Best mounts in games

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Having been met with a lot of disappointment in this regard, I thought it might be a good thing to start a topic about. Essentially the question is:

What's your favorite mount to ride in a game?

I'm thinking about this mainly in regards to the gameplay and control, but other factors are welcome too.

Especially with horses, I've found that a lot of games implement it horribly. On the list are Epona from Ocarina of Time (forgivable because of its age), Oblivion and Every MMO I've Ever Played Far Enough In To Get A Mount.

Which to me just feels incredibly bland. When I'm riding a mount, I want to feel like I'm actually riding something. Not just moving faster. To that effect, you shouldn't have complete control over your mount, you should chiefly be directing it. With that said, I present my candidate for best mount:

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Some of you may be reeling now, I know that Agro is not the most popular mounted companion. She can be unwieldy, jerks away from edges and obstacles, and you constantly need to press or hold the x button to keep her moving.

Not going to defend the x button problem here. That was flat out annoying.

But the rest of it? I actually like the difficulty controlling her. It may have not been implemented perfectly, but it makes Agro feel like far more of a living creature than any other mount I've used in a game. I vastly prefer the admittedly flawed attempt with Agro than the vanilla two lines of code fix most other games use. There's a reason that the 13th and 10th colossi are my favorite to fight, they both require the most use of Agro.

So, what's your favorite mount?

EDIT:

Okay guys, I have to be a buzzkill here and say no mechs. Mechs are cool. Mechs are great. But I already made a thread about them and where were all of you then?!

Seriously, if this trend continue the next thread I make is just going to get posts about horses.

These monsters are so fucking awesome, the music in the game changes. They can insta-kill any captain, no matter how strong said captain is. They have three types, normal, spiked, and blighted. The blighted graug has eaten so many poisonous creatures, he himself has become poisonous. That's fucking awesome.

My Netherwing Drake in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was damn cool.

I've been "meh" about the ideas of mounts ever since. I mean, I don't shun them in games, but when someone tries to use mounts as a selling point, it usually doesn't work on me. I mean, what can compare to freely flying around a huge world on a semi-glowing azure baby dragon?

remnant_phoenix:
My Netherwing Drake in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was damn cool.

I've been "meh" about the ideas of mounts ever since. I mean, I don't shun them in games, but when someone tries to use mounts as a selling point, it usually doesn't work on me. I mean, what can compare to freely flying around a huge world on a semi-glowing azure baby dragon?

I'm actually a little surprised that you don't see more flying mounts in games. To be fair, flight is a bit of a risky thing to introduce, but I'm sure there's ways to implement it at least chiefly for overland travel

The elephants in Dynasty Warriors. Want to take a break from hyperactive sword fights? Stomp your enemies with Jumbo's help.

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Shadowmere from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Why? Well, various reasons:

-You get her for free as part of the best questline in the game.
-She looks cool.
-She's one of the fastest horses in the game and will appear at the stables of a city if you ever fast travel to it.
-She's immortal so unlike other horses in the game you don't have to worry about her dying when you accidentally ride her off a cliff. Instead she'll only be knocked out for about 30 seconds.
-She's a badass prone to running into combat and giving you a helping hand, if she doesn't kill enemies she at least diverts their attention away from you. And this is combined with her aforementioned immortality.

Does riding the Titan henchmen in the Arkham games count? If so, that gets my vote.

One of the coolest mounts that I was ever fortunate enough to obtain for myself was the Blue Proto Drake from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

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Incredibly fun to show off and very rare to boot, if I do say so myself.

Aggro was cool. I liked the way you could stand on her or hang off the side and quickly drop into a jog beside.

Mount and Blade has some of the best horse controls I've experience. There's a sense of momentum and delayed reaction to your controls. But at the same time it captures how formidable you are from horseback. There's not a lot of attachment for the horses though.

GTA: Online is doing a pretty good job of getting you attached to the cars you drive around.

The most epic mounts for sure are Despair and Ruin in Darksiders series. Now dat is awesome.

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I nominate the Timber Wolf, from any Mechwarrior game.

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What?

Knight Captain Kerr:
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Shadowmere from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Why? Well, various reasons:

-You get her for free as part of the best questline in the game.
-She looks cool.
-She's one of the fastest horses in the game and will appear at the stables of a city if you ever fast travel to it.
-She's immortal so unlike other horses in the game you don't have to worry about her dying when you accidentally ride her off a cliff. Instead she'll only be knocked out for about 30 seconds.
-She's a badass prone to running into combat and giving you a helping hand, if she doesn't kill enemies she at least diverts their attention away from you. And this is combined with her aforementioned immortality.

Plus, she's safe storage sp you can kill her, fill her with loot and ride into town, kill her at the gates, unpack her and sell all your shit.

remnant_phoenix:
My Netherwing Drake in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was damn cool.

Probably the same here. The second I emerged from the dark portal and saw how vertical the zones had become I wanted to fly so badly it hurt. Never having been one for raids and having being disillusioned by the PvP by that point, getting that drake instantly became my end goal in outland. And I got it too, eventually, after eons of dailies. -.- Flying was such a big deal back in the day too, I still remember being a little scared when taking off on my dinky gryphon for the first time. Fall damage was a thing after all. I haven't kept up with WoW too much after the burning crusade, but to this day I've yet to see or hear of a flying mount I like more than my ol' drake. With one possible exception: that phoenix you had like a 1 in 1000 chance of getting from Kael'thas Sunstrider. From what I've seen it's mostly been regular dragons ever since, which feels like a step backwards when coming from ghost dragons.

battle nugs.

