Gordon Freeman voted Empire’s greatest ever video game character

Monday, 31st May 2010 19:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Empire’s voted Gordon Freeman as its greatest video game character of all time. All hail to the combine-killing, crowbar-wielding Freeman!

Mario came second in the list, with System Shock’s Shodan third, Planetscape: Torment’s Nameless One in fourth and Lara Croft in fifth.

The top ten is finished off by Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII, narrowly beaten in the top ten by Lemmings from… umm …Lemmings, Halo’s Master Chief, Guybrush Threepwood from Monkey Island and Link from The Legend of Zelda.

If you’ve got the patience of a saint, you can read the full list here.

Thanks, Mike.



  1. Syrok

    Really slow news day.


    #1 5 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    I wish all Bank Holidays were banned.

    Except Christmas. That one i can let off.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    What are bank holidays?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    Holidays where Banks go on holiday. Obviously!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Isuru86

    Kratos will rip off Freemans balls and eat them…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    It’s like wading through syrup.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. mathare92

    Another useless list for people to flame over.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    THey get their own holiday?! In the US the banks only get the national holidays off.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Ansob

    How can something specifically designed to not be a character rank first in a top ten list of characters?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. xino

    retarded much!?
    YOU are actually Gordon Freeman, you use crow bar to kill, not Gordon:/

    but i just like the art images of him, cuz he looks bad ass

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Anders

    Yeah, calling Freeman a character is a little far-fetched. Not a lot more to him than a pair of boots for the player to step into.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. AHA-Lambda

    Stupid top 10 O_o

    Freeman has no personality and is literally a blank slate how can you call him a character let alone BEST character?

    Mario, Link, Master Chief, Lemmings all have zero personality aswell and half of them dont talk!!

    This is more a greatest gaming icons list NOT a character list.

    EDIT: The announcer from Unreal Tournament is in it at no.33 *facepalm* I despair…

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Dralen

    In my opinion he’s the most unique character I’ve ever played. He never talks, yet the way people react to him gives him his great character. It’s not him as a person that creates his personality, but the people around him.

    This award wasn’t called “Greatest video game character personality”, its called “Greatest video game character”, which means it’s there acts and how people react to them not necessarily there personality.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Yoshi

    The thing about Freeman is that he speaks through you, you find out things about him from everyone else and your imagination ;) Your not forced onto him being some ex-marine or SAS guy, hes a scientist in one crazy ass world as hes learned to get along with that world just like the player :)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    Whats the difference between Freeman, Issac Clark, The Rookie (in both GhostBusters and ODST), Link and every other mute character? …There is none!

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Amored

    @5 that makes Kratos kinda gay :P

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DaMan

    “Silent protagonist” – Freeman is basically akin to Claude from GTA3, Crono or Link.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. NoxNoctisUmbra

    HalfLife games are fucking epic, but Him as number ONE character? umm.. nehh

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Dralen

    All those other characters you just mentioned, didn’t come close to the presence that Gordon Freeman had when people reacted to him. That’s the difference.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Neolucifer

    how so ? take a suikoden game , the protagonist is mostly silent , and yet he becomes the epic leader of an army , and usually owner of a big castle .

    The only real difference between gordon and most of the other mute guys would be popularity of the half life franchise .

    Seems more to me , like an “award” and ode to Half life , than the character genuinely being that awesome .

    #20 5 years ago
  21. DaMan

    that’s because ODST or DS had practically zero story compared to HL. they were the exact same type of protagonist though.

    but Crono certainly did.

    edit – absolutely, Neolucifer. even Tir was decent.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. YoungZer0

    Wow, this list is a fucking joke. Gordon Freeman? Seriously? If i take a piece of wood, draw a face on it and talk with it like it’s some kind of person the wood won’t be a character. Same goes for Mario, Link, probably every single Nintendo “character”, and of course: Master Chief.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Dralen

    I gotta agree though, that list is a joke. How are characters like Brucie from GTAIV (I hated him so much!) so high up when characters like Leon Kennedy are so far down?

    But then again, there’s no way people will ever agree on who’s the best video game character. And even if it was left down to the people’s choice, you know we would just be seeing Master Chief up there and super hyped up shit like that.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. RoyBrown

    When you have nothing to post.

    Post news from a two week old neogaf thread.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. threadzilla

    This list is ridiculous…..Brucie from GTA ahead of Solid Snake?????

    #25 5 years ago

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