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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Announced for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox ONE [Gameplay Reveal]

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“The continent of Europa is engulfed in the flames of the Second Europan War between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war.

Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E are sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success, but they will have to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, waves of imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria… and unravel a grave truth that will shake them to the core.”

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Official Announcement Trailer:

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Official RELEASE DATES:
Americas: 2018
Europe: 2018

Arguably one of the best turn-based strategy franchises ever to exist, Valkyria Chronicles will receive it’s fourth installment shooting to the Nintendo Switch next year. Playing on the go with one of the world’s most unique takes on the RPG genre, Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Nintendo Switch warrants one of SEGA’s most compelling partnerships with Nintendo to date. Gamers who rock a PlayStation 4 (and PS4Pro) or Xbox ONE (and Xbox ONE X) home console can also get in on the action.
Hopefully the fourth installment could also get a PC release date eventually. It’s likely that SEGA is attempting to garner all the console sales they can before allowing piracy to take its chunk out as it does with all titles that come to the PC platform (although not as badly since Steam continues to get better and easier to use as well as more and more popular). For that we don’t blame them but if the franchise can do well enough then a Steam version certainly should be in order some day – for a truly high quality version of the game.
As for me personally, I’m still enjoying Valkyria Chronicles Remastered on my PlayStation 4 Pro console. SEGA has launched an official website HERE which will continue to be updated with more Valkyria Chronicles 4 information, and above is their Full HD Announcement Trailer. Below are some Valkyria Chronicles 4 Official Screenshots:
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Check out an excerpt from the Official Announcement below:
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Features:
  • A Coming-of-Age Story in a Time of War – Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same time frame as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but focuses on a whole new cast of main characters. Players will take command of the eager, young Commander Claude Wallace, engineer/heavy weapons ‘extraordinaire’ Riley Miller, hotheaded Darcsen Raz, ice-cold ace sniper Kai Schulen, and more. Together, they will experience the painful realities of war–but will the bonds of Squad E’s friendships survive the frozen battlefield?
  • The Next Generation “BLiTZ” Battle System – The part overhead turn-based strategy, part RPG, and part real-time 3rd person shooter “BLiTZ” battle system returns to the field. New features include an explosive new class called the Grenadier, numerous offensive/defensive battleship support options, chances for a unit to have a “Last Stand” action before death, and more. Plus, fight the imperial threat with more units on larger-scale maps than ever before.
  • CANVAS Aesthetics – The series’ signature hand-drawn visual style is back and overhauled for the newest generation. Inspired by watercolor compositions, the CANVAS Graphics Engine blends visual elements of reality and imagination to create an expressive world filled with colorful emotions. Watch the journey of Squad E unfold like an interactive painting!
  • The Return of a Legendary Composer – The illustrious Hitoshi Sakimoto, original composer of the Valkyria Chronicles series and countless other emotional epics, returns to provide a sweeping orchestral soundtrack for the game.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Official Concept Art:

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Nintendo Switch – Initial Review

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for three weeks now, given me enough time to truly absorb my thoughts, and my initial view of Nintendo’s latest system. So what is my impression exactly? How has Nintendo’s “savior” been faring at the start of it’s life so far?

The Nintendo Switch in practice, is what I have always wanted from Nintendo. Ever since they had the Gameboy Advance ad on for the Gamecube I had imagined them merging the platforms together. The Wii U somewhat “tried” to do something similar with the gamepad, but it ended up getting in the way of game development, and as a expensive unused aspect of the console. The Switch off the bat seems to be what the Wii U should have been in the first place. Now that is just some of opinion and previous look at Nintendo, now what do I actually think about the Switch?

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The premise of Nintendo’s new device is being able to “Switch” between this home console, and handheld/tablet aspect. Taking the system with you to school, work, the store, lunch, a friends place, wherever. This is not what I’d call a truly new idea, but Nintendo knows how to make good handhelds as proven since the Gameboy. Being able to take it anywhere with me, seeing as if I am not home a decent amount of the time, it makes playing games much easier, I likely wouldn’t be as far as I am in Zelda if not for the handheld aspect. It feels nice to hold my hands wherever I was with it. The store, my office, in class, the restaurant, just everywhere. Of course tabletop mode works great as well, in someones home or out and about and such. I took my switch out to dinner with my friend and to a party to play some fun games, turning the two joycons on their sides to play some Fast RMX or 12 Switch, and some people of course wanted to see Zelda. It just works easily, and playing with the two joycons in hand is quite comfortable. You can lay back on your couch with them, easily in hand, of course they give you a grip to place them into, it plays more like a regular controller in that form, despite having smaller buttons and being vertical, but personally I think it feels fine. Of course as an accessory their is a $70 Pro controller you can purchase, it feels great but I don’t think it’ll be necessary for everyone.

