There's nothing better than a decent video game sidekick

There's nothing better than a decent video game sidekick

Lets kick it

Who loves a good video game sidekick? Ive had a few of the old Ratchet & Clank games with a friend, and although A Crack in Time is one of the best of the series, my biggest concern is that we don''t have enough quality time in Ratchet and Clank. Maybe it''s just too sentimental, but Clank makes just around the best sidekick a girl might want.

Hes got all of it an unusual personality, quippy dialogue, useful game mechanics, and he never gets in the way, and his gameplay sections break things up and provide some cool puzzle mechanics. Clank is so good, he got me thinking about some other fantastic and not so great sidekicks in video games.

Ashley from Resident Evil 4, which is used as a common example of annoying sidekick characters and escort missions for years now, so that she gets in trouble when discussing what she does. She then gets stuck in the way, and that''s why you must wait through a long animation.

Ashley is less of a sidekick, but more of a walking embodiment of challenging game mechanics. Having another character around to bounce off both narratively and in gameplay can be a huge asset, but when buddy AI is too bad, it''s really, really bad.

Then there are characters from BioShock Infinite or Ellie from The Last of Us, who feel like direct answers to the Ashleys of the world. They don''t get in the way, they assist you in combat and renew your ammo, and they play a big role in the story as well-written characters. Since Ellie can''t swim, I find that small annoyance pretty forgivable considering she is one of the best video game characters of all time.

Luigi is another character who always makes the best sidekicks lists, which isnt surprising considering he was pretty much the first famous sidekick out there. He even advanced to the main character of his own games, which is more than most other characters on this list.

Then there are the characters such as Navi, Cortana, or Ghost who serve as a utility as well as side characters, which is a good way to do things when you want the player to have ultimate freedom, but still convey important information in an interesting way.

B-12 from the current release is another great example of a sidekick character that is super helpful in gameplay, but also adds a ton to the narrative. Moreover, even sidekicks like these that don''t receive a lot of screen time are still popular by fans because they''re well-written (perhaps with the exception of Navi on this one) and add to the game''s overall narrative experience.

The sidekicks are fewer and farther between, so here''s how we can encourage developers to include more adorable, funny, and interesting side characters in our games. In the past, they may have had less impact on the experience than they have helped, but the more recent sidekicks have come away as one of their respective games experiences. Just gimme a little buddy, and I''ll be happy.

Who is your favorite video game sidekick?

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