As gamers, we know the developers that make our favorite adventures have amazing imaginations. They create worlds and stories that resonate with us for lifetimes, some good and some bad. However, many of us have fond memories of some of the weapons we used, more than anything else. Some in-game weapons are so awesome that they will live in our memories forever. Is this unhealthy? I have no idea, I’m a gaming journalist, not a psychiatrist. Here are some of my all-time favorites.

These are in no particular order by the way.

12. The Moose Head – Dead Rising 2

Some of the most intense battles in any game come when you get surrounded by your enemy. In Dead Rising 2, this can become an opportunity to use some of the most ridiculous weapons known to the human mind just to re-murder the undead. Case in point; the Moose Head.

Chuck wears the Moose Head as a piece of clothing (if you are wearing it during a cutscene it will be there) and can charge at and gore zombies with its antlers. It is technically a heavy weapon, and it can’t be stored in the player’s inventory. I mean its a giant freakin’ moose head, so I guess that makes sense.

11. The Glaive – Dark Sector

I don’t know a lot of people that even remember this game. I was pretty mediocre but so much fun to play simply based on its main weapon. You used it pretty much the entire game because you could only hold enemies weapons for a short while before they exploded in your hand.

The Glaive is a three-edged throwing blade that acts as Hayden Tenno’s (the main protagonist) primary weapon. It can be thrown as a mid-ranged weapon but can also be used as a melee weapon and to execute pretty brutal finishers against both weakened and unaware enemies. There was even a cool Slow motion effect so you could direct behind a baddie’s cover and tear them to shreds.

10. Thorn – Destiny

The Thorn actually has some pretty cool back story written about it in the Destiny universe and it’s why it made my list. It is kind of too long to paraphrase but it has to do with murder…and a lot of it. In Destiny, it is one of the Exotic hand cannons. It shoots out poison bullet dart things and has a thorny look too it, hence, its name.

The Thorn, like all the exotics in Destiny, has a “signature perk”. Thorn’s is called “Mark of the Devourer”, which allows the weapon to hit the target and cause lingering poison damage. For me, in PvP, this could potentially get me a kill and prevent a fleeing rival from escaping my evil laugh (and it also totally saved my K/D ratio, I won’t lie)!

9. Demon’s Cry – Nier: Automata

These bad boys don’t start out as much, in fact, the only start off doing about 100 points of damage, give or take, and that is literally nothing in Nier: Automata. These babies shine once you leveled them all the way up. They turn you from some dork in high school to freaking Mike Tyson. 2B, or whoever is wearing them, will be pulling out 8 hit combos starting at about 380 damage.

But that’s not all! At max level, Demon’s Cry learns a perk called ‘Devil’s Hatred’ and this adds a shockwave whenever you kill an enemy which will damage the baddies around it. These combat bracers do nothing but chew gum and kick ass. Did I mention they look likeWeapons shaped after a demon’s profane fangs.” They are just so metal \m/

8. The Vampire Killer – Castlevania series

The Vampire Killer, also known as Holy Whip, is the legendary whip wielded by several of the Belmont Clan in the Castlevania series.

In most games, the Vampire Killer is a standard leather whip, but there are also titles in which the Vampire Killer is actually depicted as a chain whip. Which must be really annoying to try and untangle. The most famous and most used version of the Vampire Killer was the Morning Star form. This form is a chain whip with a small, spiked mace ball tip. You may know it now from the Belmont’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

My favorite trick is letting the whip dangle by holding the attack button. It helps by protecting against projectiles and weak, hard-to-hit enemies such as Flea Men. Also, those things are annoying and everyone needs a hobby and nothing is more satisfying than just destroying that little fuc…anyway, on to the next weapon.

7. The Wabbajack – Skyrim

The Wabbajack is the Daedric artifact of Sheogorath. It is a mysterious staff that casts random spells. I mean, totally random. These abilities will completely alter the course of battle in one of any number of ways.

Want to know how random? These are just a few of the spells that can come from the Wabbajack. It will randomly cast Fireball, Thunderbolt, Frost Rune, Unrelenting Force (like your Fus-Ro-Dah), Heal Other, Disintegration, Transformation (such as mudcrab, daedra, rabbit, chicken, chicken that explodes after 20 seconds and transforms back), Invisibility, Instant kill, Unequip target’s armor, Target explodes, Decapitation, Replace enemies with random amounts of cheese, or Teleports enemy a short distance away.

Now I know it sounds like I made up some of those things, however, I swear it’s all true. The staff is a random delight but it can also totally mess with its user. So use it sparingly if you are playing for real.

6. Gravity Hammer – Halo series

Many RPGers were already aware of Warhammers being a great way to smash a goblin’s face into his stomach. Halo took a turn at this and made one of the most satisfying ways to kill something in a video game ever.

