10 Non-Playable Characters We Would Love To Play As

For the many times that protagonists are overrated…

Posted By | On 02nd, Dec. 2012 Under Feature, Gallery | Follow This Author @GNReith

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It’s the interactive elements of games that make them so special and it is player interaction that truly separates games from film, but interactivity is a finite resource. Very few games allow you full control of more than one character, and often spreading your play time between multiple characters give you fewer options with each subsequent avatar you inhabit.

Many characters aren’t playable at all, designed solely to aid or guide you within the game world. Whilst this is a necessary part of most games, the NPCs in certain games are often so cool, it’s an outright shame that we get no way of playing them at all. We’ve brought together a selection of ten non-playable we would love to get our hands on one of these days. This list may contain spoilers!

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Though she may not get her hands on the same amount of experimental weapons and equipment that protagonist Gordon Freeman does, Half-Life's leading lady is still a beloved enough character that it would be awesome to experience Valve's FPS world through her eyes. Her close relationship with Dog, man's mechanical best friend, also opens up the way for some awesome partner based gameplay. They'd have to get Dog's AI right though, of course.

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  • Keltari

    Sigh… I wish they would make a Shenmue 3.

  • Ubet

    Missing there GLADOS from Portal 😛
    I would love to play as GLADOS!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/san.shinobi San Shinobi

      That base kinda got covered by SHODAN :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/MehmetAlperTR Mehmet Alper Kader

    Actually you can play with Gray Fox in MGS1 ( PSX ) Integral. But you
    have to beat the game under 2,30 Hours and kill only 21 Person (
    Including the Bosses ), No Retry (Just you can use Load Game ), Use Only
    One Health Packet, Without alert any enemy ( all the game ) and in
    Extreme Diffuculty.. If you finish the game like this ( we did ) in
    integral CD’S menu you ll see Gray Fox will open his mask and it means
    you can play gray fox missions in integral CD. For anyone who ll try
    this beat the game twice first in Extreme Diffuculty and first save
    meryl and get bandana ( infinite ammo ), second do not save meryl ( get
    the stealth camuflage ). and then try to open mask of Gray Fox.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dragoncharlz Jamison DragonCharlz Pollard

    I expected General Leo from Final Fantasy 6 to be in this list…

    • http://www.facebook.com/faliusryuu.konogamiaren Falius Ryuu Konogami-Aren

      Ummm you do play as Leo in FF6, you know? He dies shorly after you get to control him, but you do.

  • adyy

    I expected Kratos from God Of War Series

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  • Dibs1337

    Technically you can play as bastilla. Its called tale her as you ally ALWAYS and be her in general.

  • Titanio Verde

    There’s also Freshly Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland, released for DS on 2007.

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  • Rasmus Møller Pedersen

    Tiny Tina as a playable character from Borderlands 2, now that’s an NPC i would love to play over and over again!

    And Mr. Torgue as well!

  • LoZFan

    There is a Tingle game already, and no, it is not a Thief/GTA based game lol

  • Brandan

    You can play as tingle in Zelda windwaker on game cube. LOL you did your homework

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