It is not a surprise that NB is probably the most appreciated protagonist in the entire GTA series, maybe being rivaled only by tony vercetti, but it wasn't until my latest IV play trough that i realized what makes this character special and great in GTA at least for me, English was my second language so knowing it as good as i know it now helped me a lot
What i love about Niko is how he is sympathetic, but he isn't a good guy per say. Now being a good guy in GTA games is funny word since technically we are criminals so on those basis we can't be the "good guy" but with Niko it just makes me feel the feelings no other gta games achieved. You see i like Niko the most out of all protagonists, but i feel the stuff he does can be the most despicable out of all of them.
Niko cares about his family and close ones, and he has good heart or at least some good in him, considering how he is willing to spare life, and helps people in need. But the most shocking aspect of him is also his empathy to MOST of human life and hypocricity. Like i don't know if i am alone but the way niko kills people easly for money, or how he is prone to lying to people to avoid the truth is somewhat despicable, and it is the most evident with Katy McReary. Now Nniko got mad at michelle for being a spy on him, but what he does to katy? He kills one of her brothers, and then hides that aspect of it from the woman he wants to spend his life with, and the way he attends the funeral, and talks with her, there is this certain grim aspects to it.
And of course the darko scene, after commuting a lot of crimes simply for profit, killing family members of other people for profit, he is faced with someone who he could become, to have this sudden realization of what his life became and what he did is just magnificent aspects of story telling. When you think about it, both endings fit Niko's life, kind of semi poetic justice for his crimes that he committed.
And it is so great, because he isn't like this completely bad guy, you feel for him you want him to be happy, but he is still criminal, he still does a lot of bad things, and this contrast of wanting to have better life but still doing terrible things is just working SO GREAT in the story
And this is exactly why i LOVE Niko bellic, because Rockstar managed to create a great protagonist with a lot of heart that is also able to be criminal and fit into the GTA world. Maybe i am alone with those reasoning but i will always love Niko for what he is, being able to not be the t"typical gta" bad guy, while also not being a good guy.
Now this is i think the first time i did post like this where i try to post both my opinion and 'semi' analysis of something gta related, if you guys like this i might do similar things for other GTA's
What are your opinions on the matter? Love to hear them