Top five PlayStation 3 characters thus far
Throughout the last two generations of gaming, Sony has brought to us more than a handful of characters that we could associate with their console. The PlayStation brand has brought Cloud, Lara Croft, Spyro, and even that fluffy maniac Crash Bandicoot into our lives and homes. It’s been well over 20 years since Sony started their PlayStation design platform with Nintendo in 1986. Since the fallout between the two, Nintendo has continued pumping out the same characters like a bottle recycling facility, while Sony has brought new characters with every new edition of console release. The PlayStation 3 is no exception to this illustrious history of character design from first-party titles. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to list and detail our five favorite PlayStation 3 exclusive characters thus far.
King Bohan: King Bohan was created by Ninja Theory as a villain for the title Heavenly Sword. Perhaps Ninja Theory had Scientology in mind when they decided to create Bohan and his back story as this crazy old fool who is a self-professed messiah who will stop at nothing until he’s gained the Heavenly Sword itself.
Bohan’s distinct character voice is the work of Andy Serkis, who you may know better as Smeagol the half-pint nut job from Lord of the Rings. Serkis is a very prominent actor who is never in the lead role and usually plays a character in the distance. That changed in Heavenly Sword as his voice was shoved to the forefront and it helped change the story and emotion of Heavenly Sword all for the better.
Apart from being the center of attention on the side of villainy, Bohan is a crazed, power-hungry fool who seems to lack true reasoning. With a mentally retarded son who he continually abuses and a flurry of followers not capable of getting the job done, it’s easy to see why the king finds it annoying to have to do things himself.
Bohan is responsible for wiping out Kai’s entire clan and for attacking Nariko’s kin. His thirst for the sword is all that drives him as he feels it will display his dominance over everyone and most importantly will reassure himself of his own status. The only being he seems to obey is a raven which has a gold faceplate protecting its face.
Nathan Hale: Hale from Resistance: Fall of Man is an Insomniac Games creation. Nathan Hale is an American soldier helping fight against the Chimeran threat; however, he is also a real-life American spy that is said to be the first of his kind. Whether or not this played any part in his creation for Resistance is unknown.
Nathan Hale is brought to life by David Kaye. Kaye is a very famous voice actor who has starred alongside the likes of Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, and Paul Giamatti. He’s also famous in gaming for the voice of Clank from Insomniac’s other prominent PlayStation 3 release, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.
Hale’s ability to take in the Chimeran virus and remain himself was an unheard of occurrence. With the virus mixed within him, Hale helped liberate Britain from the Chimera and was presumed dead. That is, until a couple of mysterious American soldiers rescued him from a snowy badland. With Resistance 2 due out later this year, it’ll be interesting to see where Hale’s adventure takes him.
Kai: Kai was developed by Ninja Theory for their latest PlayStation 3 offering, Heavenly Sword. While many would prefer Nariko to be sitting comfy in spot #3, we felt differently. Kai is a breath of twisted fresh air in a world that needed it.
Kai’s voice comes to life through Lydia Baksh, an unknown talent in the gaming world up until this point. While Kai remains her only prominent role, we see a strong future for the voice-actress in years to come, which will probably and hopefully include a Heavenly Sword sequel featuring Kai as the lead role.
Kai is the adopted younger sister to Nariko, Heavenly ... (continued on next page)