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The Mary Sue’s Top 15 Video Games of 2014 (With Awesome Lady Representation)

 

  1. Dragon Age Inquisition <em>Dragon Age Inquisition</em> My unequivocal winner for Game of the Year, Dragon Age Inquisition not only represented women incredibly well (you can be a female Inquisitor and half your party is female), but it also presented different sexual orientations and even trans characters in an awesome way. You're the best, BioWare.
  2. Child of Light <em>Child of Light</em> Following young Aurora as she travels through the dream world of Lemuria, Ubisoft Montreal's  JRPG-inspired 2D watercolor beauty is a classic in the making. You can read Becky's heartfelt review here.
  3. Transistor <em>Transistor</em> In Supergiant Games' Transistor, you play as Red, a jazz singer who's lost her voice and is forced to fight her way through a cyberpunk city with a giant talking sword. You can read our review here.
  4. Super Smash Bros. Wii U <em>Super Smash Bros. Wii U</em> This new incarnation of Smash did a great job of including a significant number of female characters, including several gender-swappable characters like Wii Fit Trainer and the Villager. My characters of choice are Rosalina or Zero Suit Samus, but that's just me.
  5. Alien: Isolation <em>Alien: Isolation</em> This game might have scared the pants off of us, but it was great fun, and featured an awesome playable lady protagonist in Amanda Ripley. Read our review here.
  6. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel <em>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel</em> This games writers went out of there way to make half the playable characters female, to include different sexualities, and to make the game as inclusive as possible. Check out our interview with Gearbox Software writer Anthony Burch and 2K Australia writer Maurice Suckling here.
  7. Hyrule Warriors <em>Hyrule Warriors</em> Nintendo keeps up their excellence this year by making eight out of thirteen hard-hitting playable characters in Hyrule Warriors ladies, in all different shapes and sizes. Impa forever.
  8. Broken Age <em>Broken Age</em> Double Fine’s long-awaited adventure game is a brain-bending coming-of-age tale about a girl of color who refuses to be sacrificed. Check out our review here.
  9. Shadowrun: Dragonfall <em>Shadowrun: Dragonfall</em> This game crowdfunded nearly two million dollars, and is a great turn-based RPG with well-written female and queer characters. Katherine Cross wrote a great piece about the game's inclusivity for Feministing.
  10. Banner Saga <em>Banner Saga</em> A Viking-themed RPG made by a small team of former BioWare devs, with turn-based strategy, bad-ass women, very pretty artwork, and a soundtrack by Austin Wintory. Former Weekend Editor and former Iceland resident Becky Chambers takes a look at the cultural aspects of the game in our review here.
  11. Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season 2 and Tales from the Borderlands Telltale Games' <em>The Walking Dead: Season 2</em> and <em>Tales from the Borderlands</em> Telltale had a great track record with ladies in games this year. TWD season two featured an 11-year-old girl of color named Clementine as your playable character, and Tales from the Borderlands sees you play half the game as Fiona, a con artist out to complete a major heist with her sister. Even their new Game of Thrones game will feature playable ladies. Way to go, Telltale.
  12. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> I know, it sounds weird, but Polygon's Danielle Riendeau wrote a great piece that talks about this incarnation of COD's inclusion of badass Atlas operative Ilona, and how well she represents women in modern warfare.
  13. Velocity 2X <em>Velocity 2X</em> The folks at Futurlab were insistent that making their lead character a woman was not "bad design," and spoke out about it strongly. Lt. Kai Tana is the savior of the galaxy, an awesome pilot, and a strong, well-written character. Who can teleport. Heck yes on all counts.
  14. Never Alone <em>Never Alone</em> Never Alone follows an Alaska Native girl named Nuna, who must save her people from an endless blizzard. The game's developers placed cultural authenticity at the forefront, and features tons of traditional Iñupiaq folklore.
  15. Long Live the Queen <em>Long Live the Queen</em> Sure, it's pink and it's frilly - but why does that automatically make us think it's going to be a bad game? Long Live the Queen is a strategy-heavy simulation game with a Magical Girl aesthetic, and will hook you from the start. Check out our review here.

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.