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The systems OS is very simple a bar-bones but it works. The games are in face similar to how the PS4 is set up. You have your basic settings, you can change your theme from eye piercing white, to the black theme that everyone should use. You can as many WiFi signals as you want hooked up to it, which is a big step up compared to the Wii U and 3ds being limited on the matter. The Switch has eShop, which at the moment is very simple and clean but will need to become more organized in the future, as more and more games are released. It also has dedicated news app, for trailers, new game releases, etc. I do like this feature a lot as you can find all your Switch news in one place. Outside of that, it is very limited to what you can do. Of course you can have an account that at the moment lets you have a friends list, buy games, and that’s about it. The key feature here is of course, playing games at home and on the go, and it does the main selling point very well, although the dock they give you, feels very cheap but with the screen protector I bought for my Switch it sits in there nice and tightly.

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Some accessories you should buy are of course a screen protector. I bought a Glass 2-Pack tempered glass screen protector, you can buy this on Amazon for a about $8, and I use their products on my Switch, iPhone, and my iPad. I also bought a HORI game card case for $10 and it holds 24 game cards, so this will come in handy for years to come. Of course I bought the Pro controller as stated earlier and it normally sells for $70 and it’s worth it for some, maybe not for others. Then I bought the Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack, which allows you to take everything with you easily and handily, I do plan on buying a smaller carrying case in the future, but this bag is high quality and if you plan on dragging your Switch around a lot buy this, it goes for about $50 normally. Of course you should also buy at least The Legend of Zelda, my review on that should be coming very soon.

Now I have to be honest I think you should wait till either this summer or this holiday to get this. Unless you are a big Zelda fan, or just a hardcore gamer. I personally think it’s worth it to me since I leave the house a lot, but to the average consumer, I’d wait till games like Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey releases. Stay tuned for all upcoming Switch reviews here at RGN, and at the end of the year we will come back and look at what the Switch has become by then.

Rumor: Next Resident Evil to Support PlayStation Virtual Reality Headset #PSVR #PlayStationVR

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Update: This rumor came true! Capcom announced at E3 2016 that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be Virtual Reality enabled on PlayStation 4 and launches January 28, 2017. The game will be playable with or without VR and a demo is already available on the PlayStation Store.

See video footage below of the demo in action:

With recent hardships quelling and productivity returning at the house of Capcom, gamers are about to get hit with a dose of Biohazard. Umbrella Corps for Windows PC and Sony PlayStation 4, the RE: Outbreak reminiscent multiplayer cousin of the survival horror experience we all know stateside as Resident Evil is releasing mid-June. This release is perhaps tolerated at best, feared by many and unexpected by some. While fans of the modern RE titles and those gamers with an open mind to experimentation will likely find some hours of fun in the title, the question we all want to know is: Where’s Resident Evil 7?

A source asking to remain anonymous once told RGN, “-wait until you see what they’ve been working on, you’ll see they’ve been busy,” in regards to a full entry in the Resident Evil series that can match the elements of what make the series great again in a modern age epic masterpiece which all RE fans feel has potential.

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Image Credit: Sony London – PSVR Worlds 

Imagine seeing first-hand the world of Resident Evil with full immersion.

This source has been valid for many years disseminating information where fit and gave advance notice of the PS4K verified with worldwide leaks that have hit these past weeks. The following information has been provided over a long term span of time and may be subject to change as the project moved forward.

What we can expect from Resident Evil 7’s design aspects, and technical features:

  • Explore, aim, shoot
  • Less of a run and gun, more cinematic
  • Teach players a new format for how to enjoy horror and stealth shooter genres in VR
  • Marriage of Survival Horror and Stealth
  • True to the roots of Resident Evil series
  • Immersion as a first priority, Action still remains but is better balanced
  • PlayStation VR Headset support for virtual reality immersion
  • NEO (aka PS4K) settings support for higher resolutions of gameplay.

