10 of the most iconic weapons in gaming history

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By Teo Borconi – 27th January 2014
10 of the most iconic weapons in gaming history

Let’s face it! Video games often come down to inflicting pain, and lots of it. And there’s an impressive arsenal available in the thousands of games created throughout gaming history, from the few pixel sword in the very first Prince of Persia, to the more elaborate and complex designs of today. We’ve decided to round up 10 of the most memorable weapons in gaming history, and give them their proper place in the Gamer Headlines’ own top 10. Without further ado, here are our favorite weapons from video games:

Honorable Mention: Portal Gun – Portal

Portal Gun in Portal 2

Portal Gun in Portal 2

We know it’s a Top 10 list, but we’ve actually had to include the Portal gun as an honorable mention. If there’s something that defines Portal, it’s the iconic Portal Gun. In fact, the name of the game pretty much includes the name of the gun. And the name of the gun speaks for itself when it comes to what the Portal Gun actually does. Yup, that’s right, it opens up portals, for your personal amusement! How cool is that?

10. Soul Reaver – Legacy of Kain series

The Soul Reaver, wielded by Kain

The Soul Reaver, wielded by Kain

The Soul Reaver is a central part of the story and gameplay that involves both the vampire Kain and the wraith Raziel. Forged by Vorador, the sword was imbued with the power of draining its victims blood. Of course, the blade went through multiple transformations as it appeared in various games of the series, as well as various time periods of the story-line. Still, it remains the defining weapon of Nosgothian history, and it’s one of the elements that gamers often think about first when remembering the Legacy of Kain games.

9. Lightsaber – Any Star Wars game

Kyle Katarn and his trusted lightsaber in Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

Kyle Katarn and his trusted lightsaber in Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

Well, technically speaking, the lightsaber (or lightsabre for the Brit inside you) isn’t an invention of video games. But the fact is, the lightsaber has been a huge part of gaming since the very beginnings, and there are some especially memorable ones. Whenever I think about a video game lightsaber, Kyle Katarn’s blue one comes to mind first. I mean, half of the time spent in Jedi Outcast was spent with an increasing desire to get your hands on it, and when you finally do…well, that’s one moment I remember vividly. And of course, there’s Starkiller’s black crystal lightsaber from Force Unleashed. And the list could go on and on.

8. Master Sword – Zelda

Artwork of the Master Sword

Artwork of the Master Sword

You can’t think about a Zelda game without thinking about the Master Sword. Link’s quest of obtaining his sword has been the defining core of any The Legend of Zelda game since the golden days of the Super Nintendo. It comes with some very special abilities in the game’s many titles, including the ability to time travel or turn foes into stone (after you stab them in the head, of course).

7. M 920 Cain – Mass Effect

Shepard, prepared to unleash hell with his M 920

Shepard, prepared to unleash hell with his M 920

This monster of a gun was always a last resort in Mass Effect games, but it’s one of the most punishing weapons gamers have ever wielded. The small nuclear sign etched on the gun would already hint at what it was capable of, but unleashing it brought a different measure of satisfaction altogether. The M 920 is definitely worthy of inclusion on any such weapon list, and is made even more memorable through the fact that it was Shepard himself who wore it on his back.

6. Hidden Blades – Assassin’s Creed

A finger for a Hidden Blade, a worth-while trade, we believe!

A finger for a Hidden Blade, a worth-while trade, we believe!

Regardless of what title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise you are playing, the hidden blades are never absent. Whether it’s Ezio dishing out punishment in Italy or Aveline stabbing guards in her slave garments, the Hidden Blades are always present. The fact that many people have attempted to create real-life replicas of the blade goes to show how popular the small blades have become, and we can’t imagine an Assassin’s Creed game without them anymore.

5. Silver Ballers – Hitman

Agent 47 wielding a pair of silenced Silver Ballers

Agent 47 wielding a pair of silenced Silver Ballers

Sure, Agent 47 has an impressive arsenal, but nothing even comes close as the signature pair of Silver Ballers. With or without silencers attached, our bald hitman cannot go without this beautiful pair of guns, guns that he wields some artfully. Classy and effective, these .45 caliber AMT guns are the weapon of choice for Agent 47, and for good reason. And of course, could you imagine a Hitman wallpaper or poster without these being present? We can’t!

4. Frostmourne – Warcraft

Arthas, unseparated from his cursed sword, Frostmourn!

Arthas, unseparated from his cursed sword, Frostmourn!

The Warcraft universe touched millions of lives, and everyone who’ve had contact with the game remembers the story behind Arthas’ corruption. Frostmourne, the blade of Ner’Zhul, the Lich King caused Arthas to deviate from his noble path and take up the role of Lich King himself. The sword, menacing and chilling, is unmistakable for any RPG or Warcraft fan! I myself can still hear Arthas’ voice say “Frostmourn hungers!”.

3. Fat Boy – Fallout 3

The Fat Boy in all it's wonder!

The Fat Boy in all it’s wonder!

Another portable nuke makes our top, and this time it’s Fallout 3’s very own Fat Boy. The gun, named after the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan (in Nagasaki), pretty much speaks for itself. It’s nothing short than a slingshot for a nuclear bomb. And what’s better to clean up an already irradiated nuclear wasteland, than another nuke? It’s preferable not to try one at home, though.

2. Chaos Blades – God of War

Can you imagine a Kratos without the Blades of Chaos?

Can you imagine a Kratos without the Blades of Chaos?

Magical dual blades that come with some nifty chains. These are weapons well remembered by several gods and mythical creatures. Kratos would not be complete without them, and neither would be the gaming history. A well deserved spot in our top.

1. BFG 9000 – Doom, Quake and many others

The BFG9000, in all it's classical wonder!

The BFG9000, in all it’s classical wonder!

Well, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise. In fact, any gaming weapon list has them listed somewhere. And rightfully so! The BFG (that comes from Big F*cking Gun, if it wasn’t obvious enough) was first introduced in 1993’s Doom, and has become so famous, that multiple other games (such as Quake) and mods have replicated it in one way or another. There’s really no reason worth mentioning why this should be the first in our top, but alas, it is! It’s the BFG, and that speaks for itself!