This one was tough. Trying to separate the character from the game itself is tough. I considered a lot of games for this one, but after a while I realised I had to look beyond the game, and consider the characters. Gordon Freeman came a close second. An unwitting scientist forced onto another path due to extreme circumstances, but because Half Life is a first person shooter once the character is established it seems there isn’t as much opportunity to add a huge amount of depth to his character. That isn’t to say that the game my favourite protagonist is from isn’t great. It is, and I think a large part of that greatness comes from the various characters you encounter and particularly the lead.

Read Dead Redemption’s John Marston

The way I see it John Marston is a good man in a harsh world. He’s tough when he has to be, but he shows compassion and has a strong sense of morality in circumstances that would tend to make most morals fragile. That’s why John Marston is my favourite protagonist.