Umbrella Corps is set in 2015 after the events of Resident Evil 6 (perhaps the most hated game in the whole series) and provides a competitive multiplayer angle to the series. These side-content online experiences such as Mercenaries from RE4 and RE5 have always been a big hit. RE: Outbreak was respected in its own right as a standalone spin-off that only worked with a modem in the back of your PlayStation 2. The epic struggle for numbered franchise entries has always been to balance the classic survival horror feel with the shooter action pacing introduced in RE4. That isn’t required of Umbrella Corps, but it is of RE7, hence a lot of the anxiety in the Resident Evil fan-base over which development path the game is taking.

In comes PlayStation VR, capable of bringing virtual reality to the 30 million+ PlayStation 4 owners [s] and PlayStation NEO (also known as PS4.5 or PS4K) which was recently leaked after heavy rumors began to circulate as a rendition of PlayStation 4 capable of higher VR and HDTV settings including games at 1080P / 60fps and higher with upscaling to 4KTV sets. Although native graphics of the NEO setting on PS4 games from its release onwards will still be higher than PS4, they will likely not reach 4K on graphic-intensive experiences like Uncharted 4. The great news with that is PS4 games still work on both a NEO and PS4 the same way, the game would just have two different settings. to switch between.

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All of this new technology is right on time to make the biggest difference in the world for some of our stale franchises too scared to change without time left to stay the same and tread water. Resident Evil is certainly one of those franchises. And so it should be as of no surprise that Capcom could be working to get things right with RE7 for the series, what their fans want in a true RE game, and the future of the video games experience.

This rumor comes at a time when titles like Madden VR are being discussed (Shouts Out EA Sports and HipHopGamer Inc., and Ubiquity Inc.) and true adoption of the PSVR seems destined. Capcom is already onboard with VR technology and has experimented with Resident Evil in many genres; Resident Evil: Dead Aim is a little known gem in the series (if you had the GunCon 2 pistol controller with thumbstick) which could be a pre-amble on what these design specs mean for Resident Evil 7. Recently Sony announced there were more pre-orders than expected and had to double production output to meet the newly visible demand for PSVR units.

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Earlier rumors some years ago conflict with this news saying that Microsoft had attempted to approach Capcom with a deal for RE7 similar to the Dead Rising 3 contract agreement. With so much time being passed, and RE7 being a flagship entry in the series – it would appear this never materialized making this rumor all the more likely that RE7 will support PS4K and the PlayStation 4 VR headset whenever it is eventually revealed and heads toward launch. The wait could still be years.

RGN has reached out to Capcom representatives and will update this story when / if this rumor is confirmed or denied.

Mega Ran’s E3 2015 Wrap Up

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I had the pleasure of attending this year’s E3 in Los Angeles for the fourth straight year, and this time, I was determined to make the most of it in ways I never had before.

I’m typically very impatient when it comes to waiting in lines, and I usually never understand the desire to do so, just to play games that will be available to the general public in a few months. But this time, there were a few blockbusters that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. So I decided to do whatever I could to play and see what all the fuss was about this year at E3. I broke them down into categories.

Ran’s Best of E3 (with hands-on time):

#1. Star Wars Battlefront

SWB was awesome. They allowed us to play 6 waves of co-op multiplayer, and in it, you’re a rebel soldier taking on waves of Stormtroopers and Walkers increasing in difficulty. You get to choose a pretty neat loadout in the beginning, including perks like personal shields and jet packs. I found it hard to aim and get headshots going, but I performed decently, making it to wave 5 before meeting my demise. I’m upset that this game isn’t going to have a single player story mode, but local multiplayer was a nice surprise and I can’t wait to get this one in November.

#2. Mad Max

WOW. It’s a combination of every game I’ve loved in the last 10 years: Shadow Of Mordor/Batman Arkham fighting mechanics meets GTA style open worlds and missions meets Twisted Metal car combat. Biggest surprise of the show in my eyes. The plot is independent of the movie but contains enough similarities to bring you right back to the awesome theater experience. I had no idea this game would be this good. Must buy.

