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The 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
The 50 Greatest Videogame Characters | 29. Garrett
First appeared in: Thief: The Dark Project (1998)

Thief: The Dark Project is often described as the original 'first-person sneaker'. Developed by Looking Glass Studios, it was the first game in the stealthy Thief trilogy (with a fourth currently in development) to introduce us to renowned thief, Garret, the man responsible for all the skulking around. Garrett is a master of stealth, archery and pickpocketing, but is more than just a nefarious bandit, offering cynical asides and wry observations as he cases potential jobs.

You could never help but feel sorry for poor Garrett. All he ever wanted was to be left alone to steal other people's valuables in peace! Unfortunately, Garrett's employers always had different plans for him, which rarely turned out well and resulted in Garrett losing an eye towards the climax of the first game.

Acting as a medieval Han Solo type - a rogue looking out for himself; callous and sarcastic, yet always upholding his beliefs - he matches his wit with a surprising amount of intelligence and a certain roguish charm. But it's his sardonic amorality that shines through most of all, ensuring Garrett a place as one of gaming's most appealing anti-heroes.

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Your Comments
1 Gordon Freeman = Morgon Freeman
Posted on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 16:42 by The Bounty Hunter
It amazes me that you all cannot agree on the one character that is the best. IT also does not surprise me. People have varying choices, just be happy that your favorites even exist. Read More

2
Posted on Friday October 19, 2012, 18:15 by bogdanukr
What about Shepard? How could you forget John Marston? Or any of Assassin's (Altair or Ezio)? Cpt. Price or Soap McTawish? Instead of these GREAT charracters we have some strange cartoonish monsters. C'mon guys, you know I'm right. Read More

3 This is so wrong.
Posted on Wednesday October 10, 2012, 19:44 by charlesgwinters
Your missing Master Chief, Mario should be #1 followed by Link or Sonic. Who ever made this list should never do anything like this again. Read More

4 Where's Johnny Gat or Niko Bellic? or Pikachu?
Posted on Sunday September 30, 2012, 12:44 by jimbo619y2j
This list is missing some great characters. Johnny Gat is the ultimate bad-ass. Niko Bellic is the epitomy of one of the greatest video games of all time (even though the game was mediocre in my opinion). And where the hell is Pikachu? Read More

5 RE: max payne?
Posted on Thursday September 20, 2012, 19:25 by Finnymint
L: russpook considering this is a film magazine site i would have thought they'd have max payne? i mean not even at number 50? really? yet they have "dirk the daring"? ouldn't agree with you more on this. Having played max Payne 3, I can't remember playing a game more character driven and having a protagonist with as much personal depth and anguish as max. Although given this list is a little outdated, where Max Payne 3 was not around and perhaps the franchise's reputation being tainted by the awful movie adaptation with mark wahlberg that did the original source no justice, it would maybe be different had it been released after Max Payne 3. Read More

6 RE: No master chief
Posted on Thursday September 20, 2012, 19:16 by Finnymint
Perhaps #1 overrated character, like he is in IGN's list of overrated video game characters. I love halo games but really master chief is an awful character from a personal stand point. Speaking strictly from context of the games (not the nerdy books of the halo franchise I've heard fan boys rave about in regards to his "character depth"), Master chief's persona is hardly explored and he is as his appearance makes him to be, a walking cyborg (really a machine). He rarely talks and his "character" is barely scratched at the surface. Now maybe perhaps this ll be different in halo 4. Not to say master chief isnt one of the most recognizeable characters ever mad, but he certainly isn't one of the best in actual quality. Read More

7 max payne?
Posted on Thursday August 9, 2012, 14:55 by russpook
considering this is a film magazine site i would have thought they'd have max payne? i mean not even at number 50? really? yet they have "dirk the daring"? Read More

8
Posted on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 09:27 by trevor_hunter
I'm registerd this s*** hole site ony for say this.. this short list totaly bulls*** there is no altair/ ezio ( assassin's creed) commander shepard ( mass effect) Alex mercer ( prototype) Diablo ( diablo/ blizzard) niko bellick or CJ ( GTA) dowakin ( skyrim) ETC... and you guys put pacman on it ? GTFO nuff said ! Read More

