Guys of Gaming

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In the previous feature, the ladies of PS3 were crudely ranked, taking into account their power as a character, their morals, their looks, intelligence and capability as a role model. In fairness, this feature now inflicts the same treatment on the guys of gaming: the male PS3 characters who have impressed the most so far. For the female PS3 owners, perhaps Nathan Drake's charm and looks are appealing, while for the men, maybe it's Nathan Hale's resistance under fire. Here are MeteorStorm's top ten.

10. Captain Price - Call of Duty 4

While Activision might be busy trying to rip people off with extra-large RRPs for the Modern Warfare sequel, they did at least create some solid characters in COD4. Most notable perhaps, was Captain Price, who is seen in the game as an experienced commanding officer, but also in his earlier missions, deep undercover as a young sniper.

The short, but emotional rollercoaster you experience in Captain Price's squad is enough to make even the most hardened gamer grow concerned for the moustached, macho man.

Power - 6
Morals - 7
Looks - 3
Intelligence - 5
Role Model - 7

Total - 28

Heavily armed, it's Price at ten.

Captain Price

9. Sackboy - LittleBigPlanet

Despite being unable to jump in more than two dimensions with any level of success, Sackboy is a very capable little fellow, with a pretty big following on PS3. Never causing any harm to others, the cute little cuddly is more content to build strange structures and fend off evil monsters.

With charisma in spades, impressive for one so small, Sackboy's failing, really, is largely to do with mildly suicidal tendencies, usually linked to poor jumping skills and lack of judgement.

Power - 7
Morals - 9
Looks - 5
Intelligence - 2
Role Model - 6

Total - 29

Sackboy bounces his way to number nine.

Sackboy

8. Niko Bellic - GTA IV

Starting from the bottom and working your way up is either a rude way of assessing a lady, or an admirable way of working towards success. Niko, travelling to the US for a chance at success, does both. Regularly. Despite rough edges and violent tendencies, Niko is quite endearing, and actually means well on most occasions.

Unfortunately, Niko steps over the moral boundaries on regular occasions, and although he's not really evil, he wouldn't be the police chief's pick for citizen of the year. Even so, he's a worthy candidate in the top ten.

Power - 8
Morals - 3
Looks - 8
Intelligence - 7
Role Model - 4

Total - 30

At eight, GTA's Niko Bellic.

Niko Bellic

7. Nathan Hale - Resistance

Starting out as a solid, competent, quiet hero in Resistance: Fall of Man, Nathan Hale, augmented by power granted from Chimeran infection, led the battle against the Chimera in London, but was mysteriously turned into an idiot for Resistance 2. Given a voice and a squad, Nathan Hale went from impressive to impudent. Still, his power remains unquestionable, and his competency is still up with the best.

Fighting for the survival of the human race is a pretty honourable thing to do, even if most of us are a waste of space, so the young soldier is a deserving entrant in the top ten.

Power - 10
Morals - 6
Looks - 5
Intelligence - 4
Role Model - 6

Total - 31

With glowing yellow eyes, Hale's at seven.

Nathan Hale

6. Ratchet (and Clank) - Ratchet and Clank

The inseparable duo (well, almost, except for the bits where they get separated), Ratchet and Clank, are two of the finest heros on PS3. Perhaps deserving of an entry each, the two have saved their galaxy numerous times from the likes of Dr Nefarious. Some might argue that Secret Agent Clank is a looker, or that Ratchet is the secret brains of the outfit, but it's unquestionable that both are made of heroic materials.

With access to some serious gadgets, the interest of lovely ladies, and more bad minions than you can shake a wrench at, Ratchet and Clank are busy heros.

Power - 6
Morals - 10
Looks - 4
Intelligence - 7
Role Model - 9

Total - 36

With cutesy looks, but lots of attitude, Ratchet and Clank at six.

Ratceth and Clank

5. Nathan Drake - Uncharted

Bringing out more than a few Indiana Jones' finest qualities, Nathan Drake is the sort of hero that's very easy to follow. Avoiding the squeaky clean approach, Drake's flawed character is believeable and fun. Popular with ladies like Elena Fisher, it's clear that Nathan's talents don't end with his impressive acrobatics.

Nathan Drake spends much of his time seeking lost treasure, and in the first game, his focus is the legend left by his ancestor Sir Francis Drake. There's no obstacle too big, nor challenge too great as he works towards his goal, with impressive calm and a constant supply of comic comments.

Power - 7
Morals - 7
Looks - 9
Intelligence - 7
Role Model - 7

Total - 37

In at five, treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Nathan Drake

4. The Prince - Prince of Persia

Losing a donkey, especially one named in reference to a certain Princess from previous Persian adventures, has got to be a bad thing, but it did tangle this prince up with the beautiful and talented Elika, in one of the greatest adventures on PS3. Scrabbling along ledges, sprinting along vertical walls, swinging on poles and leaping across huge chasms, the Prince takes on almost any challenge, all the while looking after (or being looked after by) Princess Elika. With comic quips to keep things lively.

Unlike the dark, troubled hero of the later PS2 games, the Prince is quite dynamic, and despite his overly-cocky attitude, he does undergo an emotional transformation as his feelings for Elika develop. There's certainly more layers to this hero than initially meet the eye.

Power - 8
Morals - 7
Looks - 8
Intelligence - 7
Role Model - 8

Total - 38

Number four sees the Prince of Persia, fighting for his donkey.

Prince of Persia

3. Largo Potter - Valkyria Chronicles

At first glance, Largo might seem slow, lumbering, aggressive or even stupid, but he's none of these things. This powerful lancer is both a deadly weapon on the battlefield, and gentle giant back at camp. Largo's passion for life extends beyond just his friends, and encompasses vegetables, which he greatly enjoys growing, making him a far-more-rounded character than most heros.

Extremely loyal, and tremendously competent, there's no better friend than Largo Potter on or off the battlefield.

Power - 7
Morals - 9
Looks - 6
Intelligence - 7
Role Model - 10

Total - 39

Growing vegetables at number three, Largo Potter.

Largo Potter

2. Isaac Clarke - Dead Space

Isaac is not particularly talkative, nor flamboyant in anything he does, but the reason he's settled so high in the top ten is his incredible ability to stay calm and focus on the job at hand, in the face of incredible danger. Venturing outside the ship in the midst of meteor storms, and facing waves of necromorphs from every direction, Isaac only wavers once in the entire game.

The brief moment in which Isaac's emotional shields are cut down is one of the most powerful moments in the game, and incredibly subtle. In that second, Isaac's character, his history, his motivation and his feelings all make sense and fall into place. Another brief cutscene reveals him to be rather manly too, and a possible hit with the ladies.

Power - 8
Morals - 9
Looks - 8
Intelligence - 8
Role Model - 9

Total - 42

At two, Isaac Clarke, fending off alien foe.

Isaac Clarke

1. Solid Snake - Metal Gear Solid 4

In possibly the most predictable move since Sony said "hey, let's make another one of those Playstation things", Solid Snake is MeteorStorm's top choice for male gaming hero. His determination, loyalty, honour and ability are pretty much second to none, and thanks to a little Konami/Kojima humour, Snake isn't a one-dimensional guy either.

Providing moments of silliness, carefully mixed with tremendously emotional and moving scenes, Snake is a character that has been involved in some of the most tremendous storylines on Playstation, and is solidly deserves the title of hero.

Power - 9
Morals - 9
Looks - 8
Intelligence - 8
Role Model - 10

Total - 44

At number one, Solid Snake.

Solid Snake

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