The Best Video Games For Women Part One

The Best Video Games For Women Part One


Posted 2023-09-11 by Marisa Quinn-Haisufollow
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For the longest time, it was thought that women and girls were not that interested in video games. It has only been in the past decade that the relationship between women and games has been better understood. It is now estimated that women and girls make up half the percentage of people who enjoy video games. The rise of women gamers has led to discussions in online circles about sexism in video gaming, misogyny in video game culture, male behaviour towards female gamers, and the underrepresentation of women as characters in games. Women prefer different games to men on average. Women have been shown to prefer cozy games, family and farm simulators, interactive dramas, platformers, sandbox games, role-playing games, multiplayer online games, survival games and more. I have been a gamer ever since I first picked up a Super Nintendo controller. In this article, I will discuss ten great games I have played that I feel would appeal to women gamers like me. This article will contain spoilers for some games

1. Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West

Platform: Playstation Four
Release Date: Horizon Zero Dawn (2017), Horizon Forbidden West (2023)
Genre: Action adventure role-playing game
Age Group: 16

Aloy is the main character of the Horizon series which is an action role playing series developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The first game in the series was called Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) and the sequel was called Horizon Forbidden West (2022). The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future where mankind has been largely wiped out and reduced to a smattering of tribes and the player can explore an open world overrun with dangerous, animalistic robots.

The plot revolves around Aloy, a young girl who grows up an outcast, who sets out to discover the truth of her past and discovers the startling origins of how her world came to be. Aloy is at the top of this list because I consider her to be one of the best female video game characters ever. Where do I begin? Firstly, just like Ripley from Aliens, she was written with no gender in mind. I liked that. Aloy was not over-sexualised and her body was not presented as eye candy to the viewer. The shape of her body was not flaunted and her clothing was practical and doesn't outline her curves. Her breasts aren't huge and don't bounce and her clothing actually covers them. You have no idea how much this alone made me love this game. It is rare for a female character to not be over-sexualised in a video game.

Guerrilla Games went to a huge effort to respect Aloy and to treat her as a hero who just also happens to be a woman. No one ever comments on Aloy's gender or questions her skills or abilities because she is a woman. Her femaleness was not a problem and she was written not as a Strong Female Character but as a very human character with an interesting personality. It was wonderfully refreshing. If you have a teenage daughter who loves science fiction and open world games I highly recommend the Horizon series.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 12 May 2023
Genre: Action adventure role-playing game
Age Group: Everyone (10 years plus)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (2023) is an open world action-adventure game that was developed by Nintendo and released on the Nintendo Switch on 12 May 2023. The game is the much anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017). Tears of the Kingdom picks up several years after the end of Breath of the Wild. While exploring a cavern underneath Hyrule castle, Link and Zelda stumble into a secret chamber housing a mummified corpse who awakens and attacks them. Link loses his arm in the battle, the Master Sword shatters, large chunks of Hyrule are ripped upward, and Princess Zelda vanishes. Link later wakes up on a floating island where he is greeted by the spirit of Hyrule’s first king, Rauru, who gives him a powerful new arm that allows him to control objects and manipulate time. Rauru tells him that the event that happened in the cavern is being called the Upheaval and has caused great chaos to Hyrule. After the shattered Master Sword vanishes, Link sets off on an adventure determined to find out answers about the Upheaval and to discover the whereabouts of Princess Zelda.

Tears of the Kingdom features an expanded open-world map and encourages exploration and experimentation. As Link, the player must explore Hyrule, the Sky Islands, and the gloom-inflicted Depths to find Shrines, weapons, resources, lightroots, complete side quests, discover clues about what happened to Zelda and finish the main storyline. The game provides the player with new abilities and devices that can be used for combat, gliding, propulsion, exploration, building, ascending, and more. I’ve been playing Tears of the Kingdom since launch and just love it to bits. I’ve been having so much fun exploring every inch of the map, finding caves and wells, collecting armour sets, finding shrines, unlocking memories and completing side-quests. I unlocked the Master Sword last night and teared up a little. I don’t want this game to end.

