Female Game Protagonists

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This list makes no value judgments about the contents of these games, it is merely intended as a tool to help you find games which feature a female protagonist. After all, there are people of both genders who are either completely comfortable with sexual(ized) content or those who aren't and that's both okay. Therefore further research on your part may be required.

Also please note that this list is currently mostly restricted to games available through Steam and as such is by absolutely no means a complete or even a representative list. Given that I have not personally played through all of them personally, there is also the possibility that I was misinformed about some of them.


Female Protagonists
Female Protagonists
A female character is the only or primary player character.

PC


1993
  1. Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate (GOG)
1994
  1. Freddi Fish: The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
1995
  1. Phantasmagoria (GOG)
1996
  1. Freddi Fish 2: The Case of The Haunted Schoolhouse
  2. Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness
  3. Tomb Raider (GOG)
1997
  1. Tomb Raider II starring Lara Croft (GOG)
1998
  1. Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
  2. Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (GOG)
1999
  1. Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
  2. Septerra Core
  3. Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation (GOG)
  4. Urban Chaos
2000
  1. The Longest Journey (GOG)
  2. Tomb Raider V: Chronicles (GOG)
2001
  1. Freddi Fish 5: The Creature of Coral Cove
2002
  1. Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
  2. Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand
  3. Syberia (GOG)
2003
  1. Beyond Good & Evil (GOG)
  2. BloodRayne (GOG)
  3. Journey to the Center of the Earth (GOG)
  4. Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island
  5. Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel
  6. Tomb Raider VI: The Angel of Darkness (GOG)
2004
  1. The Egyptian Prophecy: The Fate of Ramses
  2. Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor (GOG)
  3. Return to Mysterious Island
  4. Syberia II (GOG)
2005
  1. BloodRayne 2 (GOG)
  2. Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
  3. Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
  4. Still Life (GOG)
2006
  1. The Blackwell Legacy
  2. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (GOG)
  3. Nancy Drew: Danger by Design
  4. Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave
  5. Secret Files Tunguska
  6. Tomb Raider: Legend
2007
  1. Aquaria
  2. Blackwell Unbound
  3. Culpa Innata
  4. Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
  5. eXperience 112
  6. Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
  7. Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek
  8. Portal
  9. Tomb Raider: Anniversary
2008
  1. Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
  2. Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual
  3. Heileen 1: Sail Away
  4. Insecticide
  5. Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!
  6. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
  7. Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice
  8. Tomb Raider: Underworld
  9. A Vampyre Story
2009
  1. Blackwell Convergence
  2. Dreamkiller
  3. Emerald City Confidential
  4. The Graveyard
  5. Heileen 2: The Hands of Fate
  6. Jane Angel: Templar Mystery
  7. King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  8. Lucidity
  9. Mata Hari
  10. Mirror's Edge
  11. Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger!
  12. Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships
  13. Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy
  14. The Path
  15. Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate
  16. Science Girls
  17. Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis
  18. Still Life 2 (GOG)