9 Way Off
Posted on Tuesday July 31, 2012, 16:59 by videofrieddagamemind
Mario is 1, and Sonic and Link are tied for second (or 2 and 3), after that the debates can start. But if you're including Sephiroth, how not Ganon? Ryu but not Sub-Zero? Metroid - sure enough, where's Mega Man? This list appears to have been made by one or two people who are less the 23 years old. Adjusted by the voters, it would get a lot closer to reality from what I can tell. No one comes before Mario, no one. Read More

10
Posted on Saturday June 30, 2012, 22:33 by Rdog13
Niko Bellic... Read More

11
Posted on Friday June 29, 2012, 07:59 by lee triple s fan
Why isn't Shadow the hedgehog in here? He's way much cooler than lots of them. And just why you guys think Mario's greater than Sonic? I know that Mario has got more games than Sonic, but Sonic's games' story plot is much interesting and has cooler bosses. Not like Mario only defeating Bowser, Sonic had at least more than 5 different bosses with different abilities. Not only that, Sonic has cooler transformations( Werehog, Super Sonic, Darkspine Sonic...) Unlike Mario just eating a mushroom/flower and turn big or something like that. Read More

12 Somewhat Dissappointed
Posted on Sunday June 24, 2012, 22:32 by shierrarobin
Several of the characters on this list I've never even heard of. Same with my very avid gamer friends. Several characters who we feel should have made the list did not. These characters at least deserved a spot on the list: Albert Wesker, Megaman, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Liu Kang, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Yoshi, Ezio from Assassin's Creed, Fox, Vincent Valentine, and Red from Pokemon Red, Green, Blue and Yellow.. Also, some of these characters are far higher or far lower on the list than they should be. I don't think I'm alone in thinking that Donkey Kong should be far higher on the list than 48. Also, the number one character shouldn't even be in the top 10 and yet he was placed at the top. This list needs to be reevaluated. Read More

13 RE: In Freeman we trust
Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012, 01:43 by Gr8SaiyanMan216
what in HELL makes you say that Master Cheif is not better than this Freeman guy? i played both, and let me tell you, i had a better time watching paint try than that disgrace for a game!!!! beacuse everyone with at least a half of a brain knows that someone like tingle from "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" is better than this guy. you don't know what you are talking about when it comes to games. Read More

14 Mortal Kombat?
Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012, 01:35 by Gr8SaiyanMan216
what happened to Liu Kang?!?! because we all know that mortal kombat is a WAAYYY better video game series than street fighter. this list is crap in some cases. why do you have mario higher than link? Read More

15 Mortal Kombat?
Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012, 01:35 by Gr8SaiyanMan216
what happened to Liu Kang?!?! because we all know that mortal kombat is a WAAYYY better video game series than street fighter. this list is crap in some cases. why do you have mario higher than link? Read More

16 Vincent Valentine
Posted on Friday June 15, 2012, 12:21 by dgribble
To not have him top of the list is blasphamey; to even include him in the list puts you on my death list. Read More

17 Where is Weatley??
Posted on Sunday June 10, 2012, 20:28 by CambiMan
Wheatley from Portal 2 should be here with Glados. A brilliant character that is always hilarious with Steven Merchant's great voice backing it that should be on this list for the opening scene of Portal 2 alone, not to mention the rest of the game. Read More

18
Posted on Monday June 4, 2012, 06:09 by Nukes_of_Hazard
People who complain about Gordon Freeman having the number 1 spot never played the Half Life series. And if they did, it was Half Life 1 that they picked up a couple of months ago and stopped playing straight away because "the graphics were bad" Read More

19 In Freeman we trust
Posted on Monday June 4, 2012, 06:04 by Nukes_of_Hazard
Gordon Freeman is the clear choice.. Solid Snake, Master Chief and all these casual gamer noob characters don't belong on that list. Read More

20
Posted on Saturday May 12, 2012, 19:59 by Master Chief96
Where is Crash Bandicoot? Read More

21
Posted on Tuesday May 1, 2012, 18:23 by Dragcidoe
Where the f*ck is Shadow the Hedgehog????????????????? Read More

22
Posted on Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:37 by Noudletown
What a poorly done job on the names.. there where a few good ones. Metal Gear? Star Fox etc... what a load of shit, very useless. Read More

23 ITT: Butthurt kids
Posted on Wednesday March 28, 2012, 05:55 by Hannibal942
The list is perfect. I'm happy to see the Nameless One in the top 5, and any attention to Planescape: Torment is awesome. I would've personally lowered Master Chief but it seems you have a lot if butthurt halo fans here. Gotta love seeing seeing PC characters in the top 5. Shodan, TNO, and Gordon Freeman. Well played Empire. Don't listen to the kiddies. Read More

