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#1 BenjaminBanklin
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From playing Gears 5, Jack the drone has been fairly effective the more you upgrade him. He does okay, but you still have to put in work to get through a battle. It made me think though, who is the ultimate support character?

For me, I say it's Jess Black from Far Cry 5, stealth ranged attacker. She made the game super easy, as in, I just sit back and watch her silently wipe out a compound with her bow. Her counterpart in New Dawn was the Judge, but he didn't really seem to be as capable of a replacement.

Anyway, what's your pick?

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As in, measuring their substantive contributions or are a blend between gameplay and narrative value?

Initial inclination is to name Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite.

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@Basinboy said:

As in, measuring their substantive contributions or are a blend between gameplay and narrative value?

Initial inclination is to name Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite.

I would say gameplay wise, but any other reason is cool really.

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Alyx Vance

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#5 TheEroica  Moderator
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Garrus duh... Hes the effin Archangel.

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#6 Zero_epyon
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From games I've played this gen alone, I'd say Atreus from God of War. Thought he was going to be annoying but ended up being an extra weapon who actually helped during the fight instead of just standing there.

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@warmblur: Yeah she's pretty awesome.

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@TheEroica said:

Garrus duh... Hes the effin Archangel.

haha Garrus is awesome too. Man I wouldn't mind a Garrus backstory game.

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@Zero_epyon said:
@TheEroica said:

Garrus duh... Hes the effin Archangel.

haha Garrus is awesome too. Man I wouldn't mind a Garrus backstory game.

Forget Garrus! Vetra is were it's at now. (Oh and I happened to adore Andromeda)

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#12  Edited By TheEroica  Moderator
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@davillain-: don't you even bring that monstrosity into this conversation!

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Boy

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@TheEroica: But but I loooooove Andromeda :(

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#15 TheEroica  Moderator
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@davillain-: impossible... You mustve been recovering from a horrible accident... Blinded and numb to feelings... A person who claimed to love you mustve strapped you to a board and peeled your eyelids open until you submitted.

I can think of no other possibility!

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#16  Edited By uninspiredcup
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@warmblur said:

Alyx Vance

Design wise id agree with this She's ok in the original Halflife 2, but used exceptionally well in Episode 1 be it acting as the players source of vision, the players weapon, a human-turret, sniper or just general stuff like not getting in the way during combat, being useful, but not overly powered.

Episode 1 is bad narrative wise with a terrible padded out escort mission and doesn't really have all the new assets of Episode 2, but from a design standpoint outside of that, it's the best the game has ever been.

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Barry Wheeler

Agreed, winner, lock this down mods.

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Dog and Alyx combo from Half-Life 2

Cruising around in my rust bucket hot rod with Alyx (a real feminist before all this current-day bullshit neofeminism started happening) and Dog bailing our asses out.

Pretty good support in my books.

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I think in like the ranking of all-time best robots, there's The Iron Giant...and then there's Dog.

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#19  Edited By uninspiredcup
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@mrbojangles25 said:

Dog and Alyx combo from Half-Life 2

Cruising around in my rust bucket hot rod with Alyx (a real feminist before all this current-day bullshit neofeminism started happening) and Dog bailing our asses out.

Pretty good support in my books.

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I think in like the ranking of all-time best robots, there's The Iron Giant...and then there's Dog.

Always found it interesting how Dog barely has any expressive features, yet emotes better than any single Mass Effect character, a game explicitly designed around interaction.

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#20  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator  Online
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@ellos said:

Boy

The Boi was awesome indeed! Very helpful as well.

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Alyx from Half Life 2, Elizabeth from Bioshock infinite and Boi from God of Soy.

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@TheEroica said:

@davillain-: don't you even bring that monstrosity into this conversation!

I have to agree with you here. I was sooooo disappointed with that game. It had potential but...

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@davillain- said:

@TheEroica: But but I loooooove Andromeda :(

It takes guts to say that in public. 😉

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Khan From Metro Series easily. im disappointed that he is not in Metro Exodus as he is the best character in series.

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No love for Clank or Daxter? Man I’m getting old.

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She gets a bad rep.

As far as useless escort characters go, there is far worse. She at least gets behind you when you draw your weapon. If things get too rough, just chuck her in a dumpster. She is at least the unintrusive kind of useless.

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Atreus from God of War. It's the perfect way to control 2 characters at once.

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Boy from God of War was really good!

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@uninspiredcup said:
@mrbojangles25 said:

Dog and Alyx combo from Half-Life 2

Cruising around in my rust bucket hot rod with Alyx (a real feminist before all this current-day bullshit neofeminism started happening) and Dog bailing our asses out.

Pretty good support in my books.

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I think in like the ranking of all-time best robots, there's The Iron Giant...and then there's Dog.

Always found it interesting how Dog barely has any expressive features, yet emotes better than any single Mass Effect character, a game explicitly designed around interaction.

