VAT no 918 5617 01, Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA(Ref No. Along with Duke and Jax, other video game names for boys in the US Top 1000 include Dante, Fox, Kane, Maximo, Niko, Phoenix, Raiden, and Trevor. Roster Player, a.k.a. While Princess Peach sat around Bowser's castle getting mani-pedis from Toad and waiting to be rescued, Samus rolled and shot her way through armies of alien beasties and into the videogame history books as one of the first female protagonists. Maybe it's the well-crafted dialogue, voice acting, and total insanity of it all, or it could be just because we're suckers for dogs wearing hats, and rabbits driving cars. Some samples from Duke Nukem 3D: ''I like a good cigar, and a bad woman.'' Now, we know what you're thinking... so stop it. He's mistakenly dismissed as one of the easier characters to master but his accessibility is deceptive - go up against a seasoned Ryu veteran and you'll soon be on the receiving end of a Whirlwind Kick/Hadoken combo to the face. Amaterasu from Ōkami 2. Still, thanks to his mercifully unobservant marks and the abundance of one-size-fits-all enemy uniforms, no one is safe from the silent assassin. Inspector Carmelita from the Sly Cooper series 3. The compassion felt for all the different ranks, be it 'Digger', 'Floater' or 'Miner', is part of the simplistic charm that still has gamers coming back decades later. —Adam B. Bonkers though it may seem on paper, Grim Fandango is universally regarded as being among the greatest games ever made, and that's in no small part down to one Mr Manny Calavera, your host in the Land Of The Dead, your Humphrey Bogart in this undead Casablanca. But Halo used this limitation to great advantage, using a few key details - an evocative name; the intense, haunted quiet of the man; the killer suit, a triumph of design — to capture the imagination and inspire players to fill in the details of a hero whose face, hidden behind the ebony visor of his helmet, is never seen. Did we mention the killer, unexplained facial scars? —BL, Coolest traits: A reformed outlaw and devoted family man, he can rope a bucking bronco, skin a wild cougar, take out a dozen marauding gunslingers, and rescue a kidnapped courtesan before you've finished reading your morning blogs. Unique in not actually being a playable character, a speaking character, or even a 'regular' character by any definition, he's such a key part of wasteland life, from your pip-boy to your bobblehead collection, and such an iconic symbol of the franchise that there's no-one else we'd ever think of when someone mentions nuclear disaster adventure games. 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Though his day job is lobbing grenades around ancient ruins, firing AK-47s from the top of Himalayan mountains and desecrating World Heritage Sites, he does it with a genuine sense of self-awareness, pointing out how ridiculous it is and dropping genuinely hilarious wisecracks - all in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt (half out, half tucked). Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 (Introduced in Halo: Combat Evolved), 22. (And also blowing up alien pterodactyls with an arm cannon.) And while this may be an indication that Nintendo's dumpy plumber isn't as relevant today as he once was, Mario's place in the pantheon of gaming is assured. And you spit fireballs from your mouth. Oh, and survive all the centrifugal pressure you'd expect to endure when spinning about on your rear as you perform loop-de-loops in bizarrely well-designed circles of earth littered around the golden-ring covered landscape. As impressive as nuking the GDI off the planet? —John Young, Coolest traits: The spin dash. Hey, now you know. When we're first introduced, we see an energetic youth raised in a sleepy mountain village, who now acts as a mercenary sword-for-hire. Sonic the Hedgehog (Introduced in Sonic The Hedgehog), 10. Revisiting a cleared corridor? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Dixie Kong from the Donkey Kong Country series 6. But his most notorious outing was the monumental Jet Set Willy, where the former collier had become a millionaire, but was forced by his matronly housekeeper to tidy the mess after a particularly wild party. Being an impervious adversary, it's surprising that his presence hasn't been more prominent in Konami's Silent Hill series - recently, making a brief appearance in Silent Hill: Homecoming. Check out the 10 Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made. You know, that one. The clearest, most iconic symbol of the amazing, unbelievable, and above all enthralling underwater world of Rapture, Big Daddies are genetic monsters, practically welded to their suits, stomping around with a giant drill and protecting their darling little sisters. So I'll try a different tack. Violent. Sonic's just your regular, blue teenage hedgehog. Below, you will find my 7 selections. Perfect! It's not until she demands the incineration of your much cherished Companion Cube