PS4 Updates: The PlayStation 4 has brought a new revolution of characters in which the player feels more involved in the game. Since the beginning of video games, the medium has been defined by protagonists like Pac-Man, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.
The problem with these early video game protagonists is that they didn’t have a lot of depth, leaving them one-dimensional. Video game characters were goal-oriented and lacked the layers that make a character relevant and interesting.
Sony’s PlayStation brought a new trend in video games. The heroes grew and adapted as the stories continued to evolve. Even though the characters were fun and had distinct personalities, they still lacked the relativity needed for the game as a whole. The protagonists of PlayStation continued to grow and became more realistic and fleshed out with issues and flaws.
By the time the PlayStation 4 appeared, the characters had become very close and humanized. This can be seen in Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. Raised in a world where humanity has been all but wiped out, she is in search of the truth and must fight against mechanized creatures along the way.
Aloy’s thirst for knowledge and sense of justice is commendable and reflects our own idealism or lack of idealism. Aloy reminds us of what it means to be a good person who doesn’t back down in the face of adversity and does the right thing no matter what.
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Another character that needs to be mentioned here is Kratos from God of War 2018. Kratos is a veteran of the old age of video games. Therefore, when he first appeared, he was like the other protagonists of the time whose goal was to defeat his enemies with his brute force.
The character of Kratos has evolved in the new version of God of War. He now has a son and is struggling to bury his past while trying to be a good father to his son. It was a massive transition for her character and touched on a relevant topic like fatherhood.
Ghost of Tsushima put a player in a position to decide the fate of the character Jin Sakai. Thanks to Jin Sakai, the characters have to decide what is more important, whether to do the right thing or the honorable thing.
Jim’s identity crisis is a very relevant thing because we all have to go through it at some point in life. By deciding on Jin’s identity, the players end up deciding theirs as well.
The PlayStation 4 has acted as a forerunner for more games with relevant protagonists. an example of this is in the Gears of War franchise which places more emphasis on the characters and the story.
These characters show that no matter how impossible their worlds may seem, their struggles are real, just like ours. It is commendable how PlayStation 4 and caused the trend of human and relatable protagonists in video games.
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