  19. Twin Sector
  20. Velvet Assassin
  21. Venetica
  22. X-Blades
2010
  1. Alice in Wonderland
  2. Blade Kitten
  3. Broken Sword: Director's Cut
  4. Dreamscape
  5. Empress of the Deep
  6. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  7. Hotel Collectors Edition
  8. Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED
  9. Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge
  10. Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister
  11. NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
  12. The Otherside: Realm of Eons
  13. Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
  14. Saira
  15. Winter Voices
2011
  1. Alice: Madness Returns 
  2. Blackwell Deception
  3. CAFE 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~
  4. Cargo! The Quest for Gravity
  5. Defy Gravity Extended
  6. Dungeons - The Dark Lord
  7. Elizabeth Find M.D - Diagnosis Mystery - Season 2
  8. Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
  9. Gundemonium Recollection
  10. GundeadliGne
  11. Hitogata Happa
  12. Hydrophobia: Prophecy
  13. Legend of Fae
  14. Lucky Rabbit Reflex!
  15. Portal 2
  16. Sanctum
  17. Space Channel 5: Part 2
  18. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  19. Vagrant Hearts
  20. X-note
2012
  1. Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
  2. Blades of Time
  3. Disney's Brave: The Video Game
  4. The Cat Lady (GOG)
  5. Cinders
  6. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club
  7. The Curse of the Werewolves
  8. Dark Arcana: The Carnival
  9. Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
  10. Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
  11. eXceed 2nd - Vampire REX
  12. Fairy Bloom Freesia
  13. Fortune Summoners
  14. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (GOG)
  15. Haunted
  16. Heileen 3: New Horizons
  17. Long Live The Queen
  18. Magical Diary
  19. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
  20. Offspring Fling!
  21. Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light
  22. Secret Files 3
  23. They Bleed Pixels
2013
  1. 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek
  2. 99 Spirits
  3. Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
  4. Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can
  5. Bleed
  6. Blood of the Werewolf
  7. Blue Rose
  8. Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils
  9. Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
  10. Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller (GOG)
  11. Contrast
  12. Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
  13. Edna & Harvey: The Breakout
  14. Eldritch (Female by default)
  15. Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood
  16. Eryi's Action
  17. Finding Teddy
  18. Gone Home (GOG)
  19. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord (GOG)
  20. Ittle Dew (GOG)
  21. Lilly Looking Through (GOG)
  22. Memoria
  23. Ms. Splosion Man
  24. Nicole (otome version)
  25. Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call
  26. Remember Me
  27. Resident Evil: Revelations (Jill Valentine as primary protagonist)
  28. Secret Files: Sam Peters
  29. Shelter
  30. Slender: The Arrival
  31. Super House of Dead Ninjas
  32. Time Mysteries: The Final Enigma
  33. Tomb Raider (2013)
  34. Violett
2014
  1. A City Sleeps
  2. Abyss Odyssey
  3. Akane the Kunoichi
  4. Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends
  5. Alien Isolation
  6. Amazing Princess Sarah
  7. AR-K
  8. Assassin's Creed Liberation HD
  9. Backstage Pass
  10. Bedlam
  11. The Beast of Lycan Isle - Collector's Edition
  12. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two (Requires BioShock Infinite)
  13. The Blackwell Epiphany
  14. Black Viper: Sophia's Fate
  15. BloodRayne Betrayal
  16. Braveland Wizard
  17. Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle
  18. Child of Light
  19. Claire
  20. Cloudbuilt
  21. Crypt of the NecroDancer
  22. Crystals of Time
