If there’s one combination that was made in heaven it’s robots and video games. I’d wager that over the years there have been more video games that feature robots than movies and books combined. With so many robots to choose from, some are bound to be left out. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments! Ready for the Top Ten?
The Top Ten!
#10 – R.O.B. the Robotic Operating Buddy (Gyromite, NES)
What list would be complete without R.O.B.? Gunpei Yokoi was tasked with creating a marketing gimmick to help sell the NES in America, and R.O.B. was the result. Sure, he’s only compatible with a couple of forgettable games, but that doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is that there was a robot peripheral for your NES and he looks cool sitting in your entertainment unit.
#9 – Cyber Troopers (Virtual On, Saturn, XBOX Live Arcade)
There’s one fighting game series that comes to mind instantly when it comes to robots, and that’s Virtual On. Unlike any fighting game before it when it hit the arcades, it featured a unique dual-stick joypad and two full cockpits to do battle one-on-one. Virtual On features some awesome robot designs that simply can’t be beat.
#8 – Servbot(s)/Kobun (Mega Man Legends, Misadventures of Tron Bonne, PS1)
These little Lego-like robots are the indestructible henchmen created by Tron to do her bidding. They have various functions, from cooking and cleaning to fighting, and they all love and look up to Tron like she was their mother. They have made appearances in a variety of other games, such as Marvel vs Capcom (during special attacks) and Dead Rising (as costumes).
#7 – Dog (Half Life 2, PC)
Dog is an awesome robot. Not only because he looks cool, but because of his artificial intelligence. You get to play a quick game of fetch with him as you first get accustomed to Half Life 2’s amazing gravity gun, which is one of the more memorable moments in a very memorable game.
#6 – Jehuty (Zone of the Enders 2, PS2)
The first Zone of the Enders was ok, but the second one was downright amazing. Simply put, Zone of the Enders 2 is one of the PS2’s best games – featuring scorching hot graphics and intense action. The bosses alone are worth the price of entry. Jehuty is an orbital frame (mech) that’s got a helpful A.I. named ADA to guide you, along with all the fire power you could ask for.
#5 – Zero (Mega Man X, SNES, PS1, GBA, etc.)
Originally designed to be the star of the X series, Zero was deemed too different and was relegated to a side kick role instead. He made quite an impression though, with his red armor and green light saber, eventually earning a starring role in his own series of thumb-blistering action games for the GBA.
#4 – Robo (Chrono Trigger, SNES, PS1, DS)
Ok, so he doesn’t have the most clever name. But Chrono Trigger’s Robo is easily the best robot to appear in an RPG. He has crazy special attacks like the rocket punch, and character to match. You’ll love him from the moment he joins your party to the last, tearful farewell.
#3 – Chibi Robo (Chibi Robo, Gamecube, DS, Wii)
Easily the most adorable robot to star in a videogame, Chibi Robo cleans house for happy points. Just make sure to keep him charged at the nearest electrical outlet with his trailing plug. What’s not to love?
#2 – Metal Gear (Rex, Ray, etc.) (Metal Gear Solid, GBC, PS1, PS2, XBOX, GC, PS3, PSP)
Metal Gear, in most of its incarnations, is one of the few robots to appear on this list that is never actually controlled by the player. They’re bosses; and some of the most climactic, hectic, and downright awesome opponents you can face on the battlefield. The original stealth action game, Metal Gear has had a wide and long lasting impact on the medium.
#1 – Mega Man (Mega Man, NES, SNES, Genesis, PS1, Saturn, etc)
Mega Man bears a striking resemblance to Astro Boy, but he’s also original enough to stand out on his own. With his Mega Buster hand cannon and the ability to absorb his enemies’ weapon technology, Mega Man brought something new to the table in a market crowded by licensed, mediocre trash. Starring in over a billion different sequels ever since, the original blue bomber may not have been the first, but he is without a doubt the best robot in video game history.
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