Yesterday, we began our countdown of the best video game weapons in history, and it's a tricky list to create, mainly because we don't want to stick to the same default handguns. Instead, we want items that stand out, whether they're incredibly effective or even a bit silly. That said, we put together quite a list, and it’s now time for weapons 40-31.
40. Your hair and wardrobe (Bayonetta)
Bayonetta is a witch that means business. Don't believe us? Wait until she unleashes one of her special attacks, in which both her hair and outfit combine to create a super dragon-like creature that munches bad guys like they were dinner specials. She certainly lives up to the term "killer wardrobe."
39. The Magnum (Resident Evil 2)
One of the most challenging aspects in Resident Evil 2 involves locating all the Magnum parts, as sometimes you'll have to look in the most far-off places to find them. Once you put it together, though, the effort was definitely worth it. The Magnum can shred through most zombies with ease, turning them into piles of bloody chunks. Make our day!
38. The Flailgun (Bulletstorm)
Bulletstorm has a lot of frantic action to go around, but the best weapon to have on hand is the Flailgun. With it, you can kill an enemy up close with a well-timed blast. If that doesn't do the trick, the grenades that come out of this gun and stick to said enemy certainly will. Plus, you can delay the explosion in case you want to kill more than one baddie at the same time.
37. The Bullseye (Resistance series)
Remember the scene from The Fifth Element when Gary Oldman shows off an incredibly powered gun with a "Replay" option to fire bullets to a marked target? The Bullseye works to the same effect, with the player using a lock-on beacon and directing every bullet towards his or her foe. It's very effective in combat.
36. The bionic arm (Bionic Commando)
Ever since his introduction in the 80s, the Bionic Commando made excellent use of his superior appendage, not only swinging across ledges, but also disorienting enemies by flinging it towards them. In the latest Bionic game for PS3/360, its features were fleshed out, as you can use it not only to get around, but also throw enemies and objects around like footballs.
35. Bombs (Bomberman series)
We've seen bombs appear in video games before, but they're most effective in the Bomberman universe as your first line of defense. In fact, the more power-ups you pick up during a round, the more powerful they become, with a bigger blast radius and the ability to drop several of them at once. That comes in handy when bombing several people.
34. The penetrator (Saints Row: The Third)
There's no easy way around describing the Penetrator, so we'll get right down to it – this is a big, long sex toy that you use to smack people around. The Penetrator doubles as a rubber baseball bat but has a phallic shape, so you not only beat your targets, you humiliate them in the process. Fun fact: to promote the game, a limited number of Penetrator bats were produced. We're sure people were, ahem, excited.
33. The red shell (Mario Kart series)
Although the Spiny Shell is the most feared weapon (mainly because there’s very little you can do to avoid it), the red shell won us over for two reasons. First, you see them more often during a race, and they home in on different competitors, rather than the leader. Second, they're more fun to shoot. You can see one skid along the ground, compared to simply flying around and obliterating the first place racer. Give us an old-fashioned red-shell any day.
32. The hammer (Super Smash Bros.)
First introduced in the arcade classic Donkey Kong, the hammer is quite a tool, smashing through barrels and fireballs. However, in Super Smash Bros., this retro item finds an even greater use, as the combatant can pick it up and knock enemies into the stratosphere. Here's hoping it makes a return in the new Smash games for Wii U and 3DS later this year.
31. The magnet gun (Red Faction Armageddon)
The magnet gun is easily one of the most attractive weapons you'll find in this Red Faction sequel. With it, you can fire the first shot at an intended target, then fire the second shot to fling it out of the way, whether it's into the ceiling or someplace else. No wonder we're so drawn to it.
See you tomorrow for weapons 30-21.