For many years, female video game characters were portrayed as weak, overly sexualized, damsel in distress which only hold a much inferior and/or non-playable roles in the gaming world. The male leads, such as Mario and Luigi, seem to always save the day.
But the tide turns for the tough ladies, with the introduction of many notable female protagonists that are not just simply acting as supports but also taking the lead reins from the macho men. However, we can’t just leave our heroines without a killer weapon. Swords and guns may be the obvious choices but there is another that’s becoming an increasing crowd favorite – the bow and arrow.
4. Sylvanas Windrunner (Warcraft)
Also known as the Dark Lady or the Queen of Godforsaken. A hardened warrior who served as Ranger-General of Silvermoon. Killed, revived, and unwillingly served the cause of her homeland’s demise, Sylvanas was able to exact revenge and became a queen of hordes of creatures and mortals. She is not the only Warcraft lead, but her archery skills and abilities are to die for.
3. Zoya, The Thief (Trine 2)
A mysterious and shadowy persona, She can shoot Frost, Frozen, Fire, and Explosive Arrows. Talk about some mad archery skills! Aside from these, she also has a grappling hook which can be fired and swung into wooden surfaces and a stealth ability for 10 seconds. With these, I doubt if Zoya will ever fail to get what she wants.
2. Aloy (Horizon: Zero Dawn)
Aloy is another heroine in the making as Horizon: Zero Dawn is set to be released on February 28, 2017 in North America and March 3, 2017 in the UK. She uses her ranged, melee weapons, and stealth tactics to hunt and combat dinosaur-like mechanized creatures whose remains can also be looted for resources.
1. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Who will ever forget The Lara Croft? Starting as a very physically endowed female protagonist, she underwent into numerous transformations and so far has achieved her best persona ever, a younger and grittier version with curves and more agility to boot. She opts to use bow and arrow in the new Tomb Raider game franchise, Rise of The Tomb Raider. Her bow collection ranges from the bare-bones crafted Longbow to the technically advanced Compound bow.
Currently, there are only a few playable female video leads. But the gaming world is always an avenue for quirkiness and innovations. Maybe in a few years or months’ time, this list will grow.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you agree that these femme fatales can pull off the archer mode?