If you can’t do a good shotgun, so you might as well not bother developing a first-person shooter. This classic weapon is usually acquired relatively early in a game and is often the first significant upgrade to your starter weapon. As such, it’s always a pleasure to meet him, as he usually represents a leap forward in player power.
Virtually every player will know that a shotgun is intended for close combat. A point-blank blast on an enemy should blast them with a satisfying kaboom, though its long-range applications are generally limited. But usefulness is not everything; a video game shotgun should look the part, sound like a stick of dynamite has exploded in your hand, and deal big damage. I’ve used hundreds of them in various titles over the years. Here are the five best.
5.Doomstick, Kill Floor 2
2016 Kill Floor 2 contains many shotguns and endless waves of squishy bio monsters to blast. While the AA-12 and Shotgun deserve honorable nods, they pale in comparison to the mighty Doomstick. The weapon’s motto is: “When having fun twice just isn’t enough… let’s do four!” and lives up to that by delivering a four-gun nightmare. The thing is so powerful you can even use it to rocket-jump, and the alt-fire that unleashes all four barrels at once feels like God slamming his bedroom door shut.
Fans are praising the Doomstick for its “astronomical” damage levels to the point where there have been calls for the nerf even though Kill Floor 2 is a player versus enemy title. It’s also somewhat unique in that it’s equally valid as a long-range weapon, capable of tripping enemies from a surprising distance with minimal accuracy required. But then, if you put “doom” in the name of your shotgun, it better be good…
4. Striker, Resident Evil 4
Almost all the resident Evil The game sees the player character gradually become more and more deadly. You start with a pistol that can cough bullets at enemies just as well, before moving on to a beefier BOW destroying heavy weapons. Even so, it’s still a relief when you first get your hands on a shotgun. The first shotgun you will find in Resident Evil 4 isn’t great, being drastically overshadowed by the Riot Gun you’ll get shortly after. But both are overshadowed by the almighty Striker.
This cannon shotgun is a beast of a weapon in its base form, but comes into its own when fully upgraded. At max level, you can cram an insane 100 shells into it before you need to reload. By the way, I recently played through Resident Evil 4 in VR, where wielding the Striker made me feel like John Wick. Those Ganados didn’t stand a chance.
3. VK-12 battle rifle, FEAR
2005 FEAR is part terrifying psychological horror and part slow-mo running destroying special ops soldiers. In this framework, the VK-12 stands out as an incredible weapon that has rarely been surpassed in games. Not only does it emit a ka-thunky rumble from the subwoofer, but the effect it has on your hapless enemies has to be seen to be believed. If they’re lucky, there’ll just be a cloud of pink mist where they once stood, but it’s far more likely that they’ll step back like they’ve been pulled offstage in a music hall. old fashioned (a 10x cooler effect if you’re in slow motion).
Sure, the VK-12 has little respect for the laws of physics, and yes, mid-2000s ragdoll physics is now more fun than realistic, but when the end result is that fun, you’d be a sucker of complain.
2. Shockhammer X, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
When it comes to turning Nazis into fine dough, accept no substitutes. MachineGames’ new take on the classic FPS Wolfenstein stands out for its surprisingly deep storytelling and well-thought-out alternate history where Germany won World War II. As such, this technology was developed by the Nazis and is a sufficiently brutal piece of weapon engineering. The Schockhammer has three rotating barrels, a large clip size, and a fearsome rate of fire. With upgrades, he can fire all barrels at once or modify ammo to ricochet off walls.
The enemy heavy troopers wielding them are a threat, though it’s safe to say things take a turn when BJ Blazkowicz gets his hands on not one, but of them Impact hammers. Yes, you can wield this insane weapon in pairs, essentially turning you into an industrial Nazi shredding machine. It’s hard not to laugh with joy.
1. Super Shotgun, Eternal DOOM
“There is only one dominant life form in this universe, and it wields a steel-barreled sword of vengeance.”
let’s face it, DOOM various shotguns could arguably have taken all five spots on this list, but DOOM Eternal Super Shotgun is Doom Slayer’s signature weapon and is almost unquestionably the greatest video game shotgun of all time. Before you pick it up, you’ll hear whispers of how the hordes of hell came to actively fear this specific weapon, and when you finally get your hands on it, it’s easy to see why. In a game full of sci-fi weapons, the Super Shotgun is steel and wood of brutal simplicity: designed to inflict the most damage possible on demons.
Your basic fodder dies in a single blast, though even the colossal Barons of Hell recoil from its power. The best of all, Eternal DOOM adds a “meat hook” grappling hook function, allowing you to fire a spike at an enemy and fly straight at them, putting you in the best position to deliver the Doom Slayer’s specific brand of blood-soaked justice (an upgrade later level also causes this move to fire, which, even for me, might be overkill).
The Super Shotgun might not just be the best shotgun in gaming history, it’s a contender for the best weapon in any video game.
So this is it. There are many other contenders for the crown (Unreal Tournamentthe flak cannon, Bullet Stormis Boneduster, and Halo‘s M90 CAWS), but for me, these are the five best in the history of the medium.