Do you ever feel like certain side characters in your favourite videogames have left a far bigger impression on you than the main characters? Do you think they deserve their own games?
We know exactly what you mean. Some side characters just resonate with you much more than the supposed protagonists you’re given and have to put up with.
Many games have main characters who are bland and ironically without any “real” character to speak of. Others offer up fantastic characters to play, but that doesn’t make those you encounter along the way any less interesting.
We thought it would be a great chance to take a look at side characters who actually should have their own titles.
Laguna, Kiros and Ward – Final Fantasy VIII
*Written by Timothy Biggar, as a stalwart fan of Final Fantasy.
Throughout the earlier stages of Final Fantasy VIII, Galbadian troops are portrayed as consummate soldiers, trained to be the best.
One of your party members and Galbadian soldier on lease, Irvine Kinneas, demonstrates that fact all too well.
And then out of the blue stumbles three seemingly unremarkable Galbadian soldiers, way out of their depth and clearly lost.
And yet, Laguna Loire, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac are some of the franchise’s most memorable characters.
*The theme song for these three.
Cheerful, kindhearted and generous to a fault, a solider he may be, Laguna dreams of becoming a travelling journalist.
To make matters worse, he’s impulsive but incredibly clumsy; and while he dreams big, he lacks in the way of confidence.
Unfortunately for Kiros and Ward, as Laguna’s best friends and beloved comrades, they rely on him for guidance and direction, which usually sees all three of them wondering into situations in which they’re rarely equipped to handle.
And although they’re playable characters for a relatively short space of time in comparison to the entire game, their story is told incredibly well, is highly memorable and represents a dynamic rarely seen in JRPGs.
But if you thought a great narrative is all that it took to qualify Final Fantasy’s three musketeers for a game of their own, you’re sorely mistaken.
They’re also all incredible fighters in their own right – Ward uses a harpoon and anchor to fight for goodness sake – and we’d love to take to the world of Final Fantasy as some of the series’ most beloved misfits.
Vergil – Devil May Cry 3
If you’ve played Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening, then you definitely know why Vergil deserves his very own game. He’s the elder brother of Dante and like him is the son of the demon Sparda and human Eva.
In Devil May Cry 3, he is the main antagonist and rejects his humanity in contrast to Dante. Vergil embraces his demonic side and tries to emulate their father the demon lord Sparda in his quest for more power.
Armed with this father’s sword Yamato and an insatiable desire for power, he proves a tough adversary for Dante and eventually is corrupted becoming Neo Angelo. On top of this, he’s also the father of Nero, the protagonist of Devil May Cry 4.
Vergil is a truly intriguing and bad ass character that deserves more exposure with his own set of games.
Vaas – Far Cry 3
“Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?” It’s a quote that sticks in your mind even after you finish playing Far Cry 3. While Far Cry 4 may have had a lacklustre villain, Vaas Montenegro was one of the reasons to play Far Cry 3.
To be perfectly honest, Vaas was vastly more interesting than the primary antagonist of the game, Hoyt Volker, who paled in comparison.
With Vaas you had an enemy for Jason Brody who is insane, drug addicted and willing to go to any lengths for Hoyt Volker. Vaas, along with his band of pirates, is willing rape, pillage, steal, murder, kindap and sell people into slavery.
Originally part of the native tribe called the Rakyat, he turned against his people for drugs and the offer of power from Volker.
His conversations with you as you play the game and his overall decisions make him one of the most memorable parts of Far Cry 3. He certainly should get his own standalone game, perhaps chronicling his descent into madness.
Ciri – The Witcher 3
Ciri is one of the main playable characters in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, albeit for brief intervals. She’s the Princess of Cintra and the daughter of Pavetta and Duny.
Ciri plays a pivotal role in The Witcher 3 and has excellent swordmanship, displays extremely high level magical abilities and has also been trained in the ways of the Witchers, an impressive collection of attributes to be sure.
She came under the guardianship of Geralt of Rivia due to the Law of Surprise after Geralt dealt with a curse for her parents.
Ciri is one of the strong female leads in The Witcher 3, among many admittedly, who is able to hold her own and has power that rivals, and even surpasses other characters.
She is also royalty and has staunch magical abilities.
Her continued tale would make for one excellent game, if only because she’s got an attitude to equal her prowess and the cojones to match.
Professor Oak – Pokémon
The Pokémon Professor we all know and love originally made his first appearance in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue.
If you recall, in the original Pokemon games Professor Oak works in his laboratory in Pallet Town and offers you Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed and LeafGreen.
He always has your back and offers support and advice across all the games he featured in, but that’s far from the start of Oak’s tale.
Growing up, he was a truly top tier Pokémon Trainer until he became more interested in Pokémon research. He is even an adviser for the Pokémon League.
We think it would be awesome to have a title depicting the early adventures of Professor Oak as an up-and-coming Trainer.
Garrus – Mass Effect
Garrus, full name Garrus Vakarian, is a turian and one of the main characters featured throughout the original Mass Effect trilogy of games. He was formerly part of C-Sec’s Investigation Division and was a C-Sec officer.
In the first Mass Effect game, he led the investigation of Saren Arterius, a top Spectre who he found out had gone rogue and had become corrupted by the Reaper known as Sovereign.
Eventually, Garrus would join Commander Shepard’s in order to defeat Saren and the geth.
What we feel is the most interesting phase of the character has to be the period between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 where Garrus leaves the crew following the “death” of Shepard.
During this in-between period he becomes Archangel, operating in Omega, and causes trouble for the mercenary groups the Blue Suns, Blood Pack and Eclipse.
It would be quite cool to have a game following Garrus’ journey during this period.
There are many game characters that seriously should have their very own games. We’ve explored a couple of characters here, but which characters do you feel deserve their own unique outings.
Share your choices below, and if you disagree with our choices why not tell us who you would select instead.