  23. Cypress Inheritance: The Beginning
  24. Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond
  25. Dex
  26. Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell's Adventure
  27. Dollhouse: Room 1313
  28. Dracula 4 and 5 (GOG)
  29. DreadOut
  30. Dreamfall Chapters
  31. Enola
  32. Fault Milestone One
  33. Final Dusk
  34. Freedom Planet
  35. Gray Matter (GOG)
  36. Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
  37. Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan
  38. Gun Wings
  39. Hatoful Boyfriend
  40. Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
  41. how do you Do It?
  42. Journal
  43. J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars
  44. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  45. Leona's Tricky Adventures
  46. Lili: Child of Geos
  47. Loren: The Amazon Princess (Gender optional, story centered on female character)
  48. The Marvellous Miss Take
  49. May's Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville
  50. Melissa K. and the Heart of Gold - Collector's Edition
  51. Melody's Escape
  52. Millie
  53. Mirror Mysteries
  54. Mirror Mysteries 2
  55. Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae
  56. Momodora III
  57. Munin
  58. The Musketeers: Victoria's Quest
  59. Myths of Orion: Light from the North
  60. Nameless ~The One Thing You Must Recall ~
  61. Nearwood - Collector's Edition
  62. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
  63. Ninja Pizza Girl
  64. Pac-Man Museum - Ms. Pac-Man DLC (Requires Pac-Man Museum)
  65. The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville
  66. Princess Isabella
  67. Princess Isabella: Return of the Curse
  68. Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir
  69. Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt
  70. Rock Zombie
  71. Ronin
  72. Shan Gui
  73. Shannon Tweed's Attack of the Groupies
  74. Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
  75. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
  76. Sharpe Investigations: Death on the Seine
  77. Skyborn
  78. Suguri
  79. Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered
  80. Transistor
  81. Ultionus: A Tale of Petty Revenge
  82. UmiharaKawase
  83. Whispering Willows
  84. Wings of Vi
2015
  1. 404Sight
  2. Aerannis
  3. Anna's Quest
  4. AR-K: The Great Escape
  5. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
  6. BANZAI PECAN: The Last Hope For the Young Century
  7. Bedlam
  8. Belladonna
  9. Beyond Eyes
  10. Black Closet
  11. Black Home
  12. Brilliant Shadows - Part One of the Book of Gray Magic
  13. Camera Obscura
  14. Cibele
  15. Cinderella Escape!
  16. Cosplay Maker
  17. Dark Storm VR Missions
  18. Darkness Assault
  19. Dracula's Legacy
  20. Dragon Fin Soup
  21. Dreaming Sarah
  22. dUpLicity ~Beyond the Lies~
  23. Eaten Alive
  24. Ferrum's Secrets: Where Is Grandpa?
  25. Fran Bow
  26. FreezeME
  27. Giana Sisters 2D
  28. Glass Wing
  29. Grave Prosperity: Redux - part 1
  30. Gravity Ghost
  31. Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure
  32. Her Story
  33. Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora
  34. Hypnosis
  35. Invisible Apartment
  36. Jotun
  37. Kagura Douchuuki
  38. The Lady
  39. Last Days of Spring
  40. The Last NightMary - A Lenda do Cabeça de Cuia
  41. The Legend of Dark Witch
  42. Lemma
  43. Life Is Strange
  44. Lightning Returns - Final Fantasy XIII
  45. Lilly and Sasha: Curse of the Immortals
  46. Lilly and Sasha: Guardian Angels
  47. Lilly and Sasha: Nexus of Souls
  48. MechaNika
  49. Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down!
  50. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
  51. Mushihimesama
  52. Neon Construct
  53. New Kind of Adventure
  54. Night Mysteries: The Amphora Prisoner
  55. The Park
  56. The Perils of Man
  57. Pink Heaven
  58. Pregnancy
  59. Princess Kaguya: Legend of the Moon Warrior
  60. Pulse
  61. Republique Remastered
  62. Resident Evil Revelations 2 / Biohazard Revelations 2
