One of the most notable changes in the gaming industry over the past few decades has been the improvement in storytelling. The scripts, animation, and voice acting are all significantly better than before, thanks to the increased budget and better technology the developers have today.
Despite the impact voiced stories are having on the gaming industry right now, some of the most iconic gaming characters in history never say a word. While that might make them boring, their developers have done a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life with their expressive movements, exaggerated facial expressions, and powerful demeanor. These characters may not speak, but their charisma is evident.
It may surprise younger audiences to learn that once upon a time there was a Grand Theft Auto game with a voiceless protagonist. Voice cutscenes play a huge role in Rockstar games like Grand Theft Auto 4, Auto grand theft 5and Red Dead Redemption 2therefore Claude’s silence in Auto grand theft 3 will come as a shock to many people revisiting the classic open-world game.
Claude’s silence adds to his character, as his silent dive into the criminal underworld of Liberty City is thrilling in many ways, as it’s as if the trauma he faces at the start of the story leaves him with only a desire for revenge.
Auto grand theft 3 came out in 2001 and was ahead of its time with its awesome open world. The game is recognized today as one of the pioneers of modern open-world gaming, a style of play that currently dominates the top charts.
Kirby’s pink ball of charisma first appeared in Kirby’s Dreamland on the Game Boy Color in 1992. The platformer has been a ubiquitous figure on Nintendo consoles ever since, with notable releases such as Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, and Kirby Chapter 64: Crystal Shards. Kirby never quite reached the heights of Mario or Sonic popularity, but remains a recognizable name and face the world over, thanks in large part to the hero’s natural charisma that is constantly on display.
Kirby’s newest platforming adventure, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, was released in March 2022 to a warm reception from fans and critics, exemplified by its critic score of 85 and user score of 8.8 on Metacritic.
3 Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot first burst onto the gaming scene in 1996 on the PlayStation 1. Naughty Dog’s platform hero was created with the intention of rivaling Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic, although he didn’t has ever been able to reach such heights. Still, Crash Bandicoot is a very recognizable character among gamers and is beloved for starring in some of the best linear platformers of all time, as well as arguably the best kart racer of all time.
Crash Bandicoot’s exaggerated facial expressions and body movements make it an easy choice for this list. The orange marsupial manages to entertain players even when unsuccessful with its hilarious death animations and when players have completely lowered the controller with its idle animations which were particularly awesome in Crash Bandicoot: distorted. The platform hero recently made a big comeback in Crash Bandicoot 4: About timewhere his charisma was central to the game’s memorable cutscenes.
Crash Bandicoot speaks once at the very end of titan crash, where it screams “pancakes”, but given the difference in gameplay and character design, it’s no exaggeration to say that the game isn’t canon at this point.
Lionhead Studios story 2 was released in October 2008 exclusively for Xbox 360. The game was a major hit with critics, exemplified by its 89 Metascore. Along with its overall design, enjoyable gameplay, and wide variety of side tasks players can participate in, the game has been critically acclaimed for its morality system.
story 2 has a clearly defined morality system where players can be good as gold or bad as sin. The player’s morality not only impacts missions, but also how the civilians of the world see and react to the player. Whichever path players choose, the protagonist, Sparrow, exudes charisma, just like the game itself.
fans of the Fable the series are in luck, as a new entry in the franchise is currently in the works.
Link is one of the most recognizable video game characters in the world. This is largely due to the fact that he has appeared in some of the greatest gaming adventures of all time, from A link to the past at Ocarina of time and breath of the wild.
Of all the many versions of Link, his most charismatic appearance is undoubtedly the one in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Link’s facial expressions and movements often tell quite a story in-game, and he often appears frustrated, bored, or even sassy during the adventure. It’s like he’s fed up after the first hour, which really adds to the humor of the game. Link’s charisma injects a ton of life into the game, making his Wind Waker form the favorite of many people.
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