Beauty & Fashion Used In Video Games

Beauty & Fashion

Beauty & Fashion + Video Games

Beauty & fashion in the gaming world can be so confusing, am I right? Often, we think about our favorite characters, and we try to imagine and see where the illustrator found the inspiration for their main wardrobe piece, as well as bold makeup looks. If you want to know more about their creative way of thinking, drawing, as well as a proper way of incorporating some key elements, here is how beauty & fashion are used in video games! For this purpose, we’re going to take Tomb Raider as example.

Top 3: The Development Of Tomb Raider 

  1. Always Referencing

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Developers & graphic designers always start off with their skeleton and its foundation, but gradually build other pieces on top. When working with female characters, the choices can be endless. Let’s take Lara Croft as an example. The well-known Tomb Raider leading character has been a must-play for both guys & girls worldwide, thanks to its appealing graphics, as well as exciting gameplay.

Lara Croft is a female British character, known as an archeologist which shows her power & fierceness throughout the entire game. The developers wanted to reference her as a strong individual, so they dressed her up in feminine yet appropriate clothing for cave exploring.

  1. Appealing Presence

Lara Croft

If Lara Croft had been an overweight character with short blonde hair & tattoos, do you think that people would find her as appealing? The developers had to make her universally beautiful with some interesting & unique features, such as her braided hair. So, did you know that the game has been sold over 67 million times thus far? Also, it was recognized by the Guinness World Records and has been described as ”the most successful human video game heroine in 2006’‘ and has even won 6 awards in 2010!

This all may be because of Lara’s gorgeous appearance, and maybe because of an amusing gameplay?

Speaking of amusing gameplays, if you want to know what other games are going to be huge in 2019, check these out Video game in 2019.

  1. Always Developing

Trendy looks of Tomb Raider

Games are always developing, and so are its graphics. For instance, did you know that Tomb Raider began its production in 1993? To this day it’s been re-done over 7 times, and it has always followed specific trends in the gaming as well as in the makeup industry. In the video below, you can see all versions and how they’ve changed over the years. At first, Lara’s weapons weren’t as graphic while today there are loads of different options that you can choose from. Also, appearance wise, her clothes got shorter & tighter, while her facial features got a lot more accentuated with some bold contouring moves, as well as with false lashes. And all of this just to stay up to date with bold & trendy looks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-P-smim5gQ 

Would You Play It As Well?

Since now you know a bit more about Tomb Raider and its development please let us know: would you play it?

Also, are you someone who appreciates old-school and not as graphical developments, or do you love the fact how Lara’s appearance has changed over the years and has been up to date with modern trends? Let us know! Oh also, speaking of trends, if you are thinking about following current Spring runway-inspired makeup looks, this article may help you out with that Makeup trends for Spring 2019.

Stay fashion 😉

Crystal Dynamics: A New And Upgraded Headquarters

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Crystal Dynamics – the developers behind one of the best- and fastest-selling video games of recent history; the multi-award winning video game – Tomb Raider. This video game also reincarnated the iconic female protagonist, Lara Croft. Take that, Nathan Drake! Nah, just kidding. I’m a huge huge fan of both games. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get back to the news. Crystal Dynamics recently posted in their Tumblr account that they just upgraded their workplace, gearing up for better games in the future. Here are some of the details. Sit back and let us take a peek at the new home of Crystal Dynamics.

Crystal Dynamics: A New Home

Welcome to Crystal Dynamics
Is it just me or you also want those Lara Crofts on your desk?

Scot Amos, co-studio head of Crystal Dynamics, revealed that they have new facilities and rooms for their developers or employees to work and play around. He said in the post that,

“After months of planning, building, and some very late nights for the construction crew, we’ve just moved into our glorious new state-of-the-art studio!”, he continued, “We have some great new amenities, from hydraulic desks for everyone to adjust as they like, to black-out shades and light absorption paint for those darkness-loving developers.”

I don’t know about you guys, but, I’m digging those black-out shades.

