Publication date: 2018-04-22 09:59
In the future, all shotguns will also double as cannon launchers. The Flak Cannon has taken various forms over the years, but the firepower's always the same: a spray of neon-yellow pellets on the left-click, a mortar-like bomb on the right. And you haven't lived until you've mulched an opponent with the Flak Cannon at point blank range, their body turned to (bloody) Swiss cheese in an instant. Plus, nothing says "Have a nice day!" like the smiley face emblazoned on the cannon itself. Oh, and ssshhh--don't tell PC Gamer that we didn't rank the Flak Cannon as the number one gun, like they did.
With no such constraints (you can die in Crashlands, but you respawn without losing anything), the game becomes a very different prospect, less fraught with careful conservation of resources, and more guided and combative. It is, however, massively fun.
Over the next 7+ years, we brought the game to PC, Mac & Linux. We collaborated with the amazing folks from 8-9 to create a version specifically for Japan. With the help of Apportable , we brought the game to Android. We joined our close friends in the most successful Humble Indie Bundle of all time, and joined a great Android Bundle as well.
There's elegance in simplicity. Lara Croft may have a penchant for dual-wielding pistols, but we much prefer it when she does some silent killing, archery style. And what's better than an arrow whistling through the air before cleanly piercing a goon's head like a shish kebab? When said arrow causes that baddie to burst into flames. Lara may not take any joy in killing vicious mercenaries, but we relish every second of extra-crispy burning that our arrows inflict on bandit flesh. Extra points if the flame arrow causes a chain reaction of immolation amidst the ranks of those miserable villains.
Most of the weapons on this list can be, you know, put down , but that's not the case with the Blades of Chaos. Part of the deal Kratos struck with Ares assured that the massive knives would always be at arms reach thanks to the fact that they're attached to chains and burnt into his flesh. That, alone, is fairly awesome, but what's better is actually using them in battle. The Blades turn Kratos into a whirlwind of violence, and also allow for incredibly fulfilling boss battles. Cutscenes often show him throwing them into enemies chests in order to climb higher on them, and while we'd obviously rather be in control, we're often too busy laughing like maniacs (seriously, call the men in the white coats. Now) to get upset.
In COD: World At Wars now-legendary Nazi Zombies mode you can get the Alien Ray Gun from the Mystery Box, a random weapon generator that can dish out anything from a pistol to this mighty piece of extraterrestrial tech. If youre lucky enough to roll the Ray gun, you're basically responsible for keeping your team alive. Not only do the projectiles fired from the Ray Gun cause massive damage to a single zombie (it instakills them), the round also explodes and damages everything in the vicinity. Not too shabby.
Do doodle-oo do doo do do do, do doodle-oo do doo do do do! You know what Im talking about. When Mario gets that hammer and the cute, monophonic music kicks in, all is right with the world. The hammer kills anything it touches, making Mario the most powerful being on Earth for a few moments. Its one of gamings most enduring images, helped by the fact the 8-bit graphics could only afford two frames of animation. Up and down. Realism be damned, all you really need is a hammer and the volume cranked up. Do doodle-oo do do do do do
While it doesnt technically do anything that any other FPS shotgun cant, the feel of combat shotty is unlike any other. Theres a sense of focused aggression when you pull the trigger that you just wont find anywhere else. Its like unleashing war through a small metal tube, directing a precisely targeted mini-apocalypse each and every time you fire. Couple that with spectacularly realized, unnervingly real enemy animation, and you have a shotgun with feedback and gun-feel that very few other video game weapons can even rival. Also, you can fire it in slow motion, at which point it cracks out more particle effects than a next-gen launch game. And clouds of blood. You need this gun in your life.
The tower defense market on mobile, one could argue, is fairly glutted. But if you have just one TD game (or game series) on your device, it's really hard to look past the three games in the Kingdom Rush series. They're a few years old now, but they're still about as good as the genre gets.