24 No master chief
Posted on Friday March 23, 2012, 04:53 by cole1357
WTF no halo characters at all what is wrong with empire master chief definitely deserves #1 Read More

25
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 17:04 by waqarabbas
i love leon s keenedy he is the no .1 hero in the world ... i saw it on youtube Read More

26
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 17:02 by waqarabbas
i m a marine i just want to tell with you guys that the style of leon with gun in his hand is really awesome just like a real agent or soldier. Read More

27 i am leon s kennedy
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 17:00 by waqarabbas
hey its impossible i m the real hero and you put me on 44 its really funny and wrong so please give me my original spot no.1. if you dont give me this place i will shoot you guys just like i do in game shoot them in the headhahahahahahha Read More

28
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:56 by waqarabbas
i agree with it leon is number 1 , i never play resident evil but i saw the CGi movie re degeneration. in which leon shows his skills and mind. also he is hot and just like a hero Read More

29 whaaatttttt
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:54 by waqarabbas
leon.s.kennedy is on 44, no its universal false. im not agreed with it please place him on number 1 Read More

30
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:53 by waqarabbas
leon shoulb be higher on the list Read More

31 leon . leon . leon kennedy
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:52 by waqarabbas
leon is the best and he is the nmbr 1 Read More

32 Leon s kennedy
Posted on Sunday March 18, 2012, 16:51 by waqarabbas
hey its totally wrong please leon is the best character in the world . he should be at number one. see the voting for him then you will feel sorry Read More

33 Yup.
Posted on Monday March 5, 2012, 23:52 by Dread Sovereign
Gordon Freeman beats all of Nintendo combined. Btw guys, this is a matter of opinion. The list isn't 'wrong'. Read More

34 Yup.
Posted on Monday March 5, 2012, 23:40 by Dread Sovereign
Gordon Freeman beats all of Nintendo combined. Btw guys, this is a matter of opinion. The list isn't 'wrong'. Read More

35 WHERE THE F*** IS PIT!?
Posted on Monday March 5, 2012, 14:30 by iamverydissapointed
The list is very wrong. This is how it should have been: #1 Link, #2 Mario (At least they got one correct), #3 Pit, #4 Donkey Kong (Not number F**CKING 48), #5 Yoshi. Read my username and you will know how i feel! Read More

36 where is ezio auditore
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2012, 16:53 by manoj1992
where is ezio auditore da firenze i expected him in top 5 .. iam a very hardcore gamer and the best character ive played in my life is ezio auditore he is the greatest legend of gaming world .. shame on the person who created this list for not adding ezio .. !! Read More

37 Other heroes.
Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2012, 04:16 by iSillyiRabbit
I think Sam Stone of the Serious Sam series should be included.. or B.J. Blazkowicz of the Wolfenstein series. Read More

38
Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012, 19:52 by sedingle111
Why Mario not #1? Why Link not #2 Where is Zelda & Why donkey kong so far from # 5 or 6 ???? D: Read More

39
Posted on Tuesday January 24, 2012, 17:41 by drachehexe
How can characters with several GREAT games under their belts not make the list? Where are Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell) and Kain and/or Raziel (Legacy of Kain series)? Read More

40 Sweet~
Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2012, 03:22 by Razorflame45
Gordan! He is epic but i have to say The Chief deserves it more then him and Wheatley should be on this list, i mean really you cand get any better than that or atlease Axel from Kingdom Hearts. I didnt even know half of those Video Game characters Read More

41 Red Dead Redemption?
Posted on Monday January 2, 2012, 12:19 by Lily1997
John Marston anyone? he deserves to be up here at least. And Lara Croft definitely deserves to be higher. Read More

42
Posted on Thursday December 22, 2011, 19:44 by johnmaylives
terrible list. where is Ezio auditore Read More

43 Think About It
Posted on Saturday August 13, 2011, 04:49 by Liquid_Armor
While looking through this article I have found some excellent choices which I am pleased to see make it onto the list. But I am amused as to how many people are actually complaining about how the majority of their suggestions were not selected. First you have to get it through to your mind that Empire is not a video game based publication. They are experts within films, and give informative reviews that many people enjoy reading every time a new movie is released. This article was most likely created by members of staff who thought that it would be a nice change of pace from their usually business. I will not be surprised that they compiled it with their own personal experience of playing video games and did little next to no research because they were confident about their knowledge. I can guarantee that if an average gamer were given the opportunity to create this list then they would embarrass themselves by putting choices such as Solid Snake, Master Chief and the entire ModernRead More

