For our second day of the 30 Day Gaming Challenge, we’re dealing with characters; Not just any characters, these are our writers’ favourite characters in gaming, due to either their personality traits, the parts they played in the campaign of their games, or because they were just total badasses! Whether they are valiant heroes who spring from high mountaintops, decimating armies with a single dirty glance, villains who made us question the validity of our actions, or who reinforced exactly what it was we were doing, or just plain-old NPCs who sold us armour and gave us quests, these characters stayed with us long after we’d turned off our systems and switched off our screens:
This is a tough one. My favourite character would have to be Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series. He’s a badass soldier who’s the product of trying to create the ultimate soldier through cloning. From his prime to the time of him experiencing old age, he has remained a killing machine, no matter what weapon he has in his hands. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s got a gravelly voice to go with his badass character.
Wow favourite character… That’s a toughy. If anyone I would have to choose Zell Dincht from Final Fantasy 8.
Zell is one of the most memorable characters from FF, in my opinion, and he sports a kickass facial tattoo and an attitude to match.
Commander Shepard. A galaxy-saving, alien-killing, ass-kicking version of you, what more could you want?
My favourite character, for purely narrative reasons, would have to be Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, the protagonist of the first of many Assassin’s Creed titles. I felt his character arc and progression through the title’s seven acts showed him as a very dynamic and vibrant character – and although he is constantly overshadowed by the Assassin’s Creed poster-boy, Ezio Auditore, I feel that to this day, he is the best protagonist the series ever had and the main reason I enjoyed the first Assassin’s Creed title so much.
It’s not easy for a life-long comic fan and video game player to choose a favourite character. There are numerous skills and personal attributes that determine what a cool character is and I have many. However if we’re talking about a character who has been in an excellent series of video games recently and that has definitely stood the test of time, I would have to choose Batman. He’s a playboy, billion Dollar man and a ninja. The way that his personality and those of his enemies continue to evolve never fails to astound me.
Now that we’ve given you our favourite characters, what are yours? Did you like Mass Effect 2’s Jacob for his irresistible charm? Marcus from Borderlands for his shrewd dealings with you and your friends? Jason from Far Cry 3 for his deep and intriguing personality? Let us know in the comments!