Aside from the “performance boosting” environment, he also stated that they added an on-site Motion Capture stage. Now, that is a great investment to make more award-winning video games.

About on-site Motion Capture stage

Crystal Dynamics: Motion Capture stage

He stated, “We’ve expanded to six fully equipped sound proof audio rooms too,” continued Amos. “With the growth of our team, we’ve also increased our studio meeting area and naturally outfitted it with tons of next-gen 4K screens, as well as dedicated console and PC gaming stations next to the huge new kitchen. Lastly, we’ve added two specialty rooms for optimal development efficiency: a photogrammetry capture space and our very own, on-site, fully equipped Motion Capture stage!”.

For those readers out there who doesn’t know what this means: the new photogrammetry capture space gives the artists and animators the ability to create ultra realistic expressions and textures. Various video games are already using photogrammetry. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Uncharted 4 are just some one the games that used this to produce highly detailed textures.

Photogrammetry capture space

One more time, Crystal Dynamics: Motion Capture Stage
I wonder what they’re talking about…

Ron Rosenberg, co-studio head of Crystal Dynamics, also stated that, “The new studio will help Crystal Dynamics take our work to the next level,” he continued, “Crystal Dynamics’ new studio is nearly double the size in order to make room for all the new positions we’re hiring over the next year.”

You heard that right. For those aspiring game developers, artists, designers, and others out there who are looking to work in the game industry, they are hiring in various areas. You can check their website here.

Here are other photos included in their post. Enjoy!

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I wonder what those fellas are playing…table-top RPG?

Like to play guitar?

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See those guitars? If I’m there, I’ll always be playing those in my free time…

Do you know what this one means?

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Wonderful. Just, wonderful.

Like This One like I do?

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This is probably where you’ll see me all the time, haha

Also, here is the trailer for The Avenger project they released:

So how about that. What do you think about Crystal Dynamics’ new headquarters? Do you believe that these upgrades will further help them produce more award-winning games in the future? Leave your comments down below and let’s have a discussion.

Gaming Is Good For Me

A ‘hobby’ is defined as ‘An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure’. Common hobbies include an ensemble of varying sport activities, the reading of books, even trainspotting is considered a hobby. However, it has come to my attention that for a noticeable number of those outside of the gaming community that playing video games is highly disregarded as a hobby. That being said, what I aim to do here is try to defend this hobby that I personally partake in and try to bring into light it’s positive aspects as I believe it has many.

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The Lazy Hobby 

One of the primary reasons that indulging in a game is frowned upon is due to the fact that it isn’t a particularly physically demanding hobby. Strictly speaking, most gaming consoles and handhelds require the player to sit and focus on a screen. A successful game developer will aim to keep the player seated and engrossed for an extended duration of time. Does this then ultimately mean that gaming should be classed as any less of a brilliant hobby? I think that is quite unfair actually.

The Comeback

Firstly, let’s begin with the fact that although gaming as a hobby in most cases is not physical or evident in any means of activeness, mentally, games possess the ability to exercise a players mind. Games of today offer the players opportunities to gain knowledge of circumstances and eras that prior to playing would not have comprehended or taken any interest in. They allow players to put themselves into situations and ways of thinking that they would not consider themselves ever to be in. A fine example of a game that captures this ability so well is Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream). Heavy Rain falls under the genre of interactive-drama. Throughout the proceedings of the game the player plays as four vastly differing characters that are all collectively involved in the case of a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. The player is put in the position of a Father, a former police officer, a FBI profiler and a photojournalist. The game requires the player to make quick and vital decisions that have the potential to kill of main characters. Complete with interactive gameplay in the form of fast-paced action sequences and motion related actions with the controller, Heavy Rain is perfect for involving the player as if they were living out the games events for themselves. By bringing the more underrated moments of gaming in to light, we could even consider the fact that perhaps gaming ultimately becomes a more exciting way to learn.

Furthermore, in regards to the physical side to the argument, game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, have answered such issues allowing players to use their physical being to play games. For example, Wii Sports provides players the chance to bring sporting activities to their home. Despite the odd, 40 inch television taking a battering from a Wii remote in tennis or the insatiable level of embarrassment derived from playing Just Dance at a family gathering, Nintendo Wii, Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect have answered the demand for more physical means of gaming.

