Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The most notable Special Weapons in Video Games!


   In a previous post I made a list of special gadgets that help the hero in his missions, now it’s time to talk about those special weapons that make the difference in battles thanks to their incredible power or utility.
   Here is a list of rather strange but overpowered weapons that give players the edge on the battlefield and help them survive for the next fight, most of them also give you the power to kick your friends’ ass in multiplayer matches.

HandCannon – Resident Evil 4
   Handcannon is a magnum revolver from Resident Evil 4, which has to be unlocked by completing a mini-game with perfect score then bought in game in order to be useable.
   The gun is the size of a shotgun, fires .50 cal rounds and is the strongest weapon in the entire game with the power to one shot most of the enemies. 

Redeemer – Unreal Tournament Series
   The Redeemer is a thermonuclear rocket launcher (that covers half of the screen) and the most powerful weapon that is present in all Unreal Tournament games.
   The gun comes with one piece of ammo and has the power to obliterate all your enemies with that one shot leaving alive only the player that used it.

SBC Cannon – Serious Sam Series
   Present in all Serious Sam games, SBC Cannon is an iconic weapon for the franchise. With two shooting modes, one that allows to shoot one cannon ball after another that pierce through some of the strongest enemies and the second mode allowing to charge the weapon and release a powerful shot, SBC Cannon is one of the most powerful weapons in the game and one of the most fun to use.
“Look at the size of that thing!” 

Fat Man – Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas
   Bearing the codename that was given to the nuclear bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki, the Fat Man is a mini nukes launcher (more like a catapult).
   The Fat Man allows the players to bombard an area with the precision of a mortar and the devastating force of atomic bombs, it is by far the most imbalanced weapon in the game and to balance this fact the ammunition for it is very rare.
   There are different types of Fat Man in the games, Experimental MIRV is one of the unique types of Fat Man and this particular weapon allows the player to shoot with 8 mini nukes at once, leaving the area you are bombarding flat(in the limits of the physics engine).

Smartgun – Alien versus Predator Series
   If there wasn’t a powerful gun for marines to use in Alien versus Predator games they would have been in serious trouble, well they still are but the Smartgun gives them a fighting chance.
   The Smartgun is a portable heavy machinegun which has automatic targeting, after the gun acquires a target it doesn’t let it go until the player turns the enemy into trash, basically the user of this gun has cheats until ammunition runs out (be careful, runs out freaking fast!).
   This gun can chew both predators and aliens without problems and can destroy your enemies in multiplayer as well, for those that feel cocky there is a firing mode which allows the players to pick their own targets, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to stay alive. 

BFG – Quake and DOOM Series
   The BFG is a weapon seen mostly in the singleplayer campaigns of Quake and DOOM series. The name of the gun is an abbreviation for Big Fucking Gun.
   The gun shoots huge balls of green plasma at your enemies, when the plasma ball hits a solid object it explodes dealing an insane amount of damage to enemies in the vicinity of the blast.
   BFG has a learning curve in order to be used correctly, because the weapon has a short delay from the moment players shoot until the gun actually fires the plasma ball. Because the gun blast does no damage to the player it’s indicated to use it in point blank to maximize the weapon’s potential and diminish the chance to miss your enemies. 

Lightsaber – Star Wars Series
   When it comes to Star Wars, games or movies, people think about Jedis and there are two things that make a Jedi what he is: the force and the lightsaber.
   The lightsaber is the most iconic weapon in the series and probably the most known sci-fi weapon world-wide. There is no point in describing what the lightsaber is because unless you lived in a cave until now, you should already know what this weapon does.
   A combination of the Jedi skill and force is necessary to transform the lightsaber in a deadly weapon which can cut through almost anything and deflect enemies’ laser shots with ease. In the hands of Revan or Kyle Katarn the lightsaber is a monstrous weapon that gives them the power to protect the galaxy and vanquish their enemies. 

Gravity Gun – Half Life 2
   You probably won’t find any lists or tops of things related to video games that don’t include something from the Valve universe, and this list is no exception.
   Hyped before release and for good reason, the Gravity Gun is one of the most awesome if not the most awesome gun ever seen in a game, giving the players a telekinetic like power which allows them to grab, move and throw objects(and showcase the beauty of the Havok physics engine).
   The Gravity Gun is such a versatile weapon and can be used in any situation, you can throw grenades or rockets back at your enemies, drop stuff over their heads, open new pathways for yourself and do so many more things. How many weapons allow you to throw a toilet in your friends head in a multiplayer match?
   Even if the gun doesn’t have the power to control gravity, it does have the power to defy it. Many copies of the Gravity Gun have been seen in games after Half Life 2, but just as the lightsaber is unique, there can only be one true weapon that can toy with gravity and that is only for Gordon Freeman to use. 

