Badass video game handguns

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#1 Edited by Vinny_Says (5709 posts) -

There are A LOT of shooters out there, and for me finding the perfect weapon is always fun. I'm talking about that one weapon that destroys anything and everything and when it's a pistol it's even sweeter. If you could make a page here on Giantbomb for "overpowered handguns" what would you add? Other than the random pistols available in Borderlands that do 900+ damage, I've got a couple I would put on there:
 

Halo CE Magnum

 
The very first gun you get and whenever that weapon was available I would immediately pick it up regardless of the situation. It has extremely powerful rounds and zoom capabilities that allow long range combat. Not to mention killing Hunters with one shot to the back....talk about overpowered!!
 
 
 Find the weak spot
The sequels never did justice to it. Halo ODST had a similarly overpowered pistol but by then it just wasn't the same. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Desert Eagle

 
I've played a lot of S&D and watched a lot of people playing while I was dead (I died a lot). There is always one weapon that people switch to when in a life or death situation. It takes 1 to 2 shots to down anyone, I've seen people go one on one with a Desert Eagle against an AK and come out on top hundreds of times. Thankfully unlocking it takes some time but if you're patient enough you'll get an awesome gold DE....and everybody loves gold. 
 

Dead Space Plasma Cutter

 
Again, the first weapon you get in game, it's Halo all over again. Thankfully the cutter remained as bad-ass in the sequel. It's no wonder there's an achievement for playing the whole game using only the Plasma cutter. It's one of the best weapons for dismembering space monsters and shooting it is just plain fun!
 
 My guns go BOOM BOOM, your guns go pow pow!
#2 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

I don't know if you could call it overpowered but I love using the dual pistol combination in Left4Dead 2.

#3 Posted by Yummylee (21665 posts) -
 Barry has This.
#4 Posted by Spoonman671 (4641 posts) -

The revolver in Killzone 2 was beastly in multiplayer.  It was more powerful than just about all of the primary weapons in the game.

#5 Posted by xMP44x (2193 posts) -

I use the Gold Desert Eagle and the standard silver one at once in Call of Duty 4 by picking the one I don't have up. It's fun! :D

#6 Posted by JTB123 (1046 posts) -

The upgraded magnum from Resident Evil 2
 

and the Red9 from Resident Evil 4
 
#7 Posted by Deathmachine117 (377 posts) -

Is the picture of the Halo CE pistol in the OP the magnum from Halo 2. Also Id say 92 FS from Rainbow Six : Vegas that pistol was damn good.

#8 Posted by DonutFever (3551 posts) -
My Johnson is pretty...  
#9 Posted by RTSlord (1201 posts) -

MP412 REX aka the revolver from BFBC2

#10 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I was a fan of the SOCOM in MGS1. 
Then theres Red from RES4. 

#11 Posted by Pie (7099 posts) -

The silverballers from hitman?

#12 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

I still remember the first time I was running around in CoD4 and saw the "X to pick up Gold Desert Eagle", it was on Overgrown.  Good times.
#13 Posted by CornBREDX (5306 posts) -

I always thought the dual wield Desert Eagle in Max Payne 2 was awesome.

Ridiculous and awesome.

Online
#14 Posted by N7 (3590 posts) -

I was a fan of the pistol in Fear 3. In fact, I used that throughout the entire game. Such a fun pistol to use.

#15 Posted by Liber (648 posts) -
#16 Posted by coakroach (2490 posts) -

Resistance 2 was far from an amazing game. 
But a revolver with detonating rounds? Yes please.

#17 Edited by Zacagawea (1594 posts) -

The revolver from Bioshock. Not upgraded because it looks badass enough by it's self.  

#18 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Still love the Falcon 2 from PFD.

#19 Posted by Vinny_Says (5709 posts) -
@rebgav said:

If you absolutely have to bring down an attack chopper in twelve bullets or less, accept no substitutes.

where do you get that? I just remember all the guns in JC2 being poop....
#20 Posted by captain_clayman (3321 posts) -

the scoped magnum in fallout 3 comes to mind and so does the alien atomizer from mothership zeta :D

#21 Edited by impulse1987 (15 posts) -




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Man, I had totally forgotten about this one! Seeing it makes me wanna play RE4 all over again.
                    

