The Best PlayStation Character Face-Off

By | November 23, 2022

God of War Ragnarok has finally arrived and has brought Kratos, one of PlayStation’s most iconic characters, back into the spotlight. Kratos has undergone quite a journey from where he began in 2005, but is he the greatest character ever to grace the world of PlayStation? To solve this issue once and for all, we need you to help us decide who the best PlayStation character of all time is.

Now, we are talking about any PlayStation character who first appeared in a game exclusive to the platform, not just those from first-party studios, so the fight is going to be a tough one. Do you think Kratos deserves that top spot? Or is your top pick Ellie, Cloud, or Aloy? We’ve selected 123 of the best of the best PlayStation has had to offer over the years to “Face-Off” against each other two at time. Will you choose Sackboy over Astro Bot? Spyro the Dragon over Nathan Drake? The choice is yours…

(And don’t forget, you can pass on a Face-Off round if you don’t know a character by just hitting “skip” at the bottom of the page.)

Click here to start voting in the PlayStation character Face-Off!

What Is a Face-Off?

Like the name suggests, a Face-Off pits two things against one another and you decide which one is the superior of the two. In this case, you are voting to determine who the best PlayStation character of all time is. It’s possible to see certain characters multiple times, so you can keep voting for your favorites to ensure they get ranked higher than the rest. IGN’s resident team of PlayStation experts pre-selected 123 characters for you to choose from. These get randomly paired up and each time you pick a winner, it’s tracked.

How Is the Winner Determined?

When voting ends on November 29, we tally up the total number of “wins” and “losses” each PlayStation character has, and create a ranked list based on your choices that will be revealed on November 30. The character that won the most matchups will be crowned the “winner,” and in the event of a tied number of “wins,” the character with the least “losses” will take the top spot. If you continue to keep voting for your favorite character, they’ll have a better chance of ranking high on the list. You can vote as many times as you want until the Face-Off closes.

How Do I Know When I’ve Clicked Through Everything?

It’s difficult to know when you’ve seen every PlayStation character included because they are matched randomly and there are so many possible match-ups. Playing until you vote for all your favorites or ensuring that certain characters don’t get in the winner’s circle are different options you can take with a Face-Off. By deciding the winner throughout all these match-ups, you’re ensuring that your picks for the best video game character will have a fighting chance to reach the top of the list.

Which PlayStation Characters Have Been Included?

The list of PlayStation characters has been decided by IGN staff, and we’ve tried to include the best of the best from the storied history of PlayStation’s past. We’ve also decided to not keep it to just first-party studios, but expand the face-off to any character that first appeared in a PlayStation exclusive game. We’ve come up with 123 characters – good, bad, and in-between – that we believe deserve a chance to fight for the top spot. If we are missing any, do let us know in the comments below!

Click here to start voting in the best PlayStation character Face-Off!

For more, check out our rankings of the best PlayStation exclusives, the best PS5 games you can play now, and the greatest PlayStation games of all time.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.