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ThisisXbox Top Ten: Video Game Companions

After having spent some time playing the astounding Bioshock Infinite (which we scored a staggering 10/10), it got us thinking about about Elizabeth’s character. Is she the perfect companion? We thought we’d run through gaming’s most extravagant companions to see how she would stack up to the rest. We define a companion as either an AI controlled partner or just someone talking down a headset to help enhance the story and your objectives.

Let’s run down the top 10 right now.

 

10. 

Rush (Megaman 3, 1990)

Rush

 

Rush is Megaman’s trusty robotic dog who would appear to help Megaman get past tricky obstacles by using his ability to transform into a submarine and by using his springboard coil to bounce extremely high. Rush has appeared in almost every Megaman game since and has also made a handful of cameos in several Capcom fighters.

 

9.

Captain John Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, 2007)

Captain PriceIf you were ever asked to name one Call of Duty character, 9 times out of 10 you would name Captain Price. A former member of the SAS, Captain Price is a no-nonsense soldier that alongside Soap MacTavish, goes through hell to stop the man who initiated World War III, Vladimir Makarov. Captain Price’s quick quips and charming British narcissism makes him a favoured companion amongst this list.

 

8. 

Cortana (Halo: Combat Evolved, 2001)

Cortana

 

Cortana is a digitized clone of Dr. Elizabeth Halsey, who became centric to the Halo universe since the beginning. Guiding Master Chief on his journeys through thick and thin. Even having something of a starring role in 343’s Halo 4. Cortana is a fan-favourite amongst the Halo fandom, and it seems that she will be for a long time to come.

 

7. 

Claptrap (Borderlands, 2009)

ClaptrapClap Trap (CL4P-TP) is a Hyperion manufactured general purpose robot that you will often see slumming around town in the Borderlands series. His particular brand of humour which involves outdated pop-culture references and pushing dubstep upon the player, has made him accepted annoyance. Borderlands fans often speak highly of Claptrap, and it’s clear that with the unavoidable Borderlands sequels to come, Claptrap will definitely be involved.

 

6.

Miles “Tails” Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 1992)

TailsTails appears to be some kind of genetically mutated fox with two tails (hehe, I get it) that give him the ability to fly. He is one of the most famous sidekicks in history, next to Robin and Luigi, he may be THE most famous sidekick. If you weren’t aware (which I astonishingly wasn’t until I was way into my 20’s) that his name is actually a play on words meaning ‘miles per hour”, you may facepalm yourself into oblivion, much like I did. Tails wormed his way into our hearts with his annoying cries of “SOOOONIIIIIIIIIC”, and he will forever live there. What a guy.

 

5.

Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect, 2007)

Garrus VakarianGarrus Vakarian is the popular Turian from the Mass Effect series. A former C-Sec soldier and the most badass member of the Normandy crew, Garrus had military training at fifteen and is the crew’s resident sniper. A character so awesome, that he brushed off horrific facial scars with a witty comment like  “Ah probably for the best. They were all ignoring you and hitting on me. ‘Bout time you got a fair shot.” when referring to the lovely space ladies. Garrus is cool, calm, collective, funny, and extremely badass. It’s a shame he couldn’t be higher up the list.

 

4. 

GLaDOS (Portal/The Orange Box, 2007)

GLaDOSWell this is a first. An antagonist making it as a top companion. GLaDOS is the central core to the inner working of Aperture Science. The Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System lives solely to test. When the protagonist Chell awakens from a coma, GLaDOS is ready and waiting to throw test after test after test at the newly awakened mute. It is truly GLaDOS’ humour that makes this machine a top companion, the writing staff at Valve truly have created a character for the ages in this machine. They certainly couldn’t top it. or could they?

As an added extra, check out this amazing post credits song performed by GLaDOS herself.

 

3.

Otacon (Metal Gear Solid, 1998)

OtaconHal Emmerich, code-named Otacon is a scientist and chief engineer of Metal Gear REX. Also best friend of Solid Snake. This relationship makes for some of the most hilarious codec conversations in the entire series. Listening to Otacon’s conversations with Snake about being trapped in compromising positions and even about Otacon urinating all over himself, means that the bond between the two makes for one of gaming’s best relationships.

 

2.

Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite, 2013)

ElizabethElizabeth didn’t quite make it to number one, even though she is gaming’s most perfect companion. Her relationship with Booker DeWitt develops as the game goes on. Her frail naivety develops into a strong independence. Her knack for not just being a damsel in distress is what makes her interesting. Booker wouldn’t survive his journey in Columbia without Elizabeth, and it’s easy to see why she is one of the most popular new characters in the last few years. I would hope that her story doesn’t end with Infinite, and that there are at least some glaring references when 2K make the next installment in the series.