               
#22 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -
Shanxi Type 17 - Fallout New Vegas, Metal Gear Solid (Various)
Ebony and Ivory - Devil May Cry (Various)
#23 Posted by 1337W422102 (1011 posts) -
@blacklabeldomm said:
@rebgav said:

If you absolutely have to bring down an attack chopper in twelve bullets or less, accept no substitutes.

where do you get that? I just remember all the guns in JC2 being poop....
It's paid DLC.
 
  • I'm going to mention Kyle Katarn's Bryar Pistol.  Because Kyle Motherkriffing Katarn.
  • I also really liked the Golden Eagle from Duke Nukem Manhattan Project.  A gold-plated Desert Eagle that made it real satisfying to use with the Mighty Boot for badassitude, saving ammo, and health bonuses.
  • Unreal Tournament 1's Enforcer is one of my favourites, too.  Worn handgun with fading green paint, deadly accuracy, an alternate firing mode that was funnier than it was useful, ability to dual-wield them, and it decent damage.  You didn't feel totally vulnerable spawning with one.  Oh, and the reload anim was minimalist but pretty cool, too.  Unreal 1's Automag was nice, too, but I didn't like its firing sound as much as the Enforcer's.
  • RE4's Red9 of course cannot be forgotten.
  • The Planet Eagles from Exteel.  Why?  Because they were oversized Desert Eagles made to be used by mechs, that's why.
  • The Desert Eagles in the Max Payne games and Counter-Strike were fun as well.
  • Many of the handguns in Borderlands were badassified with upgrades such as large blades, elemental attacks, regenerating ammo, etc.
  • The revolvers in the Half-Life games were particularly satisfying.
There are more, but I can't think of any more right now.
#24 Edited by ESREVER (2692 posts) -

Ebony and Ivory 
 
Nero's Blue rose 
  

  
Halo: Combat Evolved pistol 
 
Noel Vermillion's Bolverk
#25 Posted by ESREVER (2692 posts) -

Oh, and the Swiss p228. 
 

Best handgun in Counter Strike 
#26 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

Maria from Fallout: NV

#27 Edited by GunstarRed (5189 posts) -

Gorgon from Gears 2, I'd take it over any of the  rifles or shotguns.
#28 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

    You know, "that gun".
#29 Posted by DystopiaX (5310 posts) -

Immediately thought of the Halo 1 pistol...best answer, best gun ever, hands down.

#30 Posted by Daiphyer (1337 posts) -
@blacklabeldomm:  
 
That was DLC.
#31 Posted by Management (596 posts) -

@ESREVER said:

Oh, and the Swiss p228.

Best handgun in Counter Strike

Ahh, you beat me to it. That's my favorite handgun in a shooter, I wouldn't call it overpowered as in it laying waste to everything you shoot at but it is fun to use.

Also, what I like about pistols in video games is that they often are underpowered compared to other guns, which makes it that more sweet to take out everyone with just a handgun.

#32 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

One of the best video games handguns that comes to my mind is the one from Half Life 2.

#33 Posted by Badhands (399 posts) -

The magnum from Halo CE is the BEST pistol in any game. ever.

#34 Posted by Helimocopter (369 posts) -

when you upgrade the pistol from Metro 2033 it is insanely powerful, essentially a silenced sniper rifle

#35 Edited by GetEveryone (4455 posts) -
@blacklabeldomm: The Halo CE pistol was by far the best weapon in the game. Outrageously powerful and accurate to the point of being ridiculous. The game I would always lay claim to being best at, and purely because of this handgun. Great choice. 
 
Edit: Obviously, those mentioning the handguns in RE4 are totally on the money. Broken Butterfly for one is a total beast.
#36 Posted by Vinny_Says (5709 posts) -
@Badhands said:

The magnum from Halo CE is the BEST pistol in any game. ever.

