If you like your women intelligent and… glowing, then Cortana is the perfect AI for you. Without her help, I definitely would've spent a great deal more time aimlessly roaming about the Flood's labyrinthine lairs as her help in navigating those dreadful places is something for which I'll forever be indebted to her. She's been with us since our first excursions against the terrifying Covenant and she even made a brief cameo in Halo: Reach. Here's hoping Cortana remains with the series for some time because mowing down waves of grunts just wouldn't feel the same without her voice in my head.
(Ratchet & Clank)
His real name is XJ-0461 but since that's a little tough to remember (not to mention how unappealing Ratchet & XJ-0461 sounds), his friends call him Clank. Without his brains, charm, and vast arsenal of gadgets, Ratchet's adventures would've been a lot more difficult. What's not to love about a two-foot robot with arguably the most adorable laugh of all the aforementioned sidekicks?
Mario's long-tongued, egg-laying companion also doubles as one of the most adorable and well-known characters in all of video games. His miraculous ability to swallow enemies whole before shooting them out his bum in a particularly large egg is one of the most bizarre (and useful) abilities of all the sidekicks I've listed so far. But Yoshi isn't the only character who can pull off green; Luigi deserves an honorable mention here as well. If it weren't for the incredibly dull game that was Luigi's Haunted Mansion, he might've made the list.
Alyx isn't just an amazing sidekick, she's also a beautifully realized character. Too often when there are female characters in games they're also outlandishly disproportioned and scantily clothed. Alyx is neither; she's a classy lady, and she can kick just as much alien butt as Morgan Freeman. The Half-Life series has no shortage of interesting characters, but none of them are as captivating and handy as Ms. Vance. She knows her way around a gun, can hack into any computer or locked door that gets in the way, and has managed to save Gordon's life on more than one occasion. Let's not forget the obvious connection between her and Gordon that's way more than a mere friendship. Hopefully their relationship will be fleshed out some more in the long anticipated but still unannounced Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
(Shadow of the Colossus)
Agro makes the top of the list because she's your primary source of transportation across Shadow of the Colossus' expansive environments, your only ally during the fights with the Colossi, as well as your only source of companionship throughout the entire game. When you're not on her back galloping through deep valleys and dense forests, you're trying to vanquish one of the game's sixteen Colossi. It's safe to say that without Agro this already intensely lonely experience would've been even more so. One of the most depressing moments I've ever experienced in a game happened in this one where Agro sacrificed herself to save Wander before his encounter with the final Colossus. Granted, she ended up surviving the fall in the end, but her sacrifice was likely the only thing many gamers could think about while fighting the sixteenth Colossus.
By Adam Dodd
CCC Freelance Writer
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