Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter could learn a thing or two from these professionals as we count down the Top 5 Vampire Hunters in video games. Staking and otherwise annihilating the nightwalkers is a strenuous and taxing job. It's definitely not for everyone.
In the spirit of our former president showing vampires what's what this weekend, we've got five of gaming's most vicious vampire hunters. They may not be able to rock a hat like Honest Abe, but we cannot tell a lie: they're still awesome.
5. Cole MacGrath
Before inFamous' release of the Festival of Blood expansion, it was probably the unlikeliest place to find a vampire hunter...especially when that hunter turns out to be Cole MacGrath. After being bitten by a vampire queen, Cole has a limited amount of time to find the queen who turned him into a bloodsucker and say hello -- with a stake to the heart.
It's a classic tale of a newborn vampire attempting to rebel against its nature (or scooping up helpless citizens if that's how you choose to play) with the familiar inFamous hero seen in a whole new light. Yes, Cole's not technically a conventional vampire hunter, but he does a pretty good job of hurling lightning bolts and staking his new brethren. It's quite the enjoyable add-on, and one you might consider checking out, if only to witness his awesome "Swarm Travel" feature. Trust us, you're gonna love it.
Vampire hunter Django was featured in the cult classic GBA title Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand, which relied heavily upon the sun in the real world and in-game to weave its unique tale. Django is the heir to the solar gun "Gun Del Sol" (literally, "gun of the sun") and he also happens to be the descendant of one of the greatest vampire hunters ever to have lived. After Django's father is murdered, he sets out to avenge him in the City of Death, Istrakan, using only sunlight to combat the vampire menace, and to delay the possible end of the world. It's a pretty weighty goal for a young vampire hunter, but Django's up to the task.
3. Geralt of Rivia
Game: The Witcher
Though wizened Geralt of The Witcher fame is technically referred to as a Witcher as seen in the popular game series and novel collection, he also happens to pursue vampires and other supernatural creatures. Geralt of Rivia is exceptionally skilled with swords and other types of magic, making him a formidable foe whether he faces an undead abomination or fellow human being. His dry wit and seemingly never-ending supply of sly retorts coupled with his no-nonsense attitude make him a worthy hire for any pesky supernatural problem you might be having.
Rayne's nowhere near as "noble" as our top hunter, but who could blame her for being so ravenous after the treatment her vampire father put her through -- killing off her human mother's family and all that jazz. Rayne's a member of the Brimstone Society and is tasked with exterminating all supernatural threats (vampires, especially) and even some Nazis along the way as she searches for her vampire father Kagan. This deadly dhampir is unique in that she's effectively killing off some of the same species she's a part of, but she's out for blood and vengeance. Luckily, there's plenty of that to go around throughout each of the diabolically sexy BloodRayne games. It may not be a very good idea to cross her, human offender or otherwise.
1. Richter Belmont
Game: Castlevania series
Castlevania's lousy with vampire hunters of all skill levels, but out of the entire Belmont clan Richter stands out the most. Making his first appearance in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Richter brandishes a sacred whip truly worthy of the Belmont clan and doesn't play around. From vanquishing Dracula to putting certain dark priests in their place, Richter is seen as a paragon of virtue, saving beautiful women and licking vampires left and right.
He's appeared in six different Castlevania titles (as a cameo and otherwise) and even when he's deluded into acting as an enemy, he still exudes this aura of capability and attitude that's hard to ignore, making Richter one of our favorite vampire slayers in the video game world. That's not to say the rest of the Belmont clan isn't just as impressive. We just have a particular soft spot for this master vampire hunter.
There you have it -- five hunters who give good old Abe a run for his money. But we know you’re gonna have nominations that we “forgot.” Which hunters did you have in mind?