First up are the men. Like most media, video games tend to rally up the beef when it comes to men, but even more so. As players are required to step into these hardened bodies or fight alongside them, the testosterone is often pumped up to full capacity. Ironically perhaps, playing as these characters actually has the effect of softening up the muscles and turning it into rolls of fat. An unfortunate side effect of playing video games. Anyway, here are our top hyper-masculine video game characters:
9. Dante (Devil May Cry series)
Dante has long been a heartthrob for girl gamers with his silver hair, athletic build and rather suggestive, large weaponry.
8. Marine (Doom series)
The marine from Doom was amongst the first man’s man in gaming. Take on the armies of hell with just a chainsaw and gritted teeth? Bring it on!
7. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat series)
While Scorpion certainly has the muscles and aggression for this list, there is one thing that sets him apart from the bunch: the possession of probably the most overt phallic weapon in video game history. GET OVER HERE!
6. Zangief (Street Fighter series)
Resembling a hard-working woolly mammoth, how could we not include this bear of a man?
5. Ax Battler (Golden Axe series)
Schwarznegger’s portrayal of Conan really inspired some gaming characters throughout the eighties. Golden Axe just epitomised this influence.
4. Rick Taylor (Splatterhouse series)
Jason Voorhees lookalike, Rick Taylor is a maniac who tears through flesh and bone with his bare hands. Look out for his latest reincarnation this year in which he has almost tripled in size!
3. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War series)
We could have included any of the cast of Gears of War, but Fenix is the most outstanding with his gruff voice and pissed off attitude.
2. Kratos (God of War series)
Barely missing the top position of our list, Kratos is an animal. Fuelled by rage and stomping on any Gods that stand in his way, Kratos is gaming’s ultimate badass.
1. Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem series)
It was a hard decision but the Duke tops it simply because of how much of a male sleaze he is. He has the muscles, he loves the babes and has some phrases that any gamer could recite and be locked away on the spot for being a sexist pig, despite your gender.