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Who Was Your Favorite New Character From This Generation?

We saw quite a few great new characters this past generation; who were your favorites?

I have to say, I loved all the characters in the Uncharted series; Drake, Elena, Chloe, Sully; they were all great. Of course, I consider Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to be the best game of the generation, so that shouldn't be too surprising.

I also really liked Ezio from Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations. That guy had a definite swagger to him, and he wasn't badly written for an open-world game. Oh, and of course, who couldn't love Wheatley in Portal 2? Legitimately amusing and a fantastic performance the whole way 'round. But I think this generation has seen the emergence of more top-notch female characters then ever before.

There's Madison in Heavy Rain, who was a strong, likable, sympathetic character that was depicted with top-notch tact and professionalism (I don't care what anyone says). I liked Fang more than Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII, Elika was a really solid companion and kind of a cool character in Prince of Persia, and the overhauled Lara Croft in Tomb Raider was absolutely fantastic. I also really liked Meryl in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and Ellie in The Last Of Us is just plain memorable. Elizabeth in Bioshock Infinite was someone I won't soon forget, either.

So, who will stick out in your memory from this generation?

Tags: video game characters, gaming characters, new game characters

7/15/2013 9:52:16 PM Ben Dutka

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dlte
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:07:46 PM
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Joel from The Last of Us

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 1:34:26 AM

Ditto. Better than Ellie in my opinion.

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Cabalavatar1
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:16:52 PM
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We can pick only ONE?
So far, I vote for Ellie from TLoU.

Runners-up: Nathan Drake, Joel (TLoU), Elena Fisher, John Marston, and Ezio.

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Nix50
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 7:33:38 AM

Great minds think alike eh

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pavlovic
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:18:23 PM
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Nathan Hale, Sackboy, Eddie Riggs and Nathan Drake.

All of them memorable characters

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Cabalavatar1
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:18:44 PM
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I forgot about Wheatley, though! Steve Merchant was hilarious.

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maxpontiac
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:19:28 PM
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Without a doubt, Nathan Drake from Uncharted. Not only is he my favourite this gen, he is my number one of all time!

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Shams
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:38:07 PM

Nate's my favorite Sony mascot, too. 2nd favorite for me would have to be the AG systems ship. Ok, not really a mascot, but 1000 thumbs up if you can name the game.

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godsdream
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 10:56:37 AM

@Shams: Wipeout HD/Fury

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Shams
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 2:05:54 PM

A thousand thumbs up to you, sir!

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godsdream
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 6:33:13 PM

haha thanks!

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KidPresentable
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:39:10 PM
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John Marston. I can say he's my favorite without too much second guessing.

Runners-up: King Bohan (Heavenly Sword), CN-7/Cain (Binary Domain), Joe Barbaro (Mafia 2), Bayonetta

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:53:14 PM
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Cole MacGrath is definitely up there for me, such a badass everyman. Though I'm not crazy about the character design for inFamous: SS, we can probably rest easy because Troy Baker (Last of Us/Infinite) will be playing Delsin Rowe.

Also I know I'm the only one but I really liked Dante from Dante's Inferno, he literally fought straight through hell for an innocent even though he committed every damnable sin and was reminded of them all on his path to Satan.

Again, only one, but I wound up liking the new Dante in DmC. He was a little stale in the beginning of the game but he really became someone by the end.

And Neptune from Hyperdimension, what a lovable ditz! That fact that she embodies SEGA just made her antics funnier.

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Temjin001
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:21:35 PM

No Lightning? pffft

=p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:06:30 AM

She's okay but Paine would kick her ass.

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Draguss
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:58:55 PM
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Gen ain't over yet, it's too early to pick a favorite.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:04:12 PM

Hoping for a lot from Jodie Holmes?

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Akuma07
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:59:33 PM
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Am I allowed to say Raiden from MGR:R?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:03:54 PM

Well he's far from new, but he is new as a protagonist so... maybe?

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booze925
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:06:09 PM
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Clementine from the Walking Dead. She broke through a barrier right to my emotional caring side that no other character managed to touch since the beginning.