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clearly the best.

This guy! He made the journey possible for Abe to complete and I just loved his attitude in general, always made me laugh.

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Iwata:

I nominate the Timber Wolf, from any Mechwarrior game.

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What?

I, myself, prefer the Stormcrow.
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The Almighty Aardvark:
I'm actually a little surprised that you don't see more flying mounts in games. To be fair, flight is a bit of a risky thing to introduce, but I'm sure there's ways to implement it at least chiefly for overland travel

Archeage does it wonderfully, imo. They have gliders, and most area's have hills and such to jump off of. It's not flight, but it makes getting down mountains and such a lot faster and more fun/beautiful.

Also, I wouldn't count mechs myself. I'd say they're in the class of 'moving combat platforms', or 'combat vehicles'.

The Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System from [i]Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon[i] comes to mind instantly.

Commander Shepard of cour..... oh, never mind...

Oh shoot! How could I forget this guy?

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I've become disenchanted with the big N throughout the years, but I've always liked Yoshi. When given the chance in something like Mario Party or Mario Kart, I almost always play as him.

Scow2:
The Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System from [i]Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon[i] comes to mind instantly.

"AND I SHOOT LASERS OUT OF MY FUCKING EYES!"

"Genocide is fun"

Yeah, hard to top that - weak ending after that... but that portion is just pure childish fun.

As i think about it... i can't remember having a special connection to any mount in any game... weird. Spaceships, cars, animal companions... yeah, but no mount.

It is by no means a good mount, but in Stormpeaks in Northrend in WoW, there is a quest chain that requires you to fly around from the south by a goblin camp up the peaks to enter a cave. However you cannot fly when you initially level a toon through Northrend. In order to do this, you need to talk to one of the NPCs there to get a temporary leveling wyvern mount that moves at walking speed instead of 150% run speed. His name: Old Crappy McWeaksauce. That name makes me laugh every time.

Honestly, I don't think you can get any more bad-ass than a giant Spider mount.

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Weird, image seems to randomly not work:
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Scow2:
The Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System from [i]Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon[i] comes to mind instantly.

Shit, ninja'd. I guess Shadowmere from Skyrim is the 2nd pick, this horse killed so much people in the civil war sidequest they should have made it my lieutenant.

has to be ruin.
flaming hooves that leave a fire trail and a dash that actually feels like it does something

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I will always love the white tiger I had in World of Warcraft. I mean, you're riding a TIGER :D

chozo_hybrid:
This guy! He made the journey possible for Abe to complete and I just loved his attitude in general, always made me laugh.

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You just won this thread. Elum was the shit! And as an Abe fan I'm rather ashamed of myself that I didn't think of this guy.

The horses in RDR. Nothing I've played has done mounts nearly as well as this game. They feel and move in a very realistic manner compared to every other game I've played. I can just ride all day long in that game.

Even though it wasn't asked for, I want to pick the worst as well, which is WoW. The mounts in that have felt ridiculously flat ever since I first played the game back in 2006. The fact that they haven't changed at all is really sad. They offer nothing more than the most basic movement possible in a 3D space. It feels more like I'm controlling a camera than riding around on a living thing. On top of that every mount works the same as every other mount. Sure, some can move in the z-axis as well and the speed will change depending on your mount "licence" but it really is the biggest waste of the largest catalogue of mounts I've seen in a game.

Casual Shinji:

chozo_hybrid:
This guy! He made the journey possible for Abe to complete and I just loved his attitude in general, always made me laugh.

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You just won this thread. Elum was the shit! And as an Abe fan I'm rather ashamed of myself that I didn't think of this guy.

I've never had anyone tell me I've won a thread before! What's the prize XD

I've been replaying the old games since New 'n' Tasty came out, and I can't afford it at the moment >_< So it reminded me of him.

Liara... ;-)

I'm tempted to go with something unexpected and say either the Pigron or Bee mounts from Terraria.

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They just looked cool and are fun to zip around the world map on. I'm really looking forward to the 1.3 update as players will be able to use any weapon while riding a mount.

Iwata:

I nominate the Timber Wolf, from any Mechwarrior game.

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What?

Does....does that count? Can vehicles count?

Because my picks would change dramatically, if so.

For me? It'd probably have to be my Azure Drake in World of Warcraft.

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The first day I returned for the Mists of Pandaria expansion, I went and soloed Malygos on a whim, and this gorgeous drake dropped. It's been my go-to flying mount ever since.

The red fireball-spitting dragon from Golden Axe. Pretty much a walk for the rest of the level from that point on.

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Okay guys, I have to be a buzzkill here and say no mechs. Mechs are cool. Mechs are great. But I already made a thread about them and where were all of you then?!

Seriously, if this trend continue the next thread I make is just going to get posts about horses.

-Ezio-:
battle nugs.

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clearly the best.

Is it wrong that this is the most compelling reason I've seen yet to buy Dragon Age Inquisition?

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Reaper Class Magitec Armor, FF14.

You get it for finishing the main story quest 'The Ultimate Weapon' so pretty much every one at level 50 has it but I still think its the most bad ass mount I have.

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