If you are bored with games glorifying male heroes and would like to see some brave women fighting for their goals, then this list is right for you. Those ladies won’t stop till they drop.

The Best Games With Female Protagonists

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Google Stadia
Genre:Action-adventure
Developer:Eidos-Montréal
Release year:2018 (PC, PS4, X One), 2019 (Stadia)

Lara Croft is one of the most iconic female characters in video games. The intrepid archaeologist/treasure hunter has been traipsing around the world for decades, and has survived several reboots.

Tomb Raider - running

The most recent one is trilogy developed by Eidos Montréal, and it tells something of a Lara Croft origins story, culminating in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This time she ventures to South America, trying to prevent the apocalypse she has accidentally set off while doing her thing. Thankfully she’s now more experienced and hardened than she has ever been during this reboot trilogy.

Key features
  • You visit a legendary city of Paititi
  • The culmination of a great trilogy
  • Lara vs. Apocalypse
  • Great hub-based map

Control

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Genre:TPS, Action-adventure
Developer:Remedy Entertainment
Release year:2019

Remedy Entertainment’s Control was a surprise hit. It’s inspired by the writing from the SCP Foundation, it’s set in a fundamentally WEIRD office building that’s bigger on the inside, and features a great leading character in Jesse Faden, who discovers the bizarre supernatural hidden world at the same time the players do.

Control - gameplay

As the acting director of an agency committed to containing and studying paranormal phenomena, she’s going to deal with a lot of odd stuff during her first day of work. Equipped with newly discovered psionic powers and a very versatile gun, she has to face a problem that destabilised the entire agency. That’s a harsh first day on the job, but it’s very fun to watch her adapt and potentially thrive.

Key features
  • Inspired by the SCP Foundation brand of creepy stories
  • Has ties to Alan Wake
  • Jesse Faden is a great protagonist
  • You get a cool gun and cool powers, and a building full of stuff to try them out on
  • Music by Poets of the Fall

Life Is Strange

PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Android
iOS
Genre:Graphic adventure
Developer:Dontnod Entertainment
Release year:2015

Life Is Strange is a graphic adventure game, whose story is divided into 5 chapters, released separately.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

The story focus on the life of 18-year-old Max Caulfield. She’s a photography student and learns that she is able to rewind time at her will. Her choices affect the future and thanks to her visions of a destructive storm going to destroy her town, she knows that she needs to do everything to prevent it.

Key features
  • The game is about the plot. Characters’ personalities and problems are in the foreground here.
  • Your choices matter in Life Is Strange – Max is able to enact the butterfly effect by making decisions and interacting with the environment.
  • You are able to travel in time, so use it wisely to prevent the cataclysm.
  • Collect items, interact with various objects, and engage in dialogues with NPCs to learn (and shape) the story.
  • The game has got numerous nominations and won most of the awards it was nominated to. Most concerned the narrative, the sound, and the character design.

Nier: Automata

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Genre:Action RPG
Developer:PlatinumGames
Release year:2017 (PC, PS4), 2018 (X One)

The war between aliens and humans fought by machines and androids with a female android as the protagonist, plus a lot of action – are you in?

NieR: Automata - protagonist

Take control over 2B who is supported by 9S and A2. All of them are androids from the YoRHa series – man-made android forces, commanded from a base orbiting above Earth, and tasked with the mission to stand against the alien units, controlled by Adam and Eve.

Key features
  • The dark and grim setting of the game is based on that of Nier. The story of Nier: Automata takes place thousands of years after the fourth ending of the previous instalment.
  • In total, the players get three playable characters, each of which has their own experience points and skills.
  • Except for fighting and action the game also features some puzzle-solving moments.
  • The proxy war between humans and alien is fierce and there is no time and place for emotions.
  • You will need to finish the whole game more than once as there are around 20 different endings.

Child Of Light

PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Wii U
PlayStation Vita
Genre:Platform RPG
Developer:Ubisoft Montreal
Release year:2014

This side-scrolling platformer with RPG elements takes you to a fictional land of Lemuria. You take control over a girl named Aurora, accompanied by a friendly firefly Igniculus.

Child of Light - fighting

On her mystical journey through the magical realm of Lemuria, Aurora needs to find her way home and then defeat Umbra who poses a threat to the whole kingdom. However, Princess Aurora is not alone as various characters gradually join her on her important quest.

Key features
  • Help Aurora and her companions bring peace to the kingdom and stop evil Umbra.
  • Heart-warming story and fairy-tale-like visuals emphasise the atmosphere of the game.
  • Use the help of Igniculus who can get to places Aurora would not be able to reach.
  • Progress through the story and form your party in a Final Fantasy manner to face your ultimate enemy.
  • The developers have also put an emphasis on the game soundtrack – composing nearly 20 tracks was part of the plan to make the game a “playable poem”.

Darksiders III

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Genre:Action RPG, Hack’n’slash
Developer:Gunfire Games
Release year:2018

The third instalment of the series puts you in the control of Fury, War and Death’s sister. The game is a mixture of the former Darksiders and the mechanics from the FromSoftware games.

Darksiders 3 - fighting

Fury is described as the most unpredictable from the Fourth Horsemen of Apocalypse. She can take different elemental form to enhance her attacks and grant her access to new weapons. Besides the novelties and changes, the combat still plays the main role in the game.

Key features
  • The story of the Fourth Horsemen of Apocalypse continues – take control of Fury who is tasked with finding Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Darksiders III take place simultaneously with the events presented in the previous instalment.
  • Fury is armed with a wide selection of various weapons, such as whips, blades, swords, and many more.
  • Implementing some Dark Souls mechanics resulted in a slight changes to the combat system – the straightforward counters were removed completely and some enemies in the game may pose a real challenge.
  • As it would not be enough hard, the game level is growing simultaneously with the player’s strength – the leveling system lets you develop Fury’s health, damage and arcane abilities.