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newchef
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:12:10 PM
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Vaas from Far Cry has to be my favorite villain, he portrayed the insanity so very well. For my favorite hero, it would be Nariko

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Snaaaake
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:12:23 PM
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Alistair from Dragon Age, I just love his humour.

Others that I like includes Bayonetta, Garcia Hotspur, Ezio, Drake and Valvatorez.

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Temjin001
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:15:53 PM
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Kevin Butler =p

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Kiryu
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:16:19 PM
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Scotty from Heavy Rain,All Characters from Uncharted:Drake's Fortune,Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us,Dan Marshall from Binary Domain(Japanese),Joseph Capelli from Resistance 3,Cole Magrath from INFAMOUS.

Kiryu Kazuma from Yakuza (Ryu Ga Gotoku) 1&2 my Fav character of all time.
I'm thinking Yakuza 1's Characters were the inspiration for the characters in The Last of Us.
Kiryu - Joel
Haruka - Ellie
Combination of Nishki's Hair Style and Shinji's Character - Tommy
Yumi - Tess at the time when she sacrifices herself

A man needs to escort this little girl through this chaos and eventually learns from his past mistakes because of this little girls's courage.


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YesterdysRising
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:22:36 PM
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Nathan Drake and Eddie Riggs for me :)

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Xombito
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:31:18 PM
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Isaak Clark ,Nathan Drake, Joel, nameless protagonists in Bethesda open world rpgs.

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White_Mocha
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:32:05 PM
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While Nate is second, I'd have to go with Kratos. The reason being that in God of War III, we were shown a side of Kratos that most weren't expecting. Caring about Pandora, and the ensuing blood rage that happened when Zeus pushed Kratos over the edge. Once I get my PS3 fixed, I'll definitely do a let's play of God of War Series

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 11:48:42 PM
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Oh yeah, Corvo Attano!

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:41:53 AM
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John Marston

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 1:00:55 AM
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Tess.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 1:03:33 AM
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I decided on Ezio. Yah, franchises that get 3 semi-lengthy games with one protagonist do have an advantage here.
I like Drake and friends and all. But for me Drake suffers from regular guy hero syndrome. I can only get into the 'good for Hollywood movie' style characters so much.
Other characters I liked this gen were Samara from Mass Effect 2. Jansen from Lost Odyseey. Cole was pretty cool. Sack Boy does fit in with Mario and Sonic. A first in how many years?

Anyway. Ezio is awesome all around. Revelations did help finalize his character. I can't think of any other new character that's as dynamic in ability as he is.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 1:28:24 AM
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Vanille's hips.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 1:40:25 AM
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For me it was Drake (Uncharted), Joel (The Last of Us) and Jon Marston (Red Dead Redemtption). In that order.

Drake because hes a normal guy with a gun, who likes treasure. Fun to play as, amd overall entertaining character.

Joel basically because hes a bad a** with a gun, but more so because what he went through made him the character we experienced. Pretty powerful role.

And Marston because he was just awesome. A retired outlaw turned down home cowboy family man looking for "redemption".

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Banky A
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 3:27:04 AM
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mr. drippy from Ni No Kuni
tidy

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 3:36:41 AM
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Reading the lists here it's no wonder there are so many action movies with pretty much the same action hero. The masses apparently can't get enough of'em!
Drake? Marston? Cole? Pffft!

Professor Mordin Solus! Now THAT is a character. I squeezed out every last drop of conversation with him, just to enjoy this utterly, utterly fascinating character. He was with me on every mission, just to be sure I never miss out on any of his comments.

But I have to agree with y'all on Elizabeth. She was too charming to be ignored.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 10:16:31 AM

That's unfair. I know character development and literature, and there are VERY significant differences between Ezio Auditore, Nathan Drake, Cole McGrath and John Marsten. If you think there isn't, I'm not even sure you played the games, or really paid attention to any of the story scenes.

