When playing through videogames, we often find characters that we resonate with, relate to or share personality traits with. At the very least, we find characters that we like and seek to emulate some of their more valiant traits (or evil, parasitical ones, if that’s how you roll). Below you’ll find our writers’ picks of which characters they really felt resembled them in pixelated form, or which characters they would like to take a few pages from in solid, flesh and bone form.
I can’t really think of game character that I might have some similarities with aside from pretty much every Grand Theft Auto protagonist since I’m probably just as foul-mouthed and crude. I’d actually like to be like Dante from the Devil May Cry series. He’s half demon, half human and does everything in style. From his cocky comments to the combat manoeuvres he pulls off; he’s pretty damn awesome. Plus he hunts demons for a living; what more could you want?
Back in the day I felt very much like Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy 8. You see, back then I was a bit of loner, an introvert as well as incompassionate. While I am still a bit of an introvert today, I must admit I have broken out of my shell. You see, even though Squall and myself eventually opened up, we also moulded ourselves into stronger people that instead of being loners, we could now be depended on.
Elena Fisher from Uncharted is pretty relatable to me I think, although I’ve never fired a gun or gone on crazy adventures. I guess she’s the most “normal” female character from a game that I can think of. I wish I could be Commander Shepard though…
I can’t say I often find myself connecting to characters in video games, this is most often due to me being an off-centre teenager, or a character being “Lawful Good” in presentation. However, if there is one character who I had a distinct connection with, it would have to be the Heroic Cole McGrath of inFamous fame. I related to this character because despite doing good things and being kind to people, he still tried as far as he could to stay involved in is own business – even if his circumstances didn’t allow it. I felt this anti-hero stance allowed him to have a far more human character arc and made his personal trials that much more real to the player.
When considering what video game character I am most like, I tend to get caught up in a complex, self-psychoanalytic evaluation. When I put myself in the shoes of a lot of my favourite characters I tend to find myself in a rather uncomfortable place as well. This is because, sparing you the spoilers, a lot of them land up in problematic circumstances. To choose to be a game character, I would have to leave real-world morals far behind. If I had to choose the powers of a character it would probably by Alex Mercer from 2009’s Prototype. What can I say, I would love to have that much militant ability, the ability to leap over buildings, hurl cars and transform into anyone that I desire. This is probably why it’s a good thing that games are just fantasy and that I am not the dictator of a small country.
So, what about you dear readers? Do you find characters that you like in gaming? Do you struggle with anger issues like Kratos? Do you have a dissociative identity following you like the Lutece “Twins”? Or do you click with Desmond Miles for his deep, vibrant and expressive personality? Let us know in the comments!