Your heroic journeys in video games don’t always have to be lonely. Sometimes a good friend makes adventures all the more fun. Here are the ten best video game companions that will keep you company. Some of these entries will be characters who will accompany you for the entirety of the game. Some are companions found in only certain missions and activities.
The Pawns – Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma‘s companion system is very unique, and it’s safe to say that the Pawn system is the best companion mechanic in any video game ever released so far. Unlike most games where you encounter characters who will join you on your adventures, in Dragon’s Dogma you create a character who will look and act as per your instructions.
The Pawn will observe everything you do. They will learn almost everything there is to learn about enemies, characters, locations, collectibles, and so on. Essentially, the Pawn is your shadow. You decide their manner of speech and how they behave in battle. The downside is that there are no associated quests or activities you can partake in with your Pawns because they are like robots with no human feelings. They merely simulate your actions.
Serana – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim has a multitude of interesting characters who will accompany you on your adventures. Serana is one of the best there is. She is associated with an entire DLC: The Dawnguard. She’s a vampire who’s extremely old but looks quite young.
Everything about her is more unique than every other companion in the game. The way she speaks and treats you is more interesting. The number of dialogue options is quite high compared to other companions. One downside to Serana is that she cannot be romanced and married, unlike many other companions. This can be done by installing mods, though.
J’Zargo – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
J’zargo is another wonderful character whom you will encounter by progressing the Winterhold College questline. He’s a Khajiit who is very confident and cocky about his abilities. That is actually a good thing because the way he talks and remarks about the world is very interesting and fun to hear. J’zargo is one of the most beloved companions in Skyrim. He uses Fire Spells to demolish foes and is a very reliable Mage and a good friend.
Charles Smith – Red Dead Redemption 2
In Red Dead Redemption games, you can’t have a companion to accompany you throughout the entire game like Skyrim or Fallout. While Charles Smith won’t tag along with you for the entirety of the game, his company in certain missions can be really appreciated.
Charles is the son of a Native American woman and an African American man. He is a quiet man who keeps to himself most of the time, but he talks a lot with people he likes. There are not many characters in RDR2 who are as strong, wise, and honorable as Charles.
Guapo the Crocodile – Far Cry 6
A list like this won’t be complete without an animal companion. Sure, Far Cry 6 has issues… a lot of them. But the companion aspect of the game is rather good. There are multiple animals that tag along with you on your journey to free Yara, and Guapo is one such friend.
He’s a crocodile who wears a little T-shirt. Guapo is a very skilled croc. He will be a lot of help in many combat situations. You can even pet him. Some people may find other companions like Chorizo the Dog to be better than Guapo, but you do not get to have a crocodile friend in many games.
Cass – Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout New Vegas is another game with a ton of potential companions. Cass is definitely one of the best. She’s a bold and often cocky girl who drinks a lot of whiskey. You will find Cass drowning in whiskey in the bar in the NCR Outpost with the Giant statues shaking hands. The quests she gives you are quite good, and the way she reacts to the world and your actions is rather interesting too. Her dialogue is very funny as well because most of the time she says the darndest things while looking completely serious.
Garrus Vakarian – Mass Effect
Garrus Vakarian is a Turian who joins up with Shepard in his hunt for Saren in the original Mass Effect. He returns in the later titles as well, and Garrus is one of the best companions in the games. He’s confident and very reliable in battle, making him an interesting person to hang out with. Garrus is like a brother to Shepard and without him, Shepard’s struggle to save the galaxy might’ve been way harder. He’s also a romance option.
Liara T’soni – Mass Effect
Liara is another fan-favorite character from the Mass Effect franchise. Like Garrus, she’s also an alien of the Asari race. The Asari race doesn’t have any males; they’re all female. Liara is a scientist and Shepard encounters her roughly at the beginning of the first Mass Effect game. Really, there isn’t anything to not love about her. She’s a huge help in combat and is very courteous. Liara is also a possible romance option.
Saeko Mukoda – Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Saeko Mukoda, known to her friends as Sacchan, is a barmaid who’s very experienced in the business. She’s very skilled in combat as well and is very caring towards Ichiban and the others. There’s an entire side quest dedicated to her, and after completing it, she will be available as a potential romance option.
Saeko is one of the best female characters in the franchise, mostly because of her voice – Hayase Nagatoro‘s voice actor, Sumire Uesaka – and her confident and adorable personality. She’s a major character in the game’s story and will return in the upcoming Like A Dragon 8.
Chips Dubbo – Halo
Chips Dubbo is not a story character. Nor is he a character that’s quite important to the plot. But despite all that, Chips is such a beloved character. He makes an appearance in most Halo games and he doesn’t even have dedicated cutscenes.
What’s so appealing and interesting about this Australian Marine is his confidence and charisma. Even in combat, he will make hilarious and clever remarks that will improve everyone’s mood. Despite being in a ton of battles most humans can’t survive, the Legendary Chips Dubbo still stands tall. There are even Steam achievements that will unlock if you listen to his wise words in-game.