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?
By - ThomasGalbridge