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This Mother’s Day, celebrate with some of the greatest video game moms out there! After all, they’ve raised some incredible heroes (and villains) that have kept us entertained for years, even decades! It’s not easy being a mom in the gaming world, not only do they protect and nurture, but often have to go to battle, too. To honour these outstanding moms, let’s look at the impact they’ve made on some of the most iconic franchises in the industry today.
These maternal characters know how to live dangerously while still having time for family. Happy Mothers Day!
Our favourite moms in video games:
- Mad Moxxi – Borderlands
- Sonya Blade – Mortal Kombat
- Anya Stroud – Gears of War
- Elena Fisher – Uncharted
- EVA aka Big Mama – Metal Gear Solid
- Xenomorph – Alien
- Mother Brain – Metroid
This Borderlands mom is tough as nails and is someone you don’t want to mess with! She is one of the most recognizable characters in the game’s twisted canon and her beautiful, yet maniacal persona fits right in with the rest of the anarchy. She has sent me on many insane errands and introduced me to unreal personalities in gaming, like Tiny Tina.
Moxxi is also quite the entrepreneur: she’s the hostess of Colosseum matches in The Underdome (imagine Roman gladiators meets Mad Max) and owns many bars across Pandora. As a tough, working mom, she has her soft spot for her family; specifically, her daughter Ellie and her Son scooter. Hopefully, her family gathers around a nice skag roast in her honour this Mother’s Day—if not they could be thrown to the hounds, literally!
A mainstay character in the classic fighter, Sonya Blade has been scrapping with the forces of evil since Mortal Kombat debuted in 1992. I have a long history with this seemingly immortal mom going back to the arcade era; her klassic “kiss of death” was my go-to fatality!
Sonya became a mom when she married Johnny Cage, and they had a daughter, Cassie Cage. Cassie inherited her father’s wit and her mother’s headstrong nature working tirelessly to live up to her parent’s legendary legacy.
It’s doubtful that Sonya will take a break on Mother’s Day; after all, she is always on high alert ensuring that Earthrealm is safe from conquest. Picking out a “thanks for saving Earthrealm” mother’s day card might be a little difficult, best of luck Cassie!
Gears of War series – Preorder Gears of War 5 on Xbox One
Anya Stroud has seen it all; she participated in some of the deadliest encounters in the Gears of War saga with both human and Locust enemies. As a Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) communications officer turned frontline Delta Squad soldier, she is a warrior with both brains and brawn. I can still hear Anya calling out directions to my squad in the first Gears of War, and she was invaluable in helping with the Hammer of Dawn superweapon.
Stroud befriended and later fell in love with the lead character of the Gears series, Marcus Fenix. Stroud and Fenix fought side-by-side through some of the most iconic battles in the franchise taking the fight to the leader of the Locust, Queen Myrrah. After the war, Marcus and Anya settled down and had a son, JD Fenix. Fenix Jr. carries the torch for a new generation to experience in Gears of War 4 and the upcoming Gears 5. Tip your Lancer to Anya, without this warrior-mom the Locust could have prevailed and JD would not have existed!
Uncharted series – Buy Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection on PlayStation 4
If you haven’t played the Uncharted series, it’s an absolute must! Imagine a modern-day Indiana Jones with incredible characters and vistas that you get to play through; it’s gameplay and storytelling magic! The series features some of the most fleshed out characters in video game storytelling. Although the Uncharted series is centred around Nathan Drake, his love interest, Elena Fisher, is just as strong and charismatic. She bucks the gaming trend of “damsel in distress” and can hold her own in extreme situations. When the bullets start flying in a dangerous jungle, I want Elena on my side! Nathan and Elena along with Victor Sullivan, globe-trot in search of fortune and notoriety solving some the biggest historical mysteries on Earth. At the end of their adventures, Drake and Elena settle down and have a daughter of their own, Cassie, who could continue her parents’ adventuring ways.
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EVA aka Big Mama
Metal Gear Solid series
Raised and trained in a joint U.S.-Soviet-Chinese military facility she became one of the most lethal deep cover agents the world has ever seen. I was first introduced to Eva during my missions through the Soviet jungle in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater where she posed as a KGB agent. Her legend only grew since then, with every successful mission infiltrating her way deeper into government agencies around the world. How does she fit into Mother’s Day you ask? EVA was a volunteer surrogate to Big Boss, giving birth to twin boys: Solid and Liquid Snake. This super-spy mom gave birth to the most iconic espionage agent in Solid Snake, leading to one of my favourite games of all time Metal Gear Solid.
The most terrifying and lethal mom on this list is Alien: Isolation’s Xenomorph, that’s quite the feat, considering the present company. This alien mom loves to grow her family in hosts that are both willing, and completely unwilling… yes, it’s as disgusting as it sounds. I was stalked by this creature on Sevastopol, turning the space station into a carnival of horrors; you are helpless for the majority of the game against Ms.“God Mode” Xenomorph. I hid in vents, lockers, and under tables to survive against a vastly overpowered enemy.
Flowers will not cut it for this mom, she’s always looking for something a little more skin deep…
Metroid series – Preorder Metroid Prime 4 on Nintendo Switch
Speaking of iconic monstrous mom’s let’s not forget one of the very first with Metroid’s Mother Brain. No matter how many times Samus puts a stop to Mother Brains’ reign of terror she seems to return, after all the Space Pirates and the planet Zebes aren’t going to control themselves! You’ll really need to put a lot of thought into her Mother’s Day gift, after all she’s a giant brain that has most likely thought twelve steps ahead of you! Good Luck!