 

Well after all that, who made the number one spot? It’s tough to find a character as whole as Bioshock Infinite’s Elizabeth. But the number one isn’t even a good character, he makes it there for the sole reason of being the funniest character in the history of gaming. So, let’s check out who it is…

 

1. Wheatley (Portal 2, 2011)

WheatleyWheatley is hands down the funniest character in gaming history. Voiced by lanky Western English comedian Stephen Merchant, all of his country charm is transfused with the robot nature of a Portal robot. In Portal 2, GLaDOS is still the villain, but Wheatley is the hero that saves the day. Bringing you through several of Aperture Science’s most rigorous tests to help you defeat GLaDOS and end her reign of terror. But don’t take my word for it, just check this out.

 

Thanks for checking out another ThisisXbox Top 10, come back next week for our next installment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infinity Ward Tease With New Captain Price Image

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Infinity Ward has changed their cover picture on Facebook to a large black and white shot of the face of Captain Price, the lead within all the Modern Warfare games developed by Infinity Ward from 2007 onwards. To do this at a time right now can only be to fuel speculation about the next game in the series.

Modern Warfare 4 was confirmed to thisisxbox during a flight home from Bodrum Turkey to London last October 2012. A conversation denied by both the voice actor Billy Murray and developers I.W as having any relevance to Modern Warfare 4. Since that time period there have been a number of other rumours and videos surface all over the internet – but almost all Call of Duty reveals are around April / May time – and now that time is drawing near.

With the current attention that rival FPS game Battlefield 4 has been receiving lately, leaves us wondering if Infinity Ward are craving a little limelight in their direction. We think that the next Modern Warfare game will not be revealed until Microsoft announce the new Xbox console for 2013, Call of Duty has the ‘Xbox First’ deal and until a new Xbox console, the focus will be on Sony’s PS4 for the next-gen game and it’s likely stunning next-gen visuals.

When official announcements are in – we’ll keep you updated.

Via OXM

Modern Warfare 4 Teaser Trailer Appears Online?

Just moments after being told about Modern Warfare 4 on October 29th 2012 on a flight from Bodrum to London.
Just moments after being told about Modern Warfare 4 on October 29th 2012 on a flight from Bodrum to London.

Modern Warfare 4 – well, what a history thisisxbox has with that title from the day I sat on the plane journey home from a holiday in Turkey next to voice of Captain Price himself. You can read more about that trip via this direct link where the fourth entry into the Modern Warfare series was confirmed, but then later denied.

Infinity Ward on the other hand has never denied the title’s existence only that they deny speaking to voice actors in the game, and then apparently it was all meant to relate to the Modern Warfare for China which just all sounds too dodgy since that game recycles voice assets from the previous games.

Activision and its Call of Duty developers has not confirmed this years title in the series, but a new trailer has surface on both Vimeo and Youtube. Unlike the rather crap fan-made movie about Ghosts rising, this trailer does have a more authentic feel to it with the impression that an unknown enemy is out to wipe the identity of Captain Price…

…it’s not me, I swear.

Here’s the trailer – whether it’s real or fake you still can’t help but feel that exciting tingle for another Call of Duty.

Sources Leak Modern Warfare 4 Voice-Over Scripts

Just moments after being told about Modern Warfare 4 on October 29th 2012 on a flight from Bodrum to London.

Only the other week, on a plane journey home from Bodrum going back to London I sat right in the seat next to Billy Murray, the voice of Captain Price. We had a conversation where he referred to every sentence about the next Modern Warfare game as “4” and from that I posted the news online. It went global pretty quickly, and of course as you would expect – denials came thick and fast, as you would expect if a game has not been officially announced. Continue reading Sources Leak Modern Warfare 4 Voice-Over Scripts

Captain Price Actor Confirms Modern Warfare 4 from Infinity Ward

Just moments after being told about Modern Warfare 4 on October 29th 2012 on a flight from Bodrum to London.

Whilst I was happily, but also slightly nervously looking out of the plane window after boarding it in Bodrum Milas Airport, flight from Bodrum to London Stansted on 29th October 2012 – I heard a voice behind me and instantly I paused in shock – it couldn’t be! As a massive, MASSIVE fan of the Modern Warfare series from Infinity Ward, I was by sheer coincidence sitting in the seat right next to actor Bill Murray. Continue reading Captain Price Actor Confirms Modern Warfare 4 from Infinity Ward