For the most part, the Master Chief can hold his own. He single-handedly stopped the Covenant forces on multiple occasions, but even so, he couldn't have done it without the help of his strategic, and sometimes sarcastic, A.I. companion, Cortana. She's made an appearance in almost every Halo game, even Reach where she made a sort of cameo appearance. Cortana is easily the most intelligent woman on this list, and without her, Halo would've been an exponentially more frustrating experience.
There are nearly as many capable women in the Resident Evil series as there are Umbrella-designed bio-weapons. You have Rebecca Chambers, Claire Redfield, Sheva Alomar, Ada Wong, Sherry Birkin—in Resident Evil 6, at least—and, of course, the sultry S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine. Jill is a fan favorite for a reason, as she's an intimidating mix of brains and beauty, and it certainly helps that she knows her way around a gun.
Commander Shepard is one of the more interesting women on this list because there's a very good chance that even if you played Mass Effect you never saw her. Most gamers chose the male Shepard that's so often used in the marketing for the series, so a majority of Mass Effect fans have never experienced just how incredible the female Shepard really is. I usually choose women when I'm playing a video game and I have the option to do so, but Shepard is easily one of the most emotionally well-portrayed women I've ever seen in a video game.
In a desolate world where an omnipresent threat is always looming, where you control a main character who isn't terribly fond of speaking, Alyx Vance is essentially the personality of the series. She's smart, emotional, humorous, and is a breath of fresh air in what can be a deeply depressing game.
Date: May 24, 2012
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