Who doesn't love robots, right? Here's the conclusion of our Top Ten Robots in Gaming. If you missed the first part, click here. Otherwise, read on...
5) GEKKO (MGS4)
A strange amalgamation of Metal Gear Rex’s upper body and Metal Gear Ray’s robo-organic legs and ‘blood’, the GEKKO of Metal Gear Solid 4 become one of the iconic enemies of the series. Designed as the ultimate pack hunters, the ‘bots are capable of pursuing and destroying most enemies – though not a 50-year-old in a cardboard box. They also sound like cows. No idea why.
4) Atlas and P-body (Portal 2)
Invented by gloriously evil AI GLAdos to fulfill her in-built compulsion to run tests on things, Atlas and Peabody prove to be excellent companions for each other through Portal 2’s brilliant co-op gameplay. As they gradually develop a relationship, complete with high-fiving (much to GLAdos’ chagrin), the ‘bots help the evil overlord of Aperture Science unlock an even bigger prize...
3) DOG (Half-Life 2)
Created to protect mad-scientist Eli Vance’s daughter Alex, DOG went from canine-sized friend to massive, tank-flipping monsterbot over time. Loyal to a fault, and stronger than even Gordon Freeman’s crowbar, DOG is just as happy to attack and destroy Combine soldiers as he is to play fetch with Freeman and the gravity gun. I want one.
2) Clank (Ratchet and Clank)
As a constant companion to Lombax mechanic turned galactic saviour Ratchet, Clank combines a decent wit with a huge number of helpful abilities – and even went on to star in his own spin-off game. Small enough to carry on your back, the tiny ‘bot has far outgrown his original programming, but has managed to secure a position of high regard nontheless. I’m looking forward to his next outing with great interest.
1) HK-47 (Star Wars: KOTOR)
Polite yet unbelievably snide, HK-47 is the personal assassin droid of fallen Jedi Revan – and boy is he fun to be around. Although he largely sees the organic beings of the universe as something to be avoided – or preferably, killed – the skilled assassin has somehow ended up serving a succession of masters throughout the Star Wars canon – most of which have died in unusual circumstances...
KNRB-0 Argus (Vanquish)
Mega Man (Megaman)
The Geth (Mass Effect)
Dark Troopers (Dark Forces)