Submitted by Barry_Burton_84 1205d ago | opinion piece

PS3's top 5 worst protagonists

PSU.com lists the top 5 worst game protagonists to grace Sony's flagship home console. (Assassin's Creed, Catherine, Duke Nukem Forever, Killzone 2, PS3, Resistance: Fall of Man)

Godmars290  +   1205d ago
WTF is up with this site making PS3 lists - then not using PS3-only games or characters?
Pushagree  +   1205d ago
nathanhale  +   1205d ago
Yes, I am :)
TheFallenAngel  +   1205d ago
Hale was awesome in Resistance 1. I miss that game so much.
Gaming101  +   1205d ago
I agree mostly, those while the respective games for each character are all really strong, they are good in spite of their lead characters, all of which are largely boorish uncharacteristic dull bores with no personality or anything interesting or relatable about them.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1205d ago
They try to trick you by not putting the word "Exclusives" in the title.
Hence why only 2 actual PS3 characters (and not all that terrible either).
TotalHitman  +   1205d ago
Thank you. I never liked Capelli. I always felt more attached to Hale. I guess I have the same personality.
StanSmith  +   1205d ago
Hale was much better than Capelli! I'm a huge resistance fan, but i will always prefer resistance 1 & 2.
DrJones  +   1205d ago
Solid Snake is a memorable protagonist. Hale and Sev? Not quite as much.
Amazingmrbrock  +   1205d ago
I know it's goofy hey, I always kind of wonder when they do that. It kind of makes it a multi platform list, why even bother including the ps3 name and restricting their article.

Maybe they hate the xbox or something.

You know what you never see a list of the best pc exclusive anythings lol.
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1205d ago
Don't see any worst pc exclusive anythings either.
TekoIie  +   1205d ago
Well the site is called PSU (the PS does stand for playstation) so its understandable why they limit their articles to the Playstation audience.

Come on how can we fault them For that :)
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mushroomwig  +   1205d ago
Yeah, it's pretty funny how the majority of the characters aren't even from PS3 exclusive titles.
Aloren  +   1205d ago
It would be funny if they were not on PS3. As it is, they're not exclusive, but they're still on PS3...I think there are enough PS3 exlusives to make a list though.
slaton24  +   1205d ago
whats funny is this sounds like a fan of ps hating on these games...nathan was awesome, desmond is not meant to be a lead player to completely control yet...we all know people from KZ2 were cool in their own way..duke nukeum...hmmmmm, and dont know about catherine i never played it
coolbeans  +   1205d ago
I don't think that's the point.
I didn't read anything that gave me the inclination to believe these characters HAD Battle Royale nominees. The writer is counting every single game that can be played on the PS3 and choosing the top 5 worst protagonists from that entire library.
MrMister  +   1205d ago
Assassin's Creed, Catherine, Duke Nukem Forever are not PS exclusives -_-. PSU is a joke now, and this article more than shows it.
OllieBoy  +   1205d ago
Hale and Sev are pretty forgettable. It's Insomniac's and Guerilla's fault for not putting any effort in developing these characters.

Developed protagonists in FPS's like Gordon Freeman and Adam Jensen make the game more appealing and interesting.
Trenta27  +   1205d ago
Which is sad because they are both good series. If Insomniac and Guerilla developed them more, our hearts would be torn out.
Machioto  +   1205d ago
I like like sev in killzone,he's a good counter to Reco's personality,I didn't care Hale,Capelli was a better replacement.
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Etseix  +   1205d ago
i agree that you wouldn't compare Gordon or Adam to these, but Sev is not that bad either, i know is not a Jan Templar, but it was just not this ^list bad ( at least for me )
crzyjackbauer  +   1205d ago
Jan templar and KZ1 had better story than KZ2 & KZ3
i loved KZ1 the online was glitchy as hell
but the single player was memorable
Fylus  +   1205d ago
It was sad watching Radec tear through Jan's stomach with a pistol... :(

On the bright side, it made Radec a very memorable character.
Lord_Sloth  +   1205d ago
I find it funny that you count Gordon Freeman as a developed character.
TekoIie  +   1205d ago
No way my skyrim character is 10 times more interesting than Gordon Freeman... Damn Gordon is so interesting... -_-
coolbeans  +   1205d ago
You're able to get an ample amout of information about a supposed mute's back story solely through the use of conversations heard by NPCs; you certainly learned more about your character through that than Hale or Sev in their bland lines in cutscenes.
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ginsunuva  +   1205d ago
Sev isn't bad.

But Hale is badass. His quietness and pissed off looks are what make him memorable.
specialguest  +   1205d ago
Exactly my thought
Both Hale and Sev were not memorable at all. Two generic characters(especially Hale) in terms of personality.
nathanhale  +   1204d ago
Hey, I'm not generic! I'm badass!
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1205d ago
Agreed... honestly if they make a Killzone 4... they really need to work on the story...

I mean it has so much potential... people banished to another planet, mutated by its environment... I mean atleast try to make us sympathize with the Helgans, rather than OMG HIGS! SHOOT TO KILL!

Never played a Resistance, so I can't really tell...

