Celebrate these timeless heroes who saved the world and won us over
The original female gaming hero, and the undisputed virtual icon of the '90s. Intelligent and fearless, Lara has transformed into a hero for the modern age thanks to 2013's excellent reboot.
Why is Geralt such a great hero? Because he's not a hero at all. Stuck in a realistic world full of assholes, Geralt is a decent person who refuses to pander to bullshit. Also, no one takes a bath quite like the White Wolf.
Molded primarily through player choice, there is no single, definitive version of this spacefaring hero. It's testament to the strength of BioWare's writing that Shep is such a instantly relatable hero.
Shunned from an early age, Aloy uses a lifetime of mistreatment to fuel her fierce curiosity. Pragmatic and deeply compassionate, she's one of the greatest open world heroes ever.
Gaming's Han Solo, this scoundrel will melt your heart with an endless array of witty quips. Cheeky and oh so charming, he's only ever an exasperated "Oh crap!" away from making you forget about all the hundreds of men he's murdered.
The thudding heart and tender soul of Naughty Dog's apocalyptic masterpiece. An ordinary girl - one who likes blueberries and carries a joke book - in an extraordinary world, she's a sweary, stubborn gem of a character.
An archetypal '80s action hero who subverts expectations. A sardonic yet sensitive agent, whatever version of Snake/Big Boss you're dealing with, he loves a chat and a fine stogey.
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