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Each genre of games has its very own core element that
makes it unique when compared to other games.
Role-playing games have the numbers and the stories, puzzle games have
the intelligence quotient, strategy games have the tricks and the mental gymnastics,
and shooters have those wonderfully satisfying objects known as guns.
In light of the upcoming release of Gears of War 3, I’d like to take the time to list some of my
favorite boomsticks from the series as well as a few others that hold a special
place in my heart. This, like many other
lists of its nature, is not definitive, but open to interpretation and
debate. Take these as simply the ideal
arsenal I would carry into battle, which like many of the far-fetched scenarios
in the games these weapons come from, is highly unlikely to ever happen.
Lancer (Gears of
According to the lore behind the series, the mainstay
weapon of the Gears franchise used to
have a standard bayonet attached to it.
However, when the Locust invasion increased in intensity, so too did the
COG (Coalition of Ordered Governments) have to resort to a more brutal
alternative. Well, they added a
chainsaw. From the first time I saw
Locust guts splatter all over my screen, I was in love. The chainsaw bayonet on the Lancer is still
one of the most satisfying ways to let off steam after a tough day, not to
mention that the gun itself is pretty effective with its decent range,
quick reload, and large magazine.
I admit it; I’m a sucker for shotguns. Ever since finding out about “aiming up” with
the shotgun in the first Resident Evil,
I’ve never been able to resist the firepower of a good sawed-off. The Hydra, which has three (!) barrels of
stopping power, remains my weapon of choice when plowing through endless hordes
of enemies in Mercenaries mode. Not only
does it have three barrels, but it also has great range for a shotgun and a
wider spread than its counterparts. To
get an idea of how powerful this gun is, look at the characters recoil when they
fire it, it’s almost as much as firing the rocket launcher.
Torque Bow (Gears
of War Series)
Having never shot an actual bow in my life (unless you
count plastic coat hangers), the Torque Bow does a great job of mimicking the
sensation I would expect if I ever did shoot one. From the way the targeting reticle gradually
rises the longer you hold the trigger to the thump of the bolt hitting the
target, the Torque Bow definitely makes the player feel like they’re shooting something rather than just
pressing a button. Oh, and if the bolt
itself doesn’t hurt enough, it explodes after a few seconds of being lodged in
Whitting’s Elephant Gun (Borderlands)
While Borderlands is packed with randomly generated
weapons, there are a few specific weapons that drop off bosses throughout the
game. Whitting’s Elephant Gun is one of
them, and what it lacks in accuracy, it makes up for in power. Just one shot from this monster will kill
most enemies (provided you hit them and that your character is proficient with
sniper rifles). The above qualities
aren’t very unique for guns when it comes to shooters, so the main reason this
giant-killer is on the list is because it reminds me of a hilarious scene from
the movie Tremors (link here) in
which one of the ancillary characters pumps a zillion rounds into a giant
underground worm, with his elephant gun delivering the coup de grace.
Hammer of Dawn (Gears
of War Series)
Sure, you can only fire it outdoors, when the satellites
are aligned properly, and it takes some time to lock on and charge up. All cons aside, this weapon literally blew up
the entire planet of Sera in an attempt to halt the Locust advance on
humanity. Ever wonder why the
environments in the Gears games are
so bland? It’s because of the Hammer of
Dawn. This weapon packs so much punch
that if it were available for the entire game, it would make it feel closer to this
than a post-apocalyptic struggle for survival.
I don’t know about anyone else, but when I hold down the trigger for
this weapon, I’m pressing it down as hard as I can.
L. Hawk (Resident
Fuel Rod Gun (Halo Series)
Shark Gun (Armed & Dangerous)