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#3. Mighty No. 9

I had a meeting with Nick Yu of Comcept before I played the game, and he was so excited about showing it off. The game is being distributed by Square Enix, who had a HUGE display booth at E3. He couldn’t believe that his game, funded by a mere 4 million dollar budget, was on display on a huge screen, sandwiched between the new Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy titles, which both boast budgets well over 100 million. But onto the game, it’s fun and fast. Plays a little like Mega Man X, but not totally. Reminds me a lot of the Capcom remakes on PSN and Xbox live, like Strider and Bionic Commando. Much more than a Megaman clone, MN9 contains chain combo bonuses, fun dialogue and huge colorful bosses. Looking forward to more playtime in September.

#4. Street Fighter V

I wasn’t hugely into SF4, but I really enjoyed the few rounds I played on SF5. The new moves, combos and slightly slower gameplay was a welcome pace change from the last one. Seems to be a bit more detailed after a close look, but at first glance it looked just like the original. I got whooped pretty quickly, but I have to say I’m a fan of Birdie early on.

#5. Super Mario Maker

Nintendo stays winning. This is the most fun game I played on the show floor. All the characters and graphical styles of EVERY Mario game, fully selectable and customizable. I can see this game lasting for years, people will be creating their own levels and trading them online forever.

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Best Games I Didn’t Play:

#1. Last Guardian/Horizon/Uncharted 4

Sony ran a 3 room extended demo of each of these games and I really enjoyed it. Super excited and it might be just enough to get me to cop a PS4 this year. Particularly impressed with Horizon.

#2. Halo 5

The lines were about 2 hours to play and I didn’t have that much time, so I watched some videos and it looked really cool. Saw a little 24 player multiplayer and that REALLY excited me. Can’t wait to grab that one.

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E3 2015 Winners:

Bethesda – probably had the most packed booth. Fallout 4 plus the amazing Fallout Shelter iOS app.

Square Enix – Kingdom Hearts, scooping up Mighty No 9

Microsoft – Backward Compatibility, Recore, New Gears, Rare Replay, Minecraft Hololens…nice.

Sony – FF7, Shenmue 3, Uncharted, Horizon, and a whole lot more.

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E3 2015 Losers:

Nintendo – no Zelda, StarFox looks pretty much the same…but the puppets were cool.

Playstation Vita – no mention at all. Womp.

EA Sports – Madden looks pretty much the same, and why bother with NBA Live. But FIFA always comes through.

Overall, this might have been my favorite E3 in a while, good combination of great games coming soon, as well as really good stuff in the future to look forward to. Here’s to gaming.

Ran
@megaran

Random AKA Mega Ran Mega Man Legacy Collection E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

 

Tour Dates:

w/special guest brentalfloss
June 20 NYC @ Webster Hall
June 21 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine**
June 21 (NIGHT) Providence, RI @ DV8
June 23 Boston @ TT The Bears Place*
June 24 Syracuse @ Singers**
June 25 Watertown – Flashback Lounge**
June 26-28 Oaks, PA @ Too Many Games Fest*
June 29 Detroit, MI @ Garage Cultural
June 30 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super-Fly Comics
July 1 St Louis, MO – The Demo
July 2 Milwaukee, WI – 42 Lounge
July 3-4 Chicago, IL Anime Midwest
July 5 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry^
Tickets at megaran.com/shows
**with Sammus + DNilsz *with brentalfloss and Sammus + DNilsz ^Ran & K Only

>> Tickets And More Info Info Available At MegaRan.com

iRGN: Pre E3-2015 Podcast Part 2

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Topics Include E3 2015 Rumors & Confirmations, Dishonored 2 Rumor, EA to show a new Battlefield (Rumor), More Fallout 4 Pre-Reveal Discussion, and a lot more coming up in the final show before E3 2015 begins. Thanks in advance for checking it out! Doge over and out…

This Podcast was originally broadcasted on Twitch.TV/realgamernewz.

Check us out for live podcasts on Wednesdays at 6PM EST (our normal schedule) and all through the E3 2015 while we’ll be doing spontaneous shows to supplement the articles you can find on our website. Enjoy!

RGN Podcast – Fallout 4 and Comic Books Talk

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RealGamerNewZ Crew join up with iGeekReviews and Shotgun Seat Productions to drop a new podcast about the official announcement of Fallout 4, which takes place in Boston during a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a worldwide nuclear catastrophe (just how Fallout 3 portrayed in DC and Fallout: New Vegas portrayed for Las Vegas).

