While we have already celebrated some of the best games of the year (so far), the virtual frontmen (and women) of our favourite pastime are an integral part of the experiences.
Without these colourful, interesting, and downright badass characters, we wouldn’t have half the fun we did; so let’s salute those heroes of 2012 (so far) that have left a serious impression.
Death (Darksiders II)
Death is brutal, calculating, merciless, and absolute. The protagonist of Darksiders II has managed overtake War as our favourite Horseman of the Apocalypse, by selflessly heading into battle to clear his brother’s name and deliver a serious beat-down to any angel or demon that stands in his way.
Dan has been threatened with, well, death if he doesn’t get his review finished by Monday.
Captain Walker (Spec Ops: The Line)
Spec Ops: The Line is somewhat of an overlooked game. While it deserves some more attention, its hero, Captain Martin Walker, also requires some praise. Just a soldier who wants to do right, Walker is sent into Dubai and faced with some mind-blowingly tough decisions. Walker is torn, conflicted and pushed to the edge, and it makes him one of our favourite heroes this year.
Check out MyGaming’s Spec Ops: The Line review (PC) to learn more about Captain Walker.
Commander Shepard (Mass Effect 3)
Commander Shepard is nothing short of an intergalactic hero. The man has managed to defeat multiple alien races, while still finding time to help out his crew and engage in some inter-species love-making (if that’s your thing).
While making a final stand to save Earth, Shepard delivers the cool and calm one-liners, while also laying the smack-down on some insect-faced enemies – plus he has the shiniest spaceship in the galaxy.
For a different review experience, check out MyGaming’s Mass Effect 3 – choose your own review (PS3)
Wei Shen (Sleeping Dogs)
Wei Shen went from almost not making it onto consoles and PCs, to turning out to be one of the most admirable heroes of the year.
The Sleeping Dogs leading man risks it all as he goes deep undercover into the ruthless Hong Kong Triads, wanting to bring down the big players while also avenging the death of his sister.
Wei Shen is one cool cat, and speaks only when he needs to, otherwise letting his fists do the talking.
Check out the back-story of this game that almost wasn’t, and why it had the right ingredients to become a sleeper hit: Sleeping Dogs – blood on our hands. Then check out why it earned top marks in its final review: Sleeping Dogs review (Xbox 360)
Max Payne (Max Payne 3)
Max Payne has been, and always will be, one of the best heroes you’ll ever have the privilege of playing.
Self-loathing, shameful and broken, Max Payne is as real as you get, and despite being drunk most of the time, he is a poet in his own right, delivering some of the most thought-provoking lines in the medium.
Max Payne, we salute you. MyGaming’s review explains why Max is a stand-out star in 2012: Max Payne 3 review (Xbox 360)
Who is your favourite hero this year? Maybe a heroine has won you over in 2012?