For those of you who don’t know, the talented folks over at Later Levels host an event called Question of the Month. As the name implies, a question is asked each month and a group of great bloggers submit answers. These answers are then compiled into a poll for everyone to vote on, and a winner is chosen based on the results. Sounds like a fun and friendly competition, eh? It sure does!
After my debut last month, Kim’s letting me stay around (thanks!) so I get to answer this month’s question:
If you needed a mercenary, which video game character would you hire?
Honestly, and unsurprisingly, I really wanted to say Lightning, but I’m going to try really hard to talk about other characters for a change. Plus Lightning does whatever the hell she wants, whenever she feels like it – not a very good mercenary quality. After my shero, my mind immediately went to a Grand Theft Auto place – a guilty pleasure of mine since high school. So yes, I chose a cute elephant genie last month, and this month I’m choosing a violent criminal: Niko Bellic (or Нико Белиж in his native Serbian language) from Grand Theft Auto IV.
GTA IV isn’t my favourite in the series, but Niko is definitely my favourite protagonist! Grand Theft Auto San Andreas will likely always be my #1 crime spree playground, but IV brought some interesting mechanics to the table. It had its own parody version of the internet, introduced a cell phone for the protagonist, and the ability to get drunk with Niko’s friends. I’ll never forget Niko screaming “Yellow car!!” at the taxi cabs near the end of his glorious nights out. That’s right! Even in violent video games, I refuse to allow drinking and driving.
Niko is probably the “nicest” thug in the series too. He’s an immigrant with a very troubled past and just wants to live the American dream. Unfortunately, he gets caught up in shady goings on, and gets blackmailed into doing some pretty awful things. One of the things I love most about his character is the hilarious interactions with his cousin, Roman. There was this one mission where Niko is pinned down by gunfire and suddenly his phone rings. It’s cousin Roman, and he wants to go bowling… Niko’s grouchy reactions to his needy cousin’s incessant need to hang out always made me chuckle.
So why would I hire him as a mercenary? Let me try to explain my answer in 100 short words!
Born into an abusive family, turned into a ruthless teenage solider during the harsh Bosnian Wars… Niko never had a chance to be a “good” person. He’s full of anger, sorrow, and remorse, but handles any mission with coldblooded precision, unleashing his boiling emotions in the form of bullets. He detaches himself from the morality of any situation, only focusing on doing the job. He’ll work for corrupt government agencies, drug gangs, the Russian Mafia, human smugglers… Niko just doesn’t care about his own life anymore; it’s all about supporting his cousin. Defeated and capable of anything – the perfect mercenary.
Check out Later Levels at 06:00 BST on Oct 16th to see the official post, and also the poll you can vote on.
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