2014 is over and as your backlog is ten miles long at this point, why not take a break and peruse the 10 hottest ladies of gaming?

There weren't too many major female protagonists in 2014, although there were a few very effective and critical female roles. We check out the ones that had the biggest impact; they were easy on the eyes and they added a great deal to the interactive experience. And yes, we go beyond the PlayStation realm for such a list; it wouldn't be fair to all the great virtual ladies out there if we didn't! Let's get going.

#10: Amanda Ripley, Alien: Isolation

All this does is prove that a strong, attractive female character doesn't have to be all dolled up to have an effect. Amanda Ripley, the heroine in Alien: Isolation , is a really compelling character and one worth knowing. She's not donning a bikini; she's in the fight of her life and that alone can be sexy!

#9: Abigail Walker, inFamous: Second Son

Also known as "Fetch," Abigail was a major character in the PlayStation 4 exclusive, inFamous: Second Son . If you're into the tough, punk chick, you've probably got a thing for her, and it's okay to admit it. A fantastic power, a spunky, in-your-face attitude, and just a hint of a more vulnerable side makes her a worthy pick.

#8: Kai Tana, Velocity 2X

Blonde, agile, and oh so versatile, Kai Tana is like one of those hot comic book superheroes come to life. Sure, she's only a cartoon, but that doesn't really hurt her appeal, especially for those with an active imagination. She's a leggy, butt-kicking dame with a whole lot of pizzazz and she commands attention.

#7: Leliana, Dragon Age: Inquisition

She's been in the series before, of course, but never has she looked quite as good as she did in the most recent Dragon Age iteration. She often sports a dark, all-business countenance, but most guys would be willing to let her dictate in the bedroom, anyway. The warrior mentality combined with a smoky appeal makes for a good day!

#6: Cortana, Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Yes, Cortana makes her triumphant return this year in this collection and she's hotter than ever. Okay, so she's basically a hologram, which makes it difficult to cozy up to her, but she's got the body, the vulnerability, and the loyal personality that has stayed with Halo fans since the beginning. She's far more interesting than Master Chief, as far as we're concerned.

#5: Princess Zelda, Hyrule Warriors

Princess Zelda has been a part of video game culture for decades and she looked good in Hyrule Warriors . As kids, we always tried to envision what Zelda might look like with sharper, more advanced graphics, and now we know. She's iconic and she has that fantasy attractiveness that long-time followers embrace.

#4: Yuna, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

She's back! She stole many a JRPG fan's heart back in 2001 and now she has returned in the high-def overhaul for Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 . The hardcore fans can argue 'til the cows come home concerning the hottest character in those games (Rikku and Paine are in the conversation) but really, it's all about Yuna.

#3: Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

It's hard to beat Lara whenever she's got a new game out. And even though the Definitive Edition was hardly "new" in the strictest sense of the term, we still got an updated Lara. Cleaner, smoother and hotter than ever, this retooled heroine is no longer the busty Barbie doll from yesteryear. We loved her transformation in the reboot and she's better than ever in the re-released version.

#2: Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2

The ultimate fantasy witch. She has a ridiculous figure (some would say supernaturally impossible) and a sassy, sexy attitude that permeates to the core. Toss in those spectacles that make some guys start drooling – as if they weren't already – and you've got a virtual bombshell to top all bombshells. The sequel was only available on Wii U but you can't constrain Bayonetta's sex appeal!

#1: Elise de la Serre, Assassin's Creed Unity

Firstly, we really wanted to give the #1 spot to a brand new character. Secondly, Arno's flame-haired romantic interest in Assassin's Creed Unity is just beautiful. Perhaps one of the most well-rounded female characters in the list, she's got strength, a multi-layered personality, screen presence, and oh yeah, she's gorgeous. Arno would do anything for her and you know what? We get it.