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Women in videos games - they're just pixels right? I've heard many mature (yup, ha!) men state that fictional women shouldn't be considered attractive, but are video game women any different to the average manufactured celebrity of today, each constructed from false materials to create a form men find pleasing? In fact, Artificial Intelligence has arguably surpassed that of most modern celebrities, making conversation with a computer game lady significantly more stimulating than listening to, say, the latest reality-tv winner. That daft issue aside, this article picks out ten of the greatest ladies in Playstation 3 games so far, based not solely on looks, but on intelligence, morals and how that character might appear as a role model. A heads up for google users that found this page by typing something like "Selvaria's boobs": press Back now.

10. Faith - Mirror's Edge

Leaping and scampering from ledge to ledge, Faith is a runner, operating on the fringes of society, delivering information safe from the reach of corrupt and oppresive government regimes. There are undoubtedly more precautions that could be taken, and better ways to do what she does, but Fait is extremely good at daredevil leaping.

Faith is also protective of friends and family, with her story revolving around clearing her sister's name after a murder setup, and saving her from the hands of corrupt leaders.

Power - 7
Morals - 5
Looks - 5
Intelligence - 4
Role Model - 5

Total - 26

A lean, mean, jumping machine, Faith achieves a decent score and makes it into the top ten.

Faith

9. Nariko - Heavenly Sword

With blades appearing from all directions, Nariko is a lady who consistently postpones thinking until the job is done. Driven by emotion, Nariko is passionate about the things she believes in, to the point where she'd sacrifice herself or her future to ensure the safety of the things she cares most about.

Though Nariko has clearly been sculpted to compete with the likes of Lara Croft, her skills are not limited to looks, with the young lady demonstrating incredible strength and ability with her weaponry. Her fighting turns the battlefield as red as her hair...

Power - 9
Morals - 6
Looks - 7
Intelligence - 3
Role Model - 4

Total - 29

Fiery red head Nariko slices her way in at number nine.

Nariko

8. Chun Li - Street Fighter IV

Still fighting for justice with the Chinese police force, Chun Li returns in Street Fighter IV, clad in her famous blue robes and with thighs thicker than Zangief. Chun Li, in the right hands, is an extremely dangerous fighter, capable of taking on any opponent. She also maintains a strict moral code, and certainly counts as one of the more pure characters in the Street Fighter universe.

Despite competition from Cammy and C. Viper, Chun Li reigns supreme in the land of beat 'em ups, totally outclassing the top-heavy tarts of Soul Calibur IV (no offence).

Power - 7
Morals - 8
Looks - 6
Intelligence - 5
Role Model - 7

Total - 33

At eight, a classic fighter returns: Chun Li.

Chun Li

7. Meryl Silverburgh - Metal Gear Solid 4

A favourite character from the original Metal Gear Solid, Meryl, returns in Guns of the Patriots on PS3, still looking after Solid Snake, years after the events of the original game. Now running her own elite group of soldiers, Meryl is strong, fast and an excellent tactical player, capable of coordinating with her team supremely well, thanks in part to nanotechnology.

Some moral questions might be asked, but after years of fighting and suffering, Meryl has done extremely well to surface as brightly as she has done, making her a fine candidate for the top ten PS3 ladies.

Power - 8
Morals - 6
Looks - 7
Intelligence - 5
Role Model - 7

Total - 33

Still sticking by Snake, Meryl's in at number seven.

Meryl

6. Rachel Parker - Resistance: Fall of Man

Rescued by Nathan Hale from a Chimeran prison, Rachel Parker helps coordinate the attack on the London Spire, a critical blow against the Chimera in the original Resistance.

The thing that makes Rachel an outstanding female game character is that the developers do very little to emphasize that she is a woman. Rachel is competent, confident, efficient and dedicated, but there's never any need for boobs or butts on show to prove her worth. Her narration in Fall of Man is also one of the reasons Resistance 2 never felt as good as the original.

Power - 5
Morals - 8
Looks - 5
Intelligence - 8
Role Model - 8

Total - 34

Number six sees Rachel Parker, fighting the good fight against the Chimera.

Rachel Parker

5. Elena - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

No-nonsense journalist Elena may lack morals on some of the more everyday tasks, but when it counts, Elena knows what to do. In Uncharted, Nathan Drake is given no opportunity to run away on his own adventure, sweeping lady and treasure from their perches.

Elena is competent, clever, versatile and rarely flustered. Instead of spending the game screaming in stereotypical fashion, Elena deals with each situation as it arises, coping brilliantly with adversity. Brilliantly, she's entirely unafraid to let people know when they've stepped out of line.

Power - 5
Morals - 7
Looks - 7
Intelligence - 9
Role Model - 7

Total - 35

Snapping pics at number five, Elena.

Elena

4. Naomi Hunter - Metal Gear Solid 4

With an incredible scientific mind, Naomi Hunter is a clear candidate for using intelligent strategy over brute force. Still, she's unafraid to use other attributes when attempting to control the men, including both Solid Snake and Otacon, around her.

Naomi has operated with some questionable morals on occasion, motivated by revenge, with her genetic research having dire consequences with programs such as FOXDIE. That said, she goes some way to redeeming herself, even though it may cost her dearly.

Power - 6
Morals - 4
Looks - 10
Intelligence - 10
Role Model - 6

Total - 36

Blending exquisite looks and sharp intelligence, Naomi is in at four.

Naomi

3. Talwyn - Ratchet and Clank Future

Talwyn Apogee, daughter of famous explorer Max Apogee, might look a little cartoony, but she's one of the most competent and trustworthy ladies on PS3. Helping Ratchet and Clank in their adventures, Talwyn is protective of her friends, extremely capable with technology, and rarely in need of assistance.

Talwyn appears in both Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty (any may return for Ratchet's next adventure). Although she's no doubt checked out Ratchet's tools (who has likely admired Talwyn's booty in return) things are kept very proper between the furry fuzzballs, with never even a bare ankle that might scare a younger audience.

Power - 7
Morals - 9
Looks - 4
Intelligence - 9
Role Model - 8

Total - 37

In at three, young Miss Apogee, lighting up the life of a certain Lombax.

Talwyn

2. Elika - Prince of Persia

Keeping the Prince safe from harm, one of the purest characters on Playstation 3 is Elika, willing to make great sacrifices to save her people. Whenever the misguided hero leaps across a cavern just a little too wide, Elika is there to catch him, but her strengths span more than just rescuing prowess.

Elika is sensitive and caring; a person truly passionate about the things that really matter. When she becomes more comfortable, she's also quite funny, proving more than happy to tease the Prince at the right time. Despite her skimpy top, Elika is careful to maintain her dignity at all times, never using her femenamenenemenity to help achieve her goals.

Power - 9
Morals - 9
Looks - 8
Intelligence - 7
Role Model - 7

Total - 40

At two, Princess Elika, with more patience than a donkey.

Elika

1. Selvaria Bles - Valkyria Chronicles

The most oustanding lady on Playstation 3, with the blood of the Valkyrur running through her veins, Selvaria. Possessing power enough to rip any man or machine to pieces, Selvaria is not to be messed with, but her path to such strength was filled with torment and suffering that ultimately led Selvaria down a dangerous path.

The subject of continual experiments during her youth, Selvaria was left with little choice but to join the Empire in a role reminiscent of Darth Vader. Her career as a military leader was remarkable, but what would become of her in the battle for Gallia?

Power - 10
Morals - 7
Looks - 10
Intelligence - 10
Role Model - 5

Total - 42

At number one, the blue flame, Selvaria Bles.

Selvaria

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