Friday, 1 May 2015

Video Game Character of the Month - May 2015 - Professor Layton - Professor Layton

Video Game Character of the Month
May 2015
Professor Layton
Professor Layton

Time for a bit of class to be given this prestigious award I think. Professor Hershel Layton, the perfect British, tea-drinking, top-hat wearing, puzzle solving gentlemen. Don your top hats and get ready for an overview of this classy gent:

He is English
He is a gentlemen
He loves tea with his favourite tea being the bitter Belle Classic
He always keeps an extra hat with him
He became a professor at 27 years old
He got his hat at 27 as well
He wears his top-hat in the shower
Before his top-hat he wore a small red cap
And before that, when he was 17, he didn't where a hat at all
He has an assistant called Luke Triton
He can play the piano at a high level
He can ride a horse
He enjoys eating sandwiches
He drinks red wine but prefers tea
He dislikes coffee
He made a brief cameo appearance in Inazuma Eleven as a competitor along with some other characters from the series
He has a love for puzzles of all kinds
He is adept at fencing
He is a professor of archaeology at Gressenheller University
He has brown hair and black eyes (only the pupils are ever shown)
He has a son called Alfendi Layton
His original name was Theodore Bronev
His parents were Leon and Rachel Bronev
He has an uncle called Doug
He has a brother called Hershel Bronev
He has worked with Phoenix Wright

Origin of Professor Layton:
Layton was conceived as a mix between Sherlock Holmes and Phoenix Wright by Akihiro Hino ,CEO of Level-5. He is meant to be Phoenix Wright without all the bad points. His top hat, gentlemen behaviour, assistant and English setting were all inspired by English detective stories. In terms of the game's story, Hershel Layton was originally called Theodore Bronev but this was changed when he was adopted for reasons I shall not spoil here. 

Evolution of Professor Layton:
Throughout his games Layton hasn't really changed much in appearance apart from him gaining an extra dimension in Miracle Mask (too much tea and sandwiches I presume). His personality has stayed mostly the same - a perfect gentlemen through and through. However, as shown in flashbacks, Layton wasn't always a gentlemen and he didn't always love archaeology. These came from personal struggles and stories which I wouldn't dare spoil now. 

Professor Layton and The Curious Village: released (Japan) on February 15, 2007/(North America) on February 10, 2008/(Australia) on April 10, 2008/(Europe) on November 7, 2008/ (Korea) on September 11, 2008 (Nintendo DS)/P(Japan) on November 27, 2008/(North America) on September 12, 2010/(Australia) on October 21, 2010/(Europe) on October 22, 2010 (Nintendo DS)
Professor Layton and The Last Specter/Spectre's Call/Devil's Flute: released 
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask: released (Plus Edition) (Japan) on February 6, 2013 (Nintendo eShop)
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: released 
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: released Professor Layton Royale : released (Japan) on October 28, 2011 (Mobile Phone)
Professor Layton and the Phantom Thieves: released (Japan) on November 14, 2012 (Mobile Phone)
That's all on Professor Layton but, as always, if you know any more or you find that I've made a mistake or if you can think of another video game character that should win the award in a future month then please don't hesitate to comment!

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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