It’s not often that you get to play as a baby in video games, or even that babies crop up much at all – usually you’re far too busy fighting bad guys and travelling through dangerous locations to think about how tough it would be if you were playing as a small child.
But let’s give video game babies some credit: turns out that they’re often a lot more resilient than the adults around them, not to mention they often have enough talents to put us grown-ups to shame. So here are five video game babies that handle difficult circumstances far better than we ever could. Also, they’re all super cute.
Featured in: Death Stranding
It’s not often that video games ask you to carry a baby around with you everywhere you go, but Death Stranding dares to be different in a lot of ways. It’s thanks to your Bridge Baby, or BB, that you can see the ghostly undead enemies that plague the landscape in the first place, so a spot of light parenting is the least you can offer in return. Forget your world-saving cargo deliveries: you’ve got an adorable baby to entertain. Now, where did you put that harmonica…?
2. Baby Mario
Featured in: the Super Mario series
Despite his young age, Baby Mario is probably a lot more capable than you ever were at that age. Not only can he hold his own in battle, he’s also a talented sportsman (or should that be sportsbaby?) in Mario Sports Superstars, and he’s not half bad behind the wheel in Mario Kart either. We can’t confirm whether he has a valid driving licence, though…
Featured in: Fallout 4
It’s tough enough being caught in a nuclear explosion without also getting cryogenically frozen, defrosted, kidnapped, and then turned into a scientific experiment. Worse still is when you’re too young to talk, let alone have a say in any of the above. Baby Shaun goes through a lot, and he deserves a hug, poor thing.
4. Baby T
Featured in: the Crash Bandicoot series
If you’re hoping to be friends with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, you should probably pick a baby one. The adorable Baby T is much more than Crash’s glorified mode of transport: he’s got remarkable acrobatic skills and he’s also a talented kart racer in his own right. Who knew dinosaurs had so many uses?
5. The Toddler
Featured in: Among the Sleep
Okay, so technically, you play as a toddler in this creepy survival horror game, but given that he still prefers crawling to walking and relies utterly upon his teddy bear companion in the world of nightmares (honestly, so would we), we’re including him as a baby anyway. He deserves to be protected at all costs.
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