Poor Desmond though... I actually like him, but they need to flesh him out more
dc1  +   1205d ago
Hale is/was not forgettable. He was a battered Juggernaut in R2 .. welling to put himself at great risk to save humanity ; ultimately, cost him his life.

No argument with Sev.

nathanhale  +   1204d ago
well said
xXBlondieVanHarlowXx  +   1204d ago

yup, yup. Hale and Sev were a bit busy fighting to prevent human extinction yet people get mad because the didn't show "feelings" or showed off they're amazing personality lol. Maybe that's why they put Capelli as the Lead character in R3. Although Capelli showed alot more personality it didn't exactly click with fans.

To the point, NATHAN HALE IS A BADASS. Anyone who's reached the ending of R2 will know that. You don't need "personality" in your character, you don't need to "relate" to your character, you need a character with sexy yellow eyes (lolz) who can make an alien pop into a nice red mist with the flick of his hand.
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iamnsuperman  +   1205d ago
Desmond is quite an important character. "It doesn’t help that his historical alter egos are such memorable leads in themselves". Desmond is the character who brings these wonderful adventures together into a logical structure. In a way he isn't really the main protagonist in any of the games because time and space needed to be spent on going back to the wonderful locations. He is just one of those necessary, but boring, characters and there is nothing really the AC games can do about it as he has never been the main character in any of the games.
Fylus  +   1205d ago
The only thing important about Desmond is that Nolan North plays his voice.
WildArmed  +   1205d ago
Honorable mentions Altair? I disagree XD
Same w/ Hale.
I liked the character of Hale, a gritty military soldier.. who didn't say much (if anything) in R:FoM. Had alot of mystery around him in the first game. Thou the follow ups (R2/R3) didn't really add to the character.
thrashermario  +   1205d ago
SEV is my favorite, I always use him on uncharted 2 and should be on all stars battle and Hale too
Fylus  +   1205d ago
Since Radec is in it, I'm sure we'll see Sev too. And Hale, I'm almost positive will be too.

I really really hope so at least.
Regent_of_the_Mask  +   1205d ago
Top 3 worst protagonists of all time are...

1) James Heller - Prototype 2
2) Mr. Grimm - Twisted Metal 2012
3) Emmet Graves - Starhawk
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Captain Qwark 9  +   1205d ago
ill prob lose a bubble for this.....

tidus.....he was so whiny. annoyed the shit out of me

i know hes ps2 but w/e hes still playstation
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Red_Eye  +   1205d ago
Hope is the worst. So annoying.

I realise he isn't a protaganist per se though...
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D3mons0ul  +   1205d ago
All black characters...

Is there something you're trying to say here?
slaton24  +   1205d ago
u racist maybe someone didnt like the idea of some people changing characters goin from alex to james or sorry guy like mr.grimm....now emmet i cant say i havnt played starhawk yet...just buy chance they are black doesnt make it a racist attack...hell im not racist but when i found out that ultimate spiderman died(comics) they replaced him with a black mexican mixed kid it sorta made me disappointed...thank about this what if the next uncharted was a black guy or the next god of war was a british....some people like sequals to follow on tradition...people even got mad when kingpin on daredevil was black and same goes for nick fury(even though jackson kicks ass as fury)..what i am sayin is dont always jump to the racist response this is a gaming site and please keep it that way
xXBlondieVanHarlowXx  +   1204d ago

Haha, oh your funny.

Wait your not joking? oh -__-

1. James Heller's character (personality, motivation etc) feels alot more fleshed out than Mercer's ever was (no pun intended).

2. Mr.Grimm's story was awesome. Granted his classic Skull look was ALOT better but worse character? No

3. Emmet Graves!!!? REALLY?

Can't help but notice certain similarities in these characters. If it is what i'm thinking. It's sad.
360ICE  +   1205d ago
I've been expecting you, uninteresting list.
Kratoscar2008  +   1205d ago
In what universe is Snow the protagonist of FFXIII?.
This list is a shit as others pointed out that arent exclusives of PS3.
sriki007  +   1205d ago
yea, all these characters are from ps3 games...... NOT!!!!
Halochampian  +   1205d ago
I do believe that all those games can be purchased on a PS3
Patriots_Pride  +   1205d ago
Read the headline again - Do you see the word exclusive PS3 characters?
DarthJay  +   1205d ago
Then what is the point in including PS3 in the title at all? It's clear: this article wouldn't have 72 comments as of this posting if it didn't.
Halochampian  +   1205d ago

Because if they didn't, the Sony fanboys would be all up in arms wondering why there were no Xbox Exclusives included.
Neo Nugget  +   1205d ago
I for one, find Desmond and the modern day story just as interesting as the events in the past. Sure, things aren't presented on a silver platter for you, but I still value his character and can't wait to play him in AC3.
PixL  +   1205d ago
Top 5 articles on N4G I detest:
1. "Top xx" lists
2. "What we want" rants
3. "Is xxxxxx doomed/finished/dead?" opinions
4. "xxxxx won/failed/lost" articles
5. Any opinion pieces with questions as titles.
FlashBack  +   1205d ago
"Stacked up against the cool, calculated Altair"

"Honorable Mentions: Altair"

InTheLab  +   1205d ago
Duke Nukem...Ok, he laughs at women being raped by aliens. But Sev and Hale are not bad characters.