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Living The Story Of Many Differing Characters

Admittedly, one of the most enjoyable aspects of playing video games is the sheer span of genres, gameplay styles, settings, story lines and characters. The profound versatility video games provide is what allows it to be such a widely appreciated hobby. It offers players of all types a chance to escape from their everyday troubles, whether it be a bad day at work or a little bit of leisure to unwind. Let’s take The Last Of Us as an example. A hard day at the office followed by even a short amount of time with protagonists of The Last Of Us, Joel and Ellie is enough to A. mentally teleport you elsewhere even if only for a short while and B. Proceed to make you then realise that things could be worse, you could be surviving against an increasing population of infected on a day to day basis. The requirement for a general escape from reality is something every good hobby should offer and gaming offers just that. In addition thanks to the indefinite amount of genres it is fair to say gaming can cater for every type of player. There is no reason why is should be regarded unpleasantly.

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Educational

As mentioned briefly before, gaming is actually relatively educational when considering games such as the Assassins Creed franchise for instance. The Assassins Creed game series orientates itself around various historic events and is based within historic settings. It reconciles a number of radically different religious faiths and beliefs and ties them in with the story lines of the games within the series. Games such as Assassins Creed are great for bringing to the attention of the player, things they may not have known before. This enlightenment to players as a whole is just another pro to gaming.

Gaming- Associated badly?

It is possible that the more negative views and opinions aimed at gaming as a hobby may actually be derived from popular game franchises almost posing as the face of the hobby. For instance, first-person shooter franchise, Call Of Duty is at the heart of many gaming addictions. The installments within the series consist of taking part in war, mass shootings and a number of other violent activities. Although, the events within some of the series installments are of historic significance, it is apparent that the overriding feature of the series is the widely played multiplayer which results in a lot of anger and arguing among players the vast majority of the time.  This being said there is a strong possibility that the negativity posed towards gaming as a hobby could originate from associating gaming primarily with such franchises. Whether or not it is the narrow-mindedness of outsiders to the gaming community or poor means of presenting gaming is to blame, both fail to acknowledge the beauty in games such as The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider, Journey and even more recent titles such as Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture. These memorable video games not only fulfill the basic needs and requirements of a hobby, but that also allow the player to lose themselves in jaw-dropping stories that give the player the chance to explore an entire spectrum of emotions they were not accustom to prior to playing.

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All In Favor

Gaming is an utterly fantastic hobby that can take a player of any age or sort and give them their rope ladder to escaping the harshness of reality for just a few hours when seemingly needed most. No, generally speaking gaming isn’t as physical as other more kindly regarded hobbies but in terms of exercising the mind and imagination, I believe that gaming should be regarded in much higher spirit than it is by so many. Here, I aimed to open discussion over the issue, not point fingers.

That said, feel free to comment your views below.

 

Rise of The Tomb Raider PS4 Edition Spotted

Rise of The Tomb Raider

Rise of The Tomb Raider

Rise of The Tomb Raider is supposed to be an Xbox One exclusive when it releases in November 10, although Microsoft stated that this exclusivity is for a period of time only so it is normal to see some retailers already posting PS4 pre-orders. This is what Australian technology retailer, Harvey Norman, did.

The listing is priced at $88 AUD (The Australian dollar) and the description is careful to mention this is the PS4 edition.

Synopsis

“Glimpsing into a dark world, Lara Croft is forged into a survivor in the Rise of Tomb Raider . In an attempt to understand what she’s witnessed, Lara Croft delves deeper into the mysteries of the Lost City and attracts the attention of a dangerous shadow organisation. For PlayStation 4,” we strongly recommend you to read all the description.

This action game is developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Microsoft and is the sequel to the hit 2013 Tomb Raider game. This game  will release on November 10 for the Xbox One while we are still waiting for any confirmation regarding the PS4 edition.

