Video games immerse us in worlds beyond our own, letting us encounter sights and sounds beyond our imaginations. But no matter the scenery, what would these worlds be without the characters we have fought alongside and grown emotionally attached to over the past eight years?
With the impending release of the PlayStation 4, today is the last day in which we here at Kotaku will look back and explore the heroes (and zeroes) of gaming's seventh console generation. But instead of me telling you who the greatest characters of the generation are, let's all contribute and make a master list together. After all, there are many great characters out there and no doubt they have touched us all in different ways.
To keep this list easy to read and enjoy, let's all follow these rules.
1) Home console game characters only: Yes, I know. Portable gaming and PC gaming have had a lot of memorable characters in their own right, but this is a list celebrating the seventh home console generation, so let's keep it to those. Of course, if a portable or PC game has been ported to the Wii, PS3, or 360, it's totally fair game.
2) Please follow this format, including bold text:
Youtube Link of the Character in Action/Picture of the Character (No spoilers please!)
Character: The name of the character
Game: The name of the game
Platform: Which console the game is on
Why this is a great character: Why is this character so great?
Favourite memory: Your favourite memory of said character
3) Only post each character once: Be sure to see if your favourite character already has a post in the comments. If he or she already has one, feel free to reply and add your own "why this is a great character" and "favourite memory", but don't make a new, independent post.
4) Feel free to enter more than one character! There are lots of great characters out there; give them all a little love.
All right, now that the ground rules are out of the way, let's get to it! Let's celebrate the greatest characters of the last generation!
Last-Gen Heroes is Kotaku's look back at the seventh generation of console gaming. In the weeks leading up to the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, we'll be celebrating the Heroes — and the Zeroes — of the last eight years of console video gaming.