Hey manly, who are you're favorite characters from all the games including horror games that you play until today? I was intrigue cause a hero such as yourself must have an equsitive taste in characters :D
Do you mean games I’ve played for the channel or games in general? I always answer these with bigger replies than I should. For the extent of simplification I’m going to not count games that are shmups (really, I just mean Touhou), fighting, arcades, are adaptations or have been a visual novel at one time.
I’ll also go by video game eras or consoles and lists characters that were my favorites at the time since it shifts around a lot and I find it hard to have a single favorite.
Starting at NES you had the foundations of your iconic characters like Mario, Samus and Megaman but I’d have to give it to Ryu Hayabusa as being a character I thought was really cool at the time. Personally though there wasn’t much characterization but I was really fond of The Guardian Legend and its lead character. It’s probably my favorite game on the NES.
Shifting on to the SNES, Genesis and Gameboy era I’d say my favorites at that time were the Donkey Kong characters, Sonic and Sparkster with a special mention for Zero who the only reason I don’t list up there with the rest because I was never good enough at the Mega Man X games to see him much. There’s characters I know I’m forgetting like from JRPGs but my memory is faulty at the moment.
PS1, N64, Saturn? era really becomes dominated by JRPGs for me. Pretty much all of FFVII’s cast, Cid and Vincent specifically even if Vincent had no personality at the time. I liked him because he turned into horror movie monsters essentially, plus it was funny having him hang out with a guy who did nothing but complain and swear all the time. Crash Bandicoot, the Mega Man Legends and X cast and Rikimaru were also cool. Saturn I really liked Nights and on N64 I’d go with Conker.
The rest of the generations up till today I’ll blitz a bit to keep things light. Gene, Big Boss, Father Nier, Travis Touchdown, Goro Majima off the top of my head.
I’ll cut off this answer here for now since it’s dragging too long and it evolved into a gaming history thing. I’ll do a followup before the year is over where I go in depth and also include things like fighting games and PC gaming and why I like certain characters so much.