When you think about patriotism in video games, what comes to your mind? Courage, determination, and drive are just a few words that come to me when the topic pops up in my head. Throughout the history of the video game medium, we have been treated to a plethora of awesome characters fighting the never ending battle against enemies that threaten the safety of justice and freedom, whether that be to protect a city, country, or the entire world, or to fight for what they believe is right.
For the Independence Day celebration here in the United States, we here at Rocket Punch have put together an impressive list of people who, for us, show us what true patriotism in video games looks like. These characters have shown grit and determination in their respective titles, showcasing and putting their values on the line to keep their beliefs and ideals alive, and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect freedom and the people. Check out the list below to see our list:
Capt. John Price - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series
When you think of patriotism in video games, one of the first names that should cross your mind is Capt. John Price. A member of the British SAS, Price was a constant ally during the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trilogy. During the victories and the trials, Price was always there with you to offer a sly quip and defeat the latest threat to the safety of the world. When his friends fell in battle, Price also continued against all odds to avenge them, defeat his enemies, and keep fighting the good fight. If you are looking for a partner in a dogfight, then look no further than Capt. Price.
Connor Kenway- Assassins Creed 3
Say what you will about the game itself, but Assassin's Creed 3 introduced us to a true patriot in the name of Ratonhnhaké:ton, aka Connor Kenway, who also just happens to be a master Assassin. His battle against the Templars ultimately leads Connor to help American forces and important historical figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and more, during the Revolutionary War, helping to lead to way to freedom in the New World. If you have an assassin fighting like Connor does in the video above, you better be glad to have him on your side.
Venom Snake - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
When a man has been through hell (literally) to follow his beliefs, they usually tend to give up after a while. But, in the case of Venom Snake, that isn't the case by a longshot. One of the founding members of The Patriots, Snake left the group when he saw that its true purpose had been lost, and has fought tirelessly to keep his vision alive. No one can question Snake's determination in fighting for his ideal of patriotism, and continue to fight alongside him to realize that vision.
The President of the United States - Saints Row IV
Need a strong leader for your country? Then look no further. The President from Saint's Row IV will be the only one you need on your side when the battle comes to America. He can fly, smash through cars, buildings, and enemies, has super speed, and more, so why do you need anyone else if he is your Commander-in-Chief? The President will never give up in the fight for freedom again the "anal-probing alien menace" from the stars, and with his unique powers and style on the side of patriotism and freedom, he is a no-brainer for this list.
Motorized Patriot - Bioshock Infinite
Need to convince people that you are a true patriot? Then build some of these colonial constructs to protect you, and everyone will know where you stand. Carrying the red, white, and blue of the American flag, and a gatling gun to battle the enemies who would threaten the safety of the people, the Motorized Patriot stands vigilant to guide citizens through the floating city of Columbia, but also ready to dish out justice to those who would question the ideals of freedom. With the faces of American heroes, these mechanical wonders truly let your opponents know that the Motorized Patriot will never rest in the fight for patriotism.
Liberty Prime - Fallout series
Most people would agree that nothing shouts "patriotism" quite like a 40-foot-tall robot crashing through the rambling streets of the Wasteland, shouting anti-communist propaganda. Equipped with energy beams and a Tesla cannon, enemies flee in terror from the vigilance of Liberty Prime and his ongoing battle against the "communist threat". Fallout fans can definitely agree that Liberty Prime deserves a spot on the list, as true patriots are never frightened when this mechanized terror leads the charge for democracy. Remember, communism is just a temporary setback on the road to freedom.
Guile - Street Fighter series
One of the video game faces of a true patriot, Guile has been a constant within the Street Fighter series, and a capable fighter in the battle for freedom. Serving in the United States Air Force, Guile enters the World Warrior tournament to avenge his fallen comrade by defeating M. Bison, and he has been a proven warrior for the USA. With his Sonic Boom and Flask Kick, opponents tend to have a hard time taking down this stalwart patriot.
The entire cast of BroForce
With names like Rambro, Brommando, and B.A. Broracus, it should not be a surprise that a Broforce entry made the list, but with the entire cast of characters within the game just oozing freedom and patriotism, there was no way we could pick just one of them. Don't believe us? Watch the video above and there should be no other questions afterwards.
Uncle Ryze - League of Legends
This may be bending the rules just a bit, but how could we not add this skin of Ryze from League of Legends onto the list? Nothing says patriotism like an Uncle Sam look-a-like charging into battle with the Constitution and a fat stack of American currency to use as a weapon to slap some freedom into his opponents' faces. You better be sure that if you see Uncle Ryze coming down the lane, he is coming for you.
Captain America - Marvel v Capcom series
Any Marvel fans out there? Then, we shouldn't have to explain how Steve Rogers made it onto the list. Leaping into battle with just the stars and stripes (and an indestructible shield), Cap has always answered the call when people are in need, from his start in World War 2, to his leadership with the Avengers. If you end up on the other side of the ring with Captain America, then you know that justice is coming for you.