The 10 Greatest Guns in Video Game History Via

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. Via YouTube

10. AWP Sniper Rifle (Counterstrike)

Speaking of over-powered weapons, the AWP Sniper Rife from Counterstrike fits the bill. A part of the real world Action International Arctic Warfare series of bolt-action sniper rifles, it was a favourite for many CS players. It had incredible zoom and was virtually a one-shot kill anywhere on the enemy body. It was eventually toned down a bit to balance the game out, but the AWP is fondly remembered as one of the greatest guns in gaming. Via

9. Gravity Gun (Half-Life 2 )

The first of two unconventional guns on our list, the Gravity Gun (or Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator) first appeared in Half-Life 2. Initially designed to help players with heavy lifting, it soon becomes one of the most awesome firearms around — and it doesn’t even need ammo. Instead, just pick up whatever is laying around and hurl it at your enemies. Explosive barrels? Hell yeah. Saw blades? Absolutely. Throwing one enemy at a different enemy? Sure, why not. If Valve ever gets around to making Half-Life 3 (we’re waiting patiently), hopefully the Gravity Gun is included. Via

8. Pistol (Halo)

Halo: Combat Evolved has a ton of awesome, futuristic looking weapons to choose from, including a frickin’ energy sword! However, it’s the smallest and most unassuming gun in the game that may be the best. The pistol had high ammo, high damage, and long enough range to use as a makeshift sniper rifle. It even had a zoom option, which is pretty ridiculous for a pistol. Too bad Bungie nerfed it hard in the sequels. Via Halo Wikia

7. Railgun (Quake)

The Railgun from the Quake series is a particularly powerful multiplayer weapon. It fires a single, powerful uranium slug that can often take out an opponent with one blast. Although it had a slight “cool down” period, it still made a super-effective sniper rifle. The amount of damage it inflicted more than made up for the delay in rate of fire. Via

6. The Lancer (Gears of War)

Gears of War is a gritty post-apocalyptic shooter that had one of the best cover systems ever created when it was released in 2006. Main character Marcus Fenix and his team over musclebound C.O.G. (Coalition of Ordered Governments) soldiers spend their time gunning down the Locust Horde, a strange underground race. The standard issue weapon for COG soldiers? The Lancer, a fully automatic, powerful assault rifle that featured a fully operational chainsaw bayonet. Yes, a chainsaw. If the baddies got too close, you just revved that sucker up and sawed them in half. Via

5. Golden Gun (GoldenEye 007)

If you have never played the split-screen madness that was GoldenEye’s local multiplayer mode, you haven’t lived a full life. Common house rules included “no Odd Job” and “no screen peeking,” but no one could stop an angry spy in possession of the famed Golden Gun. It was a one-hit kill every time, even if you shot someone in the toe. It’s a shame that this game was released in 1997 and is still the best James Bond game ever made. Via YouTube

4. BFG 9000 (Doom)

In case you needed a description of this beast, it’s right there in the name: BFG, short for Big F**king Gun. And that’s exactly what it was. This monster from the Doom series was huge in both size and deadliness. It fired massive amounts of plasma balls, dealing major damage and clearing out enemies with ease. It was such a legendary gun, that other shooter series have paid homage to it. Quake and Rage both included variants and it has even appeared in the Borderlands series. Via

3. Portal Gun (Portal 1 & 2)

Another unconventional addition to our list, the Portal Gun didn’t shoot bullets but instead bent the laws of physics. Portal was a revolutionary puzzle game when it first came out and Portal 2 was the brilliant, polished sequel that fans and critics both loved. The gun itself, capable of shooting different colour portals for the player to transfer through, has a become a pop culture icon. Despite not actually being deadly, it would be considered one of the most useful weapons if it actually existed. Via Half-Life Wikia

2. M16A4 (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)

When the first Modern Warfare game was released in 2007, it changed the way people thought of first person shooters. Up until then, shooters were either historical or sci-fi based. A realistic, modern war shooter shook up the industry, but it wasn’t the only thing. The multiplayer was one of the most addicting and popular games ever. The M16A4 was the most popular gun of choice, and it wasn’t hard to see why. Just check out what the Call of Duty Wikia has to say about the assault rifle.

“The M16A4 is widely considered to be one of the best assault rifles in the game due to its high power, low recoil, lack of sway, quick reload, high rate of fire per burst, and easy conservation of ammunition due to its burst fire.” Via

1. The Spread Gun (Contra)

Without the help of the famous Konami Code, the original version of Contra on the NES was damn near impossible. Old school gamers will remember the feeling of getting that coveted ‘S’ powerup, giving them the all power powerful spread gun. It would fire large red bullets in five different directions, acting as a sort of shield. In a game where a single hit instantly killed you, using the spread gun to keep bad guys at a distance was a huge advantage. With enough practice, and the help of the spread gun, Contra was actually beatable (without cheating). Via
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Devon has been writing about random things online since 2013. His favorite video game is Rocket League, his favorite TV show is The Sopranos, and he hated the last season of Game of Thrones. Follow him @DevonTaylor113.