Built like Arnie and wielding a gun-mounted chainsaw with deadly accuracy, Marcus Fenix effectively curb stomps his way through locust alien swarms in size 20 armoured boots. Definitely the kind of man you’d want in your corner.
Finest hour... Gears of War (2006)
Too cool to have a name, Agent 47 is the mysterious professional life-ender who was created from the genetic DNA of some of the world’s most dangerous criminals. Not the kind of person you'd want to push in front of in a queue.
Finest hour... Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002)
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Representing geeks everywhere, Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist with a goatee and glasses; not your average action hero. Wielding his trusty crowbar, he's a man of no words, simply getting down to business and taking it to waves of alien scum.
Finest hour... Half-Life 2 (2004)
Leader of the Saxons in a medieval onslaught against the Norman hordes, the stunning (for its time) graphics and mixture of action and strategy have cemented both game and hero in gaming folklore. Oh, and those "liberating the damsel in distress" scenes…
Finest hour... Defender of the Crown (1986)
Leader of the elite Starfox team (which includes a falcon and a toad), Fox McCloud helps defend his home planet against an onslaught of enemies, with daring space manouvers and sharp shooting. Just Google "do a barrel roll" to gauge the impact of this series.
Finest hour... Star Fox (aka Starwing, 1993)