30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 2: Favourite Character

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:

Borderlands 2 Enemies

I was tempted to choose the BNK-3R as my favourite NPC


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.

Solid Snake


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?

Mass Effect 3 Review

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.

Paul Crocker

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!

Now moved on, Bracken is an aspiring tech and gaming journalist. Is anyone even reading this?

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  • Michael Garvie

    This is actually quite a tough one for me as I’ve played so many
    games with absolutely amazing characters. I think my favourite character
    would have to be Claptrap, because the first thing that comes to mind
    when I think of Borderlands 1 or 2 is his witty, sometimes stupid,
    remarks that made me chuckle while killing skags, bandits and all other
    manner of enemy. Also, his inability to open doors/gates XD

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I will be honest, I hated Claptrap >_< I see his value in the series, but I never liked him.

    • Nicola Dee

      Ah I also hated ClapTrap. He made me not play BL2 :)

      • CataclysmicDawn

        That, I am calling sacrilege xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

    this one is obvious if you know me. COMMANDER SHEPARD

    • CataclysmicDawn

      “I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite character on the Citadel!”

    • Tracy Benson


  • Nicola Dee

    Ok I know many people are going to disagree, but really I have to admit that I love Raigar from Enchanted Arms and Balthier from Final Fantasy.

  • Beanz777

    It would have to be Leon S Kennedy from Biohazard. But this was a really hard one :(

    • CataclysmicDawn

      It is, hey? There are so many great characters who spring to mind.

  • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman

    Oh my soul, Altair is one of the few characters in gaming that I absolutely cannot stand. This is quite a tough one, hey. I mean, there are so many cool characters that pop to the top of my head: G-Man, new Dante (seriously), John Marston, Shepard, Garrus, MORDIN, OH MY SOUL.

    But my favourite character/s (slight spoiler) are actually the Lutece ‘twins’ from BioShock: Infinite. Never before in a game have I been so perfectly taken by a pairing such as those. And technically, if you played the game, you will know that this one counts.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I’m currently playing through Infinite, and I can see what you mean.

      Why do you hate Altair so much?

      • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman

        Because he’s a cunt. <3

      • Yashaar Mall

        I’ve known the guy for like 18 months and he still hasn’t given me a compelling reason. :/

        • CataclysmicDawn

          I think we all know who the real cunt here is 😀

  • Monde K.

    Oooooh this is a tough one. I’m torn between Cole MacGrath, Jak and Daxter (like Ratchet and Clank, you can’t have Jak without Daxter), and Adam Jensen. >_>

    • CataclysmicDawn

      Out of that lot, I’d have to pick Cole McGrath, although I guess it depends on the growth you take with him.

  • Yashaar Mall

    Well. That’s an easy one for me. I’m just like Brady, Solid Snake is my favorite character. I played MGS1 when I was barely literate, in 1998, and when the Solid Snake saga ended in 2009 (I didn’t get to play MGS4 when it released in 2008), I was in Matric. He will always have a special part in my life. Although in recent times, I’m really am a fan of Ezio and John Marston.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      You and Brady need to have a chat, I think 😀

      • Yashaar Mall


        • CataclysmicDawn


        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763045503 Brady GuitarDemon Ruiters

          LOOOL. That’s the first time I see my name used in a hashtag XD

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763045503 Brady GuitarDemon Ruiters

        I agree 😐