Video games are undeniably home to some of the coolest weapons ever dreamt of. We've all had that moment while engrossed in a game when we find that weapon — the weapon that makes us feel so much more powerful and cool. This is a list of five of my favorite deadly video game apparatus.
1. Aloy's Bows — Horizon Zero Dawn
Right now there isn't a PlayStation 4 owner who isn't in awe of Guerrilla Games' new IP. One of this year's major contenders for game of the year, #HorizonZeroDawn is home to some pretty awesome tools and weapons — especially Aloy's arsenal of bows.
With the Hunter, Sharpshot and War bows, #Aloy is able to snipe, freeze, explode, stun and obliterate her foes. Each bow is able to fire different ammunition, from a simple hunting arrow to one equipped with a tip that explodes with a blast of air to tear armor off enemies. You never feel like you don't have a tool that gets the job and looks awesome while you're doing it. Jumping off an outcrop before slowing time to fire an arrow into a robot's weak point never gets old.
Bows don't get enough focus in major titles, but they definitely have the capacity to make the player feel cool — much more so than a gun. Let's have some more bow and arrows all around!
2. Mass Effect — Biotic Abilities
More of an ability than a weapon, this is nonetheless a very cool feature. I've never been much of a biotic player in #MassEffect games as I tend to prefer focusing on guns and tech abilities. However, I always have biotic companions with me and watching Liara throw a singularity in to a horde of Husks, or see Cora charge in to a group of Kett, is always fun.
The mass effect fields from which the series gets its name are what biotics center around. Those with biotic abilities are able to manipulate them, much like how the Jedi and Sith manipulate the Force. They can create singularities to lift enemies helplessly off the ground, throw shockwaves of force at foes, or cast vast shields to protect themselves and their allies from danger. I might only ever play as a soldier, but I'd want to be a biotic.
3. Deus Ex — Adam Jensen's Implants And Cybernetics
Adam Jensen, if we're honest, has had a pretty shit time of it. Mortally wounded at work, his life was saved after he was stuffed full of experimental implants and cybernetics to the tune of billions of dollars without his consent, before being conscripted as a super agent. Quite depressing, if we're honest.
However, ignoring the morality of all this, Jensen is really quite incredible. He can become invisible, turn his body into an impenetrable shield, transform his arm into a massive blade, and most important of all, produce sunglasses from his temples. Plus, he wears a really cool coat.
There isn't a single moment during one of Jensen's #DeusEx titles that you don't feel really awesome. You're playing as the ultimate secret agent, with the tools to overcome any obstacle, whether by stealth or wading in with a machine gun. Mankind Divided gave Jensen more abilities than ever and we could tailor his implants to our play style, pushing our protagonist beyond his abilities, even from the first game. I definitely wouldn't want to be Jensen, but damn he's cool.
4. World Of Warcraft — Illidan's Warglaives Of Azzinoth
Illidan Stormrage is a tragic soul. Previously a hero of the night elves, he was imprisoned for 10,000 years for harming night elves in his quest to destroy the Burning Legion. However, he managed to grab some pretty cool #Warglaives from the Doomguard Overlord Azzinoth beforehand and trained himself to use them. Illidan became so proficient with the weapons that he managed to slay the pit lord Magtheridon using them.
The Twin Blades of Azzinoth were the must-have legendary weapons during The Burning Crusade era, and the challenge of attaining them was significant. Everybody loves #IllidanStormrage and his signature green blades are iconic. Recent news may suggest that Illidan was mistakenly imprisoned, that his only goal was the destruction of the Burning Legion, that he is some kind of chosen one (but a cooler, less bratty one than Anakin). If this is true, then not only are they cool weapons, but they're wielded by the most awesome and badass antihero of them all.
5. Assassin's Creed — Ezio's Twin Hidden Blades
Ezio Auditore da Firenze is a firm favorite of all the Assassin's Creed protagonists. Charming, handsome and Italian, he embodied the likable hero we all want to be. After the clunky movements of Altair, Ezio's advanced acrobatics were refreshing, and #AssassinsCreed2 remains one of the best video game sequels of all time.
The twin blades introduced in the second game gave us so many possibilities! Kill two guards at once? Done. Use them to take down hordes of soldiers with swift combos? Done. Jump off a 100-foot townhouse before landing on two guards, killing them an shooting another one in the face? Done. Ezio's debut was incredible.
One of the major signs that a video game weapon is cool is that you imagine wielding it in the real world. We've all pretended to have the Force when walking through automatic doors, haven't we? Well, if you're an Assassin's Creed fan and say you haven't pretended to have a hidden blade, you'd be fibbing. While at school, I definitely tucked a pencil under my watch strap a few times, imagining I had one. Once a geek, always a geek, I guess.
Do you have any favorite video game weapons that I haven't listed here? Comment with your ideas!