Bronze: Jorgi Costava from Papers, Please by Lucas Pope
Many faces pass by your inspection booth in Papers, Please. The most memorable of which belongs to that of a man named Jorgi Costava. He's a pretty laid back guy who really just wants to cross the border into the glorious land of Arstotzka. From the moment he came up to my window with a passport written in crayon, I knew Jorgi was going to be a hoot. And indeed he never disappoints, always cheerful and always coming back with slightly better-and-better papers, a refreshingly happy face in a sea of despair and horror that is your job as an inspector. This concludes in a rather hilarious moment that I'd rather not spoil here. Needless to say that you should play Papers, Please, because then you to can experience the pleasure of Jorgi Costava's company.
- Isaac Wagner
Silver: Ellie from The Last of Us by Naughty Dog
It's easy at first to believe that The Last of Us is a story about the grizzled Joel. He's the tough guy carrying the tough gun, a bearded white guy who you begin the game with and whom you play as for the vast majority of the game. Imagine my surprise, however, when slowly I began to realize that the real heart and soul of The Last of Us was Ellie. Joel is a bitter old man who is haunted by the past and kills without a second thought, a man who it seems to have very little sense of morality or hope left in him. While Ellie is the complete opposite; a representation of the hope the humanity can be something better, aspire to something greater even in the darkest of times. The few times you play her are my favorite moments of the game because I felt like I was in the shoes of a good friend instead of a cold-blooded killer. As the credits rolled, there's was no doubt that Ellie was the character that made The Last of Us a game worth remembering in any capacity.
- Isaac Wagner
Gold: Trevor Philips from Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar North
Trevor Philips is the best new videogame character of 2013. He is also the worst. This guy might offend you but at the same time, he might make you laugh and then a few seconds later, you begin to feel bad for laughing... There is no doubt that Trevor is a seriously deranged and troubled individual, who does drugs, has interesting sexual preferences and is willing to kill anyone at the drop of a hat. But as far as videogame characters go, he is unique and interesting, especially considering you actually play as the guy! I also commend the guys at Rockstar for finally creating a protagonist that cleverly sidesteps any ludonarrative disonance that would tend to crop up in all of their previous games. Trevor is not someone who I would want to meet but he's incredibly engaging and I was fascinated to see what he was going to do next.
- Ross Hartley