Some things are just more enjoyable with other people, and some video games are better when you're playing two characters. These famous video game duos make your game twice as fun by using the different abilities and personalities of each character to make a more memorable gaming experience.
Maybe these video game character pairs were originally each other's nemesis, like Chell & GLaDOS in Portal, but that just makes their eventual team up even more satisfying. Even if you don't have much control over one of the characters, like Ellie in Last of Us or Atreus in God of War, their actions deeply influence how you as a player act. The interplay of their needs and how you want to succeed as a player makes for a better video game experience than if your character was flying solo, no matter how cool your main character is.
There are even some non-playable and technically optional companions, like ED-E in Fallout: New Vegas, that become such a huge part of the experience it can be impossible to imagine what the game would be like without them.
What video game character duo is the most dynamic and made for the best gaming experience? If we forgot a famous pair of characters, be sure to add it to the list!
Mario & LuigiMario Bros
Sonic & TailsSonic the Hedgehog 2
Joel & EllieLast of Us
Ash & Pikachu
Rachet & ClankRachet & Clank
Banjo & KazooieBanjo-Kazooie
Scorpion & Sub ZeroMortal Kombat
Master Chief & CortanaHalo franchise
Donkey Kong & DiddyDonkey Kong
Kratos & AtreusGod of War
Link & NaviThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Drake & SullyUncharted
Lee & ClementineThe Walking Dead
X & ZeroMega Man X
Jak & DaxterJack and Daxter
Baby Mario & YoshiSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Nana & Popo
Ice Climber, Super Smash Brothers
Ryu & Ken
Wander & AgroShadow of the Colossus
Marcus & DomGears of War
Big Daddy & Little Sister
Billy & JimmyDouble Dragon
Snake & OtaconMetal Gear Solid
Chell & GLaDOSPortal 2
Sam & MaxSam & Max