For the record, I tend to not like ANYTHING "the masses" like. If you want cookie-cutter characters, you can turn to shooters.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:10:56 AM

I wouldn't say that Cole fits action movie types (to defend one of my choices). He's more fitting of comic book heroes (Marvel) because of his origin story. If we had to go to movies he might be similar to John McLane in Die Hard because he's just a normal man in an extraordinary situation, but that's a throwback character from the 80's who could never make it in today's world as a new hero. Nowadays you have to be an elite military grunt to be a hero.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:42:38 AM

Beamboom -

First off, I believe you are either ignoring or forgetting what this thread is all about. Ben asked who YOUR favorite character is, so of course it will be different then what you may like.

As for my choice (Nathan Drake), I didn't go into great detail as to why but for the sake of answering your post, I will now take the time to do so.

Nathan Drake to me, reminds me of deceased grandmother. Both "Big G" (as I called her growing up) and Drake shared a fearless mentality yet were very vulnerable as a person. Yes, I understand that Drake is an person who is bigger then life who gets caught up in selfish endeavors. But looking beyond that, I see a genuine and believable individual.

Now while my grandmother has never come close to Drake's adventures, her life has quite the story to tell. In ONE example, there was a local railway disaster (think the beginning of Uncharted 2) that killed well over a dozen firemen. My grandma, who was a RN at the time, was there in the wreckage as she tended to many hurt men as she risked her life to help others.

My fondness Nathan Drake goes much, much further then your stereotypical action hero.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:32:35 PM

at least McLane was an experienced cop so his combat and tactical skills were believable, even if he is only human.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:37:09 PM

Well he didn't have the benefit of the Raysphere.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 2:01:37 PM

Come on guys, do I have to put a smiley on every comment I do? I did of course intentionally pull your legs here now as a frisky introduction to my own favourite character.

That said, if we are to be serious for a moment I gotta say that the Uncharted games features some of the most mainstream story and characters we've seen in gaming this generation.
It's not to say the story is badly told - it's not - but there's nothing there that strays off the formula. There is a reason that director a while ago said it would be hard to make an Uncharted movie without it ending up being an Indiana Jones imitation.

Rockstar do intentionally make fun of both themselves, their universe and the genre of the story they make. But John Marston is every single western hero that's ever graced the silver screen packed into one character, with a story that is so western it's hilarious.

To say that these two main characters are unique in the action/western universe... Well, I disagree, let's just leave it at that.
But they are much, much better done than what we find in typical shooters. That's true. I guess we could say they are what the other tries to be.

World, you are right in that Cole is the comic book hero - and a classic one at that. But hey I love him too! Great games, can't wait for the third.

While MY character on the other hand, the loveable mr Solus, now THAT is a unique, one of a kind character, found in a universe completely free of any cliches!! ---> ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) <---


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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 4:54:36 PM

Since when did you go all hipster on us LOL.

But seriously, - "There is a reason that director a while ago said it would be hard to make an Uncharted movie without it ending up being an Indiana Jones imitation".

Did you not think for a sec that it's because he probably has barely played the games, or given it much of chance to leave anything past a superfical impression? I actually just - like this very moment lol - watched through all the Indianna Jones films, and while I do see some story similarities, Drake and his adventures are it's own thing.

I can just where people will see parts like 'oh in the Last Crusader they drink something and become invincible, oh it was based around a father-son relationship and Indianna as a child to a man. Betrayal, trust, love intrest. Uncharted does those it's a total clone'. Except if look past those superficial similarities, they're actually very different things. Very short sighted to say otherwise, and really f.....y'know, annoys me. A lot.

RDR redemption is another genre where, it HAS to take inspiration from Westerns, otherwise it won't feel like a Western. But it tells it's own story of redemption, and again Marston is actually a well developed character.

Straying off the forumla? What exactly do you expect - what could make these characters less 'mainstream'. I mean what does that word even mean in this context. They stay in the confines of their respective genres.

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jdt1981
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 4:55:30 AM
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Miranda Lawson's a**, jk.

There are so many new characters this gen. I really loved but if I have to pick just one I'll go with my space bro Garrus.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 8:08:53 AM

Ah yeah Garrus is awesome too.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:28:00 PM

yes, miranda gets the most annoying award. Her emotional insecurity complex outweighs her good looks.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:41:38 PM

That chick is such a b*tch. Loved Jack though. To the untrained eye she could be easily dismissed but the game allowed for deeper interactions with her that made her more than her backstory suggested.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 1:19:06 PM

I loved Jack too - for the reasons you mention, World. She really added to the experience.