And as Flashback pointed out, the list has issues.
Fylus  +   1205d ago
I have to be honest... I think Duke Nukem is the worst, unintelligibly thought out character to ever be imagined.

Opinion ^
Gigawatt25  +   1205d ago
What!? The guy from lamefamous isn't on there?
cpayne93  +   1205d ago
Probably because he isn't a bad character.
smashcrashbash  +   1205d ago
First of all some of these games are not PS3 only games only so it kind of ruins the whole 'PS3's top worst protagonists'. Secondly I remembered Nathan Hale just fine and so does every other Resistance lover. Just because you tried as hard as you could to forget his is not my problem.Don't see how Hale is any more generic then any other FPS character. Why, because he wasn't spitting out corny lines and phrases every ten seconds?

@ Gigawatt25. Thanks for the lame attempt at humor. I will reward you generously but marking you for trolling.
cpayne93  +   1205d ago
I agree about Sev, as much as I love killzone, I would like for them to switch out characters. But I think the way they depicted Hale in R1 was well done, he wasn't just an ordinary soldier, he was the only U.S soldier out of thousands that survived while assisting Britian, and he developed almost superhuman abilities and a resistance to the chimeran virus. There was supposed to be a mystery around him, the story was told from another's eyes for that reason. It was definitely a different approach than killzone.
Kratoscar2008  +   1205d ago
Why the hate for Hale? He doesnt talk like most FPS heroes as you dont need to talk here to make your point, just shoot shoot and SHOOT, that said it all.
rello91  +   1205d ago
Xbox wud have a list .... But with wat characters
GameOn  +   1205d ago
Yeah xbox only have gud chars :P
Sarobi  +   1205d ago
I liked Hale and Sev so... yeah
Emilio_Estevez  +   1205d ago
Top 5 worst ideas for articles?
coolbeans  +   1205d ago
Hinting us of your next blog, Stabby?

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Emilio_Estevez  +   1205d ago
Maybe, I've had other good ideas lately but haven't felt like articulating them yet. You can have this one cb. I've got a great AC3 one up my sleeve.
ExCest  +   1205d ago
That guy in Resistance 3. What was his name again...
mt  +   1205d ago
SEV really is annoying as hell, actually all of the protagonists in KZ2/KZ3 are annoying. I love the helghans though
KontryBoy706  +   1205d ago
I mean... why the PS3 hate all the time. Duke Nukem... really? Last time I checked that was NOT a PS3 protagonist
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Patriots_Pride  +   1205d ago
Where in the article does it say PS3 exclusive characters? Last I checked all of those characters are playable on the PS3.

Some people are so quick to defend a piece of plastic.
Hicken  +   1205d ago
When you say "PS3's worst," the natural conclusion is that these characters are unique to the PS3. The majority- small number on a short list, but still- are not. They really could have come up with a list, had they tried, as the PS3 has a ton of franchises to draw from, meaning a ton of exclusive characters that certain people may not like.

The article is poor journalism, pure and simple.
KontryBoy706  +   1205d ago
article should have just kept it PS3 specific since it is coming from a PS website.
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Aloren  +   1205d ago
It's not PS3 hate. It's a PS3 website, so they talk about games they can play on their PS3 (which, afaik, includes DN Forever).
byrnezy  +   1205d ago
Sevchenko is the KING
SaffronCurse  +   1205d ago
I love his name, More character development for him would be nice.
Erudito87  +   1205d ago
what a bs list why the hell is shevchenko, desmond and nathan hale on it with altair in the honorable mentions.
My list would be zeek (infamous) as number 1, seth(red dead redemption) as number 2, macus fenix(gears of war) as number 3, dom(gears of war) number 4 and finally that woman who tells you to persue and open the vault (borderland) for number 5
Aloren  +   1205d ago
Marcus and Dom are not on PS3... and to be fair, they're really similar to Sev and Rico.
DrJones  +   1205d ago
Similar, but way more exaggerated. Which make them way more memorable. And also more iconic.
Aloren  +   1205d ago
I wonder how can someone make a list of "PS3's top 5 worst protagonists" without mentioning Kratos, who is by far the least likeable character I've seen in a PS3 game.

Sure, Sev, Cole, or Hale are not especially "memorable", but they're ok. Maybe a bit generic... But Kratos was such an ass in GOW3 that it made me want to NOT buy the next game.
PersonaCat  +   1205d ago
......You're kidding right? Kratos is probably one of the most favored characters in PlayStation history. He was such a boss in GOW3. You just can't handle his badass-ness lol :p
Aloren  +   1205d ago
Well, I'm not kidding. Kratos (esp in GOW 3) was really just an ass and not a badass imo...and he's the perfect definition of "PS3's worst protagonist". But, you can favor him all you want.
StitchJones  +   1205d ago
This is really a stupid Article.
SuperDopetastic  +   1205d ago
Sev isn't that bad,shoula killed Rico though
nik666uk  +   1205d ago
What a very 'fanboyistic' article this is!!!

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