Empire names 50 greatest videogame characters

Empire magazine is traditionally a film publication, but this month decided to list the 50 greatest videogame characters ever. Fair enough, I guess. And no, the winner isn’t in the picture above.

Instead, the mag opted for one of several videogame heroes who are also mute. Valve’s very own Gordon Freeman, the entirely silent hero of the sublime Half-Life series, is Empire‘s ultimate videogame character. While my own choice for top spot is at #12, I’d say Gordon’s a worthy winner.

Just behind the crowbar-wielding theoretical physicist is – of course – Mario, and again it’s hard to argue. From there, the list’s compilers make some impressively unpredictable choices, with characters from System Shock (which, shamefully, I never tried) and Planescape: Torment (which I have played, and it’s bleedin’ ace) in third and fourth.

You can start your tour of the top 50 here, though if you can’t be arsed clicking through fifty pages, here’s the top ten:

1. Gordon Freeman (Half-Life series)
2. Mario (Mario series)
3. Shodan (System Shock series)
4. The Nameless One (Planescape: Torment)
5. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
6. Link (Zelda series)
7. Guybrush Threepwood (Monkey Island series)
8. Master Chief (Halo series)
9. The Lemmings (Lemmings series)
10. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

[Empire, via VG247]