Who says you’ve got to be a good guy to well… be a good guy? Some of our favourite protagonists in games are the good guys who aren’t really good at all. We’re talking about guys who are complete and utter shit stains that have a hidden heart of gold. The guys who, if you ever met them in a dark alley, would be just as likely to knock you out and steal your wallet as they would be to say hello and keep on walking. Alright, they aren’t all THAT bad but these blokes aren’t the huggable type to say the least. In modern gaming the stories and characters are more fleshed out than ever which means the characters have deep background stories and fully realized personalities. We had a hard time narrowing down our favourites but here are our top 10 badass good guys in modern gaming.
10 – Grayson Hunt (Bulletstorm)
Starting off with a bang we give you the main protagonist in the no-holds-barred, potty mouthed Bulletstorm. Grayson is a drunken space pirate who harbours some serious resentment, a bad attitude and he packs a few BFGs. Ok, so you’re misunderstood and you’ve been wrongfully exiled and there’s a bunch of freaky mutants on an alien planet that want to pick their teeth with your bones. Is that any reason to be such a dick? Alright, well maybe he has good reason but despite his extremely rough exterior his intentions were pure… sorta. Exact revenge, clear your name, and make the world a better place… with swearing, guns and booze. What’s the problem?
9 – Max Payne (Max Payne… DUH)
Here’s a guy who has a genuine reason to be as deeply messed up as he is. In three games we’re not sure if he’s gotten better or worse! His family has been murdered by junkies, he’s been framed for the murder of a DEA agent and he’s wanted by the NYPD. That’s a rough start to your day right? After he clears all that up he still ends up being an alcoholic addicted to painkillers come the third game in the franchise. That doesn’t stop him from going on a rescue mission for some estate mogul’s wife though so even though he’s as broken as the launch of Battlefield 4 he’s still got a glimmer of goodness way deep inside.
8 – John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
Old John here didn’t have the best of beginnings so you can’t blame him for being a little rough around the edges. Born to a prostitute (who died) and the son of a hate filled old Scottish man (who died) he grows up in an orphanage that he eventually runs away from to the cradling arms of a local gang. They say that a good upbringing lays the roots for a good adulthood so that part is already way screwed up for John. After being left for dead in a robbery gone bad John vows to change his ways but is forced back after a politician kidnaps his family in order to get John to do his bidding. You can take the cowboy out of the gunfight but you can’t take the gunfight out of the cowboy… or something like that. For the most noble of reasons John uses every nasty trick in the book to achieve his goals.