This discussion covers all the facts about the game and then veers into some of the nitty gritty details fans have unanswered questions about, and will likely have to wait until E3 2015 next week to find out about. Check back to RealGamerNewZ.com for more info on that when it happens. Other gaming topics such as Paid DLC, Modding, and the newly released Steam Refunds policy and a lot more. You won’t want to miss this episode.

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– Release Date of Fallout 4
– New Trailer
– Gameplay, Engine, Graphics Discussions
– Trailer Analysis
– Main Character Has A Voice?
– Modding Community
– Paid DLC vs MODS
– Will Paid MODS Return to Steam?
– Steam Refunds
– PS4, Xbox ONE, Windows PC
– Comic Books
– Other Gaming Topics

RGN Fallout 4 Videocast Replay:

RealGamerNewz Interviews Hatred Game Dev Studio: Gameplay, Mods, Game Length, & More

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The following Interview has taken place between RealGamerNewz.com Editors Team and the developers at Destructive Creations who have created the controversial game Hatred (Available On Steam) and Rated Adults Only.

RealGamerNewz: Hello Team at Destructive Creations,

RealGamerNewz Question #1. Was it a difficult decision to leave the game mostly unedited and keep the A.O. Rating or did it come naturally?

[Przemysław Szczepaniak, Business Development Manager] There were no difficult decisions. The game from the beginning was meant to be like it is now. You may say it came out naturally. AO rating was given because of the context, and what’s most interesting, Hatred was AO rated before it was even released and examined by ESRB.

RealGamerNewz Question #2. For people who don’t understand what’s this game about?

[P. Sz.] Hatred is an isometric twin-stick shooter where you play a role of a cold-blooded Antagonist who hates the world and wants to eliminate everyone. Hatred is about diving into the mind of someone who hates people unconditionally and without a reason. You will not be given the reason for the main character’s action, you will not be given a story of why he is like that. As a player you will have to figure that on your own.

RealGamerNewz Question #3. What is the vision behind the game-play?

[P. Sz.] It’s is an action shooter with a lot of tactics. Combat is the main focus here, we didn’t plan any amazing storyline, quests for glory, crafting, super powers or anything like that. You will have to think, shoot a lot, hide, run, force your way through enemy fire, and perform some side quests on your way.

RealGamerNewz Question #4. What is the main character’s narrative and / or perspective?

[P. Sz.] He doesn’t have a back story and it will not be explained in the game. Players will have to figure this out on their own. He is just a nameless, cold-blooded psychopath motivated by hatred towards the humanity.

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RealGamerNewz: Question #5. Were there any games that you’ve been inspired by and what was it about them which influenced Hatred?

[P. Sz.] The main inspiration was Postal 1, but the idea behind our game was to make something darker, more serious, and with a better technical background.

RealGamerNewz: Question #6. When can Hatred be played on Steam (Release Date)?

[P. Sz.] We announced the date already, it’s June 1st, 2015. It will be available on Steam, Desura and probably a few other platforms.

RealGamerNewz Question #7. Is there any chance at a release on GOG.com through the new GOG Galaxy?

[P. Sz.] Can’t really tell, we don’t have any decision about that yet.

RealGamerNewz Question # 8. Are there any other places the game will be available upon release date?

[P. Sz.] As I answered above, there might be, but we won’t reveal that yet.

RealGamerNewz Question #9. How many levels will there be?

[P. Sz.] 7 free-roam open levels with some side quests.

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RealGamerNewz Question # 10. Is there going to be any kind of Steam Workshop Mod Support or other Level Editors, etc.?

[P. Sz.] Yes, we plan support for modders a bit after release. We will announce that when we are ready.

RealGamerNewz: Thanks so much for your time and have a great week!

[P. Sz.] Thanks a lot too, have a great one! Greetings to all our fans and supporters!

iRGN Podcast – E3 2015 Predictions

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The following podcast featuring Alos Tucker, J. T. Melanson, Tristan Werbe, and the crew over at iGeekReviews.com covers a ton of E3 2015 discussions and predictions including the possibility of a new Fallout game, PlayStation Morpheus, Microsoft Hololens, and whether or not they will show up in the conferences, New IPs, RARE, Naughty Dog, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Fatal Frame, Final Fantasy XV, FF7 HD Re-Release, Starfox / Metroid current development progress, Minecraft, Telltale Games, Scalebound, Black Ops 3, Phantom Dust, and many other titles wer also discussed. Take a listen and check out what we had to say and stay tuned to RGN this summer for all of the gaming explosiveness.

iRGN Podcast – Physical vs Digital Distribution

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In the following podcast iGeekReviews.com and RealGamerNewz discuss buying games on dvd / blu-ray discs versus buying them online through services like Steam, GOG, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network. The ups and downs of DLC, free updates, bugs, and glitches are discussed with talks about the different types of games that are good and bad in the free to play genre as well.

