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20th Feb '17 1:48:57 PM bt8257
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Escort Missions are sections or levels in a video game where you have to babysit an {{NPC}}, keeping them alive through one or more challenges without getting killed or seriously hurt, or sometimes even ''[[CollisionDamage touched]]''. This wouldn't be so bad, unless when your poor NPC has ArtificialStupidity. When they're vulnerable (they usually are), they often [[MadeOfPlasticine die from minimal damage]], [[LeeroyJenkins run ahead into danger before you can clear it]], step into your line of fire, and otherwise act TooDumbToLive. A lazy dev team might have difficulty programming in checkpoints for these missions[[note]]if you die and go back to a checkpoint, they need to code it so the [=NPC=] starts near you[[/note]], so you might suffer some CheckpointStarvation through all of this. As a result, Escort Mission have a tendency to become ThatOneLevel.

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Escort Missions are sections or levels in a video game where you have to babysit an {{NPC}}, keeping them alive through one or more challenges without getting killed or seriously hurt, or sometimes even ''[[CollisionDamage touched]]''. This wouldn't be so bad, unless when your poor NPC has ArtificialStupidity. When they're vulnerable (they usually are), they often [[MadeOfPlasticine die from minimal damage]], [[LeeroyJenkins run ahead into danger before you can clear it]], step into your line of fire, and otherwise act TooDumbToLive. A lazy dev team might have difficulty programming in checkpoints for these missions[[note]]if you die and go back to a checkpoint, they need to code it so the [=NPC=] starts near you[[/note]], so you might suffer some CheckpointStarvation through all of this. As a result, Escort Mission Missions have a tendency to become ThatOneLevel.
16th Feb '17 7:26:12 AM RADIX
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* The "Goat MMO Simulator" level of VideoGame/GoatSimulator features a quest where you have to escort an NPC named "McSlowpants". Thankfully, there's nothing stopping you from grabbing him with your tongue and dragging him to his destination.
* Late in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' you contract a nasty disease called "Princess Zelda" while trying to escape the crumbling Palace Of Winds. She has the mobility and intelligence of a drunken snail and plods '''EVER SO SLOWLY''' toward the destination, unmindful of whatever enemies are in her way, and she has only one heart of health. This is made worse by her having the ability to teleport which he used several times earlier in the game but now just [[ForgotAboutHisPowers chooses not to use]], as well as a [[GameBreakingBug glitch]] that can render her completely immobile if she falls from a height, forcing you to restart the [[ThatOneLevel entire level]] as well as face [[GoddamnedBoss Vaati]] all over again.

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* The "Goat MMO Simulator" level of VideoGame/GoatSimulator features a quest where you have to escort an NPC named "McSlowpants"."[=McSlowpants=]". Thankfully, there's nothing stopping you from grabbing him with your tongue and dragging him to his destination.
* Late in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' you contract a nasty disease called "Princess Zelda" while trying to escape the crumbling Palace Of Winds. She has the mobility and intelligence of a drunken snail and plods '''EVER SO SLOWLY''' toward the destination, unmindful of whatever enemies are in her way, and she has only one heart of health. This is made worse by her having the ability to teleport which he she used several times earlier in the game but now just [[ForgotAboutHisPowers chooses not to use]], as well as a [[GameBreakingBug glitch]] that can render her completely immobile if she falls from a height, forcing you to restart the [[ThatOneLevel entire level]] as well as face [[GoddamnedBoss Vaati]] all over again.
15th Feb '17 3:10:18 PM JohnnyHuang
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* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' -- Although Maria usually stays right behind you, the problems may occur when entering another location. Sometimes she appears in an untoward place - f.ex. just between you and a monster. That may cause nervous or impatient players to accidentally shoot Maria, meaning game over.

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* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' -- Although Maria usually stays right behind you, the problems may occur when entering another location. Sometimes she appears in an untoward place - f.ex. just between you and a monster. That may cause nervous or impatient players to accidentally shoot Maria, meaning game over.


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* ''FatalFrame V'' has the protagonist be followed by an NPC in some of the sections of the game. Fortunately, they seem invincible, which [[AntiFrustrationFeatures makes the game less frustrating]] when one particular segment requires you to escape from [[ImplacableMan Ouse]] [[BigBad Kurosawa]] and said NPC can't be controlled.
5th Feb '17 8:29:19 AM Truffle
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* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' has two stages where Sonic must escort [[DamselScrappy Elise.]] As a twist, he's actually carrying her in his arms, which somehow makes it more difficult than if she were simply trailing behind. Sonic can only jump short distances, and his homing attack will more often than not send him flying [[ArtificialStupidity straight into enemy fire.]] Elise does have the ability to create a protective barrier around them, which allows him to deflect bullets and walk on water, but even that proves somewhat useless when you can barely defend yourself against hordes of angry robots.