  63. The Ritual on Weylyn Island
  64. Sakura Fantasy Chapter 1
  65. Save Your Mother
  66. Sayonara UmiharaKawase
  67. Seduce Me the Otome
  68. Shadows on the Vatican Act II: Wrath
  69. Shelter 2
  70. Silver Creek Falls: Chapter 1
  71. Silver Creek Falls: Chapter 2
  72. Sound of Drop - fall into poison-
  73. Spooky Cats
  74. Submerged
  75. Sunset
  76. Super Trench Attack 2
  77. Sword Daughter
  78. Sylvio
  79. The Madness of Little Emma
  80. The Sword of Asumi
  81. Taimumari
  82. Toren
  83. Traverser
  84. Turnover
  85. UBERMOSH
  86. Vagrant Hearts
  87. Velocity 2X
  88. Vicky Saves the Big Dumb World
  89. Void And Meddler
  90. Wicked Witches
  91. Without Within
  92. Woolfe - The Red Hood Diaries
  93. Written in the Sky
  94. Zanzarah: The Hidden Portal
2016
  1. Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder
  2. Anima: Gate of Memories
  3. Arctic Alive
  4. The Average Everyday Adventures of Samantha Browne
  5. Bear With Me
  6. Bizarre Earthquake
  7. Blackfaun
  8. Blamdown: Udder Fury
  9. Blue Sheep
  10. Blue Tear
  11. Bombshell (GOG)
  12. Book Series - Alice in Wonderland
  13. Bot Vice
  14. C14 Dating
  15. Cally's Caves 3
  16. Cellar
  17. Dark Night
  18. Demon's Crystals
  19. DreadOut: Keepers of The Dark
  20. Drizzlepath: Genie
  21. Drusilla Dreams
  22. Elena
  23. Empty Horizons
  24. Endless Fables: The Minotaur's Curse
  25. Even the Ocean
  26. Eventide: Slavic Fable
  27. Evil Maze
  28. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  29. Finque
  30. The Flame in the Flood
  31. Gemini: Heroes Reborn
  32. Ghost 1.0
  33. Hidden Object 6-in-1 bundle
  34. Highway Blossoms
  35. Hope Lake
  36. htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary
  37. The Huntsman: Winter's Curse
  38. ICEY
  39. Ittle Dew 2
  40. Izanami's Dream Battle
  41. Kathy Rain
  42. Khimera: Destroy All Monster Girls
  43. Kindred Spirits on the Roof
  44. Lara Croft GO
  45. Ley Lines
  46. The Lion's Song: Episode 1 - Silence
  47. The Lost Mythologies
  48. Love in the Glen
  49. Magical Mysteries: Path of the Sorceress
  50. Massive Cleavage vs Zombies: Awesome Edition
  51. Metagal
  52. Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep
  53. Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  54. Moonchild
  55. Mythic Wonders: The Philosopher's Stone
  56. Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet
  57. New York Mysteries: High Voltage
  58. Nightfall: Escape
  59. Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel
  60. Nurse Love Addiction
  61. Onechanbara Z2: Chaos
  62. Oxenfree
  63. Princess Edge - Dragonstone
  64. Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir
  65. Rabi-Ribi
  66. Regeria Hope Episode 1
  67. Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster
  68. Revolution 60
  69. Riddles of the Past
  70. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  71. Rising Runner
  72. Rynn's Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest
  73. The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns
  74. Seduce Me 2: The Demon War
  75. Senran Kagura Bon Appétit!
  76. Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
  77. Seraph
  78. Shadwen
  79. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
  80. Silver Bullet: Prometheus
  81. Silver Creek Falls - Chapter 3
  82. Slap Village: Reality Slap
  83. Smashing the Battle
  84. Song of the Deep
  85. Sora
  86. Space Pilgrim Episode II: Epsilon Indi
  87. Space Pilgrim Episode III: Delta Pavonis
  88. Starlight Vega
  89. Super Night Riders
  90. Sydney's World
  91. Taiker
  92. Timespinner
  93. Through the Woods
  94. The Town of Light
  95. Trulon: The Shadow Engine
  96. Unaided: 1939
  97. Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker's Daughter
  98. VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
  99. The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries
  100. We Know the Devil
  101. A Wild Catgirl Appears!



