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The Top 7… Canine companions



The game: Secret of Evermore
The master: The boy
How he served: We’ve seen a lot of dogs so far. But none of them were loyal enough to break through the barriers of space, time and logic, to follow his master like the one in Secret of Evermore. Your dimensional-hopping dog would change forms as he accompanied you through the game’s Prehistoric, Antiqua, Gothic, and Omnitopia areas in the mysterious land of Evermore.

Unlike most in-game canines, the dog in Secret of Evermore actually did most of the physical fighting while your main character focused on using his alchemy skills. The dog’s many forms included a prehistoric cave dog and a poodle. But his coolest form kicked in when you visited Omnitopia and found that he became a walking cyber-pup.

Factoid: Secret of Evermore was the first Squaresoft game that was developed in North America.


Above: In Secret of Evermore, your dog looks like a poodle in one zone and a walking toaster in another



The game: Mega Man 3
The master: Mega Man
How he served: If it wasn’t for Rush, you’d still be stuck behind a wall that was just a little too tall for you to jump over. Thanks to this useful ally, Mega Man reaped in the benefits of the Rush Coil, Rush Marine, and Rush Jet, allowing him to overcome Dr. Wily’s otherwise insurmountable obstacles.

Worthless cat: Mega Man V for the Game Boy introduced Tango, an inferior feline version of Rush.

  



The game: Half-Life 2
The master: Alyx Vance
How he served: What’s better than a dog? A giant robot dog! Alyx Vance’s pet Dog helped Gordon Freeman escape a ton of tough situations in the Half-Life 2 series. Designed as a way to teach you how to use the Gravity Gun, your first encounter with Dog was spent playing catch with a huge hunk of heavy metal.

Dog broke down walls, pulled you out of rubble, and followed you around during many scenes in the Half-Life 2 series. But he did one thing that the other dogs on this list didn’t. He sacrificed his life for you by throwing himself at a giant Combine Synth, making him the Jesus Christ of in-game dogs.


Above: The award for the best canine companion goes to Dog for his valiant sacrifice. Rest in peace digital dog

Tangent: In 2005, Boston Dynamics created a robot dog for the US military, which they named BigDog. It was designed to carry equipment across rough terrain and was able to carry 340 pounds. You can see some video of this impressive – yet creepy – invention in the video below.


Above: BigDog can climb steep hills and will keep on walking even if some jerk is kicking him. But can it play catch?

Hear more about this article in TalkRadar.

Sept 1, 2008



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  • D4V1D - August 25, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Uhm, excuse me, when the fuck did DOG from Hal-Life 2 die? Did you not play Half-Life 2 Episode 2? Dog's in the ending, right there, next to Alyx while she cries beside her deceased father. Did you not play Episode 2 or were you just looking away during that crucial cutscene?
  • olio - March 8, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    I'm kinda sad that Dogmeat didn't make the list. Man, I loved that dog. And Huey from Haunting Ground was a great companion! Fiona was totally crippled without him!!
  • Gameguy94 - February 22, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    What? no Dogmeat from the Fallout games? you disappoint me GR.
  • trejos4000 - December 7, 2008 1:41 a.m.

    your just angry that your not good at that game
  • Super_gamer73 - November 13, 2008 3:50 a.m.

    WHERE IS DOGMEAT?!?!?!
  • nightcrawler31 - September 7, 2008 6:30 a.m.

    lol. i laughed my arse right off at 1:25
  • infestedandy - September 6, 2008 5:28 p.m.

    What happened to Interceptor, Shadow's dog from Final Fantasy VI?
  • FancyRat - September 4, 2008 11:32 p.m.

    Assballs, someone beat me to it. I've had this page open since last night...
  • Nessrox - September 2, 2008 11:48 p.m.

    A hate that laughing dog!
  • DanAmrich - September 2, 2008 10:18 p.m.

    Fallout 3's Dogmeat vs the pooch from Fable II...that's the next round.
  • Revenant - September 2, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    The thing that all the other dogs don't have in common with DOG is that you can control them in some way.
  • DaNtHeManIsHeRe - September 2, 2008 4:36 p.m.

    Is everyone forgetting the awesome dog from fable 2? To be honest I think it piawould be the one to jump to the top of the list in october.
  • gaseoussnake - September 2, 2008 4:15 p.m.

    aw. i thought for sure rush was going to be #1.
  • ClusterShart - September 2, 2008 3:45 p.m.

    Shane was a dog when he ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************ I thought that would be #1
  • twishart - September 2, 2008 4:49 a.m.

    What about Shadow's dog from FF6, Interceptor? "The dog eats strangers."
  • infinite doo - September 2, 2008 3:55 a.m.

    man that BigDog looks awesome. could you imagine like 50 of those things in a caravan carrying supplies? or you could put guns on them and they would look like the walking tanks from MGS4 only with 4 legs.
  • sharkins - September 2, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    i am just wondering how dogmeat from Fallout 2 didnt make the list. But hey its ur list and i like.
  • hud4567 - September 2, 2008 1:12 a.m.

    DOG ROCKS!!!! HOORAY FOR #1!
  • Predator428 - September 2, 2008 12:12 a.m.

    I never realized that Dog actually died at the end of E:2. He was one of the best AI companions I ever played with, poor guy...
  • Nin10DOH - September 1, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    The Laughing dog was awesome, i would always get angry ay him and try shoot him in the face

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