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Thu, 14 May 2009 14:58:18
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Inspired by the recent podcast...

Who is the best leading game character? You know you have a favourite. 

So, tell us why you are putting forward your candidate for best game character. Then we all vote for the best based on the descriptions (you can't vote for your own)

Mine would be Ray from Disaster Day of Crisis. 

When you first see Ray he's a hero already. No he's not brandishing a gun or massive axe, he's not in some fancy superhero outfit, he's not some specially trained ninja master. He has no bionic arm, or any other kind of gimmicks. He's not some legendary hero, or a knight, or mage. He's a regular guy. 

But that's what makes his character so appealing. He's your everyman. The game starts with him as a rescue team member. He's on the side of an active volcano and he's rescuing a man stuck on the mountain. He gives this meaningful patter to ease the guys nerves. It's cheesy but you can tell that Ray means it, he's the kind of guy would be very lucky to have a best friend. Reliable and kind. 

Then his friend gets killed and he lives in regret for a year or more - he's a new age man who feels things and not just feelings of revenge and killing people. His friends sister (who he's never met) gets kidnapped by terrorists and so to honour the promise to his dead friend, he goes on a lone crusade to save her and stop an elite group of army soliders. All while the city is crumbling around him. 

So what makes Ray special? Well, firstly he's an ordinary guy and secondly: he cares. Yeah that's right, he's genuinely a caring guy, who goes out of his way to rescue dogs from tidal waves, lead lost little girls down volcanic mountains, give CPR to grannies having heart attacks and more. There is one scene in which he actively gathers survivors of the earthquake to group together to save themselves. He's inspiring to others and wants to save everyone. 

But he has flaws, he can't seem to recover from the death of his friend so he tries his hardest to save everyone, struggling all the time. He's handy with weapons too and as a one man army can take out a myriad of terrorists, all while dodging tornadoes. Also, he can break down doors with his bare hands. 

He's not selfish either, even at the end when he's basically got Steve's sister at his mercy he has no romantic illusions. Ray's journey from the days start to the end is one of redemption. All around he's a good guy and he does the right thing - but he still kicks ass. 

MUST SEE VIDEO HERE:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/40149.html 

Also, he fights bears. 

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Thu, 14 May 2009 15:06:13
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Samus Aran

blows up planets for a living!

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Thu, 14 May 2009 15:23:31
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Iga_Bobovic said:

Samus Aran

blows up planets for a living!

 You have to say more than that to get a vote. 

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Thu, 14 May 2009 18:50:30
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Ooooh tough call.  Well on one hand we have Leon Kennedy.  He's killed zombies, las plaga, and has the best hair in all videogames.  Plus there's some undeniable sex appeal.

And then on the other hand we have Karnov.  A man who just oozes Russian masculinity.  Rippling muscles, stylish pants, and unique facial hair.


I'm afraid I just can't decide.

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Thu, 14 May 2009 19:40:00
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why the cho aniki guys of course:



nuff said

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Thu, 14 May 2009 20:11:01
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Karnov wins LOL

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Thu, 14 May 2009 20:18:23
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Fabio = epic leading character!

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Thu, 14 May 2009 20:29:20
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You lazy bastards. I thought you would tell us in more than a sentance why you nominate someone. All I see is shirtless guy pics.

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Thu, 14 May 2009 20:41:35
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gamingeek said:
You lazy bastards. I thought you would tell us in more than a sentance why you nominate someone. All I see is shirtless guy pics.

That's all you want to see anyway.

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Thu, 14 May 2009 22:26:01

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I vote for Samus.  

-She is brave and aggressive enough to search for aliens inside caverns and destroy them. You know she is a tiger in the sack.

-She is very quiet so you won't hear backtalk and bitchiness.  She'l just kick your ass.

- She can roll into a ball.  Soooooooooo flexible.  

-She looks HAWT in a bikini.  Sorry, but Ray's Bikini shots do not even compare.

SHE WINS!

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Fri, 15 May 2009 00:04:16

I will answer this later when I have time to give the topic the somber dignity it requires.

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Fri, 15 May 2009 00:12:52
Cammy.

She deserves a stand-alone spin off game, something better than Cannon-Spike.

Why did I choose her? Well, she's just so cool, especially her Delta Red outfit!

She's also very mysterious. We don't know her past, she supposed to be a clone of Bison but she still doesn't know if he's telling the truth, and she's desperate to find out who she is. The story possibilities are endless.

She's in many ways, like Samus, who would be my number one choice but so many here already mentioned her, I thought I mention someone just as cool and different.