I don't often agree with you, but when I do, it's for something like this.

Half Life 2 set the bar really high for tag-along characters, and I really don't think we've surpassed it yet. And it's been 15 years for fucks sake.

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#32 mrbojangles25
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@r-gamer said:

Atreus from God of War. It's the perfect way to control 2 characters at once.

I did like the tag along characters in that game, Atreus, of course, but even the head-guy Mirmir for his witty banter and lore drops.

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In terms of gameplay, like others have said, goes to Atreus. Useful, if not annoying at times. Dog and Alyx were also excellent.

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Slippy Toad.

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@BenjaminBanklin: FC5 sucks arse though, so its not surprising you picked a support character who did all the work as playing the game is a real chore, but Cheeseburger was the best side kick in FC5.

As for best side kick in gaming, hmmmm there are too many I can think of right now so I will say the pit crew in a racing game lol.

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Elizabeth from bioshock infinite. Dunno how people still think Ellie (tlou) was better than her

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@caj1986: BioShick Infinite was a terrible game. Maybe that's why?

Alyx Vance FTW.

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1. Ellie from The Last of US

2. Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite

3. Atreus from God of War

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@i_p_daily said:

@BenjaminBanklin: FC5 sucks arse though, so its not surprising you picked a support character who did all the work as playing the game is a real chore, but Cheeseburger was the best side kick in FC5.

As for best side kick in gaming, hmmmm there are too many I can think of right now so I will say the pit crew in a racing game lol.

That excludes Forza then, as cars repair themselves in that game!

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@Mozelleple112 said:

1. Ellie from The Last of US

2. Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite

3. Atreus from God of War

Nadine Ross from Uncharted

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Cortana before Halo 5. lol

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@Zero_epyon said:
@i_p_daily said:

@BenjaminBanklin: FC5 sucks arse though, so its not surprising you picked a support character who did all the work as playing the game is a real chore, but Cheeseburger was the best side kick in FC5.

As for best side kick in gaming, hmmmm there are too many I can think of right now so I will say the pit crew in a racing game lol.

That excludes Forza then, as cars repair themselves in that game!

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This is a great question! Based on the original question, I would say Victor Sullivan who was a main character from the Uncharted series. Without his help, wisecracks, and knowledge, Nathan wouldn't have been able to find a lot of the treasures and save the world throughout the series. BONUS: Sulley raised Nathan since he was a teenager and taught him mostly everything he knows!

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#44 Zero_epyon
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@i_p_daily said:
@Zero_epyon said:
@i_p_daily said:

@BenjaminBanklin: FC5 sucks arse though, so its not surprising you picked a support character who did all the work as playing the game is a real chore, but Cheeseburger was the best side kick in FC5.

As for best side kick in gaming, hmmmm there are too many I can think of right now so I will say the pit crew in a racing game lol.

That excludes Forza then, as cars repair themselves in that game!

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@Zero_epyon said:
@i_p_daily said:
@Zero_epyon said:
@i_p_daily said:

@BenjaminBanklin: FC5 sucks arse though, so its not surprising you picked a support character who did all the work as playing the game is a real chore, but Cheeseburger was the best side kick in FC5.

As for best side kick in gaming, hmmmm there are too many I can think of right now so I will say the pit crew in a racing game lol.

That excludes Forza then, as cars repair themselves in that game!

I question peoples logic around here and whether anyone knows what they are talking about, I guess as long as everyone (other ponies) agrees with them, its true.

1-If the car repaired themselves, why on earth would you exclude them, when that is the best support you can get. Like if Nadine auto-healed you every time Chloe got shot, you'd exclude her? Seriously, you clearly weren't thinking, which shouldn't be a shock since this is typical pony behavior, but the lows keep going lower.

2-There is a thing called "settings", and can change whether your car breaks down or not. And since everyone I know who played, cars breaking down was standard, which means, the setting is to turn it on, not off, so really have to be a major ass wipe to bring it up. Can't wait til Death Stranding comes, and some other ass wipe says its a movie game and too easy, yet changed setting to "Hideo's Move Game Super Very Easy" mode.

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Potions in JRPG when you get the mega versions that totally negates any need for a healer in your team.

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Doc Louis from Punch Out is my #1. I’ve never felt more supported by a character in a video game. I punched the trunks off some giant dudes just to make him proud.

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Doc Louis from Punch Out is my #1. I’ve never felt more supported by a character in a video game. I punched the trunks off some giant dudes just to make him proud.

I love Punch Out. It's an underrated franchise. Make another one, Nintendo, since I'm buying this Switch.

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@vl4d_l3nin said:
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She gets a bad rep.

As far as useless escort characters go, there is far worse. She at least gets behind you when you draw your weapon. If things get too rough, just chuck her in a dumpster. She is at least the unintrusive kind of useless.

I'll take her over invincible Ellie running around yelling during stealth bits.