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Miles Upshur is by far one of my favorite horror game protagonists

I had to put Miles up on the top list of my favorite horror game protagonists. Out of Waylon and Blake, he's definitely my most favorite, though the other two are good in their own rights.

First, we got a hint of his backstory from unreleased content: the guy was just a regular reporter for a news company before he got fired for offensive material regarding Afghanistan and then went to doing freelance work. I think he and Frank West would make good friends. They both covered wars, you know. Jokes aside, what we can infer from this is that Miles has had a rough patch with authority.

It's not difficult to figure out that Miles is a cynical asshole, and his personality doesn't quite come off as entirely sympathetic or even likable to some people. But Red Barrels did a good job at handling his character, because he's a funny asshole who makes quips at people the first moment he meets them. Now, he's not a complex-written character like James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2, but I don't think that was the intention of Red Barrels when they wrote him.

In such a horrific situation he's put in, Miles has a dark sense of humor in his notes which I can't help but laugh when I read it. You don't see such a thing in many horror protagonists. And even while enduring the horrors in Mount Massive Asylum, the guy stays dedicated to his job in uncovering all the sketchy practices that Murkoff Corporation has done. Compared to other protagonists like Waylon, Blake, Isaac Clarke and James Sunderland whose primary motivations are seeing their girlfriends, Miles is only doing it simply because it's his job. The guy's dedicated to his passion that he's willing to risk his life over it.

Even after getting his fingers cut, Miles doesn't take a second to whine and cry about it. Instead, he becomes extremely pissed and wants to kill Trager. Then when he actually kills Trager, he just says "How do you make Trager juice? Step one: squeeze." After that, he just trucks on deeper into the asylum. And upon realizing how slim the chances were of him even escaping Mount Massive, he still chose to take the opportunity to kill Billy so the Walrider wouldn't be unleashed upon the world. Why? Because it's the right thing to do, and that's enough to tell that despite his sharp personality, he still is a very selfless and willful man.

What do you guys think?

RandomUniqueDude

I guess he gets involved in stopping the madness halfway through the game. Until then he was just trying to find a way out... All the objectives point to one thing: getting the shit out of Mount Massive!! So clearly, he doesn't keep his job as priority, but instead documents everything to show to the world incase he makes it out alive. Comparing Miles to Waylon and Blake, he's more of a lone wolf, hasn't got mentions of any kind of family in the game (correct me if I'm wrong, I haven't played it in 3 years), and, as you said, certainly more cynical than the other two... Blake felt the most alive of the three (thanks to dialogues) and had me resonating more with him emotionally. I guess protagonist dialogues were a welcome change, atleast for me.


ThomasGalbridge

I should've worded it better but I'm half asleep right now so my bad lol. You got some good points, though. Miles did want to leave, but seeing the chances of that were low, he pretty much decided to make the most out of it. Miles is pretty much a lone wolf (there were email leaks from a Steam forum where Miles mentioned to a fan that he got his jacket from an ex-girlfriend, not sure if that counts as canon however.) I definitely loved Miles' more aggressive nature. Compared to the other two, he definitely has more of an A-type personality. He kind of reminds me of a guy who I went to college with.


AntiBitchSpray

Miles is hella aggressive compared to Waylon and Blake- probably cause he doesn't have an S.O- at least as far as we know. It's funny how even in the shittiest scenarios he manages to crack jokes. He's also my favorite, followed shortly by Blake


cavalgada1

If miles was on temple gate those deformed guys would have gotten the shit beaten out of them (and martha too lol)


spidergirl02

Hey, about that ex-girlfriend thing, do you have a source? I'd love to check it out


ThomasGalbridge

Sure! https://steamcommunity.com/app/238320/discussions/0/846964364025474420/


Ordinary_Camel_6541

I didnt know you could actually email miles


Fragrant-Witness3821

They did a good job of giving a silent protagonist a personality. You don’t often see that in games. The closest parallel I can draw is with Isaac in the first Dead Space. His body language conveyed quite a bit about his character, which is something this game also does.


ThomasGalbridge

Yes! Absolutely! One overlooked detail is that when you enter the Mining Deck in DS1, Isaac writes in his in-game journal, "I knew these people.. I can't believe they're all dead."


Fragrant-Witness3821

Another comparison; both games have journals.


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Oh, I absolutely love him. That’s why in my mind, he is alive and is happily living as the walrider. 🥲


i-shot-tupac1999

Outlast character ranks for me are : Blake - badass ,Waylon - demigod ,Miles - God of all outlast games already out and the ones to come


DarkW4rp

I loved how despite having no VA, we saw through the notes how he was going mad from his time there.


Ordinary_Camel_6541

Of course he has a VA, who do you think recorded those moans and grunts ?


Nayten03

He’s just a badass lol. He’s what most people would want to be like in a situation like that, stoic and brave but in reality most people (me included) would be nothing like Miles


Ralsei90456

I feel like Waylon should be way more pissed than miles though, miles got a few fingers cut off, but Waylon almost (IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW)