Which game character do you hate?
Welcome again to the PC Gamer Q&A! Every week we ask our panel of PC Gamer writers a query about video games. This week: which game character do you hate? Okay, ‘hate’ is a robust phrase, however all of us get aggravated by characters in video games, for a wide range of causes—unhealthy dialogue, voice performing, or no matter else. Here we have merely spotlighted the characters (and one automobile) that we will not stand. We’d love to listen to your strategies within the feedback, too.
Wes Fenlon: Basically each character in Final Fantasy eight
I really feel barely responsible for scripting this, as a result of I do know our editor Sam Roberts likes this game (even I will not defend a person with a ponytail carrying a cowboy hat, although, Wes—Sam), however I can not stand just about anybody who opens their mouth in Final Fantasy eight. It’s been so lengthy since I performed it, I am struggling to articulate the depth of my loathing. But it positively began with Squall, the poster boy for aloof, emo JRPG protagonists. Aka unhealthy protagonists. At least Cloud had the decency to have a complete psychological breakdown, become a complete fraud, and discover time to say completely out of character dialogue like “Let’s mosey.” (Thanks, unhealthy translation).
But Squall? He was a boring stick within the mud from the primary cutscene, and perhaps he had some character development by the tip of the game however I used to be too busy rolling my eyes and going “UGH” to note. Then the entire amnesia factor—the worst plot twist of all time outdoors a Shyamalan film—made me write off many of the remainder of the gang. I do nonetheless have a smooth spot for Laguna, who was principally Squall’s lacking character, and I all the time kinda appreciated Zell, who I imagine is the character most Final Fantasy eight followers truly hate, themselves. Looking again, my cause for liking him appears fairly clear—he aggravated the shit out of all people else, and that made him the true hero.
Philippa Warr: Warren from Life is Strange
The factor about Warren was that his character appeared snarled in one thing the builders have been leaning in direction of. I bear in mind a sense that regardless of what number of instances I, as Max, tried to only be Warren’s buddy and preserve my boundaries set to “we are just friends and that is all we will ever be” the game would then present cutscenes with him sitting shut and hugging Max and so forth. The sense of a character you get with a game like Life is Strange is constructed out of how these cutscenes and the precise interactive sections play out and so, for the best way I used to be enjoying Max, that led to this concept of Warren as a man who does not actually perceive boundaries and is not taking hints.
I believe there are parts of that within the game intentionally—Warren clearly likes Max as greater than a buddy and there are resultant awkward encounters and cringeworthy texts and so forth—however I am undecided whether or not Dontnod truly wished individuals to see him as a creep. I see him as a creep. I hated being round him within the game and the extra the game did not give me the liberty to be actually clear about the place he stood the extra claustrophobic and upsetting I discovered him. Maybe that is the purpose? It’s actually a horribly devoted a part of the teenager expertise. Anyway. Warren is the WORST.
Jody Macgregor: Ego from The seventh Guest
Henry Stauf is the villain of The seventh Guest. He’s the man who murders somebody for 20 bucks, makes toys that kill youngsters, fills his mansion with malicious puzzles. But I do not hate Henry Stauf. I hate the protagonist of The seventh Guest, the disembodied amnesiac spirit trapped in his mansion named Ego, as a result of he won’t shut up.
Sometimes whereas you’re fixing Stauf’s puzzles the previous man taunts you along with his spooky-dooky voice, all “I’m wondering if he’ll get the level of this!” as you remedy one other dumb puzzle. But it is Ego’s narration, which is meant to be useful, that is way more galling. “Which way should I go now?” he says, as you transfer one other queen throughout a chessboard. “That tune seems familiar!” he says as you attempt to recollect an 18-note sequence on the piano. “Is there a pattern to this?” And each time he talks, the cursor vanishes and you have to attend for him to complete. I’ve by no means completed The seventh Guest, all the time leaving Ego trapped in Stauf’s mansion perpetually, and I am glad. I hope he rots.
Andy Kelly: Tali from Mass Effect
Look, I do know Tali has a faithful fanbase. When she died in his playthrough, former PC Gamer author Rich McCormick replayed 15 hours to avoid wasting her. But man, every time she’s on the display my eyes glaze over. The quarians are an fascinating race with a cool backstory, however I want they’d a greater consultant in my occasion. I discover Tali’s overly earnest method exceptionally boring. And her awkwardness, whereas most likely written to be cute and endearing, simply annoys me. In a game filled with fascinating characters, she’s by far essentially the most boring, and I spend as little time together with her as attainable after I play by the Mass Effect trilogy.