So, on which console will be you playing this game? Post your answer in the comment box below.

Lara Croft GO: Puzzles, Tombs and More…

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E3 2015 showed us not one but TWO new Tomb Raider games to add to the long on-going franchise, these two games being the Rise of the Tomb Raider which is the sequel to the 2013 reboot simply titled Tomb Raider, and the second game being a little mobile game called Lara Croft GO from the guys over at Square Enix Montréal, the same developers who brought us Hitman GO, a fun turn based Hitman game, that was almost felt like a board game, it was rather enjoyable to look at and play.

While I was watching E3 I noticed this title and it intrigued me, mostly because for one it seems that Square Enix have found this new niche of mobiles games where they’ll take an IP of theirs and adapted it into board like strategy game which from what I can recall is fairly new and the atheistic they’ve paired with it fits extremely well, especially since it is on a mobile device.

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The other reason I was intrigued by the game was from what we saw it seems to be more like the original Tomb Raider titles, focusing on a puzzle solving style of game-play opposed to the action set pieces of the reboot. It’s definitely been said before but everything about the Tomb Raider reboot seems to be attempting to be the Xbox’s answer to Uncharted, and in all fairness I can see why Microsoft would want a title to oppose one of Sony’s best selling console exclusives, however in the process it seems they’ve taken away puzzles for action set pieces, which isn’t to say having set pieces in a game makes it bad, set pieces can add pressure and tension as well as make for cool action scenes, but Tomb Raider feels over saturated with them, the majority of the game being moving from set piece to set piece. It seems to me that the game is so focused on being Uncharted that it hardly feels like the old Tomb Raider games at all, other than sharing a title and main protagonist the newer games of the franchise share little in common, particularly game-play wise which when talking about video games tends to be important.

From what we’ve seen of Lara Croft GO we can assume that the game is definitely puzzle focused, in fact the devs themselves call it will a turn-based puzzle experience, which says to me there will still be combat, possibly some stealth aspects and overall will be fairly strategy based. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to this mobile addition to the franchise more than the latter, triple-a addition and hope that maybe the success of this game will lead Microsoft and Square Enix to at least incorporate some from of puzzle focus back into the franchise. So if you’re more of  fan of the puzzle orientated Tomb Raider titles then fear not, there has yet to be an official release date as of yet, however we do know that it will be sometime later this year.

The Greatest Video Game Characters

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Nothing makes a game more enthralling than a blessing of a character stealing the spotlight. A game could have mesmerizing visuals, flawless gameplay but without a the appearance of a captivating character a game will never truly get the attention it aspires to have. Over the years, developers have presented us with countless fictitious wonders which leaves us wondering, which are the greatest.  Well, here I will try to narrow down that mass of heroes, heroines and villains into a top 10.

10. Spyro The Dragon – Spyro Series (Insomniac Games, Vicarious Visions, Traveller’s Tales etc.)

Spyro The Dragon Top 10 Video Game Characters

”Yeah, whatever. You’re not so much of a challenge, I’m sure I can do it again.” – A Hero’s Tail (2004)

Spyro has been a long-loved video game character. Over a number of series there has been significant changes to his personality, none of which causing him to be any less of a lovable character. Spyro initially adopted a more cocky and hard-headed personality, winning players over with his witty and sarcastic sense of humour. However, in the reboot that took to the screens in 2006 , Spyro being portrayed as an orphan revealed a more sensitive side to his character, all the while still possessing his fine sense of humour. All of this made this purple dragon that much more of a great character.

Spyro’s relationship with Sparx, his dragonfly companion has always been a significant factor to the series, even more so in The Legend of Spyro in which the two become brothers upon Spyro’s adoption. The witty relationship between the pair evolved into a more brotherly one in The Legend of Spyro series, making the previous banter between the pair become more like bickering between siblings. This reflects exceptionally well on Spyro, making him appear more down to earth and allowing the players with annoying siblings to at least empathise in some respect – as far as relating to purple dragons go. The Legend of Spyro series really placed considerable focus on Spyro’s relationship with other characters aside from his dragonfly buddy and in doing so, Spyro has won over audiences further by taunting their heart strings.

