Top 5 Most Irritating Video Game Sidekicks
You should be able to rely on the people you're travelling with - you should be able to count on your team. That's a given, right? When push comes to shove, you should be able to rest secure in the knowledge that they'll be there for you, and that they'll fight by your side and get you out of a rough situation. Moreover, they should be people you actually want to travel with.
Unfortunately, that's not always the case in video games.
Whether through curious A.I. glitches, poor game design, or irritating personalities, these sidekicks and counterparts oftentimes do more harm than good, and they're almost enough to make you wish you were playing for the other team.
5. Noble Team (Halo: Reach):
For a team of highly-trained, advanced super soldiers… Halo: Reach's Noble team is pretty goddamn incompetent. Kat's apparently never figured out how to drive a vehicle, and Jun, even though he's a sniper, frequently fails to fire his rifle - one wonders if he even remembers how. It's not all that noticeable on lower difficulties, but their failure to carry their own weight really shines on Legendary, and this earns them a spot on the list. Not to mention their tendency to run towards you when they've been stuck with a plasma grenade, and to dash in front of you just as you're preparing to fire.
You don't know frustration until you've had an A.I. driver send you careening off a cliff for the third consecutive time.
4. Navi / Tingle (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Majora's Mask):
"Hey, Listen! Hey, Listen! Hey, Listen!"
That line alone has irritated thousands upon thousands of gamers throughout the ages and landed Navi a reputation as one of the most irritating in-game allies in the history of… well, anything. To be fair, she gets something of a bad rap, if only for her voiceover - she's actually one of the most useful on this list.
Personally, I'd choose her over Tingle any day. Majora's Mask had a lot of stuff in it that was disturbing to a young mind, but even surrounded by all that nightmare fuel, Tingle stands out as one of the most terrifying abominations I've ever seen. Everything about him is off-putting. His voice, his dialogue, his dance, and his appearance - especially his appearance.
He's even worse in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, when there's an entire island of creatures like him and they opt to charge you exorbitant amounts in order for you to have the privilege of saving the world. Thanks, Tingle. Hope you're the first to fall to Ganon.
3. Otis (Dead Rising):
Hey, you know what's awesome? Killing zombies with the sort of improvised weapons that can only be found in a shopping center. You know what's not awesome? When you've got a horde of flesh-eating, brain-sucking monstrosities bearing down on you, and Otis decides to call and tell you he needs you to pick up some milk on your way back to the security office.
When you're on the phone, you move like you're forcing your way through a pit of molasses while afflicted with leprosy. The zombies, of course, don't have any trouble. If they attack you, the call ends, and Otis will call back five minutes later, irate that you "hung up on him."
Of course, the Dead Rising survivors weren't much better. If you didn't literally lead them by the hand, they were zombie chow; and moving too fast caused you to let go of them, as though Frank oils himself up with Vaseline before he goes out to fight the living dead.
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A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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