Who is your favorite female game protagonist?

Rule: You can't have an option to play a male in the game. So Lara Croft is a valid answer, but all those female AC options and femShep are not.

Mine is Amanda Ripley from Alien Isolation. She's very Sigourney Weaver-like. She's strong, doesn't panic (and if there were ever someone with just cause to panic, it would be her), and just takes care of business. Most of the others I considered were from Point & Click games, and maybe they had more developed personalities, but Ripley is still my favorite.
Hmm, haven't played many where there was no male option. Only ones I can think of offhand:

Cate Archer from No One Lives Forever pair;
Chell from Portal pair;
Kate Walker from Syberia trilogy;
Lara Croft from Tomb Raider series;
Nancy Drew.

Of those, definitely Cate Archer is my top. Classy, tough, sexy, accomplished, suave, confident, highly skilled in spycraft—a cross between Emma Peel from The Avengers and James Bond.


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Other game options:
  • Control
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Subnautica 2
  • Bayonetta
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Echo
  • Remember Me
  • Nier Automata
  • Blood Rayne
I think Cate would be my favorite, too. She's more inventive than Lara.

Jesse from Control has some real possibilities. Now that she's got a good handle on what's going on, she's dynamite!
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This is undoubtedly the category with the fewest choices. Most games I've played have character creation choices for both male/female. Of games I played that had only a female lead, Cate Archer & Laura Croft would be ranked 1 and 2.

A game I haven't played yet, so this may be an invalid answer, Horizon Zero Dawn, has Aloy as your character. I don't have any experience there obviously, but she seems like a strong choice as a female protagonist.
Just noticed another while doing the Epic freebies. I've never heard of it, so no idea if any good—$3 on Epic, $20 on Steam at the moment:



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