Saturday, December 03, 2011

Gaming's 10 Greatest Santa Lookalikes

Christmas is nearly upon us. The decorations are being dusted off, the shop shelves stripped of gift ideas and televisions primed for the annual showing of Elf. So what better way to celebrate the start of Advent than a Top 10 list that pays homage to none other than Santa? Here, the Megabits team picks the gaming characters that most look like the great man, albeit with slightly different traits...

10) Zeus – God Of War
More likely to be residing in Mount Olympus than a suburban shopping mall, God of War’s Zeus has a domineering personality and likes to be centre of attention. Strip away that big red coat and I’m sure Santa sports a six pack too.

9) Dusty - Medal of Honor
Just like everyone’s favourite gift-giving trespasser come Christmas Eve, Dusty is a man on a mission. He also travels around the world, carrying out time sensitive missions in the hope that no one spots him. How he treats you also depends on whether you’ve been naughty or nice…

8) Gouken - Street Fighter IV
Not only does Gouken look the part, but he shares a common trait with good old Father Christmas – his compassion towards children. Whereas Santa gives toys to the little ones, Gouken gave the gift of life – rescuing abandoned orphan baby Ryu and training him to become one of the greatest fighters in the world. Such a beautiful story, it almost makes you weep, doesn’t it? Now THAT is truly the spirit of Christmas.

7) The End - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Sure, The End may have been a crack shot assassin but he and Santa have several things in common besides a bushy white chin warmer… Not only are they both ageing and portly, but they share the ability to sneak about the place undetected. This comparison falls down somewhat given that The End would rather fill you full of lead than fill your stocking.

6) Al Mualim - Assassins Creed
He may have a flowing robe, hood and beard but you certainly wouldn’t want to sit on Al Mualim’s knee for fear of him stabbing you in the back. He befriended Altair in the first Assassin’s Creed game only for things to turn nasty. He’s not a man who’s blessed with Christmas cheer!

5) MacGruder - Gun
Greed, corruption, sadism and a missing eyeball aren't the things that spring to mind when you think of Father Christmas, but perhaps more than anyone else on the list, MacGruder looks the part. There's no bigger belly or bushier beard even among these portly bewhiskered rogues, and monstrous though he is, his leading role in Gun, a long standing favourite of Megabits, ensures that we think fondly of him despite his many sins.

4) Sheriff Johnson - Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption's Sherriff Johnson might be more jaded than jolly, but he's one of the few characters in Red Dead Redemption who can't be marked down as sick,twisted or cynical at first glance. He's stout and bearded, which is the obvious reason to call him a Santa stand-in, but there's also the fact that he trusts John Marston enough to send him after a selection of local bad guys. It's almost as if he's got a list of who has been naughty and who has been nice.

3) Bill - Left 4 Dead
Okay, he's not exactly fat and jolly, but let's see you pile on the pounds and the good cheer when the world has been served up as an all-you-can-eat buffet for the undead. Bill's grubby camos might not be as eyecatching as Santa's big red robe, but he's got the bush white beard and the "Sacrifice" DLC proves that he thinks of others, and isn't that the true meaning of Christmas?

2) Wizard - Gauntlet
With his flowing robes and lengthy beard, Gauntlet's Wizard could be an old school Santa from the days of myth, before he was cola-fied for modern consumption. Children around the world leave cookies and milk out on Christams Eve, and do you know why? Because "Wizard needs food, badly."

1) Dr Thomas Light – Mega Man
Doctor Thomas Light is perhaps the best lookalike on this list – big hair, full beard, rounded belly and a man of cheery disposition. He’s the creator of Capcom favourite Mega Man – effectively a maker of toys, just like the great red-clad bearded man himself.

So there we have it... 10 of gaming's greatest Santa lookalikes! You know the drill - if you know of any others, leave us a message below. Happy Christmas from all at Megabits - and may all your gaming wishes come true!