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The 50 Most Awesome Guns in Video Game History

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#50

Weapon Name: Smart Pistol MK6
Game Title: Titanfall 2
Release Date: 2016
Platforms: PC / PlayStation 4 / XBOX One
Genre: FPS
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts

The perfect crowd control weapon for the agile pilots in Titanfall 2, the Smart Pistol deserves our nod. It can easily decimate scores of grunts and specters and there is something very cool about the way it does it. It may seem as a cheap weapon, but it is surprisingly balanced this time around, at least in the game’s multiplayer.

A unique concept in a unique game that despite how strange it sounds is damn satisfying to use.

 

#49

Weapon Name: ZICS-C Shotgun
Game Title: Shadow Warrior
Release Date: 2013
Platforms: PC / Linux / Mac / PlayStation 4 / XBOX One
Genre: FPS
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Publisher: Devolver Digital

The ZICS-C Shotgun had to fight hard for this spot, as we were really looking for a special multi-barrel shotgun that could fire one barrel at a time or all of them at a time, while being unique in some way. We found it with this gun, featured in Shadow Warrior.

By default it has two barrels, but can be upgraded to have four. This combined with the fact that you can fire each barrel at once, or all at once, and the additional upgrade capabilities within the game, are why we chose the ZICS-C over similar shotguns.

 

#48

Weapon Name: Lightning Gun
Game Title: Unreal Tournament 2004
Release Date: 2004
Platforms: PC / Linux / Mac
Genre: FPS
Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Atari

The Lightning Gun from Unreal Tournament 2004 is an excellent high risk, high reward weapon that is very satisfying to shoot due to the game’s particle effects and sound effects. As the name implies, it fires a lighting bolt. This lightning bolt is incredibly fast and perfectly accurate, and it is one of the most powerful guns in the game, the high reward. The downside is its very slow rate of fire, the high risk.

One headshot kills an unshielded opponent, and two shots anywhere else will kill an unshielded opponent as well. This gun requires a lot of skill to use, namely excellent accuracy. Anyone without a good enough skill level attempting to use this gun will be met with failure, especially in close range.

 

#47

Weapon Name: Drakk Laser Rifle
Game Title: Unreal II: The Awakening
Release Date: 2003
Platforms: PC / XBOX
Genre: FPS
Developer: Legend Entertainment
Publisher: Atari

The Drakk Laser Rifle is one of the cooler laser guns in video gaming, featured in Unreal II: The Awakening. It was closely contended with the Type-12 Laser Carbine from F.E.A.R., but the Drakk won because it has two firing modes while the Type-12 only has one, and because the firing mode both weapons share is overall more awesome with the Drakk.

The primary firing mode shoots a deadly laser beam. One quick, accurate shot with an awesome sound, enough to kill regular enemies in one shot. Things get really cool with the secondary fire mode which shoots a continuous laser beam that burns into surfaces. That’s not all though, since if we just stopped here then this secondary fire mode is the same as F.E.A.R.’s Type-12 and many others.

What makes the Drakk even more awesome is that 1-2 seconds after you shoot something with the secondary blast (which leaves very obvious markings), the area you shot bursts aflame, as shown in the video above, adding even more killing power to this already deadly weapon.

 

#46

Weapon Name: Vampire Gun
Game Title: Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
Release Date: 2000
Platforms: Nintendo 64
Genre: FPS
Developer: Acclaim Studios Austin
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment

The Vampire Gun from Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion is another high risk, high reward weapon with cool effects. It is a wrist-worn creature, like something out of Half-Life.

Firing it at nothing drains your health, by sucking the blood out of you. Firing it at a living creature at medium range (its maximum range) will drain health from both you and the target creature. It is only effective at point blank range, where it drains health from the target creature and gives it to the player. When draining an opponent’s health, you see their physical model shrink and deplete, which is a reason this gun makes our list.

 

#45

Weapon Name: Spider Gun
Game Title: Unreal II: The Awakening
Release Date: 2003
Platforms: PC / XBOX
Genre: FPS
Developer: Legend Entertainment
Publisher: Atari

The Spider Gun from Unreal II: The Awakening is a truly unique weapon. Its primary mode of fire sends a pack of deadly spiders hurling towards an opponent. If you miss and hit a wall, the spiders will splatter and die. But if you hit your target, they will cover the enemy and inflict damage.

