-Character of the Year-

And the winner is…

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Lara Croft

Lara Croft was given a serious make-over this year both in character design and overall personality. In this year’s reboot of the Tomb Raider series we see a younger, weaker Croft who is just getting used to perilous situations that may cost the lives of her friends or herself. Throughout the game we see her grow into a much more capable and hardened woman as she endures the first life endangering adventure of her life. By the end of the game we can sit back and say “there she is” as the Lara Croft we know and love emerges like a phoenix rising from the ashes of her old self.

I love everything about the new Lara Croft. She is powerful without being masculine, she is beautiful without being mostly naked, and she is intelligent without being naive to the dangers of the world. She was able to make me laugh, cry and feel like a total badass while playing as her in the new game. I felt emotionally connected to her, feeling her joy and her pain throughout the adventure. I find that in itself to be a testament to my love for the character but also to the developers and writers over at Crystal Dynamics for their work on the rebirth of Lara Croft as a character. It’s also pertinent to recognize Camilla Luddington for her outstanding voice acting performance, she truly brought the character to life.

I feel that because of this dramatic transformation from the classic Lara to a brand new reinvented Lara that she deserves this award more than any other character showcased this year. I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for her in the future.

-Runners Up-

Ellie (The Last of Us)

Dante (DmC: Devil May Cry)

Clementine (The Walking Dead: Season 2)

Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)

Edward Kenway (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag)