Having to spend most of our time at home has made us search for different ways of fighting off boredom.
So a study that claims sales of video games increased by 35 per cent in lockdown comes as no surprise.
Gaming has always been a great way to escape reality and dive into new worlds.
Just like reading a book or watching a movie, we some times we end up falling in love with the characters too.
With that in mind, some 3,508 gamers were asked to pick their favourites.
Is your favourite in the top 10?
1 Ciri (Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon) – The WitcherGeralt of Rivia would be proud to see his daughter winning yet another battle.Ciri was voted the best female character in video games, by 72 per cent of gamers.It’s quite hard not to love her, a great storyline combined with her personal charm make for a winner. Let’s just hope she will make a cameo in Cyberpunk 2022.
2 Lara Croft – Tomb RiderLara Croft is one of the most iconic characters of all time – there is no mystery there.In fact, gamers have voted her the second-best female character in video games (66 per cent of votes).And if the games are not enough, there are also plenty of films to choose from. Lara Croft was played by Angelina Jolie in the original film in 2001 and by Alicia Vikander in the 2017 reboot.
3 Princess Zelda - The Legend of ZeldaThird on the list we find none other than Princess Zelda. While a princess in distress, Zelda has warmed the hearts of 63 per cent of voters since the beginning of the series in 1986. This was a favourite of the late Robin Williams who named his daughter after the heroine.
4 Ellie – The Last of UsLiving in a pandemic can be pretty traumatizing, but the experience made Ellie “mature beyond her years” as the developers describe her. Ellie gained the appreciations of 57 per cent of voters who named her their favourite character.
5 Princess Peach – Super Mario Bros.Mario and Bowser are not the only ones obsessed with Princess Peach. In fact 53 per cent of voters named her as their favourite female character in video games.
6 Clementine – The Walking DeadLiving in a zombie-filled world can be pretty overwhelming, especially for an eight-year-old. However, her perseverance and intelligence not only keep her alive, but make her one of the best characters of all time, according to 49 per cent of voters.
7 Elizabeth - Bioshock InfiniteBioshock lovers will be happy to find out Elizabeth was voted as the best female character by 48 per cent of voters.
8 Cortana – HaloWho wouldn’t want an AI friend to help them though difficult situations? Some 45 per cent of voters named Cortana their favourite female video game character.
9 Alyx Vance - Half-LifeThe release of Half-Life Alyx made many people beyond excited as they got to experience their favourite character in virtual reality. Alyx is ninth on the list, with 41 per cent of gamers naming her their favourite character.
10 Tifa Lockhart - Final FantasyIf you are a Final Fantasy fan, then you are probably a fan of Tifa too. In fact, Cloud’s childhood friend is tenth on our list of the best female characters in video games.
The survey was created by the onbuy.com website.