Joe Donnelly: J’Zargo from Skyrim
J’Zargo was the primary Khajiit NPC I met in Skyrim. He got here with cool fireplace scrolls and jogged my memory just a little of Tygra from the Thundercats. I used to be completely into it. Stat-wise he was a beast, and was one of many game’s few NPCs with out a degree cap. Destruction and Restoration spells have been his forte which made him finest suited to close-quarters fight assist. Moreover, after hitting degree 50 he maxed out his One-handed and Heavy Armour expertise—each of which made him an absolute tank.
But, my god, he was such a ache within the arse. As if always referring to himself within the third individual wasn’t infuriating sufficient, he was filled with irritating self-aggrandising quips—to the purpose the place I most well-liked combating flocks of Legendary Dragons alone, if it meant getting shot of him.
“Oh, but you are wrong. The only reason you could disagree is because you are losing so badly you cannot see it.” This was the straw the broke the camel’s again. I led J’Zargo deep right into a cave filled with Draugr and stood again. He died in battle. I resurrected him as a faceless zombie cat. He sauntered off a cliff. I did not mourn him. Good riddance, J’Zargo.
Samuel Roberts: The DeLorean from Rocket League
I virtually picked Winston from Overwatch for this. Not as a result of I’ve any specific downside with the character’s character or something, however extra the ‘wacky’ considering behind the design, that is about as generically ‘hero shooter’ because it will get. Every game on this style has no less than one novelty character like this—Paladins has a strolling tree and Battleborn has (had) a big, armed mushroom, for instance. What if a gorilla did science? Woah! What will they consider subsequent?
I like many of the different character designs in Overwatch, however man, it isn’t too arduous to give you an concept for an animal or plant-related one, or certainly something that may speak that does not in actual life. What if a speaking mongoose was a political strategist and a assist hero? What if a Dutch fox was a taxidermist and was deeply ironic about his career, but in addition had a grenade launcher? Hot rattling, we have got us a hero shooter! Let’s get this child into Early Access. Pre-order the founder’s package deal now to get the David Schwimmer announcer pack.
I suppose Winston is simply Beast from the X-Men, actually. Anyway, I am over it.
Instead, I am going to decide this DLC automobile. Back in 2015 after I was deep into Rocket League, I bear in mind being irritated by the seemingly tens of 1000’s of people that’d purchased the DeLorean in Rocket League across the time of the merchandising tat nightmare referred to as Back to the Future Day. As nicely as marking a brand new low for the type of occasion you may stick the phrase ‘day’ onto with a view to promote toys to adults, this automobile began popping up all around the game, and its ’88MPH’ acceleration noise gave the impression to be the one factor I may hear in matches for months afterwards.
I do know it is simply individuals making an attempt to have enjoyable in a game they get pleasure from, by marrying automobile soccer with probably the greatest films of the ’80s. Who may resent that, actually? Well, me, apparently.
Phil Savage: You, when you decide sniper
To my thoughts, snipers are essentially the most irritating class in any multiplayer shooter—and I fundamental Scout in TF2, so I do know quite a bit about what’s irritating. Yes, there’s some talent in realizing a map’s sightlines, and never standing in areas the place a sniper would possibly decide me off. But being immediately killed from midway throughout the map is, for me, the least fascinating interplay I can have in a shooter. In a team-focused, objective-based FPS, snipers appear solely to cut back the chance area during which I may be doing cool issues. And for what, so you can squat in a bush, clicking on heads?
As for snipers who aren’t killing me—those on my group—you’re not a lot better. The necessities of sniping are sometimes antithetical to the target at hand, and, even in deathmatch, snipers are hardly ever cell sufficient to prime the leaderboards. Sniper is a nasty class for unhealthy individuals, and my emotions on this matter don’t have anything to do with my incapability to precisely purpose a crosshair. Sniping is for jerks, no exceptions. Except Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the place they have been truly fairly good.
Tim Clark: Anduin Wrynn in Hearthstone
“Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” complained King Henry II, shortly earlier than some knight bros took this as an invite to go ham on Thomas Beckett, the then Archbishop of Canterbury. And grim although the Wikipedia entry marked ‘assassination’ is likely to be, let me additionally guarantee you that that destiny could be far too good for Anduin Wrynn, Hearthstone’s priest hero. Anyone who mains Priest in Hearthstone, except they use the Tyrande Whisperwind portrait or run a dragon deck, is a despicable degenerate. Combo and management Priest is for the type of fedora-wearing participant for whom it isn’t sufficient simply to win, they must do it utilizing your playing cards, over the course of what seems like an ice age. Don’t even get me began on the emotes. One extra “Wow!” and I’m sending within the knights.