The battle took over a month and the imaginary deaths of 31 of gaming's protagonists, but we eventually got to the finale of our Battle Royale. After the dust settled, after all the swords were sheathed, the guns were holstered, and the corpses disposed of, one hero still remained. Yes, it might be predictable, but with over 50,000 votes tallied throughout, and over 3,600 votes just in the finals, you can't deny the turnout. Your winner, TA'ers: the space marine, John-117, Master Chief.
Let's recap his path to the winner's circle. In Round 1, he took on Lee Everett from The Walking Dead
. Lee proved no match for Chief, as he was quickly destroyed by Chief, 78.1% to 21.9%.
Chief advanced to Round 2 to take on the Big Daddy, Subject Delta, from BioShock 2
. This one was a bit closer, but still Chief prevailed with 66.9% of the vote. The plasmids and drill weren't enough for MC's armor and military prowess.
In Round 3, Chief faced someone nearly as popular as he is: John Marston, the gunslinging bandit-turned-family man from Red Dead Redemption
. Marston might be a ruthless outlaw, but he was outmatched by the space marine, like everyone else before him. Master Chief prevailed with 62.4% of the vote.
In the semi-final, Chief faced his most well-matched opponent yet: Mass Effect
's hero of the galaxy, Commander Shepard. An extremely close vote made things very exciting, and many of you voiced your support for both players in what was one of the most popular matchups of the tournament. Ultimately, MC survived with just 51.3% of the vote.
Then, finally, after weeks of debate and voting, Master Chief met his opponent for the finals. He was another protagonist with a series of games, ensuring both would be very popular. Ezio Auditore, of Assassin's Creed
, traveled by gondola to take on the hero of Halo
. Over a three day vote, over 3,600 votes were tallied in the finals. As the poll closed, it was Master Chief who stood victorious with exactly 55% of the vote. It was Ezio's own fault for bringing a hidden blade to an assault rifle fight.
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