Beauty is a rather popular discussion on different gaming websites. Everyone seems to want to chime in with their list of the top ten hottest video game characters, even though every list posted online always has the same ten characters with one or two surprise entries to make theirs stand out from others. Well, now I'm doing one!
But since I don't want to just list the same ten characters that everyone else usually lists, I'll be doing things a tiny bit backwards. Instead of the most attractive video game characters, I'll be listing the ones I found to be the most ugly and/or off putting. Now keep in mind, I have no criteria for my list, so literally anybody can appear in it. Also, my reasoning for them appearing isn't exactly sound. Enjoy the read!
Nathan Drake From Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
You're probably thinking "This guy must be crazy! The Nathan Drake we've all grown accustomed to is a handsome rogue!" While that may be an accurate description of the Nathan Drake we know of today, it is nothing like the horrifying putty monster from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - one of the Playstation 3's first major releases.
The power of the Cell!
In fact, pretty much everyone from the Uncharted series started out as nasty looking plastic golems. Sure it was just the capability of the system at the time, but you can't honestly look at side by side comparisons from Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 3 and say that the Nathan Drake from Uncharted 1 doesn't look like some manner of ghoul compared to the Nathan Drake from Uncharted 3.
What do you get when you paint a giraffe black, shrink it's head down to 50% it's regular size and then make it stand up on two legs? You get a grossly inaccurate description of the main character Bayonetta from the game Bayonetta. When the game first released, and for way more months after it's release than necessary, Bayonetta's main complaint among fans was her proportions.
Well... She certainly has legs.
It wasn't that her breasts were too big or anything like that. It was the fact that her body just didn't look right under anybody's definition of "right". Her arms and legs were far too long, and her head was far too tiny. Of course, the developers did this on purpose because that was simply the art style for the game, but people couldn't help but constantly point it out. Because honestly, it did look pretty weird.
Lara Croft In The Tomb Raider Reboot
Don't get me wrong, they made the new Lara Croft plenty attractive. Lara has always been designed as an attractive female, even before graphics could actually convey what a person looked like. But back then it was just triangles people were fawning over. Now that systems can really push graphics to their limits, people are starting to see the little details that have followed Lara all these years.
Shouldn't you like... clean the wound before you do that, Lara?
She's freaking dirty, man. Just look at all of these gameplay videos coming out. When she isn't drenched in swampy mud water its only because she's covered in something worse. You can only assume things have always been like this for Lara. All these years she's been a prime candidate for plenty of flesh eating bacterias and horrific viruses.
And Lara isn't the only game character following this trend of poor hygiene. It is affecting the characters of Dead or Alive 5 as well. In fact, it's even one of the main features being shown off online. Not only do the characters bounce around like in past games, but now they also get drenched in sweat and covered in dirt as they fight. We're slowly beginning a trend where all of our favorite characters are just going to be drenched in dirt at the start of the game, for realism's sake.
Capcom Wrings Frank West Dry
Over these past few years, Capcom has been making it a hobby of theirs to destroy their franchises. Or at least ruin it as much as possible. Just look at how they dragged Mega Man through the dirt, and he was one of their biggest franchises ever. So you really can't be surprised with what happened to Frank West in the sequel to the sequel of Dead Rising 2.
When a person has aged twelve years like Frank West has, you expect them to look quite a bit older. But not only has Frank West been ravaged by Father Time, he's also been fighting the deadly virus that has been turning people into the undead ever since the events of Dead Rising 1.
Frank West, Gaming's sad burnt out Uncle.
From the images of Frank West displayed on his sequel's cover, the virus has not treated him well. His hair has been falling out, his skin has dried and he's lost a bit of weight. He looks nothing like he did twelve years ago. A good comparison would be Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games. Snake's journey was over a ten year period.
It ended with him old and broken, but he was at least able to keep himself looking strong and healthy despite all of the things working against him on the genetic level. Frank West really looks like he could die at any moment if he doesn't get his 24 hour vaccine every day. Just another way Capcom gets to drag our favorite characters through the mud, at least until they too can actually cover their characters in actual mud like in Tomb Raider.
Why did these characters make the list and not other ones you might ask? Because I can't write about everybody! Also, this wasn't that serious of an article. What characters in gaming do you find to look weird and ugly over reasons nearly as trivial as mine? Why not write about them in the comments below? As always, thanks for reading.