44
Posted on Sunday August 7, 2011, 02:45 by chuah
oi! where is Kapp'n from animal crossing!? that guy is a legend! Read More

45 ???
Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2011, 03:57 by Memex
Hey guys....how many of you have just created an account just because of this list? Think about it, huh? Read More

46 Most badass heroes
Posted on Monday July 11, 2011, 09:42 by evbro
A little different from just the "greatest," here is a list of the most "badass" video game heroes: http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-bad ass-video-game-heroes-of-all-time Vote up your faves! Read More

47 Uh...
Posted on Tuesday July 5, 2011, 01:17 by mortnoir
I created an account for only one reason, and that is to say this: MORE THAN HALF OF THE CHARACTERS ON THIS LIST SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ON IT. By my count, only twenty-one of those listed even belong on the list, and most of them should be lower. The Duke should be higher. Link beats nearly all of them. Garrett should be in the top five, as anyone who has ever played the Thief games would undoubtedly agree. "One" from Gothic should be on there near the bottom. And here's a question: WHERE THE FRICK IS MAGUS? He's at least Numero Dos. As a life-long gamer on every format since Atari 2600, I'm absolutely appalled. Read More

48 care to say this was the most disgusting listing ever
Posted on Sunday July 3, 2011, 05:55 by 1s99f0x
i`ve been playing videogames since 1996,and i care to point out that this listing is the more disoriented list i have ever seen,it is unimaginable that an adult would be capable of doing such a sloppy job,maybe a twelve year old without research would do a better list,there are many examples,but to simply turn down titles like tekken,megaman that is just preposterous,how can someone put solid snake the star from a game that simply brought gaming to another level at 19th place, this guy sure got a lot of nerve to make this list without any research, it`s like he wrote videogame on google and copyed the firsts results at a randomic order,because i really tried to understand his standarts but i cant just get them, this guy probably havent even played any videogame or maybe "it" is just a progam, that would bee reasonable,this list can be labeled as a felony or a sin, no matter, this guy will receive the worst kind of punishiment in hell, i hope with all my heart that this guy Read More

49
Posted on Monday June 13, 2011, 03:47 by Sadliem_Ridel
i was very upset when i found out where marcus fenix was, where Leon kennedy was, and where ryu hayabusa was. :'( i agree with some of them tho! like laura croft and alucard. alucard couldve gone a little closer to #1, but its fine. :P Read More

50
Posted on Sunday May 22, 2011, 19:18 by xK_Marcus
Ok, I have created an account to point out one specific character that is being seriously over looked, I of course talk about..... Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Now where is he, I was expecting him to be in the top 5, being the epic character that he is, and being very popular. Why is he not in it??? Read More

51 Noble Squad from Halo:Reach--Morrigan from DA:O--Rabbit from Meddle Of Honor
Posted on Wednesday March 2, 2011, 09:04 by Hobokilla
Noble Squad Should Be Up There As A Team! Halo reach had the best campaign i have ever played on a fps. I mean at the end when your all alone... you look up... pick up your DMR and and make your last stand to die as the last human on Reach! And when you finally are taken down its not before you destroy like five elites with the weapons they try to kill you with! Hands down the best ending ever! The other two characters are almost as good but MoH had a horrible multi-player but had a great campaign and Morrigan is a very deep character if you played Dragon Age: Origins and had a romantic relationship with her. P.S i get the feeling most people on this site are ps3 fans but don't let that stop you from finding a great character in one of these games and the only reason i made a profile on this site was to write this. Read More

52 Okay guys...
Posted on Saturday February 19, 2011, 23:30 by Zoerith
WHERE. THE. HELL. IS. MEGAMAN. YOU BASTARDS!!! Read More

53 Gordon Freeman!!!
Posted on Sunday January 23, 2011, 03:50 by nadasurf12
Yea! they totaly got it right there. but i cant believe they didnt include Toni Cipriani from GTA: LCS, Altair from Assassin's Creed, and Ezio (AC2)!!! Read More

