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Hottest Video Game Chicks – Reader's Choice
Selecting 10 hottest video game chicks was an enjoyable task and it required the resourcefulness and attentiveness of the whole AT staff. It was also a great challenge, but eventually the choice was narrowed down to 10 of the most appealing female characters. We were still curious, however, as to what you guys think and that's why we offered you a chance to make your own choice in this matter.
We were also a bit surprised when the results from our recent voting poll came in.
Out of the 7,486 people that took part in the poll, 789 think Rayne (the heroine from the BloodRayne video game series) is the coolest and most attractive female game character, which puts her in third place. The second place belongs to none other than Bastila Shan, well-known Jedi babe from Knights of the Old Republic, with 792 votes cast in her favor. The overall winner (by a big margin), is the undying character of Lara Croft, with 1437 keen supporters.
To find out the complete results of the voting poll, head over this way.
So, it's time to wrap this up, as we pay homage to three lovely ladies, as chosen by you, fellow readers of AT.
1. Lara Croft
Okay, we all know Lara's history and I assume most of you are well-acquainted with the long-running Tomb Raider video game series. However, there are some interesting facts tied to this character, which some of you may not be aware of. Before Lara's inception, Core Design had to come up with a cool lead role for their game and various ideas were thrown around. The aim was to make a "real-time cinematic game" and to appeal to the modern-day gamer. Many possible versions were considered in the early conceptual stages of TR. Designer Toby Gard ultimately fashioned two separate characters; one male, the other female. Supposedly, the game's story elements didn't exactly go along with the idea of having two central characters, so one of them had to be ditched - the chap, naturally. Believe it or not, the newly created heroine met with some resistance from the marketing department, which at the time believed female characters never sell well (boy, were they wrong). The game series sold millions of copies and eventually lead to the creation of two highly successful movie adaptations. Ironically, when preparing for the release of Tomb Raider II (the video game), the marketing team unsurprisingly decided to push Lara's sex appeal to boost sales, which didn't quite please Toby Gard. With less creative control over the game, Toby left Core Design, only to return many years later to work with Crystal Dynamics on both TR: Legend and TR: Anniversary.
Although some might disagree, Lara is still one of the sexiest video game heroines ever created. From that standpoint, we feel that our readers made the right choice.
And to think she was supposed to be a guy...
2. Bastila Shan
Many things changed after BioWare's release of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Amongst all the cool innovations that came with this successful Xbox/PC title, players were introduced to Bastila Shan. As many Jedi of the ancient order, Bastila Shan's Force abilities were discovered when she was very young. Her increased knowledge of the Force and intense training at the academy made her a formidable Jedi and a highly respected member of the order. Usually brash and impulsive, she proved to be an ideal target for Sith Lord Darth Malak. He knew that one of Bastila's greatest gifts included the art of Jedi Battle Meditation - with it, she can influence the course of massive battles.
In KotOR, Bastila's character was voiced by Jennifer Hale (apparently, there's a striking resemblance between the two). Jennifer's voicing talents can be heard in many existing games and in a variety of upcoming titles such as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and so on.
And, what's cool about this babe? Not only is she hot, but she also wields a double-bladed lightsaber. This foxy Jedi is, no doubt, a fine addition to the huge databank of characters in the Star Wars universe. It's obvious why many of you picked her as the hottest chick on the gaming scene.
There is something about light saber-wielding babes...
3. Rayne - a.k.a. BloodRayne
In addition to having a killer body, BloodRayne is recognized for her ruthless and aggressive nature. She was born after her mother was raped by her vampire father (which would account for her aggressive nature, I guess). Rayne treats some of her enemies (chiefly Nazis and vampires) brutally and without mercy. Sometimes she wraps her legs around them and sinks her teeth into their necks to feast on their blood. You know actually, that's not a bad way to go… Anyhow, she is also known for using some of the goriest attacks and fatality moves (I believe 12 fatalities were available in BloodRayne 2). As I recall, blood-filled dismemberments were the most common. Oh and you know what, aside from cleaving and beheading foes, she managed to build quite a reputation thanks to her good looks. Being the very first video game character to appear in Playboy Magazine (issue October 2004 - U.S. edition), the half-vampire vixen also took center role in Uwe Boll's, widely criticized, movies BloodRayne and BloodRayne II: Deliverance. The first movie was a complete mess, even during production. It was said that actors Michael Madsen and Will Sanderson both drank throughout filming to stave off boredom. (That's what they *always* say at their AA meetings. - 2Lions) Fortunately for our bloodthirsty heroine, neither one of these flicks spoiled her image in the eyes of fans.
Her hotness and agility are her greatest assets. She also has style. In BloodRayne 2 she wore a variety of delicious costumes, but I believe the highly revealing, black and red leather corset from the original game, is her best and most popular outfit (it also gave you a good chance to admire the tightly-packed cleavage… which is important). Either way, she's a sizzling hottie, clearly favored by a majority of our readers.
She's sexy and she sucks blood too.
And the Runners Up Are
The results of our voting poll put the remaining choice of video game hotties in the following order:
- Alyx Vance (Half-Life 2)
- Mona Sax (Max Payne)
- Samus Aran (Metroid)
- Ada Wong (Resident Evil Series)
- Elexis Sinclaire (SiN Episodes: Emergence)
- Farah (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)
- Tina Armstrong (Dead or Alive Series)
- Catherine Ann Archer (No One Lives Forever)
- Buffy (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
- Joanna Dark (Perfect Dark)
- Nariko (Heavenly Sword)
- Rachel (Ninja Gaiden)
- Jessica McCarney (Dead Rising)
- Cybil Bennett (Silent Hill)
- Tala (Darkwatch)
So, with your help, we finally bring our "extensive research" on pure video game babe hotness to a successful conclusion. We hope you enjoyed the ride as much as we did.
(Vader told me and I quote: "David Hasselhoff's hypnotizing gaze takes me to places no straight guy should go." I just thought I should let you guys know. - 2Lions)
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