Spyro has been a diverse character over generations. Whether you’re enjoying his endearing sense of humour in his more retro installments or brimming with sympathy as you play The Legend of Spyro series, the simple fact remains that this 4-legged bundle of joy will never cease to put at least a smirk on the players face and that is why he slots so easily into this top 10.

9. Sly Cooper – Sly Cooper Series (Suckerpunch Productions, Sanzaru Games)

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”The name’s Sly. Sly Cooper. And I’m a thief, from a whole line of thieves. In fact, thieving is the family business, and business was good.” – Thieves In Time (2013)

Sly Cooper is what can only be described as the better of two evils throughout this series of games. Technically speaking, Sly is a bad guy, a thief, stealing an array of expensive goodies to profit himself and his gang. However, within the series, his initially selfish intentions always turn to defeating competing thieves with more sinister intentions and in becoming an unlikely – and unintentional hero, Sly manages to attain the love of players and also sneak his way into this top 10.

Straight off the mark players are enlightened as to Sly’s sad past of having his also thieving parents murdered and becoming orphaned as a result. This imposes a fundamental line of sympathy which proceeds to make every crime Sly commits acceptable to the player. Further love for this character is then derived from his loyalty to his two orphaned buddies, Bentley (a brainy tortoise) and Murray (a brawny, pink hippo). The trio began their thieving fellowship at the orphanage in which they all met. From then they had considered themselves family and Sly protects them like they are so. Sly has a killer sense of humour. This usually becomes more prominent to his personality when he is trying his luck with opposing cop Carmelita fox. Despite the obivous attraction between the two, Sly gets a kick out of tormenting her and well just generally making her work-driven lifestyle difficult to say the least. It really shines light on Sly’s winsome and charming personality.

Sly Cooper is a fine example of great development. He is sly as his name states, funny, loyal and truly captivating as a lead character, so much so that we forget in some respects he is actually the bad guy.

8. Vass – Far Cry Series (Ubisoft Montreal)

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”Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is?” – Far Cry 3 (2012)

This savage nutter of a villain would be out of place if not in this top 10. Vaas Montenegro dominates the tropical setting (Rook Islands) of Far Cry 3 with his pirate troops. He is a mindless lunatic who doesn’t show the slightest bit of remorse for getting blood on his hands.

Within the first few minutes of gameplay, Vaas brutally murders the brother of protagonist, Jason Brody and in doing so sets the tone for the game, quite gruesomely displaying how barbaric this pirate lord truly is. This lack of guilt or regret for such evil acts makes Vaas a genuinely frightening villain as the reality is he will stop at nothing to get what he wants and as Far Cry 3’s proceedings play out, this becomes increasingly evident. Far Cry’s 3’s setting also contributes in a way which is not immediately noticeable. The Rook Islands are unpredictable and overwhelmed with danger and it really acts as a representation of Vaas’s personality. All in all the player will learn that despite the initial beauty of the vibrant tropical island, that they shouldn’t underestimate it, nor Vaas’s villainy.

Vaas is such a well developed character on Ubisoft’s part. Players will find themselves completely hooked on his sheer nastiness and no matter how many innocent people he slaughters, or shockingly horrid offences he commands, the player will remain just as disturbed each time.

7. Dr Nefarious – Ratchet And Clank Series (Insomniac Games)

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When I’m finished killing you, I think I’ll rewind time so I can do it again, and again, and again!” – Ratchet And Clank: A Crack In Time (2009)

Dr. Nefarious is the most renowned antagonist of the Ratchet And Clank series, he is power-hungry, dastardly and well, pretty comical. Nefarious’s intentions to rid the galaxy of organic life, leaving it to all robots always fall light-years short and leave him looking like a right royal nincompoop.

