Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Steamworks: Ten Best Gaming Heroes of All Time


Hey Gang,

So I'm going to try something different than I usually do on my side of the blog. Tonight, I'll be making a list of my personal favorite heroes from video gam history. Believe it or not, there was a lot of thinking in deciding who was going to make it into my top 15, not to mention my top 10. There's so many characters that were historic to innovative to flat-out awesome. So without further adieu, let's get started


 10. Mario (Various Mario Games): Let's face facts; if Mario isn't at least in your top ten list, you're doing it wrong. Even if you can't stand Nintendo or Mario or both, there's no denying that Mario has had a dramatic impact on the potential of video games. From Mario Party 15 (kidding) to Mario64, this classic Italian plumber has dragged us on numerous adventures that consisted of chasing down Bowser (and occasionally Donkey Kong) to release his beautiful Princess Peach. Although there's some controversy as to whether or not recent Mario games have been "good" to say the least, Mario's world has definitely left its mark on the gaming industry, earning him a rank on the Top 10.


9. Sonic (Various Sonic Games): While I'm no longer a fan of the Sonic games (or at least the recent ones), Sonic is a must-have on my list. The first video game I ever played was Sonic Adventure DX. If you look back on it now, it looks like a piece of crap. But back then it was the some of the best technology the world had to offer, and was viewed at as an amazing piece of work. Again, while in my opinion the Sonic games have declined in quality, it wouldn't make sense to not include the first gaming hero I knew and grew close to on my list.


8. Star Fox (Various Star Fox Games): Oh Star Fox. Another classic gaming hero. I remember playing StarFox64 and being completely horrible at it. While Star Fox games may not be for everyone, you have to at least admit he looks pretty cool. His classic laser gun has been putting a stop to Wolf and his evil allies for ages. His various appearances in Super Smash Bros. games have also earned him spots in many gamers lives as well.


7. Ratchet (Ratchet and Clank): Yet again, another hero I grew up with makes his appearance on my list. I grew up with Ratchet and Clank. While I was never really a fan of the first Ratchet and Clank game, it's sequels we're amazing; my favorite one is Ratchet: Deadlocked. Ratchet is a relatable hero who isn't perfect, which balances him out and makes him a great hero.


6. Steve (Minecraft): Ok, so I know it might seem ridiculous to put Steve here at number six, but while I was talking with JD from Slightly Redder Red and a friend of mine named Eric last night, I was talked into putting him on this list. But what is there to be said about this mysterious character from Minecraft? Steve inspires innovation, world peace, and love! He's practically the icon of Minecraft! WE SHOULD ALL ASPIRE TO BE STEVE! Think long and hard about this hero ... and you'll understand why he's on my Top 10.


5. Jak (Jak II and III): I've actually recently started to re-play the Jak games. If you've never played Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, or Jak III, you probably don't know who this mysterious hero is, or even why he's on the list. Maybe I'm biased because I grew up with the Jak series, but these games are amazing. While Jak and Daxter isn't necessarily the best game out there, NaughtyDog picked up the slack with Jak II; the characters develop, the plot gets extremely detailed, and Jak actually ranks a voice! After playing Jak II, I would have felt completely at peace if NaughtyDog stopped there, but instead they made yet another sequel that was even better than its predecessor. With new Light Eco powers, awesome Dune Buggies, and an even better plot than the last game, this trilogy just knocked my socks off. I'll be sure to make my kids play these games. You'd be crazy not to put Jak in your top five.


4. Sora (Various Kingdom Hearts Games): I'm pretty sure everyone knows who Sora is, and if you don't, you need to go to GameStop or Funcoland or wherever you buy your games and buy Kingdom Hearts I and II. While I don't play the ones that trail off from the main plot, I still love the Kingdom Hearts universe. Although to some at first glance the game my look juvenile and "just a mash-up of Disney games", you'll find the deep plot that begins to set in and an immediate love for characters like Sora, Kairi, and Riku. While I'm not really someone who likes Anime and Manga type things (don't ask), Square Enix really has my heart sold on Sora. Sora is someone almost anyone can look up to; he's courageous, loving, and relatable. Sora sees the good in everything, making him a great gaming hero.


3. Chell (Portal): So I think most people would agree that Chell definitely deserves a spot as one of the best gaming heroes of all time. While again the list is hosting a mute character, Chell brings us into Aperture Laboratories, and ultimately introduces us to one of (if not the best) villans of all time; GLaDOS. Chell's dangerous testing with GLaDOS proves for a great time and a hilarious adventure. Chell's been through it all, reserving spot number 3 on the list for herself.


2. Master Chief (Halo): Come on, guys. It's the Chief we're talking about here. He's just straight up bad ass. If further explanation is needed, the Halo games are a sort of "Gamer Central Hub. While I grew up more with Nintendo and Playstation (aka Sony) versus Bungie and Xbox (aka Microsoft), I was introduced to the chief when I was maybe 12 or 13, a little bit before Halo 3 came out (if I recall correctly). I'd like to point out that before I played the Halo games, I could not stand any type of shooter games (well, unless you count Jak II, III, and the Ratchet and Clank games ... ok so I liked some, but not many). The Chief was my introductory guide into the world of shooter games, and for that I cannot thank him enough. He was almost like my guide to gaming maturity, if you will; like he showed me the way to more mature games with deeper plots and games that required skill. The Chief introduced me to many games that I thought were dumb, and showed me the true nature behind them, ranking him number two on my list.


1. Link (Various Zelda Games): So some of you may be wondering why I put Link as number one. Sure, he's a great hero, but aren't there so many other better ones? He can't even talk! While all of this may be true, Link WAS the first gaming hero. That's right, you heard correctly; created by Nintendo, Link was the first hero of gaming. How much more innovation on the gaming industry can a gaming hero have other than starting the category of having gaming heroes? Link many of the games I've talked about above, I grew up with The Legend of Zelda games. I remember playing The Ocarina of Time when it was recently released, and it was awesome then too (so I was 3, big deal). Ocarina of Time is probably one of my favorite games of all time. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was another recent Zelda game that was phenomenal. In my eyes, Link truly deserves the title of The Best Gaming Hero of All Time. Thank you for innovating the gaming industry for 26 years and counting!

So there you have it! Those are my favorite video game heroes of all time. Feel free to sound off your lists in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it, and be sure to stop by for more news, reviews, and updates.

Peter, The SteamWorks

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