Today I am coming to you with a less serious topic. However, that being said it doesn’t mean the mission at hand isn’t one that is important. In fact, I have been wanting to create an article surrounding this topic for a long time, but I never felt is what quit the right time for it, but now is the best time of all. With the 4th of July in the past I, and the enhanced patriotism that comes with it, I want to share some of the love with our brothers across the great sea by compiling a list of their best roles in gaming. At first thought, it doesn’t seem like it would be a terrible assignment, although further research will prove that our British brothers have made a largely impacted in our gaming society. Nonetheless, I have compiled what I believe to be The Best Brits in Video Games .
5. Haytham Kenway (Assassin’s Creed 3)
Father of Assassin’s Creed 3′s main killing machine, Hayworth Kenway was assigned to keep Templar rule in the new colonies in North America. Through his stay he almost eradicated the assassin’s presents in the area, helped spread the rule of England, and secured land that was safe for British colonists. However, Hayworth’s true awesomeness is in his amazing naval battles in which he dominates, which ended up being one of my favorite parts of the game. Also, the man is unwilling to let anything get in his way. Not even his own son, whom he tried to have killed at one point.
4. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider Series)
This beautiful Brit is not the woman you want to mess with. After surviving a massive storm on board a ship, Lara Croft is thrown into a strange island where she is forced to fight off gunman and wild animals to survive. After wasting these threats with her incredible bow-pistol combo she gets into her true hobby, searching deadly ancient ruins. Even after a things take a turn for the supernatural, Lara keeps her cool and her pistol drawn. All in all Lara is the perfect woman to share a cup of tea with, as long as the tea is made from the tears of her fallen enemies and unveiled ancient secrets.
3. The Survivors (Killing Floor)
Killing floor offers the experience into a world were the U.S. government isn’t the one that messed up. All jokes aside Killing Floor is truly addicting survival horror, in which the survivors of the quickly dying England must fight waves of mutant clones to stay alive. Often the games has the survivors screaming thing like,” It’s got a bloody chain saw.” which does give this gory thriller a comical side. Also, when one player tries to heal another, their dialogue also tend to be humorous claiming, “I’m trying to heal you, not shag you.” In conclusion, these Brits have no problem blowing off the head of mutants and sharing some laughs.
2. Professor Layton (Professor Layton Series)
This dapper fellow proved to the world that quick thinking, and knowledge can be just as much fun as killing zombies. The puzzles that the Professor presents can be a true challenge to people at all intellectual levels and can even train the brain to think outside the box. With a stylish coat and a top hat, that rivals President Lincoln, Professor Layton is one of the most brilliant characters to come out of Britain, one that even rivals Sherlock Holmes.
1. Wheatley (Portal 2)
Every dumb idea you have had, every stupid action you have performed, and every ridiculous impulse you have experienced is the only true way to explain what exactly Wheatley is. The gadget was made simply to stop GLaDOS from becoming too powerful by trying to make her stupider and stupider. However his adventures in Portal 2 showed a slightly more sinister side of the clown. Even then he made pretty terrible decisions and although the player aimed to stop him you just couldn’t help but feel sorry for the little guy. The dumb things Wheatly has blurted out and questionable actions will stay in our hearts forever, right next to the stomach where that cake should be.
Not only has England become a rich part of American history, their influence in the video game industry has made some pretty amazing characters. Beyond this list there are many more British memories in gaming and the fun part is sharing those memories among gamers. Whether a game is being experienced in the U.S. or another part of the globe the British accent is immediately noticeable and with luck we will continue to notice it in gaming for many more years.
Thank you for reading and before you say anything, Yes I do realize that some of these characters weren’t made by British publishers, but that wasn’t exactly the focus of the article.
Also, I would like to make a shout out to one of my favorite British Reviewers/Previewers: TotalBiscuit, the Cynical Brit. Without his videos there are many games I would never have tried.
Who is you favorite Brit in gaming?
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