@GetEveryone said:
@blacklabeldomm: The Halo CE pistol was by far the best weapon in the game. Outrageously powerful and accurate to the point of being ridiculous. The game I would always lay claim to being best at, and purely because of this handgun. Great choice.  Edit: Obviously, those mentioning the handguns in RE4 are totally on the money. Broken Butterfly for one is a total beast.
@DystopiaX said:

Immediately thought of the Halo 1 pistol...best answer, best gun ever, hands down.

WORD!!
#37 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -

The Pistole from Uncharted is pretty badass, with it being a shotgun and all...but:
 
@blacklabeldomm said:

@Badhands said:

The magnum from Halo CE is the BEST pistol in any game. ever.

@GetEveryone said:
@blacklabeldomm: The Halo CE pistol was by far the best weapon in the game. Outrageously powerful and accurate to the point of being ridiculous. The game I would always lay claim to being best at, and purely because of this handgun. Great choice.  Edit: Obviously, those mentioning the handguns in RE4 are totally on the money. Broken Butterfly for one is a total beast.
@DystopiaX said:

Immediately thought of the Halo 1 pistol...best answer, best gun ever, hands down.

WORD!!
Word. It was so balance-broken to the point that it was undeniably the game's best weapon.
#38 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

How has no one mentioned the golden gun from 007?

#39 Posted by Gnubberen (770 posts) -

The Revolver from Half-Life 2 was pretty awesome.

Was a huge fan of the custom 1911 from Metal Gear Solid 3. But that was more the look than the feel.

Also loved the akimbo beretta's in Max Payne 1+2.

Oh and the Desert Eagle from Counter Strike.

#40 Posted by RedEyesBlueBunny (1011 posts) -
@MAN_FLANNEL said:
How has no one mentioned the golden gun from 007?
you just beat me to it >.< 
but seriously. it doesn't get better than the golden gun. it's like everyone's talking about the greatest basketball player of all time and no one is even mentioning michael jordan or wilt chamberlain
#41 Posted by Grillbar (1834 posts) -

cant remember det name, but the magnun from re5 fully upgraded it kills everything and i mean everything the only thing that does less dmg is the rpg and again a handgun vs a one time use anti armor rocket.

#42 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -
@Abyssfull: Winner 
 
 
@Liber:  And uh.....  Disqualified? lol   :P  
 
 
I myself have always been partial to the Hardballer pistols from the Hitman franchise. That or just the good old Beretta's in Max Payne.
#43 Posted by BoG (5191 posts) -
@Liber said:
 

Stole mine! Gunblade is the most BA handgun. DUH! It's a hand gun, and a sword.
#44 Posted by Forever (100 posts) -

I'll add Wesker's Samurai Edge to the slew of Resident Evil weapons. Wouldn't mind getting a real version of it. Resident Evil has all the best handguns.
dat handcannon

#45 Posted by Vitor (2821 posts) -

@impulse1987 said:


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Man, I had totally forgotten about this one! Seeing it makes me wanna play RE4 all over again.

One of my all time favourites. That and the reload animation was AWESOME.

#46 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I agree with all your choices, also all the pistols in the Uncharted 3 beta feel amazing.  Also, Battlefield Bad Company 2's pistols are all SO SO SO good.  Every one of those is my favorite pistol ever in a video game.

#47 Edited by The_Painted (181 posts) -

The revolver in Half-Life 2 was great, it sounded awesome and it sent the Combine flying. Also, the Red9 from Resident Evil 4.

#48 Posted by Twitchey (865 posts) -

The Mauser pistol from Red Dead Redemption. You could hold off an army with that, oh wait, you can.

#49 Edited by CandiBunni (465 posts) -

 I LOVE the plasma pistol in Halo: Reach. It takes only 7-10 shots to kill an opponent, can fire pretty fast, and has that wonderful EMP effect.

"Don't underestimate me!"
#50 Posted by Surkov (992 posts) -

G18 in Socom II. 

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