54 RE: WTF?! D: Bad positions and missing 2 awesome characters! D:
Posted on Saturday August 7, 2010, 03:22 by murdoch
It baffles me that Mario isn't number one... BUT OH WELL it's a list on the internet, their not fondling your mum Read More

55 RE: fallout 3
Posted on Wednesday July 14, 2010, 02:45 by SumWon
L: dune666 i would love for someone to make fallout 3 into a movie it would be so cool. well because the game is ace so why not make a film out of it. i am sure that alot of gamers would love to see this game made into a movie. ou mean like Book of Eli? Read More

56 RE: WOW....
Posted on Sunday June 13, 2010, 14:55 by LeeSim
Got to laugh at all the people bitching about this list, and escpecially those saying that it's just a movie magazine and what do they know about games etc. So does that mean that people that watch movies don't play games and vice versa?? If so, and you are a hard-core gamer type, then what are you doing on a movie site! :P Anyways, a list like this always comes down to personal choice, and NO-ONE is ever going to be happy with another persons choice of top 50 (insert subject here). IMHO the list is quite good actually! :D Read More

57 RE: Rubbish List
Posted on Saturday June 5, 2010, 07:31 by pitpal86
L: Kase who the hell is going to remember Gordon Freeman, Shoman, The Namelos One is 20 years time?? Mario, Donkey Kong,Sonic etc. all timeless video game classics that we will all remember long after the modern day fads. ou don't play many video games do you? Yeah, those are classic games in the sense that they're really old and their franchises have been nearly bled to death from countless crappy games. This is a list of the best video game characters, not a list of the most recognizable. Mario is a shitty character. He's one dimensional, most of his games are the same storyless dribble, the only exceptions are the Mario RPGs which most people didn't play because it required more thinking than "jump on goomba, don't get hit". They're just simple games created for the simple masses, and that's the only reason they make as much money as they do. Besides, Gordon Freeman is the only character on the list that has had a game come out in the past 10 years. How on earRead More

58 RE: WOW....
Posted on Friday June 4, 2010, 06:07 by Sy Zombie
L: Edgeof666 You know, I've learned something today. British people don't know shit about videogames. I hate to say it, but lists like this ARE popularity contests, and Halflife isn't even one of the top ten franchises of all time, so to give the main character from that game the top spot is sheer folly. You are a moron. You think British people don't know a thing about games based on a list compiled by a FILM magazine. Don't judge an entire nation on a dodgy list made by film buffs. They know all about films and jack shit about games. Read More

59 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Thursday June 3, 2010, 22:16 by Joeball
Okay, 1 list, 7 pages of comments and not one mention of Riddick ? No one here remembers Escape from Butcher Bay ? Or do everyone here think that Riddicks only claim to fame is Pitch Black and the brilliant Chronicles ? Read More

60 RE: A good list but are you serious?
Posted on Thursday June 3, 2010, 19:30 by demon_jonzey
L: Qwerty Norris L: sophieliz90 Mario for one shouldn't be in there cause he's boring and childish. his is possibly the stupidest comment I've ever had the misfortune to read on this forum... hat is absolutely hilarious ... i'm not here to argue with the list, because it's just a list for fuck sake! what difference does it matter if the entire FF or Resi cast isn't in the list ... grow up you sad bunch of ignorant, infantile losers - can you not let someone else have a different opinion from yours? and for all you outraged mario fans: mario may be the greatest gaming franchise of all time, but it doesn't make him the greatest character. it just means nintendo have done extremely well stretching his perfectly trimmed moustache over the decades (even into the Olympics, tennis, karting, golf etc etc). well done empire! Read More

61 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Tuesday June 1, 2010, 06:17 by Devo__
Pretty damn good list. Some odd choices but overall interesting. Adorable to see the console kiddies squawk and squeal about the results. Seems like a few younguns are getting taken to school here, and they ain't happy about it. A lot of people seem to be objecting to particular characters appearing in the list simply because they haven't heard of them. Unfortunately, this means you've simply been playing the wrong games: Just because never saw Star Wars, doesn't mean Darth Vader isn't a great character. :D I would've liked to have seen a Pyschonauts character make the list though, and as far as Planescape Torment goes, I'd have picked Morte over The Nameless One. Read More

62 RE: A good list but are you serious?
Posted on Monday May 31, 2010, 19:41 by Qwerty Norris
L: sophieliz90 Mario for one shouldn't be in there cause he's boring and childish. his is possibly the stupidest comment I've ever had the misfortune to read on this forum... Read More

