[13 Days Of Horror] Day 2: The 12 Best Weapons In Horror Games, Part 2

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If you enjoyed yesterday’s batch of memorable horror game weapons then you’re going to love this. Horror games may not be known for their excess of badass weapons, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few games that have brought us some excellent tools with which to beat down the undead hordes, alien intruders, demons, demon worshippers, and other abominations that are unfortunate enough to get in our way when we’re in the mood to kick some ugly monster ass. Here’s the second half of our list of the best weapons of the horror genre.

The BFG (Doom)

A list of badass tools of destruction is not complete without mentioning the iconic BFG from the Doom series. It’s unstoppable, it intimidates as well as it eviscerates, and I’m pretty sure it put the boom in boomstick. If you’re planning on taking on demons spawned from the festering pits of hell, you’re going to need one of these. Hell, why not go Gunzerker on them and dual-wield these hot pieces of military ass? I say we petition id Software to make that a feature in Doom 4. Who’s with me?

Chainsaw Bike (Dead Rising 2)

This was the most difficult series to choose a weapon from because it’s brimming with clever, deadly, and over-the-top weapons. If you want to throw an exploding football, Dead Rising has a combo card for that. A toy helicopter with machetes strapped to its blades? Check. Wheelchairs that come in two deadly flavors, including electrified and the assault rifle-mounted Blitzkreig? Check and check. I eventually decided to go with the Chainsaw Bike, because it’s as deadly as it is fun to use. The other weapons are creative, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly. But the Chainsaw Bike? Oh, I could drive that thing for hours.

The Barbed Cross (Infamous: Festival of Blood)

There have been a myriad Halloween or horror-themed expansions over the last two years, including The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Undead Nightmare, and of course, Festival of Blood. There’s even another coming out for the fantastic Sleeping Dogs, dubbed Nightmare in Northpoint. So far, my favorite has been Infamous 2′s Festival of Blood, and part of that is because of Cole’s awesome holy cross weapon. It doubles as an electrified bludgeoning object and an anti-vampire staking tool. Beating vampires to a pulp before jamming it pointy end first into their chest never got old.

The Pipe Bomb (Left 4 Dead)

How many times has a single pipe bomb saved your ass, or the collective asses of your team? The answer is many. The pipe bomb is an feat of engineering that fuses an infected attention-grabbing alarm with an explosive, arguably making it the best weapon in the game. There are few things that are as satisfying as tossing a pipe bomb into an area that’s heavily populated with infected, watching them all run over to it — those idiots — and watching the explosion and resulting shower of blood, body parts, and miscellaneous other giblets.

The Sexy Beam (Silent Hill 3)

I have to be honest here: I’ve never actually used the Sexy Beam. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed until I played through the Silent Hill HD Collection and a friend told me about it. I did however, know about the Heather Beam, or the less powerful version of the Sexy Beam, and that thing’s crazy fun to use. The Silent Hill games are all about making you feel weak, vulnerable, and outnumbered, but I like to think that I’m instilling those same emotions into the creatures that inhabit that foggy town when I have my Sexy Beam.

Developer’s No. 666 Craft (Dead Island)

I almost went with Jason’s chainsaw, since that’s the most fun to get seeing as you have to travel to a lone shack in the middle of a swamp that a lumbering psycho calls home, but then I realized it’s just a chainsaw. As gamers, we’ve seen plenty of those, and that one’s no different. If you happened across any skulls during your time with Dead Island, you might’ve gone online to discover their purpose. Basically, using money, gems, and the skulls, you can craft unique weapons that are, for the most part, insanely powerful. My favorite of the group is definitely the No. 666 Craft, because it turns you into a fucking Jedi. With it equipped, all you have to do is stick your palm out and watch as an arc of lightning proceeds to ruin that poor zombie’s day.

Honorable Mention: Juliet’s Chainsaw (Lollipop Chainsaw)

I may not have loved Lollipop Chainsaw, but there’s no arguing how much fun can be had when you mix a chainsaw with the easily chop-up-able undead. Of all the chainsaws I’ve seen in video games (Dead Island, Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, etc.), I’ve never seen one that was so… bedazzled?

Missed a day? Check out the rest of the 13 Days of Horror:
Day 1: The 12 Best Weapons In Horror Games, Part 1
Day 3: Our Premature Evaluation Of Black Ops II Zombies
Day 4: Why 2012 Has Been The Best (And Worst) Year For Horror
Day 5: 12 Horror Games To Look Forward To Next Year, Part 1
Day 6: 12 Horror Games To Look Forward To Next Year, Part 2
Day 7: Eight Games You Should Play This Halloween
Day 8: Dear Capcom, This Is What I Want In Resident Evil 7
Day 9: 12 Upcoming Zombie Games To Be Excited About, Part 1
Day 10: 12 Upcoming Zombie Games To Be Excited About, Part 2
Day 11: Why We Love Zombie Games
Day 11: Why We Love Zombie Games
Day 12: Comment To Win A Copy Of Resident Evil 6 And Other Awesome Swag
Day 13: Don’t Be Scared, It’s Just A Dead Pixels Halloween Podcast

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  • ThunderDragoon

    Great article, Adam.

  • None of your Business

    Extremely disappointing loss of credibility that the Rocket Launcher from the original Resident Evil games was not on either list.

    • Adam Dodd

      Well, damn. It looks like I’ve lost all my credibility.

      • BurnTheBlueSky

        You’re fired. Please clear out your desk immediately.

  • Mayday

    BFG! Chainsaw motorbike! But most of all, Lollipop Chainsaw! Slicing zombies up hasnever been sexier or more fun! <3