Top 10 Video Game Weapons
As a long-time video game player, I'm always on the lookout for the next weapon that has that "wow" factor. Although this is completely subjective, I think the 10 weapons on this list separate themselves from the rest.
As always, don't be afraid to comment if you disagree with me passionately.
10. Drill Bucket – Dead Rising 2
Okay, this isn't my favorite game of all time. In fact, it's one of my least favorites. But you have to applaud a game that utilizes things like wheelchairs and toy spitball guns to cause chaos. Renting the game, configuring all the weapon combinations, and murdering hordes of zombies is a fun way to waste some time.
There were a plethora of combo weapons in this game that had me near speechless. However, there was one weapon in particular that made me giddy the first time I made it. If you take a bucket and a power drill to a workbench, you can make the Drill Bucket. The Drill Bucket is a contraption that you place on a zombie's head, and then unrealistically use three power drills so that they burrow into the zombie's skull.
9. Smart Pistol – Titanfall
I haven't played Titanfall yet, but I have watched some gameplay. From what I've seen, I am truly impressed.
In Titanfall, you swiftly move from foot-soldier to jet pack ninja to mech driver, and the in-game animations are just spectacular. Like previous blockbusters, Titanfall has a few weapons that are completely unique to the game (not just menial pistols, shotguns, snipers, etc.).
The one weapon that stands out the most so far is the Smart Pistol. My jaw dropped the first time I saw it used. You can hover a reticule over multiple targets for a split second to synch up multiple headshots, and then fire quickly to dispose of all the enemies. Quick and efficient headshots? What could possibly be better? It almost seems too powerful.
8. Red Shell – Mario Kart
Okay, you probably weren't expecting to see a Mario title when I started listing the best video game weapons. But I thought it would be ignorant to only include first-person shooters that take themselves too seriously.
Mario Kart is one of the best multiplayer experiences of all time. Are they really using "weapons"? Yes, but in-game they are called "items." We all know that's just a euphemistic term for lightning bolts and explosive shells that clearly harm characters racing at high speeds.
It honestly wasn't too hard to pick the best one. The Green Shell sucks (I'm bitter due to hitting myself with one too many times), the Blue Shell is cheap, and the Lightning Bolt is indiscriminate.
A Red Shell is timeless. It can be very, very personal. A well-timed Red Shell can provide so much joy as you pass a recovering enemy right before the finish line to win the race. Controllers are thrown and friendships are destroyed, sure . . . but being in first place is worth it.
7. Tactical Nuke – Modern Warfare 2
Back in the glory days of Call of Duty, when content was much fresher (a controversial statement, I know), we all bought Modern Warfare 2. We went to Spec Ops and battled juggernauts. Super-cinematic scenes were still novel instead of expected. We all tried to gain prestige in one of the best multiplayers of all time.
Then we were told that there is a Tactical Nuke support unlock. How can that be? Doesn't a nuclear weapon devastate everything around ground zero? How would that help you win a multiplayer match?
All logic aside, some brave players selected the Tactical Nuke as one of their three possible killstreak rewards. Such a selection was bold. Your friends would say it's stupid. It required 25 kills in a row, which is no small feat in an anti-camping game with kill cams.
However, to this day, people still talk about that one time they got the Nuke (I remember mine vividly). They were then able to nuke the map, kill everyone, and somehow claim victory for the match. Hardly any other weapon in any other game is like it . . . and it might have the highest "ownage" factor possible.
6. Hammer – Super Smash Bros.
As yet another classic multiplayer experience, Super Smash Bros. brought out the competitive side of all of us.
There was always that one friend that was really good at shielding and rolling. They could defeat the level 9 CPUs. They always seemed to pick the most appropriate attack for the situation—and when battling against them, you spent the whole game falling helplessly, trying to double jump your way back onto the stage.
If, however, you managed to grab a Hammer, then the tables turned immediately. Even the fiercest players had to respect your newfound lethal power. All of your opponents fled as you targeted whoever you wanted.
Few things in life are more gratifying than forcing that way-too-good Super Smash Bros. player off-screen by whacking him with a Hammer. He may have had like, four more lives than you, but for a moment, victory was sweet.
