Without its lead protagonist, a video game is nothing but a shallow husk of code. And so, I created this list to showcase the best of the best; the crème de la crème of videogame heroes, and anti-heroes.
10. Starkiller (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed)
I really like Starkiller because he is really the embodiment of the word ‘rebel,’ not only going a different way than the path he is set upon, but completely changing direction. Along with this, playing as him is a personal dream come true, especially in his second outing, where I can throw AT-STs around like they weigh nothing.
9. Nathan Drake (Uncharted series)
There’s not really any true origin story to Mr.Drake. He’s a treasure hunter, it’s what he does. He travels the globe looking for artefacts and what nots. So why do I like him so much? Because he’s hilarious, even while I’m beating the snot out of some man with an AK. Although having only really played the third instalment myself, I still really like this character, as he shows friendship, courage and loyalty. And if he shows all those in one game, he’s got to be good in the rest.
8. Batman (Arkham Asylum/Arkham City)
The caped crusader is not only a great character, but in Rocksteady’s Arkham games, it feels like being the dark knight, rather than some cheap impersonation.
7. Max Payne (Max Payne 3)
A lot of people don’t like Max, mainly due to the overwhelming sense that he wants to die. I, on the other hand, love him, because I get the overwhelming sense that he has nothing to lose. And this makes him unintentionally hilarious at points and at others ‘so deep I can’t even see him.’ He wields metaphors and similes like a man with an English degree as he puts bullet after bullet in the heads of his enemies. While Max may not be the most likeable character on this list, he’s certainly one of the most intricately designed.
6. Ghost (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
5. Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad (Assassin's Creed)
Out of all the Assassins so far Altaïr s my favourite, being the original and the smartest, and also the most headstrong. While the game itself misses out on certain elements, Altaïr s disgrace allows a great way to integrate a levelling up system that makes sense and works really well, and watching such an arrogant character turn into a likeable person feels very rewarding.
4. Jason Brody (Far Cry 3)
(Though it's hard to ignore the fact he looks like Jack Whitehall from a distant, Ed.)
3. [the good] Cole McGrath (InFamous series)
2. Joel (The Last of Us)
Joel from the start is shown as a protector. It shows you what he was and then throws you forward to show you what he is now as a result of losing the person he had to protect. And what use is a protector without someone to protect. Instead Joel becomes a hard-arse, not getting too emotionally involved with anyone. But the beauty of his character is that, as you play the game, you start to see glimpses of that protective nature more and more frequently until he is once again Joel the Protector. Especially in that interrogation scene...
1. John Marston Sr. (Red Dead Redemption)
In addition to this, he's a very modern man, for instance he believes that hitting or beating your children isn’t right, and that explaining the faults in what they have done wrong is much better. At the end of the day, Marston is a large part of why I love Red Dead (and they really don't write them like Rockstar does), so how could he not get the top spot?