Dr. Nefarious isn’t a great character because of his evil acts, he is so because he’s absolutely hilarious. On top of all the drastic failure to his poorly planned atrocities, he has nasty habit of freezing and playing particular parts from his favourite films (Holovids). On many occasions he will lock up mid-scream, laugh or sentence and recite ”Oh, Janice”. Furthermore, Nefarious’s right hand man Lawrence is a complete moron and Nefarious rarely tolerates it. The witty master-slave insults are so well written and it truly makes Dr. Nefarious a great character to watch. He is just a lovable moron and the player will almost feel sorry for him despite his evilness.

Dr. Nefarious is a terrible villain. He can’t pull off anything remotely evil but it doesn’t deprive him of of place in this top 10.

6. GLaDOS- Portal Series (Valve Corporation)

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”Here we are. The Incinerator Room. Be careful not to trip over any parts of me that didn’t get completely burned when you threw them down here.” – Portal 2 (2011)

GLaDOS is a great robotic video game character with a wickedly sinister sense of humour. She is one of the reasons the Portal series is so thoroughly indulgent.

Portal is driven by what can only be described as a very dark yet humorous story line, this is relfected on GLaDOS’s personality considering she spends the series more or less torturing Chell, the protagonist. As GLaDOS tests, Chell throughout the game within the puzzling chambers it is evident that her sick sense of humour has no boundaries. Within the second installment to the series she pretends to reunite Chell with her family, finding her own misleading lie hilarious. Although funny, her menacing behavior can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. Her ability to generate such feelings with ease is what makes her such a great character. Throughout GLaDOS’s endeavors, it is apparent she is a bit of a nut job and can at times be very scary. Her evil is seemingly unconfined to any boundaries and she has no trace of humanity. Her bad ways have no limits and it is very effective in making her a character to be feared.

Artificial intelligence can be frightening in respect to it possesses most human capabilities, lacking only the key element of emotion and empathy. GLaDOS is an ample example of this and you’ll be grateful it is you being tested as opposed to testing her and her patience.

5. Ratchet – Ratchet And Clank Series (Insomniac Games)

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 “So, you need me to go on a dangerous mission in another galaxy?” – Ratchet And Clank 2 (2003)

This furry cutie pie without a doubt earns his way into this top 10. Since 2002, this loyal Lombax has been stealing our hearts with his courage, sass and his truly touching friendship with his metal companion, Clank. Initially Ratchet didn’t have much of a back-story, he was simply a galactic citizen eager for a little action and adventure. However, as gaming generations progressed, Insomniac Games began to provide more insight into Ratchet’s origins, mainly in The Future Ratchet And Clank installments. This made Ratchet all the more lovable as it brought his headstrong persona back down to earth and pretty much gave him feelings. He was no longer just reckless, resilient and determined to get the bad guys, he had a purpose, something to fight for.

Ratchet’s relationship with Clank is incredibly significant to what makes him such a lovable protagonist. Not only is the back and forth banter between the pair thoroughly amusing, but the two were truly developed to bounce off of one another, compliment one another and ultimately it puts Ratchet in such a heart-warming light. He is portrayed as such a loyal and protective friend and it makes him such an endearing character that is impossible not to adore. Ratchet simply grows on you.

Heroes don’t have to be overwhelmingly muscular or almost superhuman, they can win us over in any shape, size or form and Ratchet is a fine display of just that.

4. Lightning Farron – Final Fantasy Series (Square Enix)

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”You became a l’Cie, so now you’re gonna marry this idiot? And you think I’m gonna buy that. Full points for originality. But, don’t forget. If you really are a l’Cie, it’s my job to deal with you.” – Final Fantasy XIII (2009)

Lightning is a very complex character and she makes the top 10 on account of it. Initially, Lightning appears to be the hardy type and due to a rough childhood and having to raise her sister by herself, she has every reason to be so. However, the beauty in Lightning isn’t just her striking appearance but the fact she is so much more than just a hard-nut and when Final Fantasy’s proceedings pick apart that tough exterior, inside hides a young girl mourning the loss of her parents, just wanting to be loved.