Steam Bundles

Free Downloads


Party of Characters
Party of Characters
Games in which you control a party of characters with at least 1 female player character. JRPG's would fit almost by definition. 


Steam




Optional Female Protagonists
Optional Female Protagonists
Female playable characters are available either as an option or through customization.


Steam


GOG

Other




Roster of Characters
Roster of Characters
Usually multiplayer games with the focus on a sizable cast of selectable characters. Generally fighting, racing or party games.


Steam

Other


Unsorted
Games in which female characters might be playable for only a limited time, in limited capacity or any other reason why I feel these games/bundles do not belong in any of the categories above. It might also be that I'm not entirely sure in what capacity the female characters are playable if I haven't personally played the game yet.


Steam



21/12/2016

57 comments:

  1. I'd nominate Ittle Dew to add to add to your list. I found out about it during my talks and argues on Kitetale's video, it's a short adventure, but it pokes so much fun at the Zelda format.

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    1. Also if you add console games to there- well, it's old, but I'd have to recommend the Wonder Project J series. The first one has you controlling a female with a male main character and the second has you controlling a male with a female.
      It's also a series I met my girlfriend over the fandom of, so it's kind of special to the both of us.

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    2. *the second has you controlling a male with a female main character.

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    3. Added Ittle Dew. I should probably check that one out myself.

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    4. Oh god, Ittle Dew is so much fun!

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    5. Glad you like it. XD I wanna do fanart.

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    6. didn't see fire emblem but still a good list

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    7. Fire Emblem isn't on Steam or GoG.

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  2. What doubts do you have about the Resident Evil games (which I think should include 6 as well) exactly? I'd say they fall under "Co-op / Mutual-aid games"

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    1. Basically because I haven't played any of the ones on Steam and I'm not entirely sure to what extend who is playable (I have Resident Evil 5, but it keeps crashing shortly after starting up).

      I think I can bump up Revelations as Jill probably has her own campaign, if I'm not mistaken. For 5 I'm not sure if Sheva is only playable for the co-op partner or if player 1 can choose between her and Chris.

      I don't really know anything about Resident Evil 6 but I just saw that Ada Wong is playable so yeah, I should add that one.

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    2. I can't remember now, but I think 5 gives you the option to choose between Chris and Sheva when you first start the game. Will confirm later.
      As for 6, there are 4 campaigns: Leon/Helena's, Chris/Piers', Jake/Sherry's and Ada's: 4 males and 3 females. You can choose your character when you start a campaign or individual chapter. I believe Revelations works in a similar fashion.

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    3. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for 6 and Revelations when the Halloween Steam sales come up. After RE5 I'd rather not risk being burned at full price.

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    4. In RE5 Sheva Alomar (the female protagonist) is playable throughout the entire campaign. In singleplayer you can chose who you play as and co-op one plays as chris and one as Sheva - The game never switches characters.

      also there's a seperate campaign featuring Ada Wong and there's the "mercenaries" optional game mode (both singleplayer and multiplayer) where you can play as a number of different characters, some of them female.

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  3. Would games where instead of creating a character and choosing a class and gender, you pick an already existing character with defined personality and skills? For example, Team Fortress 2, except that there are no women in it. I had Rusty Hearts (2/4 characters) and Path of Exile (3/7) in mind, both avaiable on Steam

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  4. From my personal steam library the following games feature female protagonists:

    Female character only:
    -Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (female character only, 2011)

    Female characters only party:
    -Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! (all female party, 2008)

    Optional female character
    -Fallout 1 (customizable character)
    -Fallout 2 (customizable character)
    -Fallout tactics (customizable character, party can include females)
    -Fallout: New Vegas (customizable character, same as Fallout 3)
    -Dungeons of Dredmor (player can select male or Female character)
    -Mercenary Kings (early access, two playable characters, male or female)
    -Legend of Grimrock (party based game with customizable characters)
    -Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 1 and 2 (customizable main character, party occasionally includes females)
    -Shadowrun returns (customizable character, party can include females)


    Party based with female characters in party:
    -On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (JRPG Style with female characters in your party)


    Co-op:
    -Orcs Must Die! 2 (one male and one female character, in single player you can choose)
    -Guacamelee (in co-op mode one player plays a female character, you can play as her in singleplayer too but that's more of a "costume swap")


    Roster of characters:
    -Dustforce
    -Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Other:
    -Incredipede (Female protagonist, however you play as a weird creature that has no obvious gender. Only through the narration do you get to know that you are playing a female creature)
    -Crusader Kings I and II (you play as a succession of historical and fictional rulers, occasionally including females. You don't get to pick your ruler except at the start - after that, you have to take what comes up in the line of succession, depending on your succession system that can include women)

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    1. That's quite a lengthy list. Thanks!

