Over the years, first-person shooters have been responsible for some of the most important franchises ever. So we’ve sifted through and picked out the top 10 best FPS weapons ever and ranked them.
It doesn’t matter how good an FPS’s story or characters are, if the player isn’t given punchy guns that make the gameplay feel meaningful then it breaks a lot of the immersion.
One of the reasons that the aforementioned franchises have done so well down the years and are so revered is because of the weapons they give you to use. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to see what they have to offer and select the top 10 best FPS weapons ever, ranking them in the process.
Best FPS weapons ever – Honorable Mentions
Before we get stuck into the heart of our main list, we’re first going to give a solid shoutout to three weapons that didn’t quite cut the mustard.
Battlefield – XM8
Anyone who played Battlefield: Bad Company will have probably clocked up many hours with the XM8 Assault Rifle. This strong and accurate rifle was the king of a well-balanced meta and definitely deserves a mention.
Fallout – Fat Man
Fallout is technically not really an FPS game with the emphasis being on its open-world, RPG elements. However, Fallout 3 switched the series to a first-person perspective and let players unleash the Fat Man – a literal launcher of mini-nuclear bombs.
Call of Duty – Akimbo Model 1887
If it wasn’t for the patch that broke them in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, their presence on the main list was all-but-guaranteed. However, once Infinity Ward realized the disgusting power of these dual shotguns, they nerfed their power and range into oblivion.
Ranking the 10 best FPS weapons ever
With the honorable mentions out of the way, we’ll now jump straight into the main course, our FPS ranking list.
Here is a complete ranking with an analysis of the 10 top weapons that have ever come from FPS games.
10. Half-Life – Gravity Gun
Valve’s Half-Life 2 reinvented FPS games with its long, fully-fledged campaign that featured a fascinating manipulation of physics into its gameplay.
One fine example of this was the Gravity Gun, an ammoless force of nature that could pick up pretty much any item, within reason, and hurl it at an enemy with unbelievable force. Found an idle sawblade? Congratulations, thanks to the Gravity Gun it will slice through absolutely anything now and insta-kill.
9. DOOM – Super Shotgun
id Software’s DOOM is arguably the franchise that got the FPS genre ball rolling thanks to its graphic imagery, which was uncommon at the time of its release, and violent gameplay.
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It had tons of destructive weapons to eradicate demons, with one of its standouts being the Super Shotgun – introduced in DOOM II. Compared to the regular Shotgun, the “Super Shotty” is a double-barreled bonafide bad guy buster thanks to its ability to pelt two loaded shells at attacking foes with great regularity.
8. Serious Sam – Cannon
If ever a game epitomized chaos, it’s the Serious Sam games. The titles have a penchant for overloading the screen with hundreds of enemies all trying to take down the titular character.
Players get a ton of typical weapons you’d find in an FPS game, but the coolest has to be the Cannon. Quite literally a cannon that could possibly have been ripped off of the side of a pirate ship. It can one-hit most enemies, bring down some of the biggest enemies in only two shots, and help to make light work of bosses.
7. Counter-Strike – AWP
The fact that many servers banned, and still ban, the use of the AWP should really underline just how ridiculously overpowered the AWP Sniper Rifle is in the Counter-Strike games.
It’s understandable that if you hit an opponent in the head with a beast like this then you should be rewarded with the kill, but the AWP went beyond this. In the classic CS: Source days, a hit anywhere on your opponent’s body would pretty much assure you of the kill. Some may consider this excessive, but it certainly made the weapon stand out.
6. Call of Duty – Ray Gun
The Ray Gun has become a staple of CoD games thanks to the introduction of Zombies in Call of Duty: World At War in 2008.
Until the regular addition of unique Wonder Weapons over the years, the goal was always to try and get your hands on the Ray Gun, Pack-A-Punch it, and pretty much go for a nap whilst you hold the fire button as the gun munches its way through feisty groups of the undead. But even in 2021 and Cold War, players still hold out hope of securing a Ray Gun for their loadout.
5. Halo – Energy Sword
Halo montages fall into one of several categories, and the Energy Sword can comfortably be filed in this section.
