It’s that time again: the question of the month is back and will see us attempt to answer a quandary that has been puzzling the gaming community since it first mashed buttons playing Track & Field. We’re going up against our friends and blogging neighbours in order to find the ultimate response in less than 100 words – and we’re asking you to choose the winner by voting in our poll.
But first, let’s take a look at last month’s question and find out who won!
Results: who’s the most memorable video game NPC?
We received 34 votes in our September poll and you lovely people voted for the following…
Congratulations to Imtiaz from Power Bomb Attack and the Merchant from Resident Evil 4 for being our winners! A big thank you to all of our competitors for taking part and to you gorgeous people for voting. Now let’s see the competition start to heat up for the next question of the month…
October’s question: if you needed a mercenary, which video game character would you hire?
We all need a helping hand sometimes: whether that’s someone to pick us up when we fall, give us a bit of emotional support when we’re feeling down or wash our socks when we’ve run out of clean clothes. But what if we needed somebody professional to take care of the really dirty work for us? Let’s reveal our contenders for the October 2017 trophy…
Answer 1: Travis Touchdown from the No More Heroes series
Chris from OverThinker Y says: “My choice is Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes. He’s an asshole. I mean, he is really kind of a disgusting human being who’ll do almost anything for money and / or just the fun of it. I don’t think there’s any situation in which I would actually WANT to be anywhere near the guy, but if I needed someone to beat up other people that I didn’t want anywhere near me, I can’t think of a better choice.”
Answer 2: Jodie and Aiden from Beyond: Two Souls
Kim from Later Levels says: “These characters are linked by an ethereal tether so I get two for the price of one! Jodie is a CIA operative who trained in black ops combat tactics and completed warlord assassinations without backup; Aiden has telekinesis, possession and pyrokinesis powers at his disposal, along with a forcefield and healing skills to keep his partner safe. Him being a spirit is handy too and together these two would make the ultimate mercenary: Jodie can send Aiden into any situation undetected, he can take out their targets, then they can get out quick without a trace of evidence left behind.”
Answer 3: Claptrap from the Borderlands series
Answer 4: Samus from the Metroid series
Answer 5: The Iron Bull from Dragon Age: Inquisition
Athena from AmbiGaming says: “The Iron Bull from Dragon Age: Inquisition – and he kindly asks you note the article before ‘Iron Bull’ – is a large, menacing, deadly qunari for hire, alongside his loyal, fierce, and merry band of Chargers. Able to fell demons and other powerful baddies with one mighty swing of his two-handed double-axe, The Iron Bull shows that he’s as willing to work for a good cause as he is to work for good coin. The Iron Bull is a formidable fighter, and will always succeed in taking out whatever target you point him at! (Just have enough health potions ready!)”
Answer 6: Tychus Findlay from StarCraft
Answer 7: Cloud Strife from the Final Fantasy series
Answer 8: Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV
Answer 9: Nadine Ross from the Uncharted series
Spoils of Lore says: “Introduced as a woman both feared and respected by unflappable veteran thief Victor Sullivan, Nadine Ross more than lives up to her reputation. She inherited the mercenary cadre Shoreline; and, while some might question her management skills, Nadine’s focus is consistently dedicated to her employer’s objectives and the company’s payoff. Capable of taking out both Drake brothers barefoot and in formal wear, she easily commands the respect of her soldiers. Little deters Nadine in a mission; but, she is very aware of when to cut her losses and knows better than to pursue more than her share.”
Answer 10: Ezio from the Assassin’s Creed series
NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog says: “I would go with Ezio. Yeah, I know. From Assassin’s Creed. Even while I haven’t played the game a lot myself, I think he would be perfect for the job. The whole game is about mercenaries you know. I can’t make a more convincing argument.”
Answer 11: Dante from the Devil May Cry series
Kevin from The Mental Attic says: “Dante from Devil May Cry. First reason, he’s already for hire, with a booming business and associates, so I can count on his professionalism. Second, he’s incredibly powerful and unless the plot states that he’s going to get hurt, he’s pretty much invulnerable, usually surviving some form of impalement. Third, he’s got a fantastic sense of humour and a cracking sense of style, both of which I dig very much. Also, he turns the souls of our enemies into weapons.”
Answer 12: Jesse McCree from Overwatch
Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog says: “McCree is already a Bounty Hunter so he is a more than qualified pick! His weapon of choice is The Peacekeeper, a revolver that makes sure that he hits his target every time! Dead-Shot, his special ability, will also make sure that he never misses so you can be sure that your target will be taken out. His agility and quick speed will also make him a hard opponent to defeat. Don’t think he’s up for the job, look at some of his occupations: Bounty Hunter; Vigilante; Gang Member; and Blackwatch Agent. His precision shooting skill, combat roll and flashbang moves in the game sits McCree high on top of my list for the mercenary that I would hire!”
So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserve to be hunted down by Duke Nukem for the rest of eternity? Place your votes in the poll opposite or give your own suggestion in the comments below, and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 03 November 2017 along with the next question.
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