Feature: Top 5 Robots in Gaming

The Science Fiction genre and Gaming are possibly the two greatest bedfellows known to our primitive human race.  I’ve always been a lover of sci-fi, and particularly the inclusion of our mechanical mates, the robots.

Join us below as we take a look at some of the finest robots in video games, ever.

5. Claptrap

Friendly and rather loveable, though at times, quite irritating. The ClapTraps are the iconic custodians of Borderland’s planet Pandora. They are squeaky-voiced and rather well spoken, serving as the narrative tool for games that, in honesty, have a pretty limited narrative structure. Invaluable to the series and extremely well applied. Plus kind of cute, I guess.

4. Clank

Clank (or XJ-0461 as his manufacturers named him) is the sidekick to Ratchet in the Ratchet & Clank series. This little chap has an enormous array of gadgets guaranteed to get you out of any jam. On top of being extremely useful, Clank is also a charming and charismatic. In fact, he is so cool, that he even has his own hit TV show. Truly the perfect mechanical companion for any adventure.

3. 343 Guilty Spark

Also known as The Monitor, The Oracle and Lightbulb by Sergent Major Johnson. Guilty Spark is an AI left behind to watch over Installation 04 in the Halo series. He comes across as an amiable little droid as he guides you through sections of the game, but is prone to getting a bit hostile when he doesn’t get his way.  He’s not all bad though, just unable to go against his programming. Even if that means destroying the galaxy and everything in it.

2. HK47

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’s fast-talking Hunter-Killer Assassin Droid who suffered a touch of amnesia, causing him to forget all about his genocidal mission to kill all Jedi Knights. This resulted in him being reprogrammed to become a pretty decent, yet deadly companion for the player. He is wry, sarcastic and to the point, but has one of the finest background stories the series has to offer. You can keep your IG-88s and your C3POs, HK47 is probably the best Star Wars robot ever.

1. Wheatley

Wheatley (of Portal 2 fame) is a smashing little AI, or personality sphere as they are known in the game. He is friendly and well mannered, but not the sharpest tool in the box. This is probably the reason why he goes completely nuts when assuming control of the test labs and tries to kill the player.  Portal 2 had some of the best narrative and plot twists that we’ve seen this generation but it would not have been the same without the comedic injection, provided by Wheatley, who was voiced by Stephen Merchant.

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Wheatley, and not just because we share the same West-Country accent.

We hope you enjoyed our roundup of Top Robots in Gaming. Have we missed anyone off? MegaMan? Or D0G? Let us know and we’ll probably include them in a future feature.

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Author: James Sterling

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  • I would add Legion from Mass Effect. “Does this unit have a soul?”

  • Ryan

    Dog from Half Life 2 should have been here. That thing made me happy.

  • Dog from half life 2 is the ultimate robot. Dog would own the top 5 alone, easily!

  • You guys are absolutely right. D0G from Half-Life was brilliant, and a worth edition to our Top Robots in Gaming. Here you go…

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