    Weapons like the ones in the list about make the difference in video games, they are fun to use and extremely powerful and can give you a fighting chance in tough situations.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Greatest Video Games Gadgets!


   Heroes are needed in every game to save the day, but being courageous and having a good set of skills is not always enough. Heroes need equipment that provides them with information or power helping them in their mission. When we play games we might take this equipment for granted and we forget to think about how important is to us and how much more difficult our experience would be without it.
   Here is a list of some of the most important pieces of equipment (not weapons) I have seen and used in video games.

Omni-tool - Mass Effect Series

    The Omni-tool is a holographic gauntlet with many different utilities. The Omni-tool allows the player to hack into computers and decrypt codes, repair damaged devices and can even be used as a close combat weapon and on top of everything it makes your character look soo(o) much cooler!
   If you are out there in the galaxy hunting cybernetic aliens that want to extinguish life, the Omni-tool is the right gadget to take with you as it will help you in lots of situations. 

Motion tracker – Alien versus Predator Series

   When you are a marine on a planet full of deadly aliens which outnumber and outmaneuver the army you are part of, good equipment might make the difference between life and death.
   The motion tracker is not really an advanced or futuristic piece of hardware, but  it gives you information about what’s moving in the next room or nearby, giving you time to prepare (usually for your death). When the tracker screen is filled with dots and beeps without stopping you know that it is time to pee your pants in real life and run as fast and as far as possible in game. Some think that they can be heroes and gun the aliens left and right, but those are the people you usually see on the floor without brains or hanging on the sealing without a spine. The motion tracker cannot make the difference between enemies, allies or rats and this is its biggest weakness, as sometimes you see one dot moving on it and makes you think is another marine, but after you notice the three dots on your chest followed by a scary sound and a blue light your realize that you were wrong all along.
   The motion tracker can save your life in many situations throughout the AvP games and it is also a very good device to test your heart. 

Detective vision – Batman Arkham Series

   A good detective needs useful tools to help him solve cases, but most of them don’t have any because of budget reasons (blame the government). But when you are a billionaire who hunts bad guys in his spare time, having the right tools is not that hard, not even if these tools defy the laws of physics.
   The Detective vision is an awesome device (power!) which allows Batman to find clues, see through walls and even receive hints on how to deal with a situation. It is clearly one of the most powerful devices used by a hero in a game and it is so useful that it makes the player use it more often than the normal vision of Batman which allow you to see the world with its true colors and beauty (if there is any left in Arkham).

Pipboy – Fallout Series

   The Pipboy, Personal Information Processor, is a retro looking device with many functions, some of them similar to a smartphone.
   This device allows the players to keep track of their health status by providing information on the damage taken, it tracks the capability of your body, can keep notes on your progress and even store audio and text files. Some of the newer Pipboys have radio incorporated and even a Geiger counter which in a nuclear post-apocalyptic world can be really handy.
   The Pipboy is an indispensable device that survived in a world where most of the technology has gone to hell (because, you know… humans…) and makes your life easier in your quest through the post-apocalyptical wastelands. 

Nanosuit – Crysis Series

   The Nanosuit is an armor based on nano-technology, stolen from aliens, which grants the user some insane powers. The Nanosuit becomes like the skin of its user, absorbing and regenerating from the damage taken, but this is just one of its cool utilities.
There are three standard powers the player receives once equipping this badass piece of combat hardware: 

  •          Enhanced strength which allows you to kick cars or throw heavy objects, jump high in the air, make you more resilient to damage and chock ugly aliens to death;
  •          Enhanced speed which allows you to run fast from one place to another (who would have thought!);
  •          Invisibility which allows you to sneak undetected on the battlefield and avoid combat or silently take down your enemies.
All of these powers rely on the energy of the suit which is regenerating and this is one of the few weakness this equipment has (op!).
   The Nanosuit doesn’t make the player unstoppable, but it does make him humanity’s last hope! (or at least that’s what the Crysis 2 trailer says). 

Portal gun – Portal Series

   Even if it has the word gun in its name, this gadget is not really a weapon, it can be used as one in some situations but that’s because crazy AIs force you to do it.
   At its core the Portal gun is a scientific device which allows a person to open two portals by shooting the walls in two different places. When stepping into one of the portals the player gets out through the second one, this makes for very fast and sometimes dizzying traveling.
This device gives you such cool powers that some super-heroes would envy you (sorry DareDevil!), but as any powerful device it has some weaknesses, for example you can shoot the portals only on a particular type of surface which have to be in your visual field, but more importantly if not used in the right way this gun can get you stuck falling through portals forever.
   The Portal gun is the most interesting and powerful device I have used in a video game, if you don’t believe me ask GLaDOS!

There are many other useful gadgets in games, but this is a list of those that made the difference for me and without which the hero would not be able to succeed.