Best Protagonist of 2015: Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Best Protagonist of 2015

At this point, Geralt feels like an old friend. His wonderfully dry sense of humor and general awkwardness makes him far more interesting than the bog-standard video game protagonist. Hell, they even make fun of his perceived Badass Nature in the marketing material for Wild Hunt. Geralt is simply a cog in the greater machine of the world, forced to make difficult decisions and deal with the repercussions. You don't get to control everything Geralt says and does, true, but this helps to keep him a narratively interesting character without feeling like a blank slate or set-in-stone stoic. Geralt's morally grey nature and demeanor fits perfectly with the rest of The Witcher 3, and that's why he's our favorite protagonist of 2015.

Writeup by Robert Steinman

Read our review of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Read our review of the Hearts of Stone expansion too!

Estelle Bright (Legend of Heroes: Trails SC)
Best Protagonist of 2015: Runner-Up

When we last left Estelle in Trails in the Sky, she was a talented yet naive Junior Bracer, struggling to step out from under her legendary father's shadow. Fortunately, her hot-headed nature would find itself kept in check by her adoptive brother/not-boyfriend Joshua, who would always step in when a job turned south.

By the start of Second Chapter, Estelle has achieved the rank of Senior Bracer, but Joshua has disappeared on a journey of his own, leaving her without her closest companion to rely on. As a result, we see a different side to Estelle; a more serious one who must make her own decisions and live with their consequences. Estelle's journey across Liberl to find Joshua and stop the nefarious Ouroborus Group ends up doubling as her journey from adolescence into womanhood, a story that isn't often told within the medium. Falcom (and XSEED) paid special attention to crafting a believable arc for Estelle, and her metamorphosis is a joy to watch unfold.

Writeup by Robert Fenner

Read our review of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC

Best Protagonist of 2015: Readers' Choice

Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)

Estelle Bright (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC)

One of a handful of categories where the RPGFan staff and readers came to the exact same conclusion in our favorites.

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