Plenty of people would argue that any escort mission qualifies for a ‘most broken escort mission’ list. They’re truly one of the worst things in video games, but I’ve really tried to whittle it down here.
There’s nothing that muddies the hero story quite like being followed by, holding the hand of, or in some cases literally carrying another person along with you. Especially one that the developers haven’t designed to be remotely self-sufficient or useful.
10. Princess Ruto In Jabu-Jabu’s Belly - The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
There’s a decent chance I’m about to unlock a memory here, because when I thought back to Ocarina of Time I couldn’t even remember an escort mission. Then the nightmare whale full of holes and the princess living its belly all came rushing back.
The reason Princess Ruto is just scraping in on this list is at least she straight up refuses to walk, so she can’t exactly get far if you drop her. On the other hand she straight up refuses to walk. For the uninitiated, Link’s job, and therefore your job, is to save Princess Ruto from inside Jabu-Jabu’s belly. Not only do you have to carry her around, she’s super rude about it, has a tendency to fall through holes, and if you leave her behind she’ll revert back to the original spot she fell to in the beginning and you have to go get her.
The pros are she can’t die and you can chuck her at enemies, the cons are, well, pretty much everything else.