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| retro gamer* | issue two | top 50 game characters |

>Top Ten Forces Of Good Whether they re defending the universe from hostile alien races or rescuing loved ones from the lairs of evil geniuses, these ten superheroes can only be described as pure forces of good. Evil doesn t stand a chance...

Link

Sir Arthur

With a huge number of games under his belt, Legend of Zelda hero, Link, is one of the longest running gaming legends. First appearing in the Legend of Zelda on the NES in 1987, he’s been in several adventures on many platforms. Most memorably A Link to the Past, on the SNES, and The Ocarina of Time on the N64. His fighting skills, timetravelling antics and endless battles against the evil Ganon are flawless, and we sincerely hope he’s going to be around for a long time to come. A very young Link can currently be found in The Wind Waker on the GameCube. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a baby Link next time, if his reverse ageing continues.

The star of one of the oldest and most fondly remembered coin-ops of all time. Sir Arthur appeared in the classic Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins (1985) and then later re-emerged in the sequel Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts. Sporting a pair of rather striking boxer shorts underneath a shiny suit of armour, he was on a quest to rescue his beloved Princess Guinevere from the forces of darkness. Jumping, dodging and axe-throwing his way through level after level of zombies, demons and other nasties, Arthur brought us an addictive, if devilishly challenging game. The original Japanese name of the game – Makaimura – means ‘Demon World Village’, and contrary to popular belief, Arthur has nothing to do with the Arthurian legends. He’s just a knight with the same name.

Solid Snake

Magic Knight

While he’s been around since 1987, first appearing in Metal Gear on the MSX and NES, followed by Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and Metal Gear 2: Snake’s Revenge (not a real Kojima title), most people remember him from the PSone uber-hit, Metal Gear Solid. Snake (based on Snake Pliskin from John Carpenter’s Escape from New York), is a true Hollywood hero. No one is as skilled or as deadly as Snake, and he’s done battle with armies, freaks, giant walking battle tanks, and can memorise HUGE scripts of dialogue, all without breaking a sweat. To put it simply, Snake’s as hard as nails, and can even get away with wearing a mullet. Would you tell him otherwise?

For a simplistic, oddly shaped character, Magic Knight is a game hero that demands the utmost respect. Not only has he saved a powerful wizard, helped the Norse god, Thor find his magic hammer, and survived a trip to the 25th century and back, but he’s also brought with him a damn fine collection of games. Finders Keepers, Spellbound, Knight Tyme and Stormbringer are all excellent games, well ahead of their time. Relying on quick wits, intelligence and logic to puzzle-solve his way to victory, Magic Knight is one lord of the realm that is at home in any hall of fame. A timeless classic.

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