Introducing the TrueAchievements Battle Royale

By Mark Delaney, 6 years ago
These past few months have been, as expected, very slow for gaming, so within the TA offices we've been working on something new to share with you guys. We're calling it the TrueAchievements Battle Royale.

What is it? It's a series of polls to be held here on TA over the coming weeks that will decide who the biggest and best hero of Xbox is. All of your favorite protagonists, like Master Chief and John Marston, and even some like The Gunstringer and Naughty Bear, are taking part in this mash-up to decide the age-old question: "who would win in a fight?" Every day we'll have another poll on the front page of the site for you to vote on, and we'll keep it going with recaps in between rounds. Like any tournament, we've seeded the 32 participants into two brackets of 16. So there's two number one seeds, two number two seeds, and so on.

Be on the lookout for the first matchup today. These first few rounds will have the polls remaining open for 24 hours each. Check back regularly for the newest poll to make sure your favorite characters make it through to the next round.

At this point, you're probably wondering who our 32 protagonists are. Here's the full list, displayed as their first round matchups:

1. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War series)
16. Naughty Bear (Naughty Bear series)

9. Chris Redfield (Resident Evil series)
8. Vault Dweller (

5. Isaac Clarke (Dead Space series)
12. Faith (

13. Bayonetta (Bayonetta)
4. Max Payne (

3. Captain Price (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series)
14. Ellis (

11. Monkey (
6. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider series)

7. Alex Mercer (Prototype series)
10. The Player (Saints Row series)

15. Alan Wake (Alan Wake series)
2. Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed series)

2. Commander Shepard (Mass Effect series)
15. The Gunstringer (

10. Frank West (Dead Rising series)
7. Agent 47 (Hitman series)

6. Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell series)
11. Kaim (

14. Rayman (Rayman series)
3. The Dragonborn (

4. John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
13. Robert "Shank" Torres (Shank series)

12. Rico Rodriguez (Just Cause series)
5. Adam Jensen (

8. Niko Bellic (
9. Subject Delta (BioShock 2 (Xbox 360))

16. Lee Everett (
1. Master Chief (Halo series)

As characters are eliminated and the victors move on, each round will have the highest remaining seeds face the lowest remaining seeds, like the NFL playoffs or most other tournaments of this nature. Be sure to look for the Tale of the Tape in the thread of each matchup and join in the discussion to explain why your vote went one way or another. Maybe you could even write up how the battle goes down. Again, look out for the first matchup today and we hope you stick around to crown the victor!
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.