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A child could have designed it better

When a developer sits down to create a game that involves a central starring character it's probably the most important part of the whole game making process. The key is to design a character who is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also someone you care about and believe in. Get it wrong or misjudge what your audience wants and your game baby might never turn into the multi-million dollar franchise you'd hoped for...



10. Haven from Haven: Call of the King
PS2 | Xbox |GameCube | GBA

It's with a degree of sadness we include poor old Haven on this list. And in part we wish we'd made more fuss about his design earlier on. We might have made a difference. See, back in the day, when some of our staff worked in games magazines, we did a lot of coverage on Haven and its ambitious streaming technology. To top it off, at a press event we told the developer we really liked the game, but out of politeness neglected to add that Haven, the lead character, was weak.

Cleverly anticipating how Naughty Dog would eventually ruin their Jak character by giving him a green goatee beard, Haven was a fat-headed ginger with crap facial hair and not an ounce of charisma. And that's exactly why we've never seen Haven 2 -  it might have been technically good and scored well and all that, but everyone hated the lead character.

7 comments

  • chaco - July 28, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    If your little sister can draw like that she should go to art school!! This is a great game with good artwork for it's time. I also think judging a game for it's artwork only shows what kind of a gamer you are, not a very good one. I know for a fact this games story is amazing, the gameplay is fun and the art work is better than you give it credit. P.S Tell your little sister to have fun in art school for me, will ya?
  • kelop - July 27, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    Kya is great and her artwork is great too, a child wouldn't be able to draw a straight line! let alone make anything as cool as kya. As an artist myself i know how to draw and although i may not be the best, i know that you really shouldn't be so rash on peoples artwork unless you know how to draw yourself. I will admit that three of the 10 are actually bad but that's not even the artwork just a picture of the in game, kya and 4-10 are actually very cool. You shouldn't bad mouth things when you don't really know anything about them. PS: men aren't the only people who play kya many women like kya too.
  • neon6 - June 5, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    About the last one, that's not a face, it's just 2 circles.
  • JINX - July 28, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    Erm, Hey Kelop and Chaco. Well, some may reject this article, some may agree with it completly. I, from my point of view, disagree. How do you get these list, computer generated, right? Who really puts this into mind. It is really just pointing out really stupid things you hate and admire. And a child can draw it right? Are you a child, if a child could draw it then can you please draw your own little entry. I would like to see who is the child now. It doesn't matter about the art, I am sorry that whoever created this fan art made you feel that it would be okay to say that. Its simple? Good, a boomerang, great, can YOU throw a boomerang and make it work, I back it goes as far as you draw a picture of Kya. Same with the company, I am sorry we couldn't get a good enough picture, to satisfy a young girl like you, who can't throw a boomerang, nor, draw a picture of, of YOU. And how do you know what my sister looks like, I am pretty sure it is quite rare to have blue hair like that. What if I don't have a sister? Thanks for showing a picture of a persons sister, that they don't even know! My point is, thanks for your opinion, don't go too far, and make a list with a voting poll, perhaps. Theres more than a 1000 Kya fans. I bet you used to be one of them.
  • Sarah - July 28, 2009 4:05 a.m.

    That's funny, because I am the little sister of a gamer AND a gamer myself and I simply loved everything about the game Kya (except for some glitchiness and the almost complete lack of a storyline, but hey, it was still the funnest adventure/puzzle game I have EVER played), including the character designs. Kya's a kickass chick with blue hair and a boomerang. I love the simplicity. What more do you need? Seriously though, out of every game out there, you chose Kya? Come on. I've seen much, much worse. I also believe that Kya: Dark Lineage would have been a more popular game if it had an actual storyline, and Kya's design would have been just fine to head a franchise. Really.
  • teejaynumber13 - July 27, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    Kya: Dark Lineage is one of the most innovative and fun Platformers Ive ever played. And while Kya may indeed remind YOU of YOUR younger sister, she's nothing like mine. And does that make her deserve to be a top 10 worst. Are you saying your little sister sucks?
  • zzain1 - July 27, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    This is a Great character, Kya is thee most creative and well thought out character to date. She does not even belong on the worst, and belongs on the top best. If you played the game, people will know.

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