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  5. From my steam library:

    Only female protagonist:
    - Dungeons - The dark lord

    Optional:
    - Sacred 2 Fallen angel
    - Spellforce 2

    Mutual Aid:
    - Breath of death VII
    - Cthulu saves the world
    - Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes
    - Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & donuts
    - Knights of the old republic
    - Knights of the old republic 2

    Non-steam:
    - Psychotoxic (protagonist)
    - A vampire story (protagonist)
    - Zanzarah (protagonist)
    - Oni (protagonist)
    - Icewind Dale (optional)
    - Planescape: Torment (mutual)

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    1. Added, thanks!

      (I'll probably use the Non-Steam ones later)

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  6. More games where the main character is female:
    Wild arms 3
    Wild Arms XF
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

    Games where you can choose between a male and a female main character:
    Secret of Mana (various)
    Star Ocean: the Second Story
    Tales of Xillia

    Also Odin Sphere.

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  7. Also the entire Parasite Eve series with Aya Brea as the playable character.

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  8. Touhou Project

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  9. Do games like Diablo 3 where you can select your own gender not count for some reason?

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    1. I kinda have it limited to Steam or GoG games right now, but I guess I could add Battle.net as well.

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  10. I'll contribute a few of the things I currently have installed on Steam.

    Ys Origin (3 characters, 1 is female, the female character is the easy to use "default" but can't really be considered the "main protagonist")
    Warframe (debatable whether they're "characters", but warframes definitely come in male and female)
    Sine Mora (story mode hops between various characters of both genders, characters can be selected in arcade mode, 3 males, 3 females, 1 robot)
    Natural Selection 2 (now has female humans, sex of aliens is murky)
    Cargo - the quest for gravity (one player character, who is female)

    Hope that's a bit helpful.

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  11. You forgot two more games:

    Rogue Trooper
    (Venus Bluegenes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Bluegenes)

    Army Men Sarge's Heroes series
    Vikki Grimm - http://armymen.wikia.com/wiki/Vikki_Grimm

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  12. Alicia Dragoon

    Resident Evil series (all until 4 had a playable male and female)

    Dark Stalkers series (fighting)

    Rival Schools series (fighting)

    Advance Wars series (Tactics)

    Xenosaga 1 is mainly about Shion Uzuki and her robot KOS-MOS.




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  13. Don't forget Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten! Four out of the seven protagonists (including main character Azra) are all female, and it's a great game to boot.

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  14. Some more suggestions:

    ENSEMBLE CASTS:
    Thomas Was Alone
    Phantasy Star IV
    Millenium: A New Hope
    Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten
    Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
    Dungeon Hearts

    SELECTABLE FEMALE CHARACTERS:
    Valdis Story: Abyssal City
    Monaco
    Jamestown
    Ys Origin (Yunica)
    Cave Story+ (Curly)
    Risk of Rain (Huntress)

    FEMALE CHARACTER-CENTRIC
    They Bleed Pixels
    Analogue: A Hate Story & Hate Plus (PC could be any gender, but the two characters the story focuses on - *Mute & *Hyun-ae - are both female)
    Fortune Summoners
    Defy Gravity
    Sanctum

    CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION
    FTL: Faster Than Light
    Paper Sorcerer
    One-Way Heroics
    Puzzle Quest

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  15. Thanks for this comprehensive list of female protagonists. I see you are someone with broad tastes!

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  16. always remember me
    3 games with samanta swift
    and almost every game from ArtifexMundi

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  17. Parasite Eve: Aya Brea

    Great female protagonist, 1998

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  18. I'd recommend adding Touch Detective 1, 2 1/2, since the main character is an elementary school girl who solves mysteries by touching things. It's a really obtuse point and click adventure, but it's really good.
    Also, Silent Hill 3, and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. I find it sad that both of these games, despite being some of the best in their respective series, were the lowest grossing. I guess people really don't want female heroines.

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  19. Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Kerrigan
    Universe at War: Earth Assault and Mirabel
    Homeworld 1 and 2 and Karan S'jet
    Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Delphi
    There are mission in Red Alert series, when you control only Tanya
    No One Lives Forever and Kate Archer
    Jagged Alliance 2 have a lot of female mercenaries
    Heavy Metall F.A.K.K. 2 and Julie
    Drakan: Order of the Flame and Rynn
    Tribes: Vengeance have at least one female protagonist. Maybe Julia?

