10 best animal companions in video games
Animals provide constant support to their owners. Even when times are tough or when the owner is feeling lonely, these adorable furry companions continue to stand by their owners and try to help them in any way they can.
With the important role animals play in the lives of many people, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of games that offer players their very own virtual pet. Even in the simulated world of a video game, gamers can develop a strong bond with these wonderful pets.
ten The Last Guardian – Le Trico
In the action-adventure game 2016 The Last Guardian, the player befriends a Trico, a species from the game. The creature is a mixture of bird, dog and cat. From the start of the game, the main character, a young boy, teams up with the Trico and slowly develops a bond with them as they solve puzzles, go through obstacles, and defeat enemies.
Unlike most games where the animal sidekick is already the main character’s best friend at first, players will have to gain Trico’s trust as if he were a real animal. As the boy feeds the Trico and heals his wounds, the Trico will become more affectionate until the creature is ready to sacrifice himself to protect the player.
9 Daffodil – Spiritfarer
Released in 2020, the indie game Spiritist is a comfortable management simulation where the protagonist, Stella, meets the Greek mythological character, Charon, and resumes his work as “Spiritfarer”. This means that she must use her customizable ship to send Spirits into the afterlife, leading to both her and the player developing bittersweet bonds with the departing Spirits.
But, even in this spiritual space between the living and the dead, Stella is not alone. Traveling the world, Stella has her cat, Jonquille, for company. In cooperative mode, the second player controls Daffodil as the two of them advance on this journey together.
8 Hades – Cerberus
Developed by beloved independent company Supergiant Games, Underworld is a roguelike action dungeon crawler with visual novel and dating simulation elements. The player controls Hades’s son, Zagreus, as he attempts to traverse the various kingdoms of the underworld in order to reach the surface and meet his mother, Persephone. While doing so, Zagreus can also speak to various characters and offer them gifts to advance their stories, see special scenes, and obtain additional items that can aid Zagreus on his journey.
One of those characters that Zagreus can interact with is the three-headed dog, Cerberus. Although not one of the most important relationships in Underworld, the mythological creature’s love for Zagreus is shown early on, when Cerberus is so upset that he destroys the house after Zagreus tries to leave for the first time. During the game, the player can stroke Cerberus and offer him gifts. Eventually, Cerberus will give Zagreus an old spiked collar, which increases his health when used.
7 Brown – Rose Rule
Rose rule is a 2006 Japanese PS2 survival horror game set in 1930s England and is inspired by other games, like silent Hill. This psychological horror centers on a 19-year-old named Jennifer, who goes to an old building and finds herself trapped there. While exploring the premises, she finds herself embroiled in the horrific actions of the Red Crayon Aristocrats, a hierarchical group of young girls.
Although she was treated terribly by the other locals, the player isn’t alone as she has a loving companion dog named Brown for most of the game. Brown can search for items and distract enemies, and he follows. Jennifer’s orders. Even though Brown suffers a sad fate towards the end, there is no doubt that he was a very good dog.
6 Dogmeat – Fallout
Even the famous post-apocalyptic action RPG series, Publication date, has a pet that was a staple of this 1950s post-war aesthetic franchise. Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 76, a dog known as the Dogmeat has been in every game to some extent. While sometimes he’s just referenced or has a cameo, there are several games where he’s a possible companion.
In the many games in which he is a companion, Dogmeat is one of the best dogs in the history of video games. He finds items, fights enemies, and will love the player no matter what. Although the inspiration for the canine actor of Dogmeat has sadly passed away, his memory continues to live virtually through this character.
5 Epona – The Legend Of Zelda
Since the action-adventure of 1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64, Epona was an iconic horse of THE Legend of Zelda franchise. Link meets her like a wild colt that doesn’t trust her and runs away when he tries to approach her. But, after learning Epona’s song, Epona bonds with Link and she soon becomes the primary pet in many games.
Appearing in several main titles, as well as several side games and crossover cameos, Epona has become an important character in the series. Straddling her, Link can travel long distances quickly and fight enemies.
4 Red Pikachu – Yellow PokÃ©mon
Unlike other games in the Pokemon franchise, PokÃ©mon Yellow has only one starting PokÃ©mon: Pikachu. Since PokÃ©mon Yellow is based on the anime and Ash’s main Pokemon is Pikachu, the game follows this and has the main character of Generation I games, Red, also starts with one.
Red’s Pikachu is unique to other PokÃ©mon in the game in several different ways. Instead of staying in the PokÃ©ball, Red’s Pikachu follows the player outside and can be spoken to. Depending on the player’s actions, the Pikachu will have different levels of affection and friendship with the player. Because of all of this, Red’s Pikachu feels the most like a real animal with emotions among all PokÃ©mon.
3 Pascal – Shin Megami Tensei
Developed by Atlus in 1992 for the Super Famicom, Shin megami tensei is a Japanese post-apocalyptic RPG and the third main entry in the Megami Tensei/Shin megami tensei franchise. The game follows an anonymous protagonist who is transported years to the future after the United States ordered a nuclear attack on Tokyo and unleashed an invasion of demons. During the game, the player makes moral choices that decide the fate of humanity.
In this game, the protagonist also has a family dog âânamed Pascal, which is a reference to the Pascal programming language. After the death of the protagonist’s mother, Pascal joins the player’s team and can become the mighty Cerberus. Even after becoming a powerful demonic beast, this loyal dog still loves the protagonist and will do anything for him.
2 Hewie – Haunted Land
Developed by Capcom for the PS2 in 2005 and spiritual successor to the Clock tower series, Haunted land is a survival horror game that follows a young woman named Fiona Belli who finds herself trapped in a large castle. As she solves puzzles and flees her enemies, Fiona must find a way out while uncovering the secrets of the place and the different inhabitants.
Throughout the game, Fiona has a dog companion, a white shepherd named Hewie. In order to get the best ending, Fiona needs to properly train Hewie by praising him, scolding him, and playing ball with him. To make the dog as realistic as possible, Hewie was animated using motion capture of a real dog.
1 Repede – Tales of Vesperia
Originally released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and the tenth main entry in the Tales franchise, Tales of Vesperia is an action RPG centered around a young man named Yuri Lowell who creates a guild called Brave Vesperia in response to the injustice of the current empire. As he travels the world and gains new allies, he uncovers secrets that change everything.
The first party member Yuri has is his loyal dog Repede, who joined him several years ago after the events of the previous film led to the death of Repede’s father. While Repede can only speak by barking, he can understand other characters and fight with the help of daggers.
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