63 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Monday May 31, 2010, 16:41 by Metalion
These many replies and no one has thought to mention the fact that Leisure Suit Larry Laffer himself isn't on this list?! About as big an outrage as having Gordon Freeman at no. 1. Sure, I think Half-Life is one of the all time greats and I love HL2 just as much, but Gordon Freeman is not by a long shot the greatest ever video game character. Read More

64 RE: 50 Greatest Videogame Characters
Posted on Sunday May 30, 2010, 19:26 by dreamdragon
I dont understand...Really..I dont..Its a list. Someones list. Everyone is so mad but no-one has put the time and effort into making a better one(With detial, not random).. I had a bit of a bitch and sticth when it first came out but now im over it. Write your own fucking list. If you made a comment, then you logged into Empire. If you logged into Empire then I guess your a fan. Stop being a cunt and just read the free reviews ....They  actually give you something to post about... Read More

65 RE: Lara Croft number 5?!!!
Posted on Saturday May 29, 2010, 20:06 by Deviation
GAWDDAMN IT EMPIRE ALWAYS SO WRONG Read More

66 RE: Numero Uno should have gone to someone else...
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 15:29 by spamandham
No JC Denton? No Kreia? WTF James Read More

67 RE: Worst list ever
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 13:28 by spamandham
If being wrong on the internet was an olympic sport, empire would get a podium place every time. Half of these entries don't even have a character to rate; and judging by the voting ~3/4 of the voters are pre pubescent idiots without the faintest grasp of gaming knowledge/ history.   Read More

68 RE: Fail list of epic Fail.
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 12:53 by miff666
It was a good list but only one grand theft auto caracter is abit of a joke and how about the dots in football manager, or Mrs Pacman Read More

69 RE: Solve this Georgie...
Posted on Friday May 28, 2010, 00:12 by Scabby
I wanted Tingle for #1. I'm still not allowed back in Empire Towers... Read More

70 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Thursday May 27, 2010, 20:00 by G MAN
L: Prophet_of_Doom Only people who have: (a) lost their virginity (b) owned a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum (c) broken several joysticks trying to play Daley Thompson's Decathlon (d) their own house (or at least don't still live with mummy and daddy in a room strewn with crusty Kleenex) Should have the right to comment on this thread. ommodore 64? ZX Spectrum? Sorry but (in gaming terms) you're being an old fart, and I'll be 26 soon. Complaining about virgins while being a hardcore computer game player does sound like a contradiction in terms. I'm joking of course, as I'm hoping you are with your "room strewn with crusty Kleenex comment (honestly what an old joke, as if anyone doesn't flush their used tissues down the bog) Read More

71 RE: Nerdiest, List, Ever!
Posted on Thursday May 27, 2010, 03:40 by VincentWire
Also, if you wanted to play up the obscure then where the hell is Orochi or anyone from the most underrated game of all time, Okami? That's more a Miyazaki masterpiece than a game and it has characters that could easily fill half this list. Read More

72 RE:
Posted on Thursday May 27, 2010, 01:48 by Prophet_of_Doom
L: yayga monster a new list shoud be made of good characters or at least recent ones orst. Post. Ever. Read More

73 .........
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 22:34 by doenutts
Where was Captian Price from COD MW 1 & 2???? A great Character if ever there was one You cant say Ryu and not have Ken right next to him..........or at a pinch Sagat. And i agree with previous posts, no one from Golden Axe, Final Fight, Alter Beast and where the F$%K WAS TOEJAM AND EARL, SHINOBI AND THAT OTHER NINJA FROM TENCHU??????? Read More

74 RE: correction...
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 22:09 by dreamdragon
What! A film magizine didnt quiet get a games list right? The dam outrage! No Clive from rockstar ate my hampster! No James pond! Not even Rick Dangeroues.......but for me..the complete wrong doing here is an animinate object ...."The Door" from bubble bobble. Nothing ever got two young teenagers more happyier then blowing bubbes from thier blue and green headed monsters then the apperence of the dark door. Then would both forget about thier fruit lust and go for those great diamonds from within...  ow...and  Ryu should have been in thier...not Ken, the copy boy who lusted for the good life. No waterfalls,long walks or broodyness...dindt need a f*cking crow bar either.. Read More

75 RE: Who?
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 21:22 by raheel_88
I agree...I've just gone through the top 10 on my slow computer and was disgusted that Snake wasn't there! Where exactly is he on the list? Read More

