Top 10 Video Games with Black Protagonists [Linwood’s Picks]
The demand for more Black Protagonists in video games has always been high and as a gamer, this is why I’ve always gravitated towards titles that allowed me to create-a-character such as many RPGs (Role Playing Games), or at the very least project myself onto a completely-covered figure in third-person or unseen throughout the story and voice-less playable lead in first-person journeys. This is one of the reasons why I became a programmer in my teenage years. While the quality of story, writing, and character development will always come first, so does immersing myself in a reality that encourages me to suspend disbelief. I want to be heavily invested, as if my identity is truly being represented in the video game.
Due to the hype of the upcoming PS5 exclusive ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ video game, I’ve decided to list my Top Ten favorite video games centered around Black Protagonists. While there is a handful of notable DLC or Standalone titles, and playable side-characters that are Black, I feel that it is important to focus on adventures that revolve around us. I will be doing two follow-up lists and one will be regarding my Top Ten video games that allow character customization for Black Gamers, so I highly recommend that you stay tuned for it!
Linwood Storm is an American musician, executive producer, filmmaker, director, actor, publisher, voice-over artist and comic book writer from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is currently the host of the ‘Black Grindhouse’ podcast and founder of GameCargo.