By: Nik Aberle
We’ve all played a game where someone other than the main character has a huge role in the game, usually an unsung role. The problem is that these characters are absolutely vital to not only the enjoyment of the game but in pushing the story further along and quite often even saving the main character a time or two. Well it’s time these silent saviors get recognized, so here’s the top 5 best supporting characters. They were picked based on personality, in-game presence, and over-all ability to sway the outcome of the game.
5. Cortana – Halo Series
The first time someone plays the game Halo they are thankful
for the help that this little hologram can provide, from giving you storyline
hints to flat out telling you what to do, ‘she’ is essential to Master Chief’s
success. We have yet to see what will become of her in Halo 3 and whether she
will remain on the side of the UNSC or not, but regardless of what happens she
deserves her spot on the list.
4. Miles “Tails” Prower – Sonic Series
While he may only be eight years old in the Sonic world, he
does stuff most adults wouldn’t even dream of. This little stud of the Sonic
world bails out the blue hedgehog on more than one occasion. He gets his nickname from the fact that he
has two tails and can use them to maintain flight for a short amount of time
and distance. His name being a
malapropism for Miles Per Hour, he has the speed and power to earn the #4 spot
on the list.
3. Yoshi – Mario Series
Fred Flintstone’s pet Dino ain’t got nothing on this little
dinosaur. Helping Mario through all of
the worlds in his numerous attempts to rescue Peach from her kidnapper, Yoshi
can take many colors and has many different abilities. He is the ultimate pet and makes appearances
in practically every Mario game; whether he’s an actual playable character or
just your ride from point A to point B, he is a life-saver in most cases. From swallowing a red shell and spitting out
fire, to sprouting wings and flying across the map this is the video game
equivalent of man’s best friend and deserves the #3 spot.
2. HK-47 – Star Wars: Knights of the
Since the days of the original Star Wars movies all the way
up to the final trio to finish out the saga, protocol droids have been little
wimpy pieces of scrap that aren’t capable of anything but cheesy dialogue. Well I commend BioWare and LucasArts on
changing that with Star Wars: Knights of the
while he isn’t a true protocol droid he puts on a great act, and from there the
player can unleash him upon all the other ‘meatbags’. HK seems to have an insatiable desire to kill
and even if you choose the light side he may make a few requests to waste some
‘meatbags’, but listens to your commands none the less. This bad to the ‘bone’ robot makes Darth
Vader look like Obi-Wan Kenobi; that along with his wanton desire to kill
everything but the character, insult everyone within earshot, and dedication to
his ‘master’ earns him the #2 spot.
1. Barney Calhoun –
Whether it’s your first time through or you’ve beaten the
game so many times you could do it in your sleep, Barney Calhoun will still be
right by your side regardless of the odds.
Originally slated as an enemy but later changed to help you after
further testing, he almost got completely left out of the game. Barney is the name of all the security guards
in Half-Life and rightly so seeing as his personality and disposition greatly
reflect that of Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show; this helpful assistant
in the series seems to be getting more and more prominent roles in the
series. All the way from helping you
with his little 9MM pistol in the original game to being one of the main characters
and nearly impossible to kill in Half-Life 2; his resilience, eagerness to
please, and all around temperament in the heat of an alien invasion land Barney
at the #1 spot.