The 10 best weapons in gaming

Editor: Brady Ruiters

Since I started gaming at the age of 6, there was always something that has interested me in some games, the weapons. Those badass weapons that leave an imprint in your memory; yeah, you know which ones I’m talking about. Anyway, I’ve rounded up my 10 best weapons from different video games I’ve played over the years. I’ve taken one weapon per franchise to keep things fair. So, here they are in no particular order:

Spreader (Contra)
For lack of a better name for this gun, I’m just going to call it the Spreader since that’s what we would call it when I was a kid. We’d boot up the NES, pop in my 24 in 1 cartridge and start up the first game on the list, which was Contra. I would always call dibs on the Spreader whenever it would show up on screen when playing co-op. This gun fires its ammo in a 45 degree cone, which means no having to jump or duck when firing in order to hit an enemy. Yep, this gun was pretty cool. I guess I was a bit of a tool for always calling dibs on the Spreader but hey, at least I wasn’t the tool with the Laser Gun.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Dagger of Time (Prince of Persia Series)
Who’d have thought that the Prince would embark on the greatest adventure of his life when he stumbled up a certain blade? I’m pretty sure that he didn’t! Aside from looking really awesome, the Dagger of Time is really useful. When the Prince wields this blade, he is able to slow down and also rewind time. This is especially handy when making too many mistakes in battle or perhaps being killed by one of the obstacles throughout the game. I sure would love my own rewind button.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Gravity Gun (Half-Life 2)
Gordon Freeman packs quite the arsenal. He has many weapons for the different enemies he faces. However, out of all of them, I like the Gravity Gun the most. This beauty is able to pick up nearly anything in the environment and then hurl it at the enemy with deadly velocity. My favourite objects to throw were circular saw blades and the gas canisters. Another cool thing to note is that you can use it as much as you like, making it rather handy when your other weapons are low on ammo. That and it’s just fun to use.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Hidden Blade (Assassin’s Creed Series)
Altair, the assassin; through him we were able to have our first taste of the Hidden Blade. Its name is quite explanatory since the blade is hidden on a bracer which is positioned on the forearm, under the sleeve. It is spring loaded so that the assassin who wields it can release and retract the blade with rapid speed. Stealth is always the primary approach of the assassins, making this the perfect weapon for their silent kills. There’s nothing sweeter than silently driving the blade into your target and then fleeing the scene without anyone noticing. Well, that and taking out a group of enemies with just your Hidden Blade.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Soul Reaver (Legacy of Kain Series)
In the Legacy of Kain Series, the Sould Reaver is sword with a curved blade and a skull with bat wings between the blade and the hilt. You’d swear that you would see something like that on an album cover for a Death Metal band. This vampiric weapon stays true to its name as it absorbs the souls of whoever it kills and transfers the life force to the wielder. The weapon is wielded by the vampires, Raziel and Kain. However, they come in different forms. Kain wielded the physical blade while Raziel was equipped with a spectral version after having the actual blade shattered over his head. The spectral blade can also be imbued with fire in order to take out enemies by setting them ablaze. This is one blade you never want to see in your enemy’s hands.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Plasma Cutter (Dead Space Series)
Isaac Clarke, an engineer familiar with performing maintenance on starships finds himself investigating a distress call that he’ll never forget. It isn’t long before all hell breaks loose and Isaac is forced to defend himself with the tools of his trade. In order to kill the Necromorphs that threaten to end his life, Mr. Clarke has to dismember his grotesque enemies. He does this by using the Plasma Cutter, a mining tool used to cut through dense minerals. In other words, it’s the perfect weapon to tear the alien menace limb from freakin’ limb. The weapon can also fire horizontally or vertically, depending on which limb you’d like to sever. Personally, I like firing a shot at an enemy’s legs, slowly walking over to them and then BOOM! Stomp on their head!

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Lancer (Gears of War Series)
I’m pretty sure that when gamers wielded the Lancer Assault Rifle in Gears of War for the first time, a lot of them probably said “Oh snap!” I mean, it’s an assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet. A chainsaw bayonet! The Lancer is rather powerful as a rifle as it cuts right through enemies with ease and even sounds like a hard hitter. However, running up to an enemy, revving up the chainsaw and eviscerating them on the spot in a matter of seconds is immensely satisfying. Can I get one to mount on my wall please?

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Auger (Resistance Series)
The best part about the Resistance Series is being able to use the Chimeran weaponry against them. There are a few different guns to utilise but my favourite is the Auger. At first, this seems like a standard automatic rifle but this weapon actually allows the player to look through surfaces to see where enemies may be taking cover, almost like an x-ray view. But wait, there’s more! The Auger can also fire through surfaces, taking out the enemies hiding behind cover. The secondary function of the weapon is to eject a shield to protect the player in open areas while still allowing them to take out enemies from behind the shield. Come at me bro!

The 10 best weapons in gaming

RYNO (Ratchet & Clank Series)
The Rachet & Clank Series has always had a plethora of weapons to make use of during the game but out all of them, the RYNO is the best. The RYNO or “Rip You a New One” is a powerful rocket launcher that can be found in each of the Ratchet & Clank games. With each game, the RYNO becomes more expensive, it’s appearance changes and the way it fires differs. However, one thing remains the same: its power. This weapon does exactly what its name says, it rips you a new one. Without the RYNO, some boss fights last quite a while but when Ratchet has it in his hands, you better believe that it will take just a matter of minutes. No wonder Gadgetron stopped making these.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Clementine (Brutal Legend)
Ah; Brutal Legend, a Metalhead’s dream game. Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie, gets transported to a land of Heavy Metal after being involved in an accident. This land looks like the place where designers go when looking for inspiration for album covers. Eddie’s Flying V Guitar, Clementine is at his side when he awakes. In this Heavy Metal World, Clementine can actually discharge fire and electrical attacks by playing chords. That’s only at the start of the game. As players explore more of the land they will discover guitar solos which allow Eddie to summon his car, the Deuce, raise hidden relics or even melt enemies’ faces off! Being a guitarist myself, I thoroughly enjoyed making use of this weapon. Rock out with your c- Well, you get the point.

The 10 best weapons in gaming

Feel like we missed something important? Let us know your best weapons in the comments section below.

Known as Brady Ruiters by day and GuitarDemon by night (Well, on the PSN mostly…) Professional, creative and frank, a self-proclaimed gaming journalist moulded by a passion and fascination for gaming and music, and in turn, taking a crack at shaping the rest of the world with the very same obsession. That, however, remains a trying task.

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