From some of the first successful examples like Doom and Wolfenstein to current blockbuster versions of Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo, the shooter game has always been one of the most popular genres of every video game generation. Over the years, thousands of different weapons have been included in first- and third-person shooters. They range from realistic replicas of actual military firearms to fantastical science fiction creations. Whether they were over-used, over-powered, and or just plain fun to use, here are our picks for the 10 greatest guns in video game history.
Honourable Mention: Shotguns
Everyone loves a shotgun. There’s something about the sudden burst of short range violence that just feels so good. There’s no particular game that popularized the shotgun. It’s just always been a favourite. We especially enjoyed the fictional version from Bioshock that could fire exploding buckshot. Call of Duty fans will probably remember the duel-wielding 1887’s from Modern Warfare 2 — so powerful that the developers had to quickly nerf them in a patch.