If you started playing MMOs at the beginning of the genre, you may be saddled with a prejudice against pet classes. In early Ultima Online
, an Animal Tamer's pets, usually dragons, had a way of getting their master into notoriety trouble. In EverQuest
, if ever a pull went awry, blame was placed on the Necromancers and Magicians, deserved or not -- obviously, those classes just had poor pet control. Even City of Heroes
' Masterminds, implemented only in 2005, have a bad reputation for reckless behavior (not to mention for blocking party members' movement).
Pet AI has come a very long way over the last decade and a half, though, and pet classes continue to be popular, perhaps because they allow players to micromanage a group without actually having to be in
one. And some games, like Star Wars: The Old Republic
, have made all
classes pet classes by virtue of companions. Are you a fan of pet classes, and if so, what's your favorite implementation across the genre?
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