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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! My present to you is the next award for Best Character of 2016, enjoy!
While games can certainly succeed through great gameplay, is there nothing better when a game features a villain you just love to hate or someone to a character that you can really rally behind? It’s because of this that I’m a big fan of compelling characters in games.
Regardless of whether it’s a bad guy or good guy, these characters bring a little extra something to the table. It was another great year for characters with that special ‘X’ factor so narrowing the list to something manageable was a bit tougher than in years past. Without further adieu, here are some of my favorites from the year that was.
and the nominees are…
Frank West (Dead Rising 4)
The man that once covered wars and fought zombies off in a giant mall is back in action once again in Dead Rising 4. Yes, he’s a little older and a little wiser, but it wouldn’t be Frank without his trademark sarcasm and ability to basically turn anything and everything into a weapon of some sort.
Unfortunately for him, he’s back where it all started at Willamette where another outbreak has occurred. For Frank, it’s just another day at the office, as he now fuses all sorts of lovely holiday and Christmas themed objects into weapons of chaos. Though the work is violent, Frank never forgets that trademark wit and sarcasm. Besides, who else would you want riding shotgun during a zombie apocalypse?
Captain Qwark (Ratchet & Clank)
I mean, the Ratch & Clank series has provided fans with a variety of cool and engaging characters over the years, but there’s just something about Captain Copernicus Leslie Qwark which stands out from the rest. Perhaps it’s his self inflated ego or taking credit for things he may not have actually done.
Okay, so I may have just described a pretty detestable person, but Qwark does have his selfless moments while being unintentionally funny as well. There’s a sort of charm to the man, almost a child-like quality, which is why he stands out each time he shows up in the game.
BT-7274 (Titanfall 2)
While not the funniest or emotive character on this list, the vanguard-class titan known as BT-7274 is a powerful machine players use during the impressive campaign. Though he may lack emotion, BT has a certain child-like charm to him and how he interacts with the outside world. When the player controlled character of Jack Cooper tries to use humor or sarcasm while speaking to BT, he tends to takes it at face value, missing the point completely.
What’s cool about this character is the evolution he goes on as the game progresses. At first, BT is ultra professional, unsure of this newly minted pilot, fresh off the loss of his previous master. The relationship starts off cool, with BT referring to Cooper as simply Pilot, but as the game progresses, the dialogue begins to open up a bit more with BT using Pilot Cooper, and then finally calling him Jack by the end. BT also starts to pick up on quirks and gestures as well, such as giving a thumbs up, which only adds to how endearing this companion is.
The Wrench (Watch_Dogs 2)
In a game chock full of interesting characters, it’s the mysterious man only known as “The Wrench” which stands head and shoulder above them all. I mean, his name is The Wrench, so how could I really pick anyone else, right?
While he certainly stands out thanks to his mask which shows emotion through electronic symbols as he talks, this a sort of unhinged spastic energy to this character which makes him a lot of fun to interact with in the game. To him, there isn’t a problem he can’t solve, just in his own special way. Why take apart a toaster when you can smash it apart with a sledgehammer? This intelligent and off the wall hacker brings a much needed infusion of humor and personality to the franchise.
The cute and charming corebots from ReCore are easily one of the best aspects of the game. Not only are they able to emote and animate extremely well, they’re capable partners, helping Joule navigate the world or beat up deadly enemies.
Each one has its own personality to. The main blue bot is named Mack, with the qualities of a loyal dog, while Seth is a bit more timid, though can help out in a pinch. The final bot is Duncan, who is the muscle of the group, aggressively attacking the players enemies. For robots, it’s amazing just how the developers have managed to bring these characters to life and give each one a very unique and distinct personality. They certainly add so much personality to this unfortunately overlooked title.
And the winner is…
While all of the nominees are great in their own right, I found myself really caring about the evolving relationship between Jack and BT. He provides much needed personality to these metal monsters, and this buddy cop story will certainly take you through a number of emotions throughout the campaign along with some extremely cool action moments as well.