The best part of this game for me was finding out what happened to Zelda. I thought that Princess Zelda’s storyline in this game was excellent. Link’s goal in the game is still the same as it is in every Legend of Zelda game. He has to find the Master Sword and protect Princess Zelda from the evil Ganondorf. What’s different in this game is Zelda isn’t a damsel in distress she is a duel protagonist alongside Link. She shares the same goal as Link but has her own adventure separate from him where she faces challenges and is in charge of her own fate. She also gets more character development than she ever has before and several lines of spoken dialogue as well. I really love that Zelda got so much attention and growth this time around. It was well deserved. This was the first Legend of Zelda game that I’ve played that actually felt like it was about her and her legacy and not about the adventures of Link.

3. Stardew Valley

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, iOS and Android
Release Date: 26 February 2016
Genre: Farming simulation game
Age Group: Suitable for people 10 years old and older

Stardew Valley is an open-ended farm simulation and role-playing game that has been called one of the greatest video games of all time. It was developed by Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone and published by Chucklefish on Windows on 26 February 2025 and later ported to multiple other platforms. The game was inspired by Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, Rune Factory, Minecraft and Terraria. Stardew Valley received praise from critics for its gameplay, diversity, and for “breathing life into a genre” that was typically dominated by the Story of Seasons franchise. Stardew Valley has sold over 3.5 million copies across multiple platforms and is considered the ultimate cozy game.

In the game, the player controls a character who inherits a plot of land and their grandfather’s old farm in Stardew Valley. The player must tend to the farm by cutting down trees, trimming the grass, planting crops, gathering resources, crafting items, mining ore and raising animals. The game also encourages the player to fish, cook, explore, complete quests, explore caves, search for resources, and engage in combat against sprites and woodland creatures. The player can also develop relationships with villagers, which can lead to marriage, and the chance to have a child.

The fun thing about Stardew Valley is how simple and relaxing the game is. You get up in the morning and feed your chickens and then check on your crops and then go off looking for resources or to find your favourite neighbour to chat with. You will get so much joy out of designing and expanding your farm and watching your crops grow. The game also features a four-player co-operative mode which means you can build a farm with friends if you wish.

4. Overcooked!

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: Overcooked! (2016), Overcooked 2 (2018)
Genre: Cooking simulation game
Age Group: Suitable for people 8 years old and older

Overcooked is a cooking simulation game where players co-operate to control multiple chefs in a busy, chaotic kitchen. You will prepare and cook food and clean dishes and deliver meals to patrons in under a time limit to earn points. The goal of the game is to earn as many points as possible with rewards being given for speed and correct orders and points being deducted for orders that are prepared wrong. The game was developed by Ghost Town Games and was published by Team 17.

Overcooked is SO MUCH FUN. The first Overcooked game was released on the 2 August 2016. A sequel called Overcooked 2 was released on 7 August 2018. Overcooked was designed as a local co-operative game for up to four players but it also has a single player game. The fun thing about Overcooked is the creative design of the kitchens. These aren't ordinary kitchens. To increase the difficulty, each kitchen has its own challenges and obstacles, like being set on top of an iceberg or inside a mine shaft and the cooking stations could be separated. The game is total chaos. The multiplayer option is great for parties but the single player game is worth it if you enjoy a challenge.

5. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series

Platform: Playstation, Xbox, PC, Android, iOs, OS X, Linux, Ouya, Kindle Fire
Release Date: (2012 - 2019 )
Genre: Episodic Narrative Game
Age Group: 15

Clementine is one of my favourite female video game characters. She is one of the main protagonists in the episodic video game franchise The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series. Telltale is an American video game production company that publishes narrative driven episodic video games that allow the player to make choices that will affect how future events in the game will play out. We were first introduced to Clementine in season one in the early days of the zombie apocalypse when she is a scared eight-year-old little girl separated from her parents.

Clementine meets a man called Lee who is on the run from the law. The two of them team up together and go searching for more survivors. Lee becomes like a surrogate father to Clementine and teaches her how to survive. After Lee is later bitten and dies, Clementine is devastated but manages to find the strength to continue surviving and fighting for a future because she knows that’s what Lee would have wanted her to do. What makes Clementine so great is how much we see her grow and develop as a character. She goes from a little girl to a hardened survivor who will do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe. If you enjoyed playing as Clementine in The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series I highly recommend checking out the Clementine graphic novel series by Tillie Walden which continues her adventures.

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