Call Of Duty Has A Dog, Killzone Has An Owl
Last year it was protagonists with a bow and arrow. I saw last year because although Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 are probably the best example of this trope, we heard about it all last year leading up to the release. Far Cry 3 had it as well. Even the recently released The Last of Us features a particularly strong medieval weapon. But that trope seems to be dying out, making way for this year’s must have gaming companion: a pet.
Call of Duty has already made a big fuss over Riley, a dog companion that will feature in the narrative of Ghosts and aid you in combat. Sadly, the gameply showing of Riley at E3 revealed him to be more robotic and remote-controlled than those little cars with C4 strapped to them, with players able to give the canine ridiculously complex commands and strategic routes that would probably not work in the real world. So maybe Killzone: Shadow Fall’s own pet can do better?
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Not likely, because the OWL isn’t exactly a pet at all. The OWL is an advanced hovering attack drone used exclusively by the Shadow Marshals that hovers around the character and provides them with all sorts of tactical abilities. Using standard commands or the touchpad on the PS4’s controller, players can issue attacks orders on nearby enemies, with the OWL laying down cover fire or focusing on a single enemy with divesting results. The OWL can be used to deploy a zip line, allowing the Shadow Marshal to traverse the environment quickly. In addition to the, the OWL also comes with a useful stun weapon that can render groups of enemies useless for a few seconds, as well as a shield mode which provides the player with protection.
All of that, and you’ll never need to clean feathers off your new combat suit that just got ironed. Suck it, Riley.