Anyway, that's all I can say. And this is my opinion, but SFIV became a much better game because of her.




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Fri, 15 May 2009 01:13:13

This is just a stealth Disaster thread. Nyaa

Anyway my choice, and I think its a damn easy one, is Solid Snake.

He is the ultimate gaming hero. He is not a cliche, he is not that over the top one liner hero. He is as deep a character as any in gaming. Why does he choose to help a country that treats him as an expendable asset. Why does he keep on fighting when everyone tells him he cant no more. He is as interesting a character as they come. He can be an ass when he wants to or be the motivating friend for someone in need. He can be funny and be dead serious. In terms of heroism no one comes close, he fights giant robots by himself. He shrugs off helicopters as if they are flies. Nothing will stop him from accomplishing his mission. The story of Solid Snake is the most interesting in all of gaming for me.

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Fri, 15 May 2009 02:41:23
Bah, you and your "leading" qualifier.  Lead characters suck Sad

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Fri, 15 May 2009 03:54:45
Ok -it's an ignored genre but I'm going to go with a couple of adventure games. Because these are played for two reasons - puzzles and character interplay. And take away the characters and you have something like Riven (great for puzzles but cold emotionally). So the characters have to be interesting.
I gotta go with two - April Ryan from the longest journey is one. Good female character in a field that don't have many of 'em. Smart, artistic , sarcastic - what's not to like.  I know that I like a character when I click on things just to hear what they'll have to say about it.
And then there's Manny from Grim Fandango. I'll put him up against anyone.
Here's the opening if no one's ever seen it. He's more entertaining than most characters in animated movies these days.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kVZ1sJZ9lo&feature=related
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Fri, 15 May 2009 05:03:56
Running the risk of being blacklisted for infinity i'm going to have to disagree with Dvader because however much i like Snake ... he is as cheesy and stereotypical and cliched as they come.  his dialogue is cringe worthy.

I can't think of a single favourite character but some who have stayed with me are Suda51's character's.  The killer7 (whether you want them to be 7 different characters or just accept them as one) are fantastic and so is travis touchdown.  

angrymonkey also brings up a great case for manny calavera.  the wonderful lead of the all around great cast of grim fandango.

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Fri, 15 May 2009 05:27:22

Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell series is my choice for best lead.

Voiced by Michael Ironsides, that's a plus for a start.

When the original came out on the XB it was a breakthrough in terms of providing a credible environment (no exclamation points appearing above guards here).  The lighting added to the sense of realism, the eastern european setting and voice acting was new, and right in the middle of it was Sam Fisher, who was relunctant hero pulled back into action.

Wiki states it best, "As a covert agent of the government, Fisher approaches his target objectives in a gruff, no-nonsense manner, but maintains a light-hearted relationship with his colleagues and even with his momentary hostages (even if he is going to kill them) . Fisher has little patience for government bureaucracy or political maneuvering. A political realist, Fisher maintains a cynical, jaded and sarcastic sense of humor about the covert, illegal, and often morally ambiguous nature of his work. In Pandora Tomorrow, when Lambert informs Fisher that "Nobody knows whether [Norman Soth]'s a US Agent or a terrorist" Fisher replies that "Those things aren't mutually exclusive."

At the same time, he is highly loyal and a staunch believer in the ideals his work ultimately protects. He is quickly angered by the casual slaughter of civilians or unarmed military personnel by his enemies."

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Fri, 15 May 2009 05:27:37

So Ray cares about everyone including dogs, but not bears?

Speaking of main characters what about Guybrush Threepwood? Honestly I'm picking him due to my memory being crap and somebody else already picking Manny, so he was the first the came to mind---he was also the ONLY that came to mind, so I woudln't really put that down to his great character! Nyaa

In his defence he's quite a funny guy. Not inentionally. In fact he's a bit of a dense kluts, regularly not noticing the obvious love that insane women have for him, whilest also accidentally severely injuring others without even knowing he's doing so.

Also the main guy from Full Throttle. I can't remember what he was called, but he road a freaking hover-bike that looked like a Harley. 

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Fri, 15 May 2009 05:39:09
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So Ray cares about everyone including dogs, but not bears?

Speaking of main characters what about Guybrush Threepwood?

I would google that name, but I'm in a public area.

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Fri, 15 May 2009 07:14:34

aspro73 said:
Foolz said:

So Ray cares about everyone including dogs, but not bears?

Speaking of main characters what about Guybrush Threepwood?

I would google that name, but I'm in a public area.

 And you're afraid of going to a pubic area?

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