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* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' has two stages where Sonic must escort [[DamselScrappy Elise.]] As a twist, he's actually carrying her in his arms, which somehow makes it more difficult than if she were simply trailing behind. Sonic can only jump short distances, and his homing attack will more often than not send him flying [[ArtificialStupidity straight into enemy fire.]] Elise does have the ability to create a protective temporary barrier around them, which allows him to deflect bullets and walk on water, but even that proves somewhat useless when you can barely defend yourself against hordes of angry robots.
5th Feb '17 8:28:08 AM Truffle
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* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' has two stages where Sonic must escort [[DamselScrappy Elise.]] As a twist, he's actually carrying her in his arms, which somehow makes it more difficult than if she were simply trailing behind. Sonic can only jump short distances, and his homing attack will more often than not send him flying [[ArtificialStupidity straight into enemy fire.]] Elise does have the ability to create a protective barrier around them, which allows him to deflect bullets and walk on water, but even that proves somewhat useless when you can barely defend yourself against hordes of angry robots.
23rd Jan '17 10:18:32 AM REV6Pilot
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* ThatOneLevel of ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' is an escort mission. You and [[BadassGrandpa Miller]] have to make it through a room full of [[ActionBomb Amoebas]] and [[MookMaker the pores that spawn them]]. Miller is a hardened veteran equipped with a good weapon, but will only shoot the Amoebas (not the pores) and move at a steady walk. If he would either shoot the pores (stemming the tide of Amoebas) or run (reaching the goal much faster), the sequence would be ''much'' easier.



* The Amoeba escort section in ''{{Metro 2033}}''; the previously invincible Captain can suddenly take damage, and while he can take a fair amount before being killed, you can neither see his health nor tell him to wait. As a result, he blindly walks forwards while the amoebas suicide rush him, and he waits until they're right in front of him before shooting them, so he always takes damage. What makes this escort mission even worse is that there are infinite amoebas unless you destroy their spawn points, which of course your escortee never tries to do despite having an excellent weapon for the purpose. If the mission had you facing virtually any other enemies, his normal AI - or even the slow-and-steady walk of this level - would keep him alive admirably even having lost his prior GameplayAllyImmortality, but the ActionBomb amoebas make his AI nearly suicidal.



* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne gives us a few.
* In the original, you have to escort a scientist to open up a keypad-locked door. Some mooks attack as you go, but with a conservative use of BulletTime and the usual dodge-and-shoot gameplay, they're not an extreme hassle; you can kill them even before the lab rat gets there.

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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' gives us a few.
* ** In the original, you have to escort a scientist to open up a keypad-locked door. Some mooks attack as you go, but with a conservative use of BulletTime and the usual dodge-and-shoot gameplay, they're not an extreme hassle; you can kill them even before the lab rat gets there.





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* ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' has a wide variety of such escort missions:
** When you're traveling with Bourbon or Khan, it's more of a ReverseEscortMission: they're invulnerable and can easily deal with the mutants you get into a fight with, while Artyom struggles because of poor equipment or shortages of ammunition.
** In a short but intense section at the start of the [[spoiler:journey to D6]], where you're tasked with protecting Vladimir, a tech, from a Nosalis attack. It's not so bad in that he is decently durable and usually hangs around far in the back, and by this point you're free to fire off [[PracticalCurrency those shiny pre-war 5.45mm rounds you were using as money while there were still shops]], which are ideal to trounce the mutants with.
** The third instance is not nearly as pleasant: further into [[spoiler:D6]], Miller's GameplayAllyImmortality is disabled and you have to protect him from giant amoebas. His Volt Driver is strong enough to OneHitKill the amoebas and he's not quite MadeOfPlasticine, but he's a poor pace escortee in that he just keeps walking, the Volt Driver has a poor fire rate so he can only deal with a few amoebas at a time, and worse, he ''completely ignores'' [[MookMaker the pores said amoebas spawn from]] (which are even more of a pain in that they require ''exactly'' eight shots to destroy regardless of weapon damage, so if you don't have something with high ROF like a Kalash 2012, you're boned). The only way to guarantee that the dumb bastard survives is to [[LeeroyJenkins rush ahead of him while keeping that trigger pressed to mow down everything in your way, especially the damn pores]]; in the first part it's at least made less painful in that [[GoodBadBugs if you rush fast enough, Miller's AI won't receive the command to move forward and into amoeba territory until you get within a certain range]], giving you time to clear the whole way at your leisure.
** The final stretch of the game is another escort mission with Miller, except he's invulnerable again. The main problem stems from [[ZergRush the sheer amount of Watchmen rushing you two, and Miller can only engage one at a time]]; it's made worse in that, being an outdoors level, you depend on your gasmask, which the Watchmen can eventually break, and there's only one replacement near the end [[GuideDangIt in a not-very-obvious spot]].
23rd Jan '17 9:40:37 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', being a FanRemake of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', features the same scientist escort mission seen at the end of "Questionable Ethics". As far as the "escorting" part goes, it's just as painless... [[NotHisSled not because you may have killed off all opposition, but because the door to the lobby slams shut between Gordon and the scientists before HECU soldiers rope themselves down from the roof]]. Cue epic gunfight with no escortees to worry about.
23rd Jan '17 9:26:44 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''MaxPayne2'' had an EnemyMine situation where Max had to protect a whiny, helpless mob boss stuck inside a giant cartoon character costume with a bomb. Annoyingly, this situation turns out to be a ShaggyDogStory - if Max turned around and walked away the moment he met the guy, the overall plot would have been EXACTLY the same.
** The third game has a section where [[spoiler: Passos]] is making a run for it and you need to protect him by [[SnipingMission sniping enemies]]. Not only will he die instantly in a cutscene if an enemy gets too close, he seems to have picked up an IdiotBall as he won't even try to pick up a gun to defend himself despite normally being able to handle himself in a fight. The previous chapter also has an UnexpectedShmupLevel escort segment where Max covers the escaping Giovanna from a helicopter.

