Fallout: New Vegas is really raising the bar for companions, essentially taking Fallout 3‘s awesome furry friend Meat and turning him into an even more awesome cyborg, complete with the see-through brain jar that science-fiction has taught us will one day come standard on all aliens, monsters and maniacal scientists.
Developer Bethesda revealed the lineup of companions on PlayStation’s official blog, confirming that like their previous trek through the wasteland, players will have control over one one humanoid (human, super mutant, ghoul) and one non-humanoid (floating eyebot, cyborg dog) companion at any given time. The improvements come not only in the expanded selection of companions, but in greater control via radial menu wheel and passive enhancement via special character-specific perks. But all you really need to know is CYBORG DOG.
Perk: Better Healing – While Arcade is a companion, the player regains more health from all sources.
Description: Ex-military sharpshooter
Perk: Spotter – While Boone is a companion, hostile targets are highlighted whenever the player is actively aiming.
Description: Alcoholic water merchant
Perk: Whiskey Rose – While Cass is a companion, she and the player gain Damage Threshold when they drink Whiskey. Additionally, the player does not suffer intelligence loss from consuming alcohol and ignores the negative effects of alcohol addiction.
Description: Grandma turned schizophrenic Super Mutant
Perk: Stealth Girl – While Lily is a companion, the duration of Stealth Boys is increased by 200% and all Sneak Attack Critical Hits do an additional 10% damage.
Description: Ghoul repairman
Perk: Regular Maintenance – While Raul is a companion, the Condition of weapons and armor decays 50% slower.
Description: Brotherhood of Steel procurement specialist
Perk: Scribe Assistant – while Veronica is a companion, the player can craft Workbench items through Veronica’s dialogue.
Name: ED-E (Non-Human)
Description: Weaponized floating eyebot
Perk: Enhanced Sensors – while ED-E is a companion, the player can detect enemies at an increased range. Additionally, enemies will appear on the player’s compass and can be targeted in V.A.T.S. even when cloaked.
Name: Rex (Non-Human)
Description: Awesome cybernetic dog
Perk: Search and Mark – While Rex is a companion, unequipped chems, firearms, and ammunition within a short distance are highlighted when you zoom the camera.