A key element to Lightning’s character is her relationship with her sister, Serah. Due to the death of their parents, Lightning took it upon herself to raise Serah from a young age, a burden no one would wish upon a child so young. This being the case, Lightning often forgets she is her sister and more or less mothers her. This does subsequently affect their relationship a lot of the time, for instance when Snow (another playable character within Final Fantasy) proposes to Serah who agrees, Lightning treats the situation as mother would by forbidding it and deeming it preposterous whereas a sister would be more excited and encourage the relationship between the pair. Lightning is incredibly over protective and it makes her such a lovable character not only because she’d do anything for her little sister but also because the player will grow to pity her on account of the childhood she has missed.

Lightning’s sturdy and emotionless facade deteriorates as the game progresses and the player will grow to love Lightning increasingly as her more sentimental side is revealed.

3. Elizabeth Comstock – Bioshock series (2K Games)

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”Time… time rots everything; even hope.” – Bioshock Infinite (2013)

Elizabeth Comstock, one of the leading roles in Bioshock Infinite is a character that will win over players within moments of meeting her. She possesses innocence, power and the player will no doubt be incredibly sympathetic for this very confused young girl.

Elizabeth has spent the entirety of her days confined to a tower, learning only of humanity and civilisation through a means of books. When Booker (protagonist also known as the False Shepard) finally rescues Elizabeth from her solitude in order to wipe away his debt, Elizabeth is introduced to the world for real. Her shock as she’s people dancing to music she hasn’t heard before, citizens of Columbia conversing with one another and the apparent beauty of the world in which she lives, it all contributes into putting into perspective her innocence and how she truly knows so little of the world. Elizabeth is vulnerable and depends on Booker, the player will no doubt grow protective over her and love her character accordingly. In the downloadable content for Bioshock Infinite (Burial At Sea) in which the protagonists revisit the setting of the previous installments to the series, Rapture, we see a different side to Elizabeth altogether. Over the duration of the proceedings of Bioshock Infinite, Elizabeth became stronger, more aware, however, in Burial at see she has developed even further becoming driven, confident and not nearly comparable to the fragile young lady that was rescued at the near beginning of Bioshock Infinite. She is still an amazing character nonetheless and the player will still strive to love her as they did before.

Elizabeth is a wonderful addition to Bioshock Infinite. She is so strong and confident yet oblivious and vulnerable all the same. She is a thoroughly lovely character not only throughout the game itself but also throughout it’s outstanding downloadable content.

2. Joel – The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog)

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”I struggled for a long time with survivin’. And you- No matter what, you keep finding something to fight for. Now, I know that’s not what you want to hear right now, but it’s…” – The Last Of Us (2013)

Joel is one of the best male protagonists to date and the player will adore his every action and hand on his every word from the start right to the end of The Last Of Us.

Joel seizes admirers from the very start of the game in which his touching relationship with his daughter Sarah will tug ever so gently at the players heart strings. As events unfold, although at the expense of a few potential tears, Joel gets further admiration in his clutches which only continues to grow as the game plays out. Joel is a great character as it is exceptionally evident throughout that Joel is a gentle giant concealing a mass of emotion with a hard exterior he has had to develop. Joel will earn sympathy as the harshness of the post-apocalyptic setting takes it’s toll on him and even more so as he has to make some tough decisions. The Last Of Us is renowned for it’s focus on the relationship between the two main protagonists, the other being teenager, Ellie. Joel initially looks after Ellie for his own benefit, however as the game continues you watch him grow to care about Ellie and is this transition of feelings is no less than wonderful to witness.

Joel is a fantastically developed character. With Ellie complimenting his every part in the game he will no doubt become every players desired companion given the occurrence of an apocalypse.

1. Lara Croft – Tomb Raider Series (Square Enix) 

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 ”A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.” – Tomb Raider (2013)

This top spot is stolen by archaeological wonder, Miss Croft. Over a series consisting of over 10 games our world renowned  Tomb Raider has secured a crazy fan base.

