Best video game dogs
1. Dogmeat (Fallout)
In the echelon of great dogs in video games, one stands out. Dogmeat is everything you could want in a companion and a dog. He's loyal and will follow you across the Wasteland. He'll fight enemies for you and, for the most part, you don't have to worry about his safety. He'll even carry your stuff for you (if you're anything like me in Fallout and pick up everything in your path, this is probably his best feature). Dogmeat isn't just dressing: he can even help you out during quests! It's not required to adopt Dogmeat in Fallout 4, but you'd be missing out if you don't. He's the very definition of a good boy! -Carli Velocci
2. Boomer (Far Cry 5)
The bestest boy (all dogs are bestest boys and goodest girls). Boomer stuck by our side through thick and thin in Far Cry 5, nuclear apocalypse be damned. If anything needed to be done; or enemies needed to be killed, Boomer was there. After a hard day's work, you could give him a nice pat on the head to show him what a good boy he was. Boomer exemplified why dogs are called man's best friend, and his loyalty made him an integral part of the team. -Jennifer Locke
3. Sif (Dark Souls)
Sif is a great gray wolf who wields a sword in his mouth, which is enough to warrant his place on this list in the first place. Going beyond that, this boss provides something no other enemy in Dark Souls does: remorse. If you go out of your way to complete the Artorias of the Abyss expansion quest line, you'll have fought alongside Sif far in the past against an ancient terror. When you meet Sif again and are forced to fight, the wolf will remember you and be in anguish. Combined with the haunting soundtrack and location of the duel, it's a fight to be remembered. Rest in peace with your master, Sif. -Samuel Tolbert
4. D-Dog (Metal Gear Solid V)
How can you not love a dog that wears an eyepatch? This big guy sticks with Venom Snake through it all, and he's got the will of a wolf, which is fitting given that he bears a strong appearance to one. He was only in one game in the Metal Gear Solid series, and he managed to capture our hearts in it. The way he and Venom Snake can interact in MSGV is done better than most games, and D-Dog makes me happy to have him by my side. He's a good boy. -Jennifer Locke
5. All dogs. Just literally every dog ever.
They're good dogs Brent. No dog will be left out of this list. I don't care if it's technically a wolf, a fox, or whatever the hell Trico in The Last Guardian is. You can consider them on this list. If they happen to be enemy dogs trying to stop you? They're just doing their job. They caught you slipping, that's on you. Does the dog happen to blow your cover while you're being stealthy? He was trying his best. They're all too pure for this world and whatever video game world they're found in. -Jennifer Locke
Honorable mention: Bullet (Blair Witch)
While Bullet didn't quite make the cut for our 'Top 5' video game dogs of the past decade, this list simply wouldn't be complete without at least mentioning this courageous pupper. Bloober Team crafted something truly special in Blair Witch with a game system that completely revolves around building a relationship with this dog. As a literal emotional support animal, Bullet helps guide you through some devastating moments of horror and existential crisis. In the darkness of Black Hills Forest, Bullet is your shining light of hope and I've never been more attached to a video game dog in my entire life. -Miles Dompier
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