    I am not sure all of of these games are available on Steam or GOG - or any digital distribution platform - but despite that they fit in Your list and can be purchased. From Amazon, Ebay et cetera.

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    1. Damn it... Cate Archer, not Kate Archer. My mistake.

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  20. I'm afraid you may have to remove Rusty Hearts from the list. It simply doesn't exist anymore. And it was pretty cool for a Korean MMO ;_;

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  21. Pathologic 1/3 protagonists is female.
    Cargo! The Quest for Gravity female lead.
    Silent Storm + Silent Storm: sentinels generated protagonist and big roster of females.

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  22. It is a playstation one game, but it is one of my absolute favorites.

    The Misadventures of Tron Bonne

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Misadventures_of_Tron_Bonne

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  23. Hello how are you ! I wonder how to recruit Amber Fox from Metal Gear Solid V, thank you

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    1. She was either a pre-order bonus or an import reward from Ground Zeroes. I'm not entirely sure.

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  24. 4 out of 8 of the main characters in Until Dawn are female.

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  25. The 2000 section needs to have American McGee's Alice, the prequel to Alice: Madness Returns.

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    1. It's not available on Steam or GOG.

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  26. I may have missed it, because there are a lot of games, but there is also the entire Touhou Series.

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  27. Whoa... that's a lot of female characters.

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  28. I'm not exactly sure if this game counts, but the creator of The Cat Lady has made a remake of his previous game Downfall.

    In it there are some parts where you play as a female character, the two female characters being Agnes and Susan.

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/364390/

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  29. You can actually add one more game with a female protagonist called:Wet
    That game was released for both Ps3 and Xbox360 consoles at 2009.

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  30. Where's the Touhou Project?

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  31. There's a new game called Kathy Rain, with a very interesting female protagonist, that you can add.

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  32. What about the Pokemon games?
    Each game gives you the ability to pick whether you want to play as a boy or a girl.

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  33. Kingdom Hearts series has quite a few:
    - In 2010, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep allows you to play as Aqua, one of the only Keyblade Masters in the entire franchise.
    - In 2009, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days allows you to play as Organization 13 Members Larxene and Xion in Mission Mode.
    - In 2013 to present, mobile Kingdom Hearts X: Unchained also allows you to play as a customizable (although limited) female character.

    Some Other Games I can name:
    - Recent 2016 game, Dead by Daylight allows you to pick from three survivor female characters: Meg Thomas, Claudette Morel, and Nea Karlsson. Additonally, a DLC allowed people the option to play as Killer, The Nurse.
    - Super Smash Series offer a large variety of female character options. [Super Smash Bros (1999), Super Smash Melee (2001), Super Smash Brawl (2008), Super Smash for 3DS / WiiU (2014)]
    - In 2003, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly allows you to play as female protagonist, Mio.
    - Almost the entire series of Digimon games allows you to pick a female character.
    - Sims Series allows you to play as (Ex. The Urbz: Sims in the City, 2009) or oversee female characters.
    - Mario Kart Series has plenty of female characters to choose.

    Extra Animal Ones?:
    - Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (2008) allows you to play as Cynder, who is an essential character to the plot and mechanics of the entire game (although she is a dragon...).
    - In 2006 game, Okami, allows you to play as Amateratsu, the goddess of the sun (granted she is a wolf, but she is confirmed to be a lady).

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    1. I just read that it was limited to STEAM, so in that case, ignore everything and just put Dead by Daylight. That still works out.

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  34. You missed The Walking Dead: Season 2 by Telltale Games witch came out in 2013.

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  35. You forgot The Walking Dead: Season 2 - A. Telltale Games Series (Release Date: December 19th 2013)

    The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - A Telltale Game Series (Release Date: Some time in November 2016)

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