Joy In Anthropomorphism: The 10 Best Video Games With Animal Protagonists

Anthropomorphism is, by definition, the attribution of human characteristics to other animals (a definition which can also extend to other non-living things, such as plants, objects, spirits and even organizations). Though nearly all creative mediums have delved into the personification of animals – be it in literary stories such as Watership Down or in filmmaking with Pixar’s A Bug’s Life – video games have always taken a certain pleasure in granting players the chance to play as walking, talking animal characters.

Somewhat surprisingly, this has also gifted the video game medium with some of its greatest games ever. Here, we highlight our personal picks for the best games to ever feature anthropomorphic animals as playable characters. As a rule (and to promote diversity), we’ve only selected one game from any given franchise.

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