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* ''MaxPayne2'' ''VideoGame/MaxPayne gives us a few.
* In the original, you have to escort a scientist to open up a keypad-locked door. Some mooks attack as you go, but with a conservative use of BulletTime and the usual dodge-and-shoot gameplay, they're not an extreme hassle; you can kill them even before the lab rat gets there.
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had an EnemyMine situation where Max had to protect a the whiny, helpless mob boss Gognitti, who's stuck inside a giant cartoon character costume with a bomb.bomb in it. Annoyingly, this situation turns out to be a ShaggyDogStory - if Max turned around and walked away the moment he met the guy, the overall plot would have been EXACTLY the same.
** The third game has a section where [[spoiler: Passos]] [[spoiler:Passos]] is making a run for it and you need to protect him by [[SnipingMission sniping enemies]]. Not only will he die instantly in a cutscene if an enemy gets too close, he seems to have picked up an IdiotBall as he won't even try to pick up a gun to defend himself despite normally being able to handle himself in a fight. The previous chapter also has an UnexpectedShmupLevel escort segment where Max covers the escaping Giovanna from a helicopter.
12th Jan '17 2:13:48 PM DustSnitch
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** There's also General Z, in the mid-level Sky Raiders arc named for him. While sturdier than Lady Jane, he has a similar habit of running at squads of renegade soldiers armed only with a .45. He's pretty {{Badass}}, but not ''that'' Badass.

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** There's also General Z, in the mid-level Sky Raiders arc named for him. While sturdier than Lady Jane, he has a similar habit of running at squads of renegade soldiers armed only with a .45. He's pretty {{Badass}}, badass, but not ''that'' Badass.



* The first level of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'': ''Underground'' was quite possibly the most tolerable EscortMission in existence. You play as French resistance fighter and ActionGirl Manon Baptiste, joining your brother Jacques on a mission to break into a German weapons supply depot and steal a truck full of weapons. The problem is, the city of Paris is swarming with pro-Nazi Milice. Fortunately, Jacques is a {{Badass}}. He'll run through the streets, shrugging off bullets and adding impromptu sunroofs to the braincases of one Milice goon after another with his hefty SMG, and only requires any of your help when he's picking a locked door and can't defend himself. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he dies at the end of the level when the truck is caught in an ambush]].

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* The first level of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'': ''Underground'' was quite possibly the most tolerable EscortMission in existence. You play as French resistance fighter and ActionGirl Manon Baptiste, joining your brother Jacques on a mission to break into a German weapons supply depot and steal a truck full of weapons. The problem is, the city of Paris is swarming with pro-Nazi Milice. Fortunately, Jacques is a {{Badass}}.badass. He'll run through the streets, shrugging off bullets and adding impromptu sunroofs to the braincases of one Milice goon after another with his hefty SMG, and only requires any of your help when he's picking a locked door and can't defend himself. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he dies at the end of the level when the truck is caught in an ambush]].
7th Jan '17 3:05:15 PM nombretomado
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** The ''Warlords of Draenor'' revamp of Upper Blackrock Spire adds an optional escort mission for ''the'' LeeroyJenkins. Yes, they added him as an NPC as an homage to [[WebVideo/LeeroyJenkinsVideo the original video]]. He behaves as you would expect, and there is actually an achievement for keeping him alive despite his SuicidalOverconfidence, which rewards him as a garrison follower.

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** The ''Warlords of Draenor'' revamp of Upper Blackrock Spire adds an optional escort mission for ''the'' LeeroyJenkins. Yes, they added him as an NPC as an homage to [[WebVideo/LeeroyJenkinsVideo [[Machinima/LeeroyJenkinsVideo the original video]]. He behaves as you would expect, and there is actually an achievement for keeping him alive despite his SuicidalOverconfidence, which rewards him as a garrison follower.
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