This thread was inspired by this OP here:http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=83668.0
And I quote:
“All I know is that there's never been a videogame writer and story that meant as much to me as Ragnar Tornquist and The Longest Journey games have. There's never been a character in any story I've ever read, played, or watched that I cared about more than April Ryan. There are stories you love, and then there are stories that become so personally important to you that it becomes existentially vital that you know what happens next. This is one of those stories.”
I want to hear more about characters that moved you. And I’ll start with my own standout favourite.
I’ve wanted to start this thread for many days, but there’s been a couple of obstacles. The first, my favourite video game character of all time, MUST NOT BE GOOGLED. Unless you don’t care about huge spoilers. I’m serious, she just doesn’t come spoiler free. So now I have to explain why I love her, and I really can’t do it justice. To be fair, none of the spoiler-ridden stuff can either. You have to play the game. But anyway I’ll give it a go.
Quite possibly just like above, she is my most cared about character from any form of entertainment with the possible exception of Hermione from Harry Potter. I am talking about the wonderful Nanami from Suikoden II.
The game puts you in the main character’s shoes. And Nanami is your sister. Though your character is adopted, so there’s no blood there. And she loves you. Like a brother, not romantic. They do such a good job with her, she’s utterly fearless for her own safety, but afraid for yours. She has a pure heart and a cheerful nature, but she’s also very tomboyish and in her own adorable way will simply basically put her head down and charge into anything that tries to harm you. But she is still young, like you, I believe both you and she are 16 in the game, and the pressures of what you get thrust into get on top of her too, and her reactions to the things that happen in the game are very endearing.
I also love her theme song, it’s one of my favourite pieces of video game music ever, which I’ll link you up to here. You’ll want to stay away from the comments section to avoid spoilers. Though I’ve plucked a comment out for you to read, and I quote:
“Nanami has got to be one of my favourite game characters ever!! she's cheerful, determined, can always see the good side of things...
also she is SUCH a badass. >
Here's the song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5jac7guTK0&fmt=18
It’s a simple formula really, you (or at least I) come to care about her so much because she cares about you so much. She’s a lovely girl, but she has her flaws, like a short temper, acting without thinking, and her horrible, repulsive cooking
I also like that she’s not today’s kind of RPG game girl, you know, a skinny girl with more flesh showing than is covered up, and probably large breasts. This isn't just a preference, it makes her so much more believable than some little girl running around in a bikini swinging an enormous sword would. Nanami dresses normally and while she is fairly pretty, she’s just a normal-looking girl, and played as legitimately tough, as both you and she are trained well in the martial arts. It’s even played up in the game that she trains harder than all the soldiers. Here’s her picture:
And her little sprite and face picture:
Often when you go to bed in the game, she will be there to wake you up in the morning and say something nice and cheerful, which is likely the reasoning behind the name of her theme song. I love Nanami. I’ve never been more fond of a character in a game or cared more about what happens to them. I’m getting all nostalgic just thinking about her. Lovely, strong, caring girl… So, it’s over to you now…