10 Most Overpowered Weapons in Video Games
Games often walk a fine line between balancing skill and difficulty. Having to juggle gear that makes the game fun to play while rewarding progression without making everything too easy. However, there is always that one weapon that is simply beyond powerful, the weapon that has ascended to the godly tiers of overpowered. This list doesn’t touch on just any overpowered weapons, but the ones that were as fun as they were overkill. This is my list of fun and most overpowered weapons in video games, at least a few of them.
Rocket Punch – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ok I know what you’re thinking, the rocket fist? Really? Just hear me out though. In a game like Metal Gear Solid you can make it as a master of stealth, knocking people out like a ninja in the breeze, gone without a trace. More than likely though you will end up running through a botched mission like some blood crazed Rambo. The rocket fist was a later game upgrade that let you shoot a remote controlled rocket powered fist, yes really, into the face of any poor unsuspecting enemy you felt needed a nap. That alone is a fun tool, but when you realise you can knock out an entire enemy patrol without setting off alarms or losing stealth? Yeah it turned missions into easy mode. Not to mention it easily one shot fully armoured guards and regular soldiers alike, one tap anywhere on the body and bam, remote controlled unseeable fist KO. Nothing could block it, see it, or resist it. Making it one of my ten fun and most overpowered weapons in video games.
The Soul Reaver – Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain
What’s that, you don’t know what the soul reaver is? Don’t worry, no one seems to, story of my life. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver was another arc in the mostly forgotten franchise about a dark gothic world of vampires, humans and other more questionable creatures. Oh and time travel, a ridiculous amount of time travel. That aside the Soul Reaver was a weapon you only unlocked at full health, much like the master’s swords trick in early Zelda titles. This is tough for many reasons but mainly because you only got health for eating souls, which you got from killing enemies. If you didn’t eat them, most of the enemies would simply resurrect on the spot. The Soul Reaver not only one shot everything in the game, but simply exploded enemies into ash making it impossible for a resurrection even if they wanted. It was over powered, fun, and hard to keep for long, making it a perfect balance of over powered and rewarding.
Black Hole Launcher – Saints Row IV
There’s not really much to say about this one, but most of the weapons in the saint’s row series could honestly be on this list. The black hole launcher gets my special mention simply because…well…I mean it’s a black hole launcher. It is a gun that shoots black holes. When it comes to stupid fun weapons it was hard to not give something from this series a special mention. The black hole launcher always comes to my mind as fun havoc above all though.
Blue Shell – Mario Kart
I don’t think I even really need to explain this one. The infamous blue shell is the bane of many a Mario Cart racer, the good ones anyway. Nearly unavoidable, the blue shell will seek out and attack whoever is in first place without mercy, without compromise. There are some ways to survive the cold deathly embrace of the blue shell, but generally speaking you feel a sense dread in first place, because somewhere out there…it’s coming for you. For those who use it however, few things are more satisfying.
The Golden Gun – Golden Eye 007
The Golden Gun is perhaps one of the earlier weapons to actually start the popular phrase “overpowered”. It was famous for being exactly that, completely overpowered, that was its identity. A rare weapon find or special game mode unlock, the golden gun is simply a one hit kill on anything it touches. This weapon caused much rage in the golden era of N64 gaming, and those alive during that special time will likely never forget one of the original overpowered weapons.
AWP – Counter Strike
One of the main points of counter strike is the gameplay based around single life gameplay. By extension dying is kind of a big deal when it happens during the round. The AWP in Counter Strike is an insanely accurate and powerful sniper with little recoil and one hit kills. It’s basically a golden gun in sniper rifle form, truly the stuff of nightmares.
The Pistol – Halo: Combat Evolved
Probably one of the most satisfying handguns in gaming, the standard pistol in the original Halo was overpowered beyond belief. With sniper like accuracy and power, it was effectively one of the best weapons in the game. While it’s hard to not see why, the gun was nerfed hard in all the following titles and sadly never quite felt the same. Technically the gun wasn’t completely overpowered in the truest sense, but when it was supposed to be one of the worst weapons and remains one of the most powerful in the series, I think it earns a place.
The Knife – Call of Duty
Nothing quite says Call of Duty like some squealing kid running around the map full speed as they rack up kills despite all odds due to the best weapon in the shooting series. A knife. Not even some kind of…knife gun, just a simple piece of metal. The COD knife is infamous for just how annoying it is if nothing else. As people would run around with their metal one hit kill stick and fill the voice servers with screams of rage and insults. You can’t deny it a spot on this list though, as apparently you should bring a knife to a gun fight.
Fierce Deity Mask – Majora’s Mask
Possibly my personal favourite of the Zelda series simply from how different it was, Majora’s Mask was dark, creepy and downright depressing. After many hardships, time travel and mask collecting however, you can unlock this beast of a mask from collecting every mask in the game before the final fight. Equipping the Fierce Deity mask turns Link into just that, a god like being that turns every fight into a joke. Armed with an energy shooting sword and sweet appearance to boot, this may be one of the best weapons in the Zelda franchise. All you had to do was watch everyone you grew to know and love die over and over and over…
Super Gravity Gun – Half Life 2
Half Life 2 was an amazing game, hell I think it still holds up well. One of the first things that pop into people’s heads when remembering the series however is none other than the gravity gun. On the surface the gravity was only meant to be a simple tool for the player. It picks things up, throws them back and lets you interact when many of the environments puzzles. This takes a turn for the epic however, when all your weapons are destroyed at the end of the game. The process of doing so back fires spectacularly when the gravity gun gets overcharged and overpowered. Anything not welded to the floor becomes deadly ammo, hell even things welded to the floor simply get thrown at death velocity towards foes. Nothing could escape the reach of the gravity gun, but it was fun to watch them try.