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5 Best Bounty Hunters in Video Game History

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When it comes to contract killing, the term Bounty Hunter springs to mind. That's because, for better or worse, a bounty hunter's job description is exactly that. Experts in tracking, hunting and silently terminating their target and disappearing into the shadows. It's a role that many video game characters have taken and few have harnessed the true essence of. That's why we want to find out who fills the shoes of the five best bounty hunters in video game history.

Whether their intentions are good or bad, this list is compromised of the best to play the role of a bounty hunter. These characters have distinguished themselves as experts of the profession, complete with appropriate personalities and unrivaled killing prowess. Who exactly is that? find out right now with the five best bounty hunters in video game history.


5. Silas Greaves, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Nothing beats Bounty Hunting like the inclusion of a solid story behind it. After all, there is a reason you're seeking after the target at hand. And no one tells stories better than Silas Greaves from Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. What's even better is getting to live and play through these stories as the longtime bounty hunter. Spending his days in the wild west, hunting outlaws and bandits, Silas Greaves has acclaimed himself the title of one of the best bounty hunters in video game history.

Motivated by the revenge of his brothers, Silas Greaves is a bounty hunter of justice with a dash of revenge. Greaves is the notion of what makes a great bounty hunter: morally decent, yet secretive and outright a menace to those who cause harm. His immersive character captivates the actual identity of a bounty hunter, with a legendary fight against a real-life outlaw, Billy the Kid. But that's a story you have to experience yourself, playing as Silas Greaves in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.


4. Jango Fett, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

Boba Fett is without a doubt one of the most famous bounty hunters in fictional history. So it's only natural that he follows in the footsteps of his father, Jango Fett, the most famous bounty hunter in fictional history. Which makes it all the more fitting that Jango Fett gets his own game with Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. With the game's inclusion, Jango Fett joins the ranks of the best bounty hunters in video game history. Although he may not be a fan favorite due to his actions in Revenge of the Sith, he surely is a bounty hunter.

However, that's precisely why Jango Fett is such a notorious bounty hunter. And there's nothing better than getting to play and feel like the notorious bounty hunter in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. The bounty system in the game encouraged you to use meticulous hunting tactics, and further exploration brought the bounty hunting experience to life. Jango Fett's reputation as a renowned bounty hunter was reaffirmed in the game and now rests among the best bounty hunters in video game history.


3. John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

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Bounty Hunting and the wild wild west go hand in hand since the era is full of outlaws and bandits. That's why it's fitting that one of our best bounty hunters in video game history is no other than John Marston. Stemming from the original Red Dead Redemption, John Marston was a fan favorite in the game's missions and campaigns. Not only because of his persona but also because of his pure gunslinging ability, which isn't matched by anyone else in the game.

That's why it's a good thing you play as the character because you would not want to be on the receiving end of it. What make's his bounty hunter prowess all the better, is that you get to decide the fate of your contracts. Which really puts you in the shoes of a bounty hunter role. It's an easy claim that John Marston is amongst the best bounty hunters in video game history. However, it's his backstory and motivation that defines his character as a fan favorite, and one of the best to do the role.


2. Samus Aran, Metroid (Series)

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One of the most iconic female characters in video game history also persists as one of the best bounty hunters as well. That's no other than Samus Aran, from the Metroid series. Since 1986, Samus Aran has been the frontline of intergalactic bounty hunting. But when it comes to bounty hunting around the galaxy, Samus Aran has a lot of area to cover, from space pirates to other terrible monsters. However, that's made easier with the use of her Power Suit, which grants her most of her abilities.

But, you can't give all the credit to her power suit. Many times in the saga, Samus Aran has been shown as a renowned bounty hunter without her powers or suit. Even without the suit, you can bet she'd give a couple of the names on this list a run for their money. What we really want to see now is a showdown between galactic bounty hunters Samus Aran and Jango Fett, in order to prove who is the greatest galactic bounty hunter. However, you already know who our money is on.


1. Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher (Series)

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The top three best bounty hunters in video game history are difficult to choose between. To be honest, all three candidates on this list are suitable for the number one spot. However, for his praise and notoriety, the legendary Geralt from The Witcher series takes the cake as the best bounty hunter. It's hard to say which of the bounty hunters on this list could survive the reputable Witcher trials, but there are no questions about Geralt. His heightened senses give him all of the ideal attributes of a bounty hunter.

An ordinary day of Witcher work for Geralt would be tracking, hunting, and taking down monsters. However, that's also because there's hardly a man that's capable of combating Geralt's abilities and is worth his time. That's why when you see Geralt taking on the most notorious of enemies with ease. Geralt has mastered everything from his abilities to everything that makes a brilliant bounty hunter. Making him the best bounty hunter in video game history.


So, What's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other video game bounty hunters that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.