Top 10 Most Overrated Video Game Characters
Sick of hearing about a certain character over and over again? Tired of people yelling in your ear how awesome this or that character is? If so then I feel your pain. I’ve comprised a list of characters in desperate need of being shelved for a bit so we can have a little breathing room from the many ranks of the overrated.
10. Tim (Braid)
Obsessive psychopath or passionate, worried boyfriend? However you interpret Braid’s story, it’s hard to argue that Tim is actually any sort of viable character. Without real, direct input from Tim himself, he’s hard enough to relate to, and as the game was full of annoyances on its own, I struggle to see how Tim to this day still receives so much praise. I can get down with the indie developer support, but be real here — he’s really no more of a character than the silhouetted boy of Limbo.
9. Talim (Soulcalibur)
Never before has a Soulcalibur character annoyed me to the point of not wanting to play online matches because opponents love little, innocent Talim. Not only is she similar to an RPG protagonist’s helpless, cherubic little sister, but she speaks in the third person. Unless you’re playing with a button-masher, every match faced against this pure little girl is nerve-wracking. She’s a speedy little cuss, and dual-blades don’t make matters much better. She grates on the nerves with her angelic personality and “never give up” spirit. Now, Taki on the other hand…
8. (Miranda Lawson, Mass Effect 2)
I’m unsure why so much buzz surrounds this femme fatale. She may be the “perfect woman,” but in reality she’s quite dull. Sure, she’s got a killer figure, but while you’re busy drinking it in, it’s easy to overlook her behavior — that of, in many instances, an ice queen. Let’s not forget her involvement with Cerberus, which is in my mind similar to notorious xenophobe Ashley Williams. Frigid, arrogant, and filled with sarcastic remarks, it’s difficult to transform her into a likeable (or interesting) character in my book, pre-relationship or otherwise. When you’ve got Tali, Morinth, Thane, Jack, or any of the rest of the crew waiting for you to unlock their secrets, this human vixen simply pales in comparison. Despite a fantastic performance from Yvonne Strahovsky, Miranda continued to bore me throughout my journey to the galaxy’s furthest reaches. And you better believe I took Jack’s side in that momentous argument. Miranda won’t be seeing the light of day in my Mass Effect 3 playthrough.
7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog series)
Though I’m a huge Sonic fan, the ‘fastest thing alive’ hit his stride years ago. Sonic Colors was a workable comeback, but poor old Sonic’s been rode hard and put up wet. He may have been all that years ago, but now he’s a tired old rodent who needs to kick off his trademark red kicks and have a bit of a rest. The cheesy, peppy, do-gooder attitude, and the speed has been doing him a lot of damage, and I think we all know it’s time for a break.
6. Kratos (God of War series)
Don’t get me wrong — I like to cleave through baddies as the newest fledgling God of War, but Kratos is, well, kind of a jerk. He may be responsible for some truly heinous crimes, and we see hints at true repentance and guilt for his wrongdoing, but…he never truly gets it, does he? All I really know of Kratos beyond his past sins is that he likes orgies, bloodshed, and being angry. Okay, honestly, I know a little more than that, but as much as I like the Ghost of Sparta, he’s not the action hero he’s cracked up to be.
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