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jdt1981
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 8:10:48 PM

Yeah Jack is a great character, under the tough exterior she's wounded and vulnerable.

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KungFuKitten
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 6:28:50 AM
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Nathan Drake starred in 1 perfect and 2 "nearly" perfect games. Joel from TLoU starred in just 1 perfect game. So...I'd have to give it to Nathan Drake



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KungFuKitten
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 6:41:20 AM
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One character nobody will agree with, but, being a father myself, means he comes in high on my list, is Ethan Mars from Heavy Rain. Thinking back through the torture he endured for his son...epic stuff.

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 6:44:27 AM
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Mine have to be Morrigan and Alistair from DA:O. Listening to their banter (well, mainly her mocking him) was quite humorous.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 7:30:06 AM
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A very good question, as you mention Uncharted does does out as it is just bursting with Charisma. One thing i will say about Uncharted is that they have never had an antagonist that can compete with how well developed the main cast it. They came so close to this with Katherine in Uncharted 3. I really felt she was going to have more of an impact after the conversation she has with Drake about his parents but beyond that it didn't go anywhere. So I am still waiting on an antagonist to match the good guys, maybe Uncharted 4 will get this right finally.

I felt NeiR brought an interesting character in the protagonist (Who you name). I felt the over sea's version in having his relationship with Yonnah being a father figure was far more effective than the Japanese version which has them as siblings. To be honest I cared for most of the cast in the game, they all had really well written back stories and all have unique challenges to overcome.

There are some games which put a character in an interesting situation, like Catherine. But I don't know if I would recommend Vincent as a well developed character, but I enjoyed playing through the game from his perspective.

I did also like a lot of the cast of XIII. Hope especially, while people complained that he whined too much I thought it worked well, you can't have a cast of 'Badass' characters like Auron or it is boring. But While I liked Hope, he was not even close to some of the best FF characters in the past like Vivi. I certainly haven't seen a character as compelling as Vivi this gen. To be honest his story about finding value in his life once finding out the horrifying truth of his existence was more interesting than the main plot of the game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:13:24 AM

I think Vincent is a very sympathetic character, true to life even. How many guys today find themselves in a job they never meant to have and a relationship where they feel like having kids and getting married are just the next "normal" step they are being pressured into and so they get a wandering eye.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:21:45 AM

lol, Uncharted can get a little one-dimensional with the bad guys. When you're doing a classic action-adventure, it kinda comes with the territory.

But Amy definately write Marlowe differently. The way she manipulates Drake through purely cerebral means, and the fact we actually see Drake at his most vunerable because of it (remember the look he gives?). I remember myself starting to think - who actually is Drake? I just assumed he definatley was the descendant, but she definatley made you think. A more cerebral character.

In the end though, she was still hell-bent on getting power, just like the others. They wouldn't be bad guys if they weren't :P

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GreyGhost
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 7:47:42 AM
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I really like Nariko ...
She is such a selfless person ...


-Gregg

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 8:23:30 AM
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I know he's an antagonist, not playable in SP and barely even seen, but Andrew Ryan was a beast for me. The world he envisioned and created was more than incredible; it was breathtaking. As far as protagonist, I have to go with Drake. He is just likable from whatever point you see him and while you play you can see that he really has a heart and is not just a fortune seeker with no regards for anyone else.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 9:38:48 AM
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I agree with world 100%. Really like Troy Baker (Joel from Last of Us and Booker from Infinite). Cole is a bad ass totally and i'd also like to put marston in there from red dead. I also really liked bayonetta cuz again, total badass. Of course i'm going to have to put sully and drake up there towards the top. Just such great acting from Nolan North. Wheatley was awesome in Portal too. Wow, as i look back i've had soooo many memorable experiences this gen. More than i can remember in any other generation. Can't wait to see whats on the horizon for next gen!!!

