Friday Night Fights – Captain Price vs. Duke Nukem

As some of you rightly pointed out in the comments, last week’s bout between Master Chief and Commander Shepard was problematic, given Halo’s a system exclusive whereas Mass Effect will get on with anyone. But whatever, Chief’s an against-all-odds warrior–you really think a couple of platforms can hold him down? Please.

When a villain is loose, when war is imminent, when the very known galaxy is facing certain destruction *breathless pause*… it’s totally inappropriate timing to have a popularity contest. But right now we’ve got peace, and with our 100 Best Heroes of All-Time rankings out, it’s time to tease out–scientifically!–just who is better than whom. We’ll tally up the votes at the end of each week and let you know which hero reigns supreme.

Tale of the tape: Welcome to the attitude wars! In one corner, we have Captain Price, Brit extraordinaire and known Modern War fighter. His opponent, from the good ol’ US of A, a man who literally has no bubble gum, Duke Nukem.

Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem series) – Always bet on Duke, right? Except when it comes to topping this list, because he doesn’t. That’s probably due to his flaws: He’s stuck in the 1990s, appeared in one of the worst games of the current generation, and oozes chauvinistic sexism from every pore. But he also saves the world from alien scum and does so with undeniable flair and charisma. You’ll complain about his personality when he’s not around, but you’d gladly go for a drink with him when he is.

Captain Price (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series) – Captain Price can almost be legitimized to be on the top 100 heroes list on the merits of growing his humongous handlebar mustache alone. But aside from that (and being practically immortal), Price has been a war hero since the Call of Duty series was based WWII, saving the world from Nazi regimes, preventing terrorist nuclear plots, and halting a Russian invasion of the US in (the fictional) World War III. Just being in one world war qualifies you as a hero, and Price has seen two.

Who’s the better hero?

And if you’re looking for more, check out 10 of the best Call of Duty moments in the history of the series.

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