What a decade it’s been! As gamers we’ve been well and truly spoiled for choice across all genres. There’s been so many games released, so many franchises created that it didn’t feel right or fair to do a top ten poll and choose any one winning game character or a favourite. They’re all winners, and any of the below could easily have romped to top spot.
So, in the spirit of things, we’ve just picked ten characters who stuck in our mind most during the past decade and who we’d love to be friends with in real life. Master Chief isn’t in there though cause we aint really fans of Halo, hyuck hyuck! So, without further adoSPOILERSBELOW:
Ol’ Marston only made his debut this year, but his immediate impact and take-no-prisoners attitude has seen him earn a place in our top ten. Though he could be a bit boring at times, whining about his brat of a kid and whore of a wife, he showed wisdom beyond his years on certain missions and was a dab hand at shooting people right between the eyes. John Marston made the wild west cool again for a whole new generation.
Not so much for his work in the cutscene-heavy Metal Gear Solid 4, which frankly bored us to tears at times, but more for a solid decade where his character fleshed out across various consoles and genres. Smash Brothers, you say? Snake’s impact on the gaming universe has been immense over the last decade, even when he was fighting immortal, nanomachine-huffing ballet boys. Surely he won’t be around for another ten years?
We’re talking mutton-chopped Captain Price of Modern Warfare fame here. He felt like a genuine father figure, but was crazy enough to deploy an EMP over the land of the free. All-action and driven by instinct, Captain Price was a well thought-out, very real hero that, sadly, the press doesn’t pick up on in these tough times. There’s thousands of Captain Prices out there, risking their lives on daily basis. Captain Price made it all seem a bit closer to home.
Frank gave us one of the greatest gaming twists in history in Bioshock with his wordplay. When we found out ‘Would you kindly?’ was being used to control our actions all along, our jaws fell to the floor along with our controllers. Which we had to pick up again pretty quickly to kill Andrew Ryan. As a final boss Fontaine may have been pretty run-of-the-mill, but the build up stayed with us long after we saw it, and we underline it as an excellent example of just how powerful video game scriptwriting can be.
Gordon Freeman Ph.D.
Yeah he’s a theoretical physicist, but you have to admit, he makes… er… theoretical physics look pretty damn badass! The whole universe and its wife is against Gordon, but despite that he’s still alive and kicking – though we can’t imagine it’s much fun living without a voice. Combine-kicking resistance freedom fighter, Gordon offers hope to scientists everywhere that they too one day might be cool enough to wear a pair of Oliver Peoples glasses.
The only machine to make the list, Portal’s Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System has inspired some creepy-looking hentai fan art since she appeared on the scene in 2007. But then again GLaDOS herself is pretty odd in the head department too, having killed her creators after a mouse chewed through her AI bits and bobs. Nah, not really, but to us GLaDOS is the future of artificial intelligence and computer morality. We can’t wait to see how ape shit she goes in Portal 2…
Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson
Niko was going to go in, but then we remembered how much more fun we had as CJ in San Andreas, pumping iron and embarking on savage turf wars in a quest to avenge our moms. CJ encapsulates everything we love about GTA, and while we love the fourth instalment the realism was just too much. Give us CJ jumping out of a plane any day with a parachute strapped to his back before wasting some foos bouncing their vee-hickles in front of our house.
Alma off F.E.A.R
Heath Ledger’s Joker was good, but Mark Hamill’s version in Batman: The Animated Series knocked our socks off in the 90s and blew us away again in 2009. Hamill has a natural affinity with the character – we’re certain that if someone else was cast to do his voice then Arkham Asylum wouldn’t nearly have been as intense and captivating. Excusing the crap boss battle at the end, Joker’s chatter over the PA system from start to finish was engrossing. As Batman, we had to take him down. Arkham City can’t come soon enough.
Kratos has been on one hell of a mission over the last decade, and it’s that determination which helped him slaughter thousands of innocents within his wake. His approach is vulgar, bloody and brutal, but hey, it got him results! A chain-whipping, spell-casting bad boy of the highest honour, he literally went through the depths of Hell itself thanks to the same single-minded stubbornness usually displayed by a nan or girlfriend. With his appearance confirmed for the upcoming Mortal Kombat remake, we’re certain that Kratos has another ten-or-so years of mileage left in his tank. Hats off to you, Ghost of Sparta!