The destructive power and the accuracy of laser weapons are the key features that transform them into the absolute ally of the warmonger. With futuristic designs and over the top characteristics, these pistols, rifles and cannons are often included in video games to give the extra flavor of progress and innovation. And because many of them are iconic elements of the gameplay, we thought a list with the 10 best games where you can handle laser weapons would be a nice way of refreshing your gaming preferences.
GoldenEye 007 – Moonraker Laser
Able to shoot through doors, the Moonraker Laser is an unlimited ammunition weapon that can normally be acquired only in the Aztec Complex level, but with the help of some cheats you can use it in pretty much all the missions. It, indeed, is a highly powerful gun that can be fired continuously for uncountable times and, as a trivia fact, it was first featured in the 1979 film Moonraker, the eleventh title of the James Bond series. Besides its interminable ammo, it also offers exquisite accuracy and a very long range.
Resident Evil 4 – P.R.L. 412
A directed-energy weapon, with unlimited ammunition, The Plaga Removal Laser 412 is intended to especially harm any enemy that is infested with Las Plagas and can, also, decimate bosses with a single hit. It can only be unlocked after finishing the game on Professional mode and it has different stats depending on the platform the game is played on. For example, in the Wii version of Resident Evil 4, the P.R.L. 412 can charge much faster and can also fire multiple beams that hit the enemies without needing to accurately aim.
Borderlands – The ZX-1
The ZX-1 is a legendary laser manufactured by the prominent company named Dahl, a very influential group in the Borderlands universe. Thanks to its high fire rate and target assist feature, this bulky weapon is able to continuously shoot at the enemy, once the first blast hits. Even though a single round might not be as destructive as other laser guns, the ZX-1 has the unique ability to lock on the opponent and gradually burn through shield, armor and ultimately flesh.
Fallout 3 – Tesla Cannon
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Mega Man Legends 1 and 2 – Shining Laser
The Shining Laser is perhaps one of the most powerful, yet hard to obtain, laser weapons in the history of video games. To get your hands on it, you have to complete some specific side quests and to invest a lot of in-game currency, known as Zenny. It is a solar based laser that can pierce through multiple targets at once, killing several enemies in a straight line, but it’s not enough just to earn it, you also have to fully upgrade it to benefit from its infinite energy. The Shining Laser can fire endlessly, offering a highly destructive power.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – Iron Man’s Proton Cannon
The Proton Cannon is one of Iron Man’s Hyper Combos in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and it is so impressive both in terms of power and size that it’s impossible to ignore it. The laser beam it shoots is as big as the gun itself and way larger than its handler. When this gigantic repulsor cannon is summoned and mounted on Iron Man’s shoulder it will take a while until it can fire, having quite a slow startup time so every time you want to use it, it would be better to plan the move ahead of time if you want it to be extra effective.
Using the technology founded by Nikola Tesla, the eponymous Cannon is a shoulder-mounted weapon that uses the power of directed energy. It was built before the Great War that caused the apocalypse in the Fallout universe and it has a devastating blast that damages the enemy right on impact. In addition to this characteristic, the Tesla Cannon also gradually reduces the health of the person it’s striking thanks to its ability of electrifying both the target and the surrounding environment. Powered by electron charge packs, it can only fire once before reloading.
Call of Duty – Ray Gun
A wonder weapon that is featured throughout many of the Call of Duty titles, the Ray Gun is often associated with the Zombies mode, appearing in all of the related maps. Until rounds 18 to 22, this gun is able to kill anything with one shot, becoming the gamers’ favorite item due to this feature. In addition, it can hit multiple foes at once courtesy of its splash damage that can sometimes prove dangerous even for the user. However, the Ray Gun can hold 20 rounds and, with all kinds of power ups added, it can become faster and more effective.
Halo 3 – Spartan Laser
The Spartan Laser is the infantry weapon that has the greatest power of destruction found in the Halo 3, universe being more effective than the Rocket Launcher, for example. Capable of piercing through multiple targets, such as tanks, the Splaser, as it is known in the player lexicon, is classified as both an anti-infantry and an anti-vehicle weapon. If lined up properly, this behemoth of a gun can strike and kill multiple opponents with an impressively long range and with high accuracy.
F.E.A.R – Type-7 Particle Weapon
The effects of this weapon are uniquely terrifying, the Type-7 Particle Weapon from the F.E.A.R game series has the power of stripping the target’s flesh, leaving only a scorched skeleton. It definitely is the range weapon of choice thanks to its high quality zoom that helps the player take down groups of enemies from a large distance. Even against armored enemies or extremely powerful opponents, the Type-7 Particle Weapon proves to be one of the best choices you can make.
Mass Effect 2 – Collector Particle Beam
A heavy weapon, the Collector Particle Beam is an extremely precise and deadly focused-radiation gun that is very effective against an array of targets such as shields, armor and barriers. Consuming five units of ammunition when fired, this impressive arsenal item is fully automatic and it can continuously fire a beam of highly damaging energy. The all-containing great capacity magazine that eliminates the need to reload makes it even deadlier than it already is, transforming the Collector Particle Beam into the absolute offensive weapon.
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