Playing Hero Is Boring

The latest entry in the Life, The Universe and Gaming column series on EGMR sees the author discussing Halo 5: Guardians, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and other games that set you as the hero, with the ultimate point being that sometimes being celebrated for doing good things gets tiring and you want more from the experience than plaudits.

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SteamPowered3176d ago

The Mass Effect Paragon/Renegade system made the game much more fun. It easily made it replayable to see just how bad ass Shepard can be, and some of his reactions from the Renegade selection really shocked me. To me, Mass Effect was always the story about the 2 Shepards. I wish more games added the Paragon/Renegade choices.

iliimaster3176d ago

lol hilarious ! i love halo 5 this game is crazy i was able to catch up with the halo collection and here i am

spicelicka3176d ago

I think playing the classic ultimate good guy hero is boring. We love playing gray characters that are good but also bad when they need to be.

OC_MurphysLaw3176d ago

Basically we want Dirty Hairy over The A-Team...both were good guys and on the side of justice, but one delivered justice with vengeance and lethality and the other delivered justice at the end of a gun that magically never managed to kill anyone.

jb2273175d ago

Totally agree...that's the same reason why I've never really dug Superman, he's just a milquetoast boring boy scout to me. That's also one reason (among many) why the Superman games nut hasn't really been cracked yet.

Immorals3176d ago

Don't know if I agree witcher 3 being used as an example. Geralt is doing something for him, rather than the good of the world and has the potential to make a lot of morally grey decisions along the way.

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Master Chief Became More Than A Machine In 343's Halo

In Halo 4, 5, and Infinite, Master Chief became a more nuanced, human character.

In spite of the Halo series’ struggles, 343 deserves praise for adding nuance and characterisation to the ever-beating heart of Halo - The Master Chief. Playing through Infinite, it's abundantly clear that the events of the current and previous trilogies have irrevocably changed the iconic hero. He’s no longer the ‘blank slate’ that was previously presented by Bungie. He’s a fatigued, damaged and fallible protagonist, and one who is meandering through currents of grief, while reveling in his newfound agency. Giving the Chief a compelling and meaningful voice was no small feat, and 343 should be proud of that victory.

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kingnick486d ago

This article completely misses part of the appeal of the original iteration of character in the original game trilogy. It was the Chief and Cortana vs an entire alien collective. The blank slate Bungie displayed in their games was genius, he was an mysterious hero a wide audience could identify with because he wasn't as clearly defined as most characters.

The books added a lot of lore and backstory but most Halo players just want a fun game with exposition that doesn't get in the way of gameplay, it's why the Cortana level in Halo 3 was derided.

Not every character has to be a damaged soyboy, a soldier has to suck it up and do his duty.

BandarHub485d ago

A lot of people give the 343 version of Master Chief a lot of slack.
But Fundamentally he is still the same character, he just has a couple more dialogues. He has not changed in terms of attitude.
"Not every character has to be a damaged soyboy, a soldier has to suck it up and do his duty."
And that's what he has done at the end of the day, he did his duty. Watch his partner die, and was ready to destroy the weapon in Halo infinite....he is still the same soilder that everyone remembers

Halo Infintes one was a nice balance between both.

slate91486d ago

Chief and the halo franchise became a joke under 343

Sciurus_vulgaris485d ago

The 343i Master Chief has is based on the books. However, in Halo 4-Infinite, the Master Chief overtime become. gradually becomes more willing to show some emotion.

Obscure_Observer485d ago

"However, in Halo 4-Infinite, the Master Chief overtime become. gradually becomes more willing to show some emotion."

Which is awesome! I love how Master Chief become more John and less soldier.

Sciurus_vulgaris485d ago

I didn’t even notice my typos,lol


GameStop Kicks Off Four Pre-Owned Games For $20 Sale

Daily Video Game writes: "GameStop is running a new pre-owned game sale on over 1000 pre-owned games that offers four pre-owned ($9.99 or less) games for $20 across multiple gaming platforms right now, including PS3 and Xbox 360!"

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roadkillers726d ago

I mean, the deal is alright… Unfortunately for me the Serious S doesn’t have a disk drive and unfortunately for Gamestop a lot of those games are on or have been on Gamepass/PSNow.

Sgt_Slaughter727d ago

Given the nature of backwards compatibility on new systems, this is a great sale in case you missed out on some gems from last gen.

Mandingo2020727d ago

Most of the games on Xbox are on game pass. The Switch games in this sale are trash c'mon farming simulator that's laughable. The PS4 games should be cheaper. I can't wait for the GameStop going out of business liquidation sale.

neutralgamer1992727d ago

Seriously man I don't get the hate on GS and I guess you want even less options and give more control to the publishers

And you want thousands of people to lose their jobs because you don't like a company. One thing I have noticed is how most who hate on GS haven't shopped at the actual stores in years. Many who hate on GS have also done so listening to others negative stories or experiences. People on YT want clicks and hating on GS is the cool thing

SurgicalMenace726d ago

It's not people's hate that would lose people's jobs, it's the shady business practices of the company. So what you're saying is that because people work there individuals should just support what they don't want to? Sound advice; Hitler too had supporters, employees, and advocates but people go around hating him too. They only hate because of other people's bad stories or experiences; they only spoke bad about him because they wanted attention. It's been decades; lets give his way another go. With your logic anything could be made to sound good.🤷🏾‍♂️

neutralgamer1992726d ago


Seriously you used Hitler as an example to say company has shady practices

You don't have to shop at GS there are many other retailers. I shop there and vast majority of my experiences have been positive and most of the employees are super nice

SurgicalMenace726d ago

Just having some fun, bro.🤣🤣

Mandingo2020726d ago

There are other places to work besides GS. Plus, their benefits are trash so why not work somewhere else?

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REDGUM726d ago

And none of those game you speak of you actually own as they are digital not physical & would cost more than $20 as the subscription costs more than that.

Mandingo2020726d ago (Edited 726d ago )

You know you can get game pass ultimate codes for the low on cdkeys or g2a right? You don't need to have a subscription 😂. GS is trash and I'd rather support the mom and pop game store here instead.

BlackTar187726d ago

Why are you people so full of hate? GameStop gives people jobs and provides a physical appearance to see things in the flesh and not just some soulless online experience.

Mandingo2020726d ago

You can get physical at mom and pop game stores plus you can get it online. GS is trash

neutralgamer1992726d ago

Because Mom and Pop shops cost two to three times more for the same product Angie the answer