Lara Croft has transformed over the series from a sassy, invulnerable treasure hunter in the earlier installments to a young archaeologist attempting to put her name out there in the series reboot of 2013. Lara Croft is such an appealing character in her first installments due to her pure badassitude. Every guy wants to be with her and every girl would love to be her. She is simply incredibly awesome. In the reboot to the series we saw an exceedingly different side to Lara. Set before her prior encounters we saw how she came to be the tomb raiding legend she is to date. From start to near finish she is vulnerable and fragile, the absolute opposite from how we’ve learned to see her. Players then have the pleasure of watching her endure what few could, sculpting her slowly but surely into the hard-headed, driven archaeologist we know her as to date. Having to endure her suffering with her allows players to become emotionally intertwined with Lara. Tomb Raider defies every prejudice against female capabilities and in being so she is almost iconic for women. The reboot has made her character that much more believable and in being so players are captivated by her that bit more.

Tomb Raider possesses everything that is great about a character, she is strong, sassy and thanks to the new reboot she is realistic. Her journeys for ancient artifacts will be ones fans will engross in for time to come.

Retro Corner: Tomb Raider

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In the mid-nineties, video game heroines were a rare breed. Which is to say, there darn well weren’t any. In this era, the likes of Tomb Raider and Sonic the Hedgehog were establishing their personalities, and so was gaming itself. It was a male-dominated pursuit, full of ‘cool’ and attitude and angry aliens to fire powerful artillery at.

I don’t know where Mario fits into this, but bear with me. The point is that a strong female protagonist was something the medium sorely needed. Into that void stepped Lara Croft, the most badass archaeologist since Indiana Jones (who is, frankly, the only other one there’s ever been).

Tomb Raider hit the original PlayStation in 1992. It’s the first installment in Croft’s long story, as she seeks ancient treasures in historical sites around the world. Let’s take a look.

In the game’s opening, a mysterious device from long ago is discovered beneath the desert in Los Alamos County, New Mexico. It contains a person in a state of suspended animation, and marks the start of a long, ridiculous and puzzle-tastic journey.

Some time later, Lara is approached by the billionaire owner of Natla Technologies. She is charged with recovering the pieces of the Scion, an enigmatic talisman connected to the mystery. So off she cruises to the Tomb of Qualopec in Peru, and the adventure begins. Quite a nutty one it is, too, encompassing the ancient rulers of Atlantis, angry genetically-engineered mutants and a range of imaginative ways to die.

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is an action/adventure/platformer set in a dizzying, cinematic 3d world (well, by mid-nineties standards). Lara’s famous athleticism was here from the start, and lent a realistic, Prince of Persia-ish element to her movement; a kind of homage to the platformers of yore. You traverse a series of tombs, climbing, vaulting, leaping and occasionally shooting the local wildlife in the face to get your hands on those treasures.

Lara’s creation was born for a desire for a more subtle kind of action star. Usually, they’re of the Arnold Schwarzenegger testosterone-amundo build, all rippling pecs and screaming gunplay. The Tomb Raider star is a crack shot, sure, but the game’s a little more slow-paced than that. The emphasis is on puzzle solving and stealth over combat, which made for a unique –and, as I say, technically incredible at the time– experience.

All of this galvanized Tomb Raider’s success, and cemented Lara’s place as gaming’s first lady. Aside from that, it was one of those landmark releases with a profound effect on games that followed. This is where the 3d action-adventure boom began.

Hundreds of Top Games Available on Amazon at Discounts Up to 80%

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Amazon is running a Digital Games Mayhem sale that sees no less than 867 titles (at the moment of writing) being offered at discounted prices, up to 80% of their original price. We’re talking mostly about older games – so no Watch Dogs at 80% off, unfortunately – but you can still get some real gems that you didn’t purchase already. CoD Ghosts Hardened Edition is 33% off, for example, and you can purchase for $24.99 only.

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XCOM: Enemy Within – $9.89
Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition – $19.99
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition – $23.98
LA Noire – Complete Edition – just $6
Batman Arkham City GOTY – $5
Bastion – $3.75
Tomb Raider – $7.99

…and many, many more. So make sure that you check out this amazing sale over at Amazon and you pick up your game at a very special price before the offer is no longer available!