This Podcast was originally broadcasted on Twitch.TV/realgamernewz.

Check us out for live podcasts on Wednesdays at 6PM EST.

Best Female Video Game Characters Of All Time

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Something about the female form has always fascinated artists, but more than just their looks the characters I’ve chosen for this list have moving personalities with diverse and deep identities which are deep rooted in their rich oceans of personal experience.

This is a list of the all time best female characters in video game history. For the images, I used Cosplay rather than actual official images of the character from in-game. This was due to the character never getting their proper justice and their image being stuck back in time. For a better idea of who each character is and what they mean to my heart as a gamer, read the description under each image. I expect many people to say that I’ve left some out, but that’s probably because I have decided to forego the usual picks in favor of more meaningful choices.

These are well defined characters that have impact on the player rather than drawing from the player to define them. These women could stand alone for themselves without need for much speculation on their personality. That’s part of why these are the best of the best. Please feel free to comment your personal favorites and let me know who you think I missed though of course! I would love to see if there’s one I forgot  and also cherish among your personal faves. Below each picture is a link to the Cosplay Artist, the name of the character, and a description about my personal thoughts on that character, what video games they are from, and a slice of history from their life for those who don’t know them.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Weirdtakoyaki // Photographer: Jack Liu]

TERRA – Revolutionary, Spiritual, Hybrid Being

Terra Branford is part human being and part esper. In Final Fantasy VI, this means she is a part mystic being capable of magical powers beyond most human’s control. Her powers are used against her though will as she becomes a slave to the Empire run by Emperor Gestahl and Kefka. She was born of a loving couple from human and esper, but was stolen away at birth by the Empire amidst a war over power.

Mankind lost all technology and magic, but Terra’s struggle was only beginning. As the world was plunged into the abyss of starting from scratch again, eventually a new Industrial Age was born again under the very same Empire that was responsible for society’s collapse in the first place. Controlling forces took spirit beings and forcefully, brutally massacred them turning them into weaponized magic stones that gave the user any power possessed by those beings before they died – and in fact concentrated in an even more powerful form.

Terra reluctantly leads an entire army of heroes to the brink of the end of the world in an attempt to save it, but despite best efforts darkness falls upon mankind once again. After a major catastrophe, Terra must face a new world and fight for what is right once again. What I like most about Terra is that she is a very deep thinker.

One thing about this woman is that things don’t come easy for her. She often doubts herself and feels that she is not up to the task of leading The Returners against the Empire. She is horrified at the evil acts she has done when under the slave crown’s influence, burning men alive particularly. She struggles to come to grips with her newfound power as a Magic wielder and often feels weak and powerless against the immense odds she faces. As her transformation to Esper erratically rages on against her will, she begins to find strength in the friendships she holds and attempts to provide a greater hope for them all as she realizes they rely on her as a matriarch to their makeshift family of outcasts.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Vicky Redfield]

CLAIRE Redfield – Deadly, Intelligent, Persistent

Claire Redfield can shoot the head off a zombie from across a crowded field without hitting a single bystander. She can also get to the bottom of any dark mystery she ends up a part of, albeit not without frustration and scraping the barrel for clues. Claire has always been a long time favorite for video game fans who have anything to do with the Resident Evil series. Her first appearance was in RE 2 and she’s basically the and I think we’re all going to be getting to see a lot more of her lately thanks to RE: Revelations 2 hitting and the REmakes (we are hoping for a part 2 and 3 to happen, so go out and support the Remastered version of part 1 for Capcom!) 🙂

Claire refers to her work as her “boyfriend” because that’s just the kind of up-beat, zombie murdering, politician exposing badass she really is. Her heart is a powerful beacon of positivity in a world full of blood, sin, and corruption. It’s dangerous enough dealing with zombies, but Claire comes face to face with the most highly kept secret mutations ever brought into vile existence by the Umbrella corporation and their fiendish partners.

