still building up to lead status. In the second season onwards, she is the main playable character and dealing with a zombie apocalypse as a young kid is pretty tough.
- Resident Evil (the remaster) lets you play through the whole game as Jill who is as no-nonsense as they come. There are times where she falls into some of the usual stereotypes but overall, it leaves you feeling like a badass and accomplished after escaping the horror of the Spencer estate.
Although there are some minor pitfalls in each, I would like to mention both of these as I believe they are great titles and as you play through them, you can connect to the female characters regardless of your own gender. Further, I think that’s really what International Women’s Day should be about.
A day like this shouldn’t be needed if the world was a perfect place but everyone has a strong, fierce woman in their lives who has helped them through tough times or reached a point in their profession that has helped the entire world! I’m happy to share the games I believe are perfect for this occasion and if you have any suggestions you’d like to add, feel free to put them into the comments below.
If you’d like to know more about International Women’s Day 2017 and its creation, please see the link below.
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.