In playing the game Red Dead Redemption 2, I began to fall in love with the character of Arthur Morgan. So it got me to thinking, what are some of the most memorable protagonists over the years in video games. I took this question to social media.
Dom and Marcus (Gears of War series)
What a wild journey that Gears of War trilogy was on the Xbox 360! Much of that can be credited to the strong leads of Dom and Marcus.
I think what makes these heroes great is no matter how many hits their world takes, they never give up. They never lose hope for a better future returning their home to its former glory. A lesser person would have given up, but not those two.
When the stuff hits the fan, Marcus maintains his composure and keeps calm under an intense amount of pressure. It is because of that, that your squad pulls through most of the time
Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
The Metal Gear Solid series has been a celebrated series for some time. A lot of that is due to absolutely wild plot and the strength of the first game’s protagonist, Solid Snake.
Solid Snake can be summed up in two words, “bad ass” in a game that can also be summed up in two words, “total madness.” What is even more astonishing as the plot reveals itself, Snake rolls with the punches like a true champ.
Clementine (Telltale’s The Walking Dead series)
Telltale’s The Walking Dead game series is set in the graphic novel universe. However, Clementine and most of the characters are original characters.
What a journey it has been for those who played The Walking Dead series for the past 6 years. In the first game, we began raising her with Lee. Then, after the sad conclusion of that game, we have gone on to her adulthood in the next 3 games. We saw her once as an innocent child. Now we see her as someone you would not want to cross in the post apocalyptic zombie land.
Telltale studios have been closed. There is a lot of controversy over what happened there. However, no one can deny the legacy that this game series has left us, and a lot of that is due to the character of Clementine.
John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
Now, we go to the person I personally suggested and many had agreed with as one of the best video game protagonists, John Marston in Red Dead Redemption.
There are many reasons why John will always be my favorite.
For a man who lived on the run as an outlaw most of his life and living in the times in which he lived in, he was very level-headed and rational. Something that we even find ourselves often lack now as a society. Very often during conflicts, he was the voice of reason.
Also, the voice acting for this character was top notch. The actor, Rob Wiethoff, brought authenticity to John. You could feel that he was a man who had lived, and much of it with regret.
After so many hours into the game, you come to the ending. Never has a video game ending traumatized me so much.