This year has seen a number of characters make their debuts or long awaited returns to video game world, but we’ve also come a long way in the last 20 or 30 years. Video game characters now often have so much more depth and nuance to make players really care about their plights.
This was a category that had a bit of debate during our discussions for the awards, ranging from the deep and meaningful characters to those that simply injected a huge amount of fun into proceedings. After the dust settled, only one Spartan could possibly stand above the others.
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey didn’t just have a world full of depth and detail, but a protagonist that matched it in the form of Kassandra. Here is a character that feels incredibly human and as she travels through Ancient Greece you’re treated to every aspect of her personality from her happiness, flirting and little musings about the world to her anger, sadness, and anxiousness when facing some difficult dilemmas.
Kassandra’s design isn’t of some perfect and idealised person, but one who has been through the wars quite literally. It’s part of why she so fits well into her world. Voice actress Melissanthi Mahut brings Kassandra to life in such a way that every line is delivered in a way that makes her actions and reactions believable. It also helps that, alongside Alexios, she has the most freedom among the Assassin’s Creed protagonists, from exploring the land to the sea while not being too tied down in one particular place.
The Narrator (Strange Brigade) – Runner Up
Good day, chaps! Please allow us to introduce the first, and most dashing (we presume), runner up in the best character category: it’s The Narrator from Strange Brigade. He pips some other slightly more obvious choices purely for his prim and proper, yet outlandish quips. His humour and observations helped elevate the experience of Strange Brigade.
Apparently, Mr Narrator was only supposed to be a placeholder, but people had such positive things to say about him that Rebellion decided to keep him in. A good job or he wouldn’t have made this list. So, well done Rebellion in creating a memorable character that we never even see but are never without in Strange Brigade.
Mimir (God of War) – Runner Up
God of War was roundly praised for its character writing with a lot of attention heaped on the more reserved Kratos, but that Spartan’s shot at a runner’s up spot was snatched away by not one, but two disembodied voices. Mimir has been crowned a runner-up and he deserves his place. Due to this being a whole new realm for us and Kratos, Mimir was the perfect guide.
Mimir was a storyteller, a historian, and a politician. Some of the best moments in the game come when you’re just rowing around while Mimir reveals tales about the gods and legends of the Norse realms. They’re delivered in such a way that it actually gets a little annoying when he is interrupted and says he’ll finish the tale later. That’s the sign of a great character, one whose words you’ll hang on to and don’t want to stop speaking.
Honourable Mentions (in alphabetical order):
- Dutch (Red Dead Redemption 2)
- Frog Detective (The Haunted Island – A Frog Detective Game)
- Kratos (God of War)
- Otto Octavius (Marvel’s Spider-Man)
No doubt you’ll have your opinions on this, so we’d like to know who your favourite character was of 2018, and why?