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Twistedfloyd
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 10:54:20 AM
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Meryl isn't a new character there Ben.

Drake, Elena and Chloe are up there for me from U2 as is Sully.

Ezio was great.

Joel was a tragic character in TLOU.

Ethan Mars and Scott Shelby really stood out for me from Heavy Rain.

John Freaking Marston from RDR was a fantastic character.

Elizabeth was great from Infinite.

FEM Shepard from Mass Effect. Male Shepard gives the flattest performance of any main character in a game I've ever seen.

Cole in inFAmous 1.

There are probably more that I'm totally blanking on, but in terms of new characters, these were my favorites.

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godsdream
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:10:21 AM
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Ethan Mars from Heavy Rain, Nico from GTAIV, Nathan Drake from Uncharted Series, Cole from Infamous, who ever the player was in Demon Souls (for being so brave!), Sunny from MGSIV, and one of my all time favorites: that guy from Brutal Legend, I think his name was Eddie.

Note: As sad as it may sound, I haven't played The Last of Us, but I'm sure there would be a character from that game in my list.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:11:55 AM
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For me it's gotta be Joel and Ellie. Wouldn't even try to pick between them, because the whole game is built around the changing characters of these two. Just such natural character development, you could really see how Joel gradually lets his defenses down, letting himeself become attached to Ellie.

(spoilers...)
For example, when Ellie first kills the guy fighting with Joel after getting out the basement, he doesn't try to comfort her even though she's obviously in shock. He's pretty damn cold actually. Then after a couple seasons, the scene as he gets to her with David, you can see a total contrast. The father-daughter relationship that you've seen built up through the game has finally come to be.

And you know you see it in the gameplay as well, as Ellie is really offset with nerves and caution in the beginning chapters - they don't want to be with or even trust each other. Then you look at her body movement gradually get more relaxed as time goes on.


Drake obviously has pure charisma, but as far as real, believable characters go, with tangible relationships, it's Joel and Ellie.

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WYO1016
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:28:20 AM
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No votes for CL4P-TP? Really? Claptrap is the funniest character I can recall from recent memory!

On the serious character side, I have to agree with Ethan Mars. Watching/participating in what that guy had to do about ripped my heart out.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:42:36 PM

Oh lord I can't stand him.

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TGSA
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 4:22:37 PM

Not Claptrap, but I'm surprised nobody here has said Tiny Tina (unless I missed it, I only skimmed through the comments). Tina is probably my favorite so far this gen.

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TheCanadianGuy
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:12:37 PM
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one guy i'd like to give a shout out to is Yusuf Amir from GTA ballad of gay tony. funniest character i've ever seen in a game period. he only had about 7 or 8 scenes but my god he was great! my favorite character of the generation hands down. plus i've never seen a gaming character remind me so much of myself xD

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:35:11 PM
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Anyone for Kaz aka Master Miller from Peace Walker? Or Zack from Crisis Core?

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 5:05:12 PM

Uh, didn't like Kaz in Peace Walker. Even though he's in a sort of main character role, he still somehow seemed like a non-character to me.

To be honest I can't even understand the game, feels more like I'm playing some sorta MMO metagame half the time. Off the back off MGS2/3 (from the HD collection - my first playing them), I got bored in the first half hour.

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 7:16:59 PM

There is a lot a managing. I didn't mind it, but I can see how it would be a turn off. You really have to hang in there. The story and underlying theme is as good as any other Metal Gear. There are hours of extra commentary from Kaz and the other characters in the extra cassette tape portion of the game.

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Mogreen
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 3:22:28 PM
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Meryl was in MG1 she don't count hahaha.

But I hands down go with Drake-Comedy,seriousness,intelligence all in to one.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 3:44:29 PM
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There are too many great characters from too many great games this generation to pick just one.

I won't even bother making my list of favorite characters, because it would be too long, it would take a long time to type up, and take a long time to read.

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Gamer46
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 12:49:56 AM
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Definitely Ellie. Joel is a close second.

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ProfPlayStation
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 1:49:37 PM
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Faith from Mirror's Edge :)

Both Nariko and Kai from Heavenly Sword.

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