G-Virus monsters in Resident Evil: Degeneration the Animated Film as well as Resident Evil 3 would have completely destroyed our best detective in the Resident Evil world if it wasn’t for her extreme ability to suppress her emotions and get the job done. Claire is who you want by your side (or controller) in a RE game and to tell the truth the RE games without her in it just aren’t the same!

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Nemu013]

KITANA – Mysterious, Murderous

Kitana (MK series) One of the first female video game characters of the 16 bit era, Kitana is accompanied in the MK series by a long line of powerful and well storied women including Sindel, Mileena, Jade, and more. full name – video games shes in – history of her life – what i think about her : Kitana always had this aura about her like she was mysterious and deadly, a veteran of ninja assassin murdering, and yet a delicate rational human being still existed somewhere between the ruthless rage. You could tell beneath it all, Kitana was still aware of her spiritual side, that plus her prominence as a deadly killer in such an intense action game makes her one of the ultimate females in video game character history.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: DarkTifaStrife]

TIFA Lockhart – Pure, Strong

Tifa Lockhart first appeared in Final Fantasy VII but also stars in Advent Children, Dissidia, Itadaki Street, Kingdom Hearts II, and is available as DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. Her life is almost as much of a blur as that of her childhood friend Cloud Strife’s. In her hometown Nibelheim, which was later burned to the ground, she suffered a lot of pain and suffering at the hands of Sephiroth and the ShinRa corporation. No matter what she went through though Tifa stayed the same person. Her strength allowed her to resist the hate within her and instead continue a path of righteousness while battling for the good of the planet with the insurgency group AVALANCHE.

Originally designed as a cheerful character, her depth and sorrow was emboldened as Tifa came closer to her goal of stopping the madness that had infected her life since the start. War and power struggles had ravaged everything she ever knew and taken many people away from her. She found a way to keep a smile on everyone’s face and though there was some resentment harbored inside for those who had done this to her, the spirit of her intentions never broke and neither did her focus.

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[Cosplay Artist: Unknown (please help us give credit) // Discovered on GiantBomb]

CATE Archer – Clever, Adventurous

From No One Lives Forever 1 and 2, Cate Archer is one of my favorite playable characters in history. PC Gamers will remember that during the time of her fame the shooter genre was at its peak with excellent storytelling and gameplay fusing together for top quality experiences. Frustrated with being underappreciated Cate found excitement when she became wrapped up in the 60’s spy adventure of a lifetime.

Although Scottish in origin, her refined British-sounding accent made the wit of her dripping sarcasm melt in your ear lobe, but this woman was also very deadly. I can’t count how many clips of ammunition of exhausted as Cate Archer, but every so often I remember the days when PC games still ran on CD-ROM and NOLF 2 was in my stack of favorites. Cate Archer always treated danger as a drug that made her feel alive, and part of her greatest strength was her complete arrogance and confidence in herself which can easily be related to while gunning down terrorists by the dozen.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Pamelacolnaghi]

CATHERINE – Tempting, Devious

Catherine from the video game by the same name is one succubus that was easy to fall in love with. Even though she is pure evil there’s something ethereal and affectionate about her that can’t be resisted. Maybe it’s the escapist nature of her companionship offer to brisk you away from your physical existence and cut through all the difficult parts of life to simply spend time with a delicious demon that absorbs you into her fiery, burning passion. She has brought many men down the path of self-destruction, and I can see why. It’s not because of her looks, or her cutesy voice, but instead the attitude she puts forth and the fun-loving nature she exhibits. It’s a shame that she’s just delivering a rouse for her own selfish plots. Beware if you cross paths with Catherine, it may be your undoing.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Jessica Nigri // Photographer: Martin Wong]

RIKKU – Kind, Teacher, Savior

Final Fantasy X’s Rikku of the Al Bhed – She spoke a foreign language, she was nice to you, she came from the heart at all times, and had a clear purpose to her actions. Rikku was such a well defined character she belonged in a Hollywood film and she’s one of the characters who helped bring realism to the gaming world. What’s not to love? Rikku always has your back, she’s always a friend to the people around her. She stands up for peace, what’s right, and the survival of others. Often times I felt that the crew she ran with would have been better off if they’d listened to Rikku more often.