that the player begins to suspect that the screws in this demented AI are quite literally coming loose. Mario, Sonic and their ilk are the De Niros and Bogarts of the gaming world, closer to the hearts of die-hard console-addicts than any Hollywood icon could be. Digital Tony Hawk has many friends, including Spider … An ape of few words but many friends, he's everyone's favourite Princess-kidnapper - just don't steal any of his bananas. Waking up on a mortuary slab in the inter-dimensional city of Sigil, Nameless discovers (with the help of his floating skull companion, Morte) that he's an immortal amnesiac who can never truly die and the only clues to his past are scrawled in spidery tattoos across his scar-laden flesh. Very down to earth, very normal. Go Sith!) 710067), WandaVision: Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Show, Cobra Kai Interview: Ralph Macchio & William Zabka Go Head-To-Head, 2021 Movie Preview: Every Major Movie Coming Soon, Corin Hardy Talks Us Through His Killer Christmas Quadruple-Bill, Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins On The Power Of Superheroes. Kairi is one of the female characters from the “Kingdom of Hearts” video game series. —BL, Coolest traits: He's a smooth, Latin-accented skeleton private eye straight out of a Diá de los Muertos version of The Maltese Falcon, who spits out hilarious lines like ''Run, you pigeons! Shepard is a Mass Effect stalwart, one of the top 30 video game characters of all time per a GameInformer fan poll, and a transcendent figure who can be played as male or female. Lara Croft is one of the most epic female video game characters in this list. Manny Calavera (Introduced in Grim Fandango), 19. The brainchild of British coders Ultimate Play The Game (now rechristened Rare, the geniuses behind modern classics such as GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark) 1984's Sabre Wulf introduced Sabreman, a Dr Livingstone for the Mario generation in pith helmet and khaki shorts, slaughtering endangered species with a sword as he battled to escape a candy-coloured jungle. Possibly the angriest, bloodthirstiest computer game character ever to wear sandals (and get away with it). Not necessarily invulnerable but bigger, badder and more muscular than you ever thought possible; a man-mountain that men want to be and women want to bed. In World of Warcraft, Arthas is currently the boss to beat for stalwart bands of level 80s, since Icecrown Citadel has unlocked its gates and it's now open season on the Lich King for raiders everywhere. However, after he butchers every occupant of the Shin-ra building single-handed, Sephiroth heads out on an intercontinental rampage culminating in the murder of Cloud's love, Aeris, and a plot to destroy the entire planet with a massive materia meteor. You know, the one who irregularly comes back home with a face full of bruises, a body full of bullets and a sea chest full of gold. Question: Who is the strongest gaming character? Also, let's not forget that her hobbies include rescuing presidents and defeating genocidal reptile aliens. Video game publishers are a notoriously fickle and cowardly species, easily startled by "could-be-betters" and "could-go-wrongs." Rockstar knew they were onto a good thing with Brucie, too, having him return in The Ballard of Gay Tony expansion and introducing his brother to delve further into the 'roid monkey's lunatic back story. Duke Nukem (Introduced in Duke Nukem), 17. People have been crushing on video game characters for decades and will definitely continue to do so! Improbably proportioned, implausibly muscled and unspeakably hardcore, this is the badass COG trooper we all wish we could be. A genetic experiment created using the DNA of an alien life form called Jenova, Sephiroth began the game as the legendary leader of elite Shin-ra special forces group, SOLDIER. Joanna Dark (Introduced in Perfect Dark), 11. So far, so Memento, but as The Nameless One's story slowly unfolds, we see a tortured, tormented soul who has lived a thousand different lifetimes and played host to a dozen different personalities, only to be slain and rise again. Final Fantasy VII launches Cloud on a revenge mission to stop antagonist Sephiroth from destroying the world, while subsequent games and expanded material have delved futher into Cloud's troubled story - including the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and even, to an extent, the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Cue Unreal Tournament's gloriously over-the-top announcer. For that, his introductory 'outtakes' from the second version of the game and this interview, he'll always get our subservient, intimidated vote. But for all his impressive machinations in the RTS classic, it wasn't until the release of World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade that Illidan truly came into his own. Film might have Schwarzenegger, but Gaming's got Mr Nukem, and who needs Arnie when Duke's in town with a shotgun to fire and a cigar to chew on?