This badass weapon can also be used to manipulate gravity (hence its name), so if you miss your target directly, you have the chance to push opponents away or pull them towards the wielder, as well as deflecting incoming projectiles.

There is nothing greater than getting a direct hit with this momma though. The illusion the game makes of vibrating the controller on impact makes it feel that you just power-slammed some poor fool directly through the floor. The THOMP noise it creates is both joyful and terrifying depending on which end of the hammer you are on. Truly a great weapon indeed.

5. Gravity Gun – Half-Life 2

The gravity weapons needed to be close to each other because both are amazing for different reasons. The Gravity Gun makes everything your weapon. Oh, look, a random sawblade sitting on the ground. Send it flying at the enemy and take their heads off! Trash can? Now it’s a projectile. Does someone launch a missile at you? Return to sender!

The real name of this amazing weapon is the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, however, Gravity Gun just sounds better. Its original in-game use is a tractor beam-type handler that was designed for carrying around explosive/hazardous materials. Boring! The uses that you find it for in Half-Life 2 is so much more creative and fun. Yes, those explosive/hazardous materials can be used as projectiles to take out groups of enemies.

4. Gunblade – Final Fantasy VIII

Sure, we all know Final Fantasy VIII to be the angsty-teen edition of the FF series. However, the coolest weapon came out of that game, Squall Leonhart’s Gunblade.

This fancy blade had a firing mechanism built into the hilt, the barrel running inside the length of the blade. Ok, while it wasn’t really used as a ranged weapon like a gun should be, it was mostly used as a normal sword. However, triggering a round can send a shockwave through the blade as the weapon passes through an opponent to boost damage.

This model had a few powerful versions of it to help Squall through his adventures. They also were named by a 16-year-old emo kid cause they have names such as Punishment, Flame Saber, Godslayer, and Cutting Trigger. Still a super badass weapon though.

3. 211-V Plasma Cutter – Dead Space

This is the first and arguably the best gun in space horror jumpscare-a-thon that is known as Dead Space. Sure, there are way bigger and damage inducing guns in the games but the Plasma Cutter is perfect for fighting off the Necromorphic Apocalypse.

The 211-V was originally designed to be a tool used in mining operations. It uses two alignment blades on the side, and three lights on the front, to help the user accurately cut through softer minerals. However, in a horrific crisis, like the one in the game, it can also be used to cut up undead monsters! Basically, this thing was used to just cut off limbs and heads of the creepy crawlies on the ships.

There were different upgrades and skins that changed the way this bad boy looked and performs. Overall, it’s still my favorite from the series and its the first gun you pick up. Perhaps the development team should have waited to put the gun in later. Either way, it was a stroke of genius.

2. Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle – Gears of War series

Using this gun’s full potential is amazingly satisfying. The Lancer is equipped with the ever famous chainsaw bayonet. Many of the COG, in Gears of War, carry this assault rifle and just tear players to bloody pieces if they get too close. The problem with this gun was that it wasn’t the best for far away or up close unless you had the chainsaw ready to go.

However, if you got the chance in up close battle or you were just sneaking up behind an enemy player or NPC and just letting that chainsaw rip, it was one of the best and greatest things in 2000s gaming. Hell, it’s still fun to this day! The best part was that they had these pretty intense killing animations that would make a P.E.T.A. member vomit in their hat.

1. BFG-9000 – Doom series

This to me is the only one that is in order because Doom basically started real FPS’. Until the term, First Person Shooter ever existed, we just called them all Doom-clones.

The BFG 9000, originally titled the ‘Big F–king Gun’ because that is exactly what it is. Also, because it was the 90s and many games were trying to entertain teenage boys. It felt like the sprite used to take up the whole lower part of the screen.

It fires a huge green burst of plasma, damaging enemies near the projectile during flight and then usually completely vaporizing targets upon impact, as well as causing significant splash damage to enemies standing in the area of the projectile’s explosion. Basically, the BFG would result in an instakill to any non-boss enemy. However, despite not being a lethal threat against bosses, the BFG would cause them to be momentarily stunned, which was a nice break in this giant demon trying to stomp your ass into the ground.

Honorable Mentions

The above list counts as the top 12 in my opinion but there are some that I would love to put into some .5s between them but didn’t because no one actually does that. So below are just a few that should have made the list but didn’t.

  • Fire Flower – Super Mario Bros. series
  • Master Sword – Legend of Zelda series
  • Hidden Blades – Assassin’s Creed series
  • Ray Gun – Call of Duty (Zombies)
  • Blades of Choas/Leviathan Axe (tie) – God of War series

If you have any that you think belong on the list tell us in the comment section below.

About The Author

John D
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John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.