5 Best (& 5 Worst) Dogs In Video Games
Dogs are the most loyal pets out there, and man’s best friend has a long history in video games, both in a good way and a bad way.
There are plenty of animals that people keep as pets, but nothing even comes close to the popularity of dogs. Man’s best friend plays a huge role in many people’s lives, and it only makes sense that dogs would play such a prominent part in video games as well.
A few games, like The Last of Us Part II, features dogs as enemies, but by and large dogs are faithful companions and allies. Games like Fable 2 make dogs a central part of both gameplay and story, and in recent years the Twitter account “Can You Pet the Dog,” has exploded in popularity.
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While there are plenty of examples out there, a few games have more memorable mutts than others. Here are five of the best, and five of the worst, dogs in video games.
Best – Repede From Tales of Vesperia
Repede is about as loyal a dog as can be found, and he’s the second party member players get in Tales of Vesperia after the main character, Yuri. Repede has been at Yuri’s side since he was a puppy, and since Yuri was a trainee knight. He’s easily one of the best party members in the entire game with his focus on quick attacks and combos, and he’s there literally every step of the way. As if holding a knife in his mouth to fight wasn’t cool enough, Repede has a pipe that he holds when not fighting. Now that’s a cool dog.
Worst – Duck Hunt Dog
Who can forget the horrible laughter of the Duck Hunt Dog as he harassed players for every little mistake. Sure, the Duck Hunt Dog was redeemed a bit by his inclusion in Super Smash Bros., but even there he still has that weird smirk on his face. Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, but the Duck Hunt Dog is just about the opposite of that.
Best – Koromaru from Persona 3
Koromaru is the most loyal dog anyone could find, as players find him protecting the shrine of his dead master. The dog manages to kill a shadow that invades the shrine, and after that joins the SEES team. There’s literally no other dog in existence that can summon a Persona, which makes Koromaru cooler than pretty much everyone. He’s a valuable party member, a good friend, and cute as a button to boot.
Worst – Meeko from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Meeko isn’t a bad dog per se, he’s actually a pretty good dog overall, but the problem is how he constantly gets in the player’s way. If players choose to have Meeko accompany them in Skyrim, he inevitably gets killed by enemies or stumbles upon traps that the player is trying to sneak around. As a companion, he causes more trouble than he’s worth, so it’s a better idea to just have Meeko hang out at your house.
Best – K.K. Slider from Animal Crossing
K.K. Slider is by far the coolest dog in existence, and it’s always a treat whenever he arrives in a player’s town. This laid-back dog does nothing but play tunes and sing, and he’s one talented musician at that. K.K. Slider is easily the face of the Animal Crossing franchise, and his chill personality helps reinforce the relaxing feeling of the games even more.
Worst – Zombie Dogs From Resident Evil
No fan will ever forget the moment in the first Resident Evil when dogs burst through the windows. It’s utterly terrifying and indicative of how the dogs function in the rest of the series. Zombie dogs are some of the worst enemies in the series because of how fast they are. Sure, they can only take one or two bullets, but that’s if players can even hit them in the first place.
Best – Missile From Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Missile is the first character that can talk to Sissel, the protagonist of Ghost Trick, and he’s an absurdly cute Pomeranian. Outside of Missile’s role in the game, what makes him so great is that the character is actually based on Director Shu Takemi’s real dog, also named Missile. It’s one of the most heart-warming representations of an owner’s love for his dog in a video game.
Worst – Cerberus from God of War
Cerberus is a pretty typical dog-type enemy in a video game, although it’s a bit more violent than usual because of being in God of War. There’s one specific thing that makes this enemy worse than others, however, and that’s the fact that it literally vomits up little versions of itself. Seeing Cerberus vomit up three other little ones is utterly disgusting, not to mention it gives Kratos more of a headache to deal with.
Best – Boomer from Far Cry 5
Boomer is basically the exact opposite of Meeko from Skyrim, a super-strong dog buddy that can really hold his own. Boomer is an adorable mutt that can be recruited early on in Far Cry 5, and he comes with a host of valuable skills, like being able to disarm enemies. He’s a fantastic scout that can help players get a leg up on enemies, and if all that wasn’t enough he even scares away bears. Yeah, a dog that scares away bears.
Worst – The Dog from Paperboy
The 1984 arcade title Paperboy is a bit of an unknown gem these days, but it still has its place in the annals of game history. Any player the dived into Paperboy, whether in the arcade or on home consoles, will undoubtedly remember the stupid dog. Just when players started to get the hang of things, the dog would put a quick stop to that. Sure he’s just following his canine instincts, but the relentless dog bites and knocks over the poor Paperboy that’s just trying to do his job.
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