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    10 Coolest Canine Companions In

    Gaming

    http://www.gamebasin.com/news/10-coolest-canine-companions-in-gaming

    Dogshave longbeen consideredmansbest friend, and this isespecially true in gaming.Fast,

    ferocious,andloyal,caninescanbebettersidecharactersthanactualhumanbeings.Despitetheir

    simplenature,

    most

    gamers

    agree

    that

    these

    fluffy

    sidekicks

    can

    be

    some

    of

    the

    best

    characters

    in

    themedium.Thesesteadfastcompanionsareeasytounderstand,funtohavearound,andmake

    forgreatcompanyonanotherwise lonelyjourney.Sometimestheyexistforpurelysentimental

    purpose,providingtheplayercompanyonthelong,lonesomeroadahead.Othertimes,theyserve

    more functional purposes, saving the player onmultiple occasions aswell as picking up any

    valuables theymight findalong theway.Ofcourse,dogsalsohave the tendency to incredibly

    stubbornandat times,juststupidbutwe lovethem regardless.Compared tothemore finicky

    companionswhomightleaveyoursideifyouregettingtooevil,dogsshowanundyingloyalty,

    fightingbyyoursidetothedeath,forwhateverreason.Regardlessofgenre,whetheritsaturn

    basedRPG,

    first

    person

    shooter,

    or

    survival

    horror

    game,

    theres

    no

    situation

    that

    cannot

    be

    improvedbyaddingapuppy.Becausewhodoesntlovedogs?

    10 Ushnars Skinned Hound

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    Anundeaddogwithoutaname,thisfollowerfromtheShiveringIslesexpansiontoTheElderScrolls

    IV:Oblivionisaskinnedhoundwithundyingloyalty.UponcompletingaquestfortheAilurophobic

    OrcUshnargroShadborgob,heproceedstogiveyouhisolddogasapresent.Afewseconds

    later,youregreetedwitharelentlesscompanionwhowillfollowyoutotheendsoftheearthand

    beyond,literally.UshnarsSkinnedHoundwillfollowyouacrossplanesofexistenceinitsnever

    endingquesttoprotectyoufromanyreddotsonyourcompass.Incredibly,ifyoufasttravel,he

    doesnttravelwithyou.Hisspeediscrankeduptothemaxandhefollowsyoutoyourdestination.

    Thatsright;hewillrunafteryouacrossthemap.Whetheryouwanthimornot,yourestuckwith

    him.Theresnodialoguebox,meaninghecannotbetoldtowait.Whetheryouwanthimtoornot,

    hesstuckwithyouuntilhedies.Whenhedoesdiehowever,histwicekilledcorpsewillpersistin

    theworldforever,meaninghecanbeusedasapermanent,nonrespawningcontainer.Even in

    death,hecontinuestobeusefultothismaster.Thatssomecrazydedicationrightthere.

    9 Luna

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    Aroboticdoginadigitisedcity,LunawillaidRed,theprotagonistofTransistor,withoutquestion.

    Availableasaskillupondefeatingthefirstboss,LunaiseventuallynamedbytheTransistorwhen

    she is found inside amysterious backdoor leading to a scenic island retreat. Not unlike K9

    fromFallout2,Luna isable tomovevastdistances inasingle turnandattacktheenemy from

    behind.Asidefromhelpingdirectlyincombat,Lunacanalsobeaddedasanupgradetoanother

    skill,addingthechancetomostotherabilitiestopreventenemiesfromrespawning.Outsideof

    combat,theplayercanfroliconthebeachandplaywithLuna,asitbarksandbouncesaballwith

    itsmaster.Ifthatlevelofadorableisntworthyofaspotonthis,nothingis.

    8 Riley

    Introduced inCallofDuty:Ghostsas thespearhead to thenextgeneration,Riley isa fearsome

    companionto

    the

    Ghosts.

    First

    seen

    during

    Microsofts

    Xbone

    conference

    in

    2013,

    he

    left

    a

    powerful impression on viewers, instilling confidence into everyone for the next generation.

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    Modelled after a reallife SEALS dog and fullymotioncaptured, this dog is perhaps themost

    graphicallyimpressivecanineinthehistoryofgamingitself.Despitethecloudofcontroversy,one

    thingremainsclear:puttingRileyintothegamewastherightthingtodo.Ingame,Rileyislike

    anyotherA.I.comrade,justlessterrible.Toaidtheplayercharacter,hellattacknearbyenemies,

    attack hostile on command, take cover, and even flank the enemy. In addition, Riley can be

    controlleddirectlyviaacamerainhiscollar,allowinghimtostealthkillenemiesaheadofthefront

    line.Mostimportantlyhowever,hecansinglehandedlytakeouthelicopters.Thatalonegiveshim

    aspotonthislist.

    7 The Dog From Fable II

    Thoughhisname,personality,andevenbreedaredeterminedbytheplayer,thedogfromFable

    IIisalwaysafaithfulcompanion.Whetheryourefightingtrollsorlookingfortreasure,thisdogis

    there tohelpout inapinch.A faithful friend sincechildhood, itmanages to save theHeroof

    Bowerstonemultipletimesthroughouthisorherlife.Inordertobetterserveitsmaster,thisloyal

    poochrefusestoage,lastingwellovertwodecadesforplotreasons.Astheplayerchangestheir

    alignment,whether goodorevil, thedogwilldo the same,emulating theirmastersmorality.