76 RE: I Knew It
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 18:49 by Invader_Ace
No Captain Falcon from F-Zero?! Read More

77 RE: Nerdiest, List, Ever!
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 17:47 by James Dyer
Actually Hurdy, you voted for our best games list, which we ran some time ago. The characters here were all chosen by us. And while it's true that Empire is a film magazine, I can tell you now that some of us (myself included) have probably played more games than many of you have heard of. We wear anoraks of many colours here at Empire. Whether you're upset that many entries are obscure (to you!),  raging that the obvious choices aren't high enough or incensed that every entry isn't from ('insert fanboy game franchise here'), we're very happy with the list we've put together. Sure, we had to leave out some legends but we got to include other, more worthy entrants as a result. If you haven't heard of some of the characters on the list - go out and get acquainted with them! Your gaming lives will be all the richer for it. Read More

78 RE: Doesn't anyone remember?
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 17:22 by sowasred2012
Fair play if the writers of this list are all gamers, but I don't see how you justify, of all the Resi Evil characters, MR X having the highest ranking out of a whole TWO from the entire series? Read More

79 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 16:14 by britesparc
It's as good a list as any, in that obviously I disagree with about half of it. But although Gordon would be my No. 2 behind Guybrush, I still can't really complain: it's nice to see him getting some love at the expense of more two dimensional but more famous heroes. However, I am utterly astounded by the lack of Alyx Vance! The single most human, believable, and empathetic videogame character in the history of the medium! I'm currently playing Episode Three for the first time and the big near the beginning, well... I shrieked out loud. Read More

80 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 16:12 by sharkboy
L: James Dyer Honestly, if you own a PC and haven't played titles like System Shock, Freespace 2 and Planescape then you're missing out on some of the greatest games ever devised. They're available for pennies! I shall hear no excuses! Err...incompatibility with Vista/Windows 7?  color="#cc0000"]Nonsense! All three (and BG) work on 7 and Vista. I cleared out Beregost with Minsc, Edwin and the boys just the other night. - James ockin' good news!ave to dig out my old copies of Baldur's Gate and Planescape again soon ucky I played them all back in the day - many an hour was wasted on the Sword Coast  Read More

81 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 16:03 by waltham1979
No Dizzy Egg??? Heathans!!! Read More

82 RE: Not so sure
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 15:36 by Prophet_of_Doom
Only people who have: (a) lost their virginity (b) owned a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum (c) broken several joysticks trying to play Daley Thompson's Decathlon (d) their own house (or at least don't still live with mummy and daddy in a room strewn with crusty Kleenex) Should have the right to comment on this thread. Read More

83 RE: Missed out some beautys!
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 15:28 by Helen OHara
Now the last time I played a game was Heroes of Karn on the Commodore 64 (it came on a cassette. Ask your parents what those are, kids), but it seems to me that there's a certain amount of tribalism going on here. The writers of this list are Empireites who have, through their lives, owned and played extensively on most of the games consoles going (as well, of course, as PCs and arcade games back in the day) and who know their onions. I can assure you from personal unavoidable eavesdropping on the discussions that preceded the creation of this list that no other polls were taken into account, and that the details of this running order were hammered out in house. You may very well accuse my colleagues of being geeky, bloody minded, nostalgic for the entire history of gaming to this point - but those of you accusing them of laziness, lack of knowledge or stupidity are way off base. Read More

84 RE: Perfect
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 15:12 by Prophet_of_Doom
Damn, and I thought Twilight fanwhores were bad. Everyone's coming out of the woodwork today. Read More

85 RE: This may be a frequent question but...
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 14:18 by pete_traynor
L: GuitarGal_China who the FUDGE is Gordon Freeman? sp; Half-Life and Half-Life 2. He’s a cool character for sure but not number one. The combine would actually be higher for me. And Solid Snake would be my number one and he’s not even in the top ten here. Bobbins list… Read More

86 RE: No.
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 11:42 by the sangypange
i agree that was one of the worst lists empire has ever done, no one from Tekken, no only one character from street fighter, no one from Mass effect, no other final fantasy characters...this list just seemed wrong... Read More

87 RE: No.
Posted on Wednesday May 26, 2010, 10:59 by The Todge
re gonna do this list some actual proper research might be in order. Ryu Hayabusa did not first appear in Ninja Gaiden (1998) Read More


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