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1.The Ebony Bow of Damnation From Skyrim
For Skyrim fans, there is a constant debate about whether melee weapons or ranged weapons are where it’s at. But if you like ranged weapons, there is nothing exactly like the Ebony Bow.
It’s quite strong on its own, and you can enchant it until you have the exact weapon that you want. At that point, you have a powerful weapon that can help you take out dragons while making it look downright easy.
2.The Gravity Gun in Half-Life 2
The idea that your best weapon is creativity sounds pretty silly on paper. But in Half-Life 2, this statement is completely true!
It all comes down to how you use the Gravity Gun. While primarily designed for puzzles, you can use this tool to turn pretty much anything you see into a weapon. At that point, you can make short work of most foes almost instantly.
3.The Apoca-Fists in Saints Row the Third
It was actually really tough to pick the best weapon from Saints Row the Third. After all, plenty of these weapons find the strange balance between insane aesthetics and insane power.
But the Apoca-Fists are on another level entirely. They do about 2,000 damage per hit, and you can use them to defeat the final boss of the game in just a few blows.
4.Invisibility Cloak in Metal Gear Solid
Some pedantic gamers might say that an Invisibility Cloak isn’t actually a weapon. But to a stealthy dude like Solid Snake, this is arguably the most dangerous weapon of all.
Sure, you can’t actually get it until you beat the game the first time and get the “bad” ending. But this lets you revisit the game and turn completely invisible whenever you want. Even the hardest sections become easy with the cloak on.
5.Donatello’s Staff in TMNT: Turtles in Time
We picked TMNT: Turtles in Time for this slot, but this could really be almost any TMNT game. That’s because they mostly share one thing in common: Donatello and his staff are seriously overpowered.
It’s not that Donny actually hits harder than his bros. But the staff gives him extra reach that makes Foot Soldiers and boss characters too easy to take out. Conversely, you can always pick Raphael for the added challenge thanks to the short reach of his sais.
6.The Fat Man in Fallout 3
Fallout 3 has plenty of great weapons to help you survive the Wasteland. Arguably, the most game-breaking of these weapons is the nuke-launching Fat Man.
A single nuke can usually take out whatever is giving you trouble. And you can get the Experimental MIRV variant that fires eight nukes at once. It’s the ultimate conversation-stopper, but it throws game balance right out the window.
7.The Leaf in Super Mario Bros. 3
Powerups have been a part of Mario’s arsenal since the hammer in Donkey Kong. But the powerups in Super Mario Bros. 3 took things to the next level. The best example of this was the leaf that turned Mario into a flying raccoon man.
Flying is indescribably awesome. But with a running start, flying allows you to skip much of the hardest stages in the game. It’s cool and all, but it turns the difficulty of the game into a joke.
8.The Master Sword in Legend of Zelda
As far back as the original Legend of Zelda, the Master Sword was your most powerful weapon. But that doesn’t matter as much because most players get it towards the end of the game.
However, experienced players can rack up extra hearts early on and grab the Master Sword that much earlier. And just like that, this classic game becomes so much easier than it was before.
9.The Metal Blade in Mega Man 2
Mega Man 2 is the best game in the franchise, and it is filled with colorful bosses and crazy weapons. But you only really need one weapon for most of the game: the Metal Blade.
This blade does good damage on its own. But where this weapon really shines is the ability to fire it in eight different directions. Considering how many bosses like to jump over Mega Man, this blade quickly becomes your secret weapon.
10.The Spread Gun in Contra
Arguably, the weapons are what make Contra more than just another sidescroller. Almost every weapon forces you to approach obstacles in enemies in new and unique ways.
With the exception of the Spread Gun. This weapon lets you just fire in an outward spread that easily hits everything. And in a game where most foes die to one hit, this is OP as hell.
11.God Mode in Rise of the Triad
In most games, “God mode” is something you can only access through cheats. But in Rise of the Triad, God Mode is the name of a combination powerup and weapon.
In addition to this mode making you invincible, you can shoot out homing blasts or fire and smite anyone who makes you mad. Just like God himself!
12.The Death Penalty in Final Fantasy VII
In Final Fantasy VII, the Death Penalty is Vincent’s ultimate weapon. And it had a fun gimmick: it gets more powerful as Vincent slays more foes.
However, savvy players can kill enough enemies to cause a glitch. With this glitch, the gun can dispense with almost any foe (including Emerald Weapon) in a single hit!
13.The Infinite Launcher in Resident Evil 4
It was tough to go with the Infinite Launcher for this spot. After all, you can’t snag this weapon until you beat the campaign at least once.
But once you have it, you can go through the game with an infinite supply of rockets at all times. This is as close to a true “easy mode” as this game ever got!
14.The BFG 9000 in Doom
The weapons in the original Doom games were all great. But the BFG 9000 was on a different level altogether.
It could clear out rooms of foes and players barely had to aim. Whether fighting demons in single-player or humans in multiplayer, this weapon always carried the day.
15.The Golden Gun in Goldeneye
While the N64 controller is hard to hold and hard to play, it’s pretty easy to throw. Most players learn this the hard way thanks to the Golden Gun in Goldeneye.
The gimmick of this gun is that it can kill enemies in a single shot. This can be game-breaking in single-player, although the Gold PP7 is even deadlier there. But in multiplayer, the Golden Gun is the best way to kill your friends with a single blast.
But you better enjoy that victory before a controller flies your way!
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