    Unthinkingand

    completely

    selfless,

    this

    dog

    easily

    earns

    aspot

    on

    this

    list.

    6 Mabari Hound

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    Dependingonyourchosenorigin,thisfaithfulwarhoundfromDragonAge:Originscanstickby

    your side either from the beginning of the game, sticking with your party throughout your

    endeavours to save Thedas from the invading Darkspawn. No matter the danger or moral

    implications,yourtrustymabariwillchargeinwithouthesitation,tankingforyourpartywithfairly

    heavyDPS.Inadditiontostrikingfearintotheheartsofonesenemies,themabariisgreatfora

    varietyofotherusefultasks,includingbutnotlimitedto:partybanter,findingcake,cleaningthe

    bloodofyourfoesoffyourface,healingtheplayerslightly,peeingonobjectsforstatbonuses,and

    stealingawitchsunderwear.Really,whatmoredoyouwantfromadog?

    5 Missile

    ThislovablephantomPomeranianfromGhostTrick:PhantomDetectiveisgoodatonething,and

    onething

    only:

    barking.To

    Missile,

    theres

    no

    scenario

    that

    cannot

    be

    improved

    through

    barking.

    Well,maybemorethanthat.Asidefrombarking,thislittlewarriorcanrewindtimefourminutesin

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    ordertosavethelifeofsomeonewhohasdied.Plentyofotherdogsonthislisthavesavedlives,

    butthisonedefiestimeitselfinordertosavesomeonewhohasalreadydied.Whatsperhapsmost

    impressiveaboutMissilehowever,isitsselflessness.Insteadofbeingrevived,Missiledecidedto

    remaina ghost to savemorepeopleusing itsnew found ghostpowers. For these reasons, in

    addition to simply being adorable, this ghostly pooch has struck a chordwith Japanese and

    Americanplayersalike,manyofwhomlovethecharactermorethanthegamesownprotagonist,

    andforgoodreason.

    4 Hewie

    Trappedinacreepycastleandstalkedbysadistichorrors,FionasonlyhopeatescapingBelliCastle

    is a single German Shepard:Hewie.Whats really interesting aboutHauntingGroundsdoggy

    deuteragonistishowhecanbetrainedbytheplayer.WhereasDogmeatinFallout3canbescolded

    orpraisedwithnoeffect,doingsointhisgamewilltrainyourdog,allowingyoutoteachhimwhat

    nottodo,andwhatheshoulddotogreatereffect.Furthermore,youcanpetthisdog,andeven

    gethimtoshakehandswithyou.Thismightseem likeapointless flavouroption,but itssadly

    missinginmostgamesfeaturingadog.Thoughunconfirmediftheyarethesamedog,Hewiebears

    astrong

    resemblance

    to

    That

    dog

    from

    Resident

    Evil

    4,

    released

    early

    the

    same

    year

    as

    Haunting

    Ground.Ifthesedogsareindeedoneinthesame,thatmeansatsomepoint,Hewietravelledfrom

    ItaltytoSpain,orviceversa,inordertocometotheaidoftheprotagonistsofbothgames.Not

    bad,foraGermanShepard.

    3 Blade Wolf

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    LQ84i, later known as Blade Wolf and simply Wolf, is the first boss of Metal Gear Rising:

    Revenganceandlater,Raidensroboticsidekick.AfterRaidendestroysthedog,Maverickmanages

    torecoverhisconsciousness,givinghimasecondchance.Asidefrombeingatalkingroboticdog,

    partofwhatmakesWolfsocoolishiswidearsenalofweaponry, includingheatedknivesanda

    chainsaw. Seriously,hes a talking robotic dogwith a chainsaw.How cool is that?Aside from

    scoutingahead forRaiden,BladeWolf isalsoplayable inhisownDLCcampaign,where istrue

    badasseryshines.Inhisownpersonalcampaign,hefightsforfreedomashecutsCyborgsinhalf

    withachainsawandtearsouttheirspinefornourishment.Ofallthedogsonthislist,BladeWolf

    earnshisspotforbeingtheonlyonetofightforfreedomwithachainsaw.

    2 Dogmeat

    BasedoffthedogfromTheRoadWarrior,Dogmeat isoneofthemostpopulardogfollowers in

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    gaming.InordertorecruithimonyourquesttosavetheVault,theVaultDwellerhastodressup

    likeMelGibsonorbyfeedinghimsometastyiguanaonastick.Oncerecruited,hesapermanent

    memberofyourpartyuntildeath,likeUshnarsSkinnedHound.Thenagain,whywouldyouwant

    himtoleave?Withsuchahighmovementspeedandattackdamage,Dogmeatcanmoveacross

    thebattlefieldandattackseveraltimesinasingleturn.Furthermore,unlikeIan,hewontshoot

    youintheback,whichisaplus.Althoughcanonically,hesconsideredtohavediedintheMariposa

    MilitaryBase(wheremanyplayerslosehimasaresultoftheforcefieldsthere)hedoesgetiton

    withabitchatsomepoint,givingbirthtoa lineageofpuppiesthatwould laterservetheLone

    Wanderer116yearslat