"Cookie-cutter bodies and perfectly painted faces are a thing of the past. Instead, developers are making a point to flesh out distinctive, flawed and entirely fascinating protagonists. Sure, Nathan Drake and Lara Croft are admittedly attractive, but they don't stand out much among the crowd of other ideally proportioned and intentionally unblemished gaming icons.
Whether it's a crooked smile, a small scar, or a meaningful tattoo, these characters have been meticulously crafted to be hard to forget. We're not saying that having character makes one ugly. Instead, we are calling out and congratulating developers who don't simply look at their protagonists' visage as a collection of necessary parts.
Lucky for us, we were able to go straight to the source for several of these leading lads and ladies. We picked the brains of a handful of developers and dove into the process of creating each character from the ground up. Some even provided us with concept art. For those unable to participate, we instead provided our own musings as to why the particular character is memorable. Read on for the scoop. "