Top 5 Video Game Soldiers

In honor of Veterans Day I thought I’d do something special. I’m not one to do a bunch of “Top …” lists, but this one just seems fitting. In this list we’ll visit many different games and consoles as we count down the top five soldiers that appear in video games. So without further ado, number 5….

#5: Doomguy (Doom)

The OG space marine, Doomguy paved the way for many of space marine protagonists in the video games world, like Halo. Although his game may not be as graphically impressive some of the other’s on this lists, there’s no doubt that his game is one of the most fun on the list.

Many younger gamers out there haven’t gotten hands on Doom yet, or maybe haven’t even played it. To them my instructions are simple. GO PLAY IT. I believe that every gamer should play the original Doom, even if it’s just once. The history it holds should not be ignored.


#4: Samus Aran (Metroid)

Some may argue that Samus doesn’t deserve to be on the list due to the fact that she is technically a bounty hunter, but I have to respectfully disagree. Samus not only makes the list for how much of a bad ass she is, but she also makes it due to her being historically significant in the gaming world due to the fact that she was one of the first female lead roles.

I grew up thinking Samus was pretty awesome. The orange suit, the canon on the arm and the fact that she has the power to roll up into a ball always fascinated me. With all of this taken in to consideration, there was no question that she’d be on the list.

#3: Solid Snake (Metal Gear)

Growing up with a PlayStation and PlayStation 2 in my house, Solid Snake was a mainstay in my gaming life. When someone mentions soldiers in gaming, Snake is one of the first one’s that pop into my head. His stealth is one of the reasons I fell in love with the series and let’s be honest, the cardboard box is one hell of a disguise.

Although recent iterations have been a bit too much on the cinematic side, one can only hope that when Metal Gear 5: Ground Zeroes hit the next gen, it can return to that classic Metal Gear feel and fall right in stride with the other titles in the franchise. Snake was a no-brainer to be on this list, but where he belonged in the discussion is what troubled me.

#2: Master Chief (Halo)

Everyone knew he’d be on the list, that wasn’t even a question. Many will criticize me for not putting him at the top spot on my list, but remember, this is my personal list, not an official top five or anything like that.

Master Chief started his rise to fame in 2001 when Halo: Combat Evolved hit store shelves. Personally, my first encounter with the chief was in Halo 2 and more heavily in Halo 3. His general sense of level-headedness in situations that would send any normal solider off the deep end is what drew my into becoming a fan of Master Chief.

Well….that and Plasma Grenades.

#1: Prophet (Crysis)

Yes this is going to be a controversial pick, but in my eyes Prophet is everything you want out of a video game solider. He’s immensely strong and fast due to the Nanosuit, his stealth is unparalleled, the Predator Bow is one of my favorite weapons in video game history and his back story throughout the Crysis is series is a pretty good one. Let’s not forget the fact that Prophet looks like a bad ass to the highest degree.

This might not be the most popular pick, but Prophet is one of my favorite characters in all of the soldier/war genre. I know I’ll get hate for this pick, but hey, no matter my number one pick I’ll get some sort of anger directed towards me.

All in all I hoped you liked the list. It’s a quick one, but it was pretty fun to put together. A huge thanks goes out to all the veterans out there who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Have a great Veterans Day everyone! Thanks for reading!

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So who’s in your Top 5? Did I miss someone that you think I should have included? Let me know in the comments section! Be sure to follow RDR on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr! Thanks again for reading!

- Richie D.

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