Nov 3, 2011

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Community Voice: Your Favorite Protagonist?

Community Voice: Your Favorite Protagonist?

On this week’s Community Voice, we’re celebrating the long-awaited release of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Naughty Dog’s third action-adventure game has garnered immense critical praise (check out our own Eric Galaviz’s review), and series star Nathan Drake is the quintessential protagonist – funny, likeable, and heroic. Other notable protagonists from this generation include Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard, Halo’s Master Chief, and Grand Theft Auto IV’s Niko Bellic.

We want to hear from you – who is your favorite video game protagonist? Personally, my vote goes to Sora of Kingdom Hearts fame. While bestowed with incredible power and responsibility, Sora’s humble attitude remains throughout his journey. He selflessly throws himself in front of danger for his friends, and strong character development takes him from timid hero to noble warrior throughout the series. However, part of his appeal as a protagonist is his vulnerability; Sora’s moments of greed or fear make him all the more believable and easy to identify with. By the time we’ve reached game’s end, the beating you give the final bosses are that much more meaningful.

These are simply my thoughts, and we’d love to hear yours. Let’s get a conversation going – sound off in the comments with who your favorite video game protagonist is. Is your pick a brutish soldier, wily thief, or totally unique archetype?

What is Community Voice? Community Voice is your weekly chance to make yourself heard on Vivid Gamer. Each week our Community Voice topic is meant to encourage discussion, not only with the staff, but with the community as well. We want to hear from readers of the site, so let us know your opinions on the topics every week, and let’s get something lively going!