(As you might have guessed, I was not the best player in the group.)
5. Hidden Blade – Assassin's Creed
Not many video game weapons define their franchises but in Assassin's Creed, the weapon makes the game.
The first time you use the Hidden Blade in Assassin's Creed, you are surely going to feel like a badass. It seems to be a prototypical weapon for an assassin, and single-handedly brings quite a bit of excitement to the series.
Later on, players learn how to kill two enemies simultaneously and attack enemies from the air with it (and also even kill two enemies simultaneously from the air). It's hard to not feel a rush of adrenaline when you are ambushing an unsuspecting armed soldier from the air with a Hidden Blade, despite it being a video game.
4. RC-XD – Call of Duty: Black Ops
I'm not sure if I can speak for every little boy out there, but when I was a child, I loved RC cars. They're so fast, you can ramp them off things, and it's the next best thing to actually driving (now kids have those big toy cars they can drive in . . . they're so spoiled).
Anyway . . . what's better than an RC car? An RC car that EXPLODES. The first time I pulled out the RC-XD in a multiplayer match, chased around an enemy, and blew up him and his teammate, I was in love. That was back when it was a bit too overpowered and was almost a sure kill. Although they nerfed it, it still is hilarious to watch players' reactions as a little RC car zips toward them with a bomb strapped on top. Some players accept their fate, while others shoot madly trying to avoid imminent doom.
I ranked the RC-XD a little higher on this list because of the initial "wow" factor. It was innovative when it first came out, and even a couple of game generations later it still is making 40-year-old Xbox Live players laugh heinously as they blow up that little kid that has been dominating them the whole match.
3. Lancer Assault Rifle – Gears of War
Like the hidden blade defines the Assassin's Creed series, the Lancer Assault Rifle defines the Gears of War series.
This weapon did not disappoint the first, second, or 100th time I ran up to an enemy and shredded them with the chainsaw component. There is a spook factor when you are one of the last players alive in a multiplayer game and you have to worry about someone sneaking up and chainsawing you. Gears of War would not have been nearly as fun without an assault rifle that doubled as a chainsaw. It defined the game. Gears of War definitely strives for unnecessary gore.
Not only was the Lancer chainsaw awesome, but they improved it with each version of the game. In Gears of War 2, they introduced intense chainsaw duels. In Gears of War 3, they made a version of the Lancer with a bayonet instead of a chainsaw, and you got to pick between chainsaw and bayonet in multiplayer.
2. Sticky Plasma Grenade – Halo
We all knew a Halo weapon would make the countdown. Since I didn't want to include more than one weapon from the same series, I had to omit the Gravity Hammer and Energy Sword. Many players have had their heart race a little bit when they were being chased with either of those weapons. Both are all-time great video game weapons, in my opinion.
The most signature weapon from the franchise is the Sticky Plasma Grenade. It's been around since mission one of Halo 1, and it's hard to imagine a Halo game without it.
What makes the Sticky Plasma Grenade so great is the death sentence it implies. Once you're stuck, you're dead. This is especially gratifying in multiplayer; you know that your enemy knows that they only have a few seconds to live.
The best moments from this weapon come from when you throw the flaming blue balls across the map and hope. If you played Halo multiplayer as much as I did, you're bound to have Peyton Manning'd a couple of plasma grenades on opposing players from distance. The video above demonstrates some especially lucky sticks.
1. Golden Gun – Goldeneye 007
Finally, numero uno. We go to possibly the most classic multiplayer game there is. Really, before Goldeneye, I'm not sure there was a game with such captivating four player action. It really was ahead of its time in a lot of ways.
Picking up a good weapon was a huge deal. I was never very good, and usually, the talent level differential between my buddies and I was exaggerated by them knowing weapon locations. The Golden Gun, based on a classic movie piece, was one shot, one kill regardless of what part of the body it hit. If you knew your opponent had one, the adrenaline started pumping. However, if they missed, they had to spend vital seconds reloading. In my case, this allowed me to wiff a few punches before they actually killed me.
Watch the video above to see the gun in action. It might bring back memories. A Golden Gun kill occurs about the 1:28 mark on the top screen.