From a dog who will rip out a man's throat at your command, to a self-sacrificing horse, to a dinosaur that can literally swallow your enemies whole, here's a list that shows not only the greatest domesticated animals in video game history, but how integral and important they are to all of gaming in general.
Pets are truly part of the family. We've compiled the names of some of the best virtual pets and video game animals around to thank them for their help in defeating (gaming) enemies. Here are the pets that deserve a spot in the video game hall of fame.
Dogmeat - Fallout Series
What's the one thing you need most in the Wasteland? Nope, it's not power armor, it's a trusty canine companion. That would be Dogmeat, the dog who has been stealing gamers' hearts and Fallout games since the original way back in 1997.
There have been a few different Dogmeats. In Fallout 3 he looks like an Australian Blue Heeler, while in Fallout 4, he's definitely a German Shepherd. His breed might change, but one thing that stays the same is Dogmeat's loyalty and pure-heartedness. He's the embodiment of man's best friend.
He'll help you out in a fight (or just get in the damn way) and act as your moral center in a hellish post-apocalyptic world where you'll be tempted to do unwholesome things. No matter what you do, though, Dogmeat will stick by your side.Is this great?
Epona - Zelda Series
Epona is your Link's horse and companion in the Legend of Zelda.
Ever since Ocarina of Time, we've known her as the horse who helps Link in the battle for good, no matter how long the journey.
Ever loyal, she only allows Link into her saddle. Link meeting her was kismet.
Fueled more by how much, as gamers, we've all been through with her at this point, she makes the list because she gives one of the most iconic video game characters in gaming history a thorough, loyal, and ever-growing companion.
Also, she has a song. So unlike whistling or just calling out their name, the fact that she has a song that will make her come whenever you need her is amazing. It creates a bond, a unique communication that you don't usually see in most video game relationships.Is this great?
Dog - Half-Life Series
The aptly named "Dog" is a robot built by Alyx Vance's daughter in the Half-Life series to protect her. It has the personality of a dog and is absolutely huge. Dog will risk his life, limb, and circuit to keep her safe, which is why Dog also protects Gordon.
In this video, Dog is proving exactly why he's so great. A terrifyingly huge alien strider comes at you and it seems that all hope is lost — until Dog comes along.Is this great?
Dog - Fable 2
Not only does this adorable little mutt help you find treasure throughout the entire game, but he's the only friend you have left after your father's tragic passing.
This dog is truly your best friend, and whether you go evil or stay on the good side of things, he'll stand by your side.
How many friends would do that for you? That's right, only dogs.Is this great?