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AT's Top 10 Video Game Chicks
5. Elexis Sinclaire - SiN Episodes: Emergence
Here's an interesting profile of one very attractive vixen. Although she initially appeared in Ritual Entertainment's shooter SiN (1998), her more refined look in SiN: Episodes: Emergence , definitely made a lasting impression on most of the AT staff. Elexis' curvy physique - yet another courtesy of Valve's Source engine -- easily squeezed her into fifth place. Oh and in case you didn't know, Elexis is a leading biochemist and CEO of the SiNtek corporation. She's a femme fatale to say the least, and she generally caused all sorts of trouble for SiN: Episodes' lead character Colonel John Blade, who's mostly obsessed with bringing her to justice. Regardless, of her truly evil streak, most men will go weak at the knees when beholding Elexis. You don't believe me? Check this out.
(Also, who would forget the famous bathtub screenshot, right? - Ed)
4. Farah - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
When Ubisoft revived the good old Prince of Persia character with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a new hot icon was born - a nimble young lady, named Farah. This extremely attractive female specimen is the Maharajah's daughter and frequently aids the Prince in his death-defying journeys. Whenever he's stuck some place, Farah is usually there to provide a solution. Farah also managed to fit triumphantly into fourth place, regardless of the stiff competition (if you'll pardon the expression). She's one of the rare characters actually worthy to be among great names like Lara Croft. Thanks to the efforts of the animation team at Ubi and the help of people like John Mechner (the creator of the original PoP game), characters like Farah move and act convincingly. Many animators in the industry should follow this example. Luckily, the quality of animation was preserved both in PoP: Warrior Within and PoP: The Two Thrones.
3. Rachel - Ninja Gaiden
Seductive and lethal, Rachel is a particularly fine sample of game babeness. Those who played Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Sigma should know what we mean. Rachel is a sexy huntress with blood that gives her abnormal strength and she's also able to sense the presence of so-called Fiends, which she frequently dispatches with her powerful demon-slaying warhammer, a very serious-looking whip and blades. In Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Rachel becomes a playable character and this time she looks better than ever. Well, after carefully "studying" the character, it would seem that she's more than qualified to position herself amongst the most attractive female game characters. Taking one close look at her would make a dead man dance with joy - chalk it up to the sexy outfits and amazing cleavage. Another great job by the gents and ladies at Tecmo.
2. Ada Wong - Resident Evil Series
You wouldn't want to mess with Ada Wong. This mysterious American female (of Chinese descent) made her initial appearance in Capcom's title, Resident Evil 2, where she assisted the male protagonist, Leon Kennedy. In the second installment of the popular horror-themed series, Ada was a playable character. In Resident Evil 4, which takes place six years after RE 2, Ada returns, but in the end her seductiveness and deception proved to be too much for Leon. Throughout the game she presented herself as an ally, while hiding her true objective, which was to retrieve a sample of the Las Plagas parasite. Ada is a wicked, foxy chick and what's even cooler, she knows how to kick ass. Yes, kicking ass in what's probably one of the sexiest dresses I've ever seen (we offer proof) is certainly one of the main prerequisites for being second on our list. Those who are familiar with her arrogant nature and combat skills know it's often best to just stay out of her way. Still, she's a temptress you absolutely cannot say "no" to.
1. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
All things considered, we seriously tried to avoid putting Lara Croft in the top of the list, but it was no use. The odds were definitely in her favor and most of us here at the AT office agree (I don't. - 2Lions) that, when it comes to pure bloody hotness, Lara Croft still hasn't met her match. When Eidos and Core Design made the first Tomb Raider title, they probably never expected Lara to evolve into such a massively worshipped game character. Mind you, it's obvious that the main inspiration for Lara's creation came from daring characters like Indiana Jones. Born on Feb.14th, 1968, in Wimbledon, London, Lara Croft is the daughter of Lord Richard Croft and Amelia Croft. She's the 11th Countess of the Croft Estates, which include three separate manor houses. Brought up in the snug world of aristocracy, wealth and privilege, Lara was able to get private tutoring. Later, she became a renowned archaeologist with an admirable taste for adventure. Wielding dual pistols is without a doubt her best asset (yeah, yeah, pistols, right - 2Lions), when she's out exploring ancient tombs and hunting for hidden treasures. We've all been with her, as she passed through many dangers. Whether she's shimming across cliff edges or kicking the living daylights out of some poor monster, Lara has always maintained her poise and gracefulness. To watch her climb, swing and jump through some of the most deadly locations on Earth, is never a dreary experience. Plus, her boobs look better with each game, and after Crystal Dynamics' TR: Legend and TR: Anniversary, we have high hopes for Lara's future adventures.
Speaking of Lara's boobs (our favorite subject), it should be noted that at one point in the heroine's rich history, the character received a new look. Supposedly, the idea was to adjust her appearance and to make her character generally more "reserved," in order to appeal more to female gamers. Subsequently, her breasts were to get a size reduction. "Lara's been on a diet and she's definitely gone down a cup size, but she's still quite well proportioned," said Toby Gard, the original creator of the Lara character, who also worked on its revised versions in TR: Legends and TR: Anniversary. The overall toning down of Lara's model subsequently involved her calf muscles and some other subtle touches to her physique.
Well kids, we're about to wrap things up, but before we do, we'd like you to know that these lovely ladies were also considered, but never actually made it into the list:
- Cybil Bennett (Silent Hill)
- Mona Sax (Max Payne)
- Tala (Darkwatch)
- Samus Aran (Metroid)
- Buffy (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
- Joanna Dark (Perfect Dark)
- Bastila Shan (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
- Jessica McCarney (Dead Rising)
Now, we know there are still plenty of hotties out there we haven't mentioned and if you think they should be in the list, feel free to name them in our comments section. (And then we'll make up a new list, because this is fun. - Ed)
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