Like Jesus, The Terminator and Elvis, some game characters just refuse to meet their maker. Whether it’s a Spartan Warrior who’s been stabbed through the chest 37 times or a half man/half cyborg who survives getting crushed by a giant boat; the following heroes love to wriggle out of death’s butter fingers.
Defying death in: God of War series
You can’t keep a good man down. Or, in this case, a merciless mass murderer down. No matter how many times the ancient Greek anti hero gets impaled by giant swords (which, turns out, is a lot) he keeps coming back for more. Swallowed by the Hydra? Pah. Banished to the depths of Hades on three separate occasions? Big whoop. Eviscerating himself to apparent death? Hell, it’s nothing Kratos can’t crawl away from, even if he’s got a gaping hole in his stomach bigger than his brutal bald bonce.
Defying death in: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2
With great moustache comes great responsibility… and a great aversion to death. Seriously, the world’s most shooty OAP will not stay down. Sucking up bullets like an impervious, immortal sponge, surviving in a desolate Russian prison for years, coming back from the shitting dead; ol’ Price is seemingly indestructible. He’s got more lives than a military-hardened cat. The secret? The Holy Grail is hidden somewhere inside his mighty soup strainer. Clearly.
Defying death in: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
From whiny, whipped emo to death-proof cyborg badass. Yup, Raiden makes quite the transition between Metal Gear Solid 2 and 4. Despite getting stabbed by Vamp exactly 119 million times, Jack brushes the haemorrhage happy antics off without breaking a sweat. Our hero even survives getting squashed by a vessel so enormous, it makes the Titanic look like a paddle boat. Alright, so he loses both his arms in the process. But who needs arms when you can fight off an army of expertly-trained Haven Troopers with a sword… that you’re clenching between your teeth. If there’s ever been a stronger advert for strong, healthy chompers, we’d like to see it.
Defying death in: Devil May Cry series
Some people like to take long walks in the park for kicks. Others enjoy a nice sit down with a good book in front of a roaring fire. Dante loves to pass the time by letting his chest meet the business end of a seven foot blade. The demon hunter may not exactly be human, but paranormal or not, his ability to tango with the Grim Reaper and live to tell the tale is pretty dang impressive. He even gives the journey into the great beyond the ultimate one-fingered salute when he breaks out a death-defying party trick that sees him pull said seven foot blade from himself without blinking. Now that's hard. Medically improbable, but hard.
Above: This? Nah, just a flesh wound, pal
Defying death in: Uncharted 1 & 2
The man who makes Indiana Jones look as exciting as an IT manager is also an expert when it comes to getting out of life or death situations. If he’s not being shot in the stomach, he’s getting nibbled on by rejects from The Descent or finding himself trapped in a train… while it’s hanging from the side of a massive cliff. But if you think any of this is enough to stop him saving the girl, punching evil square in the face, before cracking off a witty one-liner, you’d be sadly mistaken. Nathan Drake's indestructible suave: 93 – Death: 0.
Defying death in: Gears of War 1 & 2
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Apr 1, 2010