Monster Hunter is known for its Palicos, but Monster Hunter Rise introduced Palamutes, the sort-of-wolf, sort-of-dog rideable companion to your hunter. Listen, we don't want to sound biased, but Palamutes are way more useful than Palicos, right? Not that it matters, because the best companion is Poogie.
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There's no dog like a dead dog! No, wait, come back, we don't mean like that — we mean like I Am Dead's charming ghost dog, Sparky. The recently-deceased museum curator Morris Lupton is trying to save his beloved home island from disaster with the help of his formerly-alive pup, and his newfound ability to see inside items. He might be incorporeal, but he's still a very cute doggy.
The Flame In The Flood is a ludicrously difficult survival game where the odds aren't just stacked in your favour, they're towering over you and laughing in your face. Luckily, you have Aesop, your companion and beast of burden, who serves as a friend, a guide, and, er, an inventory space. Listen, he's better than Skyrim's Lydia.
Good news for anyone who cries when the dog dies in movies: Walt, the canine companion in Valiant Hearts, is immortal. In fact, he's the only character who can't die in this game about the horrors of war. He helps you solve puzzles, he keeps you company, and he can distract soldiers on any side of the war, because everyone loves this plucky puppy.
The Last Friend places you in control of Alpha, a strong and silent protagonist who travels a wasteland in a decked-out RV with a pack of his best friends. His best friends, of course, are dogs. Their leader is a spicy little chihuahua named T. Juan who does all the talking on behalf of the gang, and together Alpha and the pack fight off a horde of Mad Max-esque frat bros who have imprisoned dozens of dogs because… whatever, it doesn’t matter. The Last Friend's plot is nonsensical, but in the best of ways, and it’s really just there as set dressing to give some goofy context to the gameplay.
Heartbreaking dog story warning! Dark Souls is mostly a game about killing massive lads with too many arms or bones or eyes, but Great Grey Wolf Sif is an exception. He is just a very large boi, tasked with guarding the grave of Artorias, who sacrificed himself to save his fluffy best friend. Of all the bosses in the Souls games, Sif is perhaps the one that people want to defeat the least, for obvious reasons.
Another ghost puppy? Yes! Luigi's pal the Polterpup appears every now and again to help him out, giving him hints, fetching important items, and occasionally even providing the way forward. Good boy!!
Hades is a notoriously tough and long game to complete, not least because that involves earning enough Ambrosia and Nectar to make every NPC like you. And that includes Cerberus, your father's hellhound and guardian of the exit from Hades' domain — but, since the three-headed dog is, you know, a dog, he's a little easier to win over. You'll have to pet him at least 20 times, and to get past him in the Underworld, you won't have to fight him — just give him a bag of his favourite treats. But you were petting him anyway, not just for his favour, right?
Pokémon has a lot of legendaries, and a large number of them are birds, or horses. But there are a fair few dogs, too, including the Legendary Beasts, Suicine, Entei, and Raikou, and Sword and Shield's main legendaries, Zacian and Zamazenta. Sword and Shield also has Yamper, so that puts it on the list of Best Dogs.
You might think we're barking mad for making a list of dog games. You probably canine't even believe there are this many dog games out there. And other dog puns.
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