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We gave our readers the chance to vote for their favorite characters of the decade. Did your favorites make the list?Our readers' choice poll has been up for weeks with votes flying all the while. Readers voted for characters created in the year 2000 to the present day. Nearly 70,000 votes were cast, with voters weighing characters on a scale of 1 to 10 points. These points were totaled and distilled into the Top 30 Readers' Choice Characters of the Decade (okay, 11 years) that you see below. 30. Max Payne (Max Payne)29. Clank (Ratchet & Clank)28. Jak (Jak & Daxter)27. The Illusive Man (Mass Effect 2)26. Alan Wake (Alan Wake)25. Dominic Santiago (Gears of War)24. The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)23. Alyx Vance (Half-Life 2)22. Claptrap (Borderlands)21. Auron (Final Fantasy X)20. Desmond Miles (Assassin's Creed)19. Cole MacGrath (Infamous)18. HK-47 (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)17. Starkiller (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed)16. Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank)15. Sora (Kingdom Hearts)14. Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)13. Dante (Devil May Cry)12. Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell)11. Andrew Ryan (BioShock)10. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)09. Altaïr ibn La-Ahad (Assassin's Creed)08. Captain John Price (Call of Duty)07. GlaDOS (Portal)06. John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)05. Kratos (God of War)04. Nathan Drake (Uncharted)03. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed)02. Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)01. Master Chief (Halo)
Congrats to Master Chief for earning the top character of the decade from GameInformer.com readers! To see how the numbers panned out, check out the chart below.This chart displays the point totals for the top 30 characters. Click on it to see a bigger version.Write-In WinnerReaders also had the option to write in their favorite character who was not on the list of preset candidates. Many write-ins fell outside the criteria of the vote, appearing before the year 2000 (Solid Snake, Mario, Link, Gordon Freeman, Prince of Persia, Batman, Lara Croft). Other people wrote in characters that were already in the poll (Master Chief, Sora, Starkiller). Below are the top three write-in candidates that were embarrassingly not included in the regular voting.1) Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)2) Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet)3) Revan (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
Thanks to everyone for voting!
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I'm happy to see Sora made the list :D
Also glad to see Kratos, Auron, and Drake!!!
A glaring omission is Wander from Shadow of the Colossus, though. Thankfully he was on the editor's list.
No Pyramid Head?...wtf
Ya my top two vote where the number 1-2... Good job to my favorit first Commander Shepard, and my number 2 Master Cheif.. Both Xbox boys YA!! don't worry though I know ME2 is on PS but not yet fools..
Oh really Master Chief deserves number 1 spot so just deal with it SYKE
Yay for John 117, he may not have the best personality of gaming, but he is sure a videogame icon.
1 master chief *** him hes like the worst charecter out everybody on that list that *** won jesus
What is wrong with people? Master Chief is one of the most generic and tasteless characters ever. A super soldier badass that kills aliens and only makes snide remarks a couple times? Yeah, thats completely original. If anything from the Halo Universe was to win I would have picked Sgt. Johnson or Cortona those characters have so much more personality than a faceless spartan.
Dante #13!!! Take that Game Informer (still love ya)!
No Mandalore?? Well FUUUUUU! Isaac should of been top ten!
Wow, Captain Price number 8? That's good. But Master Cheif No. 1? C'mon, he's FACELESS! But I guess he's a badass so who cares.
I can't believe master chief won. He has no character progression. I thought we were voting on best characters not peoples favorite games and retrospective protagonist. That's what happens when you leave it in the hands of the public.
I find it weird Master Chief was top, he was a speechless character. It just didn't seem he had enough personality. I think that more or less based on the game. Not Master Chief.