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8 Video Games Where You Played As The Wrong Character

If Jedi Fallen Order was about Trilla, it might've been Game of the Year.

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There are many great video game protagonists - think Solid Snake, Samus Aran or Sonic The Hedgehog. On the flip-side, there are many rubbish heroes too - think Bubsy the Bobcat, Aiden Pearce or, well, Sonic The Hedgehog (sorry).

No matter whether we love or loathe, most main characters feel appropriate for the game they star in, having been woven into the narrative that has been set out.

This isn't always the case though, and there are times where you'll reach the end credits after 30 hours, only to realise there were WAY better stories to tell... using different characters in the game.

Sometimes someone will overstay their welcome, hogging valuable screen time that a more interesting support role deserves, or their personal goals completely contradict the nature of gameplay.

Yes, these are the games that not necessarily had bad protagonists (many are still enjoyable, serviceable or great in their own way), but for a host of pretty clear reasons in retrospect, we'd been playing as the wrong character the whole time.

With that said, let's take a look at a few of these misplaced protagonists and theorise on who was more deserving of that hero status.

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