Video games capture the glory of battle while allowing the control of a chess game. In their rendered polygons and immersive environments, these titles capture our consciousness and provide an enjoyable, memorable experience. While individual gamers hold distinctive tastes, some preferring sports games while others pursue puzzle titles, some of the most prevailingly successful titles are those that are the most violent. Whether it is a first-person shooter or an epic role-playing saga, developers over the years have eagerly and effectively conquered the challenge of creating weapons that are powerful, attractive, and inspire further play.Although everyone has individual favorites, and this is by no means a flawlessly definitively list, certain instruments of death and destruction especially stand out.
1. The Farsight in Perfect Dark
The Nintendo 64 forged the way for later success in shooter titles such as Halo and Call of Duty. With spectacular titles like Goldeneye, it cemented the FPS as a viable genre. Among the better releases was Perfect Dark, a wonderfully developed game starring a secret agent heroine and featuring a remarkably customizable multiplayer system.
The Farsight was one of the many dozens of guns available for multiplayer play, and was banned in most circles. When its scope was activated, it automatically tracked opponents through walls in an infra-red view. Since its rounds fired through walls or any other barriers, a player wielding the Farsight could essentially stand in one place and take out the other competitors one by one no matter where they were!
2. The Vehicle in Twisted Metal
Ever since automobiles were first invented, they have gained notoriety as improvised weapons. Every day, we grimly face statistics that reflect their deadly nature when misused. Hit-and-run incidents are almost universally regarded with contempt, and are a criminal offense.
The Twisted Metal series, however, elevated the common car into a war machine. No longer was a coupe a mere battering ram; no, now every vehicle was equipped with machine guns and missile launchers. Boasting a four-player mode, the third-person view of the battlefield offered a glimpse into a level of carnage and destructive mayhem that is difficult to match. When your ice cream truck has toppled the Eiffel Tower with a triple-rocket volley, you know you are driving a truly worthy weapon.
3. The Plasma Grenade in Halo
Grenades have a quirky place in first-person shooters. While their explosions are inherently deadly to all but the most well-armored of foes, their difficulty of use and clumsiness of implementation hamper their capacity for rampant popularity.
The plasma grenade changed all that. Able to be used in seamless conjunction with your other weaponry, it became an essential component to your plan of attach. Its property of sticking to surfaces, though, gave it an especially seductive trait: If you manage to “stick” an opponent by hitting them directly with the plasma grenade, you gain the distinctively rich satisfaction of watching their final couple seconds of panicked life before they are blown up at point-blank range.4. The Master Sword in The Legend of Zelda
All good adventure games need an epic weapon, and every legitimate sword-and-sorcery storyline demands an inspiring blade. On all counts, the Master Sword delivers, and in beautiful fashion.
Perhaps its power is still best expressed in the original game on the NES, where the sword was twice as powerful as the previous one you have, and when you are fully powered, it actually functions as an energy projectile weapon as well! Then, in Ocarina of Time, we are introduced to the Master Sword’s capability for time travel. In these uses, the Master Sword fits the clich of the mythical super-sword, but manages to go above and beyond storybook requirements into a league of its own.
5. Transformation in Altered Beast
Transformation is not an altogether unfamiliar theme. Many are familiar with the basic premise of a werewolf, and others are enchanted by the awesome power wielded by The Hulk as a comic-book character. While the idea has been explored in various video games, and will surely continue to be, it has perhaps never been done so artistically and powerfully as in Altered Beast, one of the first titles for the Sega Genesis system.
You began as a man, and although you are capable of defending yourself with the usual punches, you struggle to battle the relentlessly oncoming foes. Then, you transform, and in definitive fashion. Every transformation seems like a world-changing event and marks a rush of adrenaline, as you find yourself a completely different character and now whip aside creatures with ease.
In all games that rely on the premise of dispatching enemies, you need a good weapon at your side. Whether it’s a gun or personal change, the necessity will always remain. The more interesting aspect then, perhaps, is what tomorrow’s developers will create for our bloodthirsty hands to wield.