Her mastery of technology is undeniable, and choosing to always use this power for good was an inspiring and impressive attitude to have even in the face of uncertainty. Probably one of her less noticeable features is that Rikku is an excellent judge of character. She knew to question the authority of the Maester Seymour Guado before anyone else, and she knew that Tidus although naive and foolish was a good person who could be trusted immediately upon sight. As time goes on she shares her insights openly and gives the knowledge of Al Bhed technology away to her allies as they earn from her one piece at a time. She’s saved the lives of her friends more than once and doesn’t keep track, it’s just what she does. Rikku is a hero and highly underrated female character in gaming.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: CyberLight Cosplay AKA Light]

LIGHTNING – Fiery, Exacting, Efficient, Relentless

At first I didn’t like her because of her cold off-putting attitude against everyone else, but over time the things she was afraid of started happening. Events beyond her control put those she love in direct dangers spawning evil that took 3 games to quell completely. Lightning is stable, consistently angry, and she is viscous. She doesn’t care anymore about the pretense of feelings and simple is after achieving the mission. In a lot of ways, this is the ultimate Final Fantasy warrior archetype we’ve seen before with characters such as Cloud or Cecil.

Lightning does things with a bit more grace and a bit more anger, adding even more edge to this strong list of leading ladies. No matter what, she never gave up. Her mindset was to see through any fairy tale versions of reality and get to the bottom of issues which she would then deal with swiftly. If only everyone else around her had listened to her concerns the first time around, things wouldn’t have gone the way they did for her sister. It’s almost a tragedy how misunderstood Lightning is, even I didn’t get her at first. Now it is clear to see Lightning is an absolutely intelligent and powerful woman who knows what she’s talking about and simply has no time for subtleties.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Heidi AKA Cosplay Kitten]

CELES Chere – Independent, Fearless, Conflicted

Wait a minute, I almost forgot Celes !!

Once a General of the most powerful army in the world, Celes is wrongly named as a spy and given a prompt fall from grace as the ease of her life in power is stripped by the Empire she spent her whole life serving. This gives enough motivation for her to join The Returners in their quest against the evil actions of the Empire, but it doesn’t cause her to abandon her own thoughts on self-preservation and self-realization. She isn’t shocked by her ability to use magic in the way Terra Branford was, and instead is very comfortable with her abilities as a Knight of mysterious power. After all, she was born powerful, not suddenly gaining her abilities overnight. She’s a high class warrior who struggles to find her place in the world after being ejected from the throne.

Her decision making process is all internal, she’s not easily won over by the logic of others but instead is very capable of examining a situation herself and making judgement calls on her own. I admire the way in which she faces life without shedding a tear very often or worrying much at all. Of course, she’s only human, and conflicted emotions are the plague of those who can see multiple points of view. There are times when she needs to walk away and get deep reflection.

Being somewhat old fashioned in her approach, Celes doesn’t always understand the delicate and careful plotting / planning of her rebel partners The Returners. Favoring a direct military path she finds herself most at home when flat out war is at hand. You can take the girl out of the Empire but you can’t take the Empire out of the girl I guess.

Celes is a fascinating Final Fantasy character. Even more so than Terra. But Terra is just so iconic. Esper hybrid, so badass and such a deep thinker that she’s also often lost off in her own little world. I can so relate to them both, well not to the flaking out part but I’m definitely an Esper Hybrid! Probably.

One more of Terra below for good measure:

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[Image Credit: Final Fantasy VI Fan Art // By Unknown, Found HERE]

What does everyone else think about this?

There’s more amazing female characters in the world of video games, these are some of my own favorites and rather than picking up the obvious ones made famous by popularity, I decided to go with those who made an impact on me personally throughout my time in games. If you have personal picks that are from lesser known games that you guys think I may have missed out on, let me know, who do you think are the best female video game characters of all time?

Editor’s Note: This piece is an Opinion Article and may / may not represent the views of RGN Staff or Audience. Feel free to disagree and / or comment below.

iRGN #11: Repeats & Remakes – When Should Devs Just Leave A Franchise Alone?

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On the iRGN Podcast #11 we are joined by our buddies at iGeekReviews.com and the topics include a Paid Mods Round Table Discussion about them being put on and then pulled off Steam, Konami’s Trouble and what it could mean long-term, as well as the culture of repeat franchises putting out the same stuff over and over again or remake franchises and when to leave it alone? When is enough, enough?