This is best used in tandem with its secondary mode of fire, which fires a spider egg. This secondary fire actually has dual functionality on its own: first, it acts as a spider mine. If an enemy steps on it, spiders hatch from the egg and cover the enemy like the primary mode of fire, dealing normal damage. The other functionality of secondary fire is, you can fire a shot into the egg using primary fire. This causes the egg to grow, and within seconds a large deadly spider hatches from it! See the video above on how to use it effectively.

 

#44

Weapon Name: AR-15
Game Title: Garry’s Mod (Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod)
Release Date: 2004
Platforms: PC / Linux / Mac
Genre: FPS / Sandbox
Developer: Facepunch Studios
Publisher: Valve Corporation

The first real-world weapon in this article, AR-15 variants are everywhere in video gaming, but never like this. The Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod for Garry’s Mod features bar none the best, most extensive gun customization in video gaming, and it is done real time like in Crysis. With the AR-15 in Customizable Weaponry 2.0, that means dynamically changing it from a standard issue M16A4 (albeit with full auto capabilities as well) to a standard issue M4A1 Carbine, to RIS variants of each, or a Magpul variant of the M4A1. The video shows it all.

This level of weapon customization, along with the excellent, authentic shooting mechanics of Customizable Weaponry 2.0 (it is a better, more realistic shooter than any Battlefield game and most other military themed shooters) are the reason the AR-15 makes our list. It is many different guns in one, due to industry leading gun customization and excellent mechanics featuring things such as aiming deadzone (which can be enabled/disabled), bi-pod deployment, picture-in-picture scopes, realistic reloads and being able to chamber an additional round, and much more.

 

#43

Weapon Name: AK-74N / AKS-74N / AKS-74UN / RPK-74
Game Title: Garry’s Mod (Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod)
Release Date: 2004
Platforms: PC / Linux / Mac
Genre: FPS / Sandbox
Developer: Facepunch Studios
Publisher: Valve Corporation

Another entry for Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod for Garry’s Mod, this time the AK-74 variant. This ranks higher than the AR-15 on the previous page because this weapon is even more guns combined in one. You can turn your AK-74N (default configuration) into an AKS-74N, AKS-74UN, or RPK-74 in real time. Three assault rifles (one being a carbine) and one light machine gun, all in one package with outstanding shooting mechanics.

 

#42

Weapon Name: H&K HK416
Game Title: Garry’s Mod (Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod)
Release Date: 2004
Platforms: PC / Linux / Mac
Genre: FPS / Sandbox
Developer: Facepunch Studios
Publisher: Valve Corporation

The Heckler & Koch HK416 is a state of the art battle rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. It is featured in some games, but no game does it more justice than the Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod for Garry’s Mod. Similar to the previous entries on this mod/game, it features industry leading weapon customization and shooting mechanics, turning the HK416 into an all purpose battle rifle, even a substitute for the H&K M27 IAR thanks to the presence of a drum magazine.

 

#41

Weapon Name: AN-94 “Abakan”
Game Title: Garry’s Mod (Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod)
Release Date: 2004
Platforms: PC / Linux / Mac
Genre: FPS / Sandbox
Developer: Facepunch Studios
Publisher: Valve Corporation

The AN-94, also referred to as the Abakan, is a one of a kind battle rifle. Chambered in 5.45x39mm, it is often seen as an evolution of the AK-74 design, but that is not entirely accurate. It is infinitely more mechanically complex, trading durability from simplicity for performance.

It is notable for its two round burst firing mode that fires the two shots so quickly (1800 RPM), that the recoil impulse is only felt for one shot, letting the shooter put two shots on the same target. Combined with the low recoil caused by the moving barrel acting as a counterweight (not unlike Barrett sniper rifles), the end result is deadly and incredibly effective as you can imagine. See this video breakdown below from the excellent Forgotten Weapons YouTube channel.

And once again, the game that best replicates this gun, leading to a one of a kind video game weapon that makes our list, is the Customizable Weaponry 2.0 mod for Garry’s Mod.

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