I am not a big fan of playing as a hero that has difficulty holding his own. Or rather, demands a huge amount of effort from me in order to hold his own.
I don't mind a challenge here and there but above all, I want to feel powerful when I'm playing an action or action/adventure game. This is a virtual fantasy, after all, and I want to do things I'd never be able to do in real life. I want to face down twenty enemies and come away nearly unscathed. I want to take it to the limit and not even breathe heavy. In short, I very much enjoy playing as an unstoppable bad-ass.
So what game has empowered you in the past? What's the one game that really made you feel like you could take on the world, that foes would be downright foolish to challenge you? For a while, it was God of War for me, although those games did present one with the occasional formidable challenge. It's just that Kratos was so freakin' imposing and awesome in every possible way… Now, however, I have to say I love playing the Assassin's Creed games so I can feel nigh-on invincible. If you know how to play those games correctly, dying really doesn't happen that often.
I can take you out from the shadows or I can charge in; either way, you don't have much of a chance, unless I fu** it up somehow. You won't beat me; I can only beat myself. That's the kind of protagonist I can really get behind, ya know? I can pick you off one by one, assassinating from above in the trees, hiding in haystacks, or simply taking you out and disappearing into the crowd. Or, I can rush into a fort with fifty dudes wanting to kill me and provided I do it correctly , they'll all die. And they'll die hardcore. ACIII is great because it added a ton of new and totally ridiculous kill animations, so you're almost always eliminating enemies with fantastic flourishes.
So how about you?