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Favorite Playable Game Character of All time?

Discussion in 'Games' started by TheWampas1138, Jul 27, 2002.

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  1. TheWampas1138

    TheWampas1138 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 2, 2002
    At first glance, this might seem like the favorite game category rehashed, but I don't think so. This question eliminates considerations like Tetris, Gran Tourismo and even Pacman (I don't know if Pacman speaks in the new game, but on the old 2d, he's just a yellow pie eating dots). I think that in order to qualify for favorite character, the character in question must have a personality. For example, Jimmy Patterson in Medal of Honor: Frontline, has basically no personality. We see his entire world from over the top of a gun barrel. We don't know if he's happy, sad, frightened, macho or wimpy. He has no personality. Does this mean you can't select an FPS character? No, I'd argue that the Master Chief in Halo has a personality. Not well defined, but we know he's macho and fearless.
    The same lack of personality can be said of the character you play in Grand Theft Auto or Morrowind. We never hear these characters speak, or see them react to things. Does the guy in GTA care that he's been ordered to go kill a lot of people he doesn't know? Does the character in Morrowind feel guilty for stealing things? These are questions we don't know the answer to. We never even see so much as a facial reaction. So I'd like to elimate all the non-characters out there. No Ice Climbers, or Grand Theft auto thugs, or Jimmy Patterson.
    So long as the character has a personality, either gained through dialogue or reaction, it's a valid choice.
    Last, the question is about playable characters. So Cid from Final Fantasy VII is valid, but Sephiroth would not be (yes, Sephiroth is in a flashback battle, but really, not a playable character).

  2. Kentucky_Cowboy

    Kentucky_Cowboy Jedi Youngling star 1

    May 21, 2002
    Mario of any Mario Brothers game.
  3. Ketalis

    Ketalis Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jul 17, 2002
    Crono from Chrono Trigger, best video game ever made.
  4. jacensky315

    jacensky315 Jedi Knight star 5

    Apr 29, 2002
    Kyle Katarn
  5. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Dec 14, 2000
    Guybrush Threepwood, without a doubt.
  6. fn_clone

    fn_clone Jedi Youngling star 3

    May 2, 2002
    the swaggering outlaw biker Ben from Full Throttle.
  7. PrinceXizor

    PrinceXizor Former TF.N Foreign Book Cover Staff star 5 VIP

    Jul 4, 2001
    Well, probably Manny Calavera...
  8. portman_is_so_fine

    portman_is_so_fine Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 28, 2002
    Link in any of The Legend of Zelda games.
  9. Miguelburrito

    Miguelburrito Jedi Youngling star 1

    Feb 2, 2000
    Duke Nukem of course
  10. Ben Kenobi

    Ben Kenobi Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Mar 27, 2000
    Gotta go with the entire playable cast of Chrono Trigger.

    Does the guy in GTA care that he's been ordered to go kill a lot of people he doesn't know?

    If he isn't actively happy, he's at least content, I'd say.

    By the way, I'd say Max Payne probably has a certain amount of personality.
  11. TheWampas1138

    TheWampas1138 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 2, 2002
    Well, now that we've had a few answers, I'll share the character I was thinking of when I put up the thread. My favorite is probably Raziel.

    I think he's the most interesting character in games. His story is a little strange, given the events in Soul Reaver 2, but what a concept. He evolves faster than his "brothers," and is cast out for it. Revived by a god to serve as a pawn, he seeks out his brothers to strike them down and gain their powers. And all the while, we're treated to his interaction with the elder god, Kain and all sorts of other types. Raziel never takes his role as a pawn well, and becomes his own entity, at one point even defying the god that created him in this form. And I won't spoil the ending of Soul Reaver 2 (which wasn't a great game, but had a great story), but it's odd to say the least. I also think he has the best look for a character, sort of a tattered avenger.

    Edit: I asked my wife for her pick, and she said Yoshi for the following reasons: He's always happy, he'll give you a ride if you need, and if you make him mad, he licks you.
  12. Rabid_Balding_Ewok

    Rabid_Balding_Ewok Jedi Padawan star 4

    Aug 8, 2000
    My Jester from Baldurs Gate II/Throne Of Bhaal. :D Now that guy had personality from his own custom voice set to Biowares character development that you experiance while playing the game.

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  13. Rowland

    Rowland Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jun 28, 2002
    Fei from Xenogears.
    Solid Snake from MGS.
  14. SirLancelot

    SirLancelot Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 10, 2002
    Gorden Freemen form Half-Life, always in the wrong place at the wrong time!
  15. Dan

    Dan Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Mar 15, 1999
    Yeah, I'd definitely say Mr. Freeman is one of the top choices. Probably because you felt that you were him, fighting for your life.

    JC Denton from Deus Ex was also a badass character. Kyle Katarn and Duke Nukem also get mentions. :)

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  16. JediLord

    JediLord Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 15, 2000
    Dante from Devil May Cry.


    Edgar and Sabin from FFVI

  17. Darth_Hater

    Darth_Hater Jedi Master star 2

    Apr 22, 2002
    Guybrush all the way baby.

    "That's the second biggest duck I've ever had in my pants."
  18. jacensky315

    jacensky315 Jedi Knight star 5

    Apr 29, 2002
    Anakin Skywalker.
  19. Theron

    Theron Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 23, 2000
    A lot of people said some of my favorites so I'll add...

    Cate Archer from The Operative: No One Lives Forever.
  20. tenorjedi

    tenorjedi Jedi Knight star 5

    Aug 17, 2000
    Sam or max
  21. Apprentice_15

    Apprentice_15 Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jul 24, 2002
    Solid Snake from the Metal Gear games and from Metal Gear Solid One and Two
    for the Playstation game consoles.

    If you want a character you can actually see with a solid personality then Solid
    Snake is your character. I think Solid Snake has a lot more heart and soul than
    most other video game characters out there today. Pain, hope, loss, respect,
    diginity and fighting for a noble cause is what Solid Snake seems to be all about.
    His character and personality shines a lot more in Metal Gear Solid for the
    playstation one, pretty much because he is'nt the main character for most of
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. :(
  22. SoloCommand

    SoloCommand Manager Emeritus & GTA Coruscant Developer star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 15, 2001
    Konoko, the gutsy karate kicking manga lass in Oni. The way she goes through all the emotional turmoil, especially with Shinatama getting blown to bits, finding her uncle and then coping with Griffin turning tail on her.

    Or PAL 18 from Anachronox, 'You wanna see my batteries?' [face_laugh] .

    JC Denton was too much of a hard arse for my tastes, waaaaay to unemotional, then again, with all the implants in him, He's probably more machine now than man.
  23. CoolSaber

    CoolSaber Jedi Youngling star 3

    Feb 8, 2002
    Sonic the Hedgehog. :D
  24. Theron

    Theron Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 23, 2000
    Jake Logan from Tachyon was alright.

    Ace Azzameen (X-Wing Alliance) had some personality too
  25. DarthMak

    DarthMak Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gotta go with Sonic.
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