An awesome-looking, glowing sword that would one-hit anyone that got within touching distance of you. If you jumped into a lobby where a player on the enemy team knew how to masterfully carve you up with one of these then it was already over. It’s the only non-gun on our list, but in terms of FPS weapons, it’s easily one of the most famous, and deadly.
4. Call of Duty – ACR
Even though Call of Duty 4 established the basis for future Call of Duty online games, and most FPS multiplayer games in general, it’s Modern Warfare 2 where things really took off.
If you were lucky enough to be playing Modern Warfare 2 at the original time of its release, then you no doubt you used the ACR. It became the go-to gun for pretty much everyone because it was laser-accurate, had unbelievable power and range, and even sounded and felt great to use. What more could you want from an FPS weapon?
3. Goldeneye – Golden Gun
If one of your friends obtained the Golden Gun, then it was time to scarper and play as tactically as possible to bring them down and have them drop the gun – it was that good.
Taking its place amongst other one-hit weapons, the Golden Gun is what you wanted to get in the legendary N64’s Goldeneye multiplayer. There was a momentary feeling of anxiety amongst players when someone picked up the weapon as it would change the dynamic of the whole match.
2. Halo – Battle Rifle
Remember when we were talking about Halo montages earlier? Well here is another big one, Halo marksmen running around the various maps and effortlessly drilling holes through countless players with the iconic Battle Rifle.
It may not possess some of the more deadly qualities that other guns have, but the Battle Rifle is about as distinctive as they come and is the signature weapon of Master Chief. With the Xbox 360 multiplayer boom coming in the mid-2000’s, Halo was a big part of that, and as such, the Battle Rifle became synonymous with first-person shooters.
1. DOOM – BFG
The Big F*cking Gun. The name itself is worthy of the number one spot alone, but when you actually systematically break down the obscene capabilities of the BFG, then it becomes a no-brainer.
The BFG isn’t actually that big, but it’s big in name due to its killing ability. See, one press of the gun’s trigger, and it emits a giant ball of explosive plasma that essentially acts as a nuke and wipes out every enemy around you. Its introduction in the DOOM 2016 reboot is indicative of this as your first use with the gun easily decimates a room full of 50+ Imps in one go. It’s spectacular to watch the BFG in action.
For these reasons, we say that the BFG from DOOM is the best FPS weapon in video game history.
There you have it, our top list of the best-ever FPS weapons in history ranked from worst to best, with a few honorable mentions thrown in for good measure.
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Apex Legends Heirlooms: All Heirlooms & what they do
Apex Legends Heirlooms are some of the most sought-after items in the whole game, but what are they and what do they do?
The Heirlooms in Apex Legends are very popular rare items that all dedicated players wish to obtain. To understand the demand, let’s get into the details of what they are.
Apex Legends has some pretty cool cosmetics for players to obtain, including the recent addition of Prestige skins. There are plenty of neat cosmetic items that you can use to stylize your weapons and characters.
Heirlooms are the rarest and most prestigious in-game items, and not every Legend has one of them. Let’s go into detail about what they are and what they actually do for you in Apex Legends.
What is an Apex Legend Heirloom?
An Heirloom is a Legend-specific melee item that Apex Legends players can purchase with Heirloom Shards, which are obtained in Apex Packs.
The reason Heirlooms are so rare is because there is a 1 in 500 chance of receiving Heirloom Shards in an Apex Pack, and only on your 500th pack are you guaranteed the shards.
Further, Heirlooms usually come out during a Collection Event, where players need to collect every item in the event to receive the new Heirloom. However, these can be very pricey.
To calculate how many Apex Packs you have opened, check out our article on how to track your Heirloom progress.
What do Heirlooms do in Apex Legends?
Heirlooms are strictly cosmetic items that are specific to Legends that currently have them available. They give you new melee animations and sounds, as well as something cool to hold while your weapons are holstered.
These items also have detailed animations when your weapon is holstered, as well as satisfying animations for moving between running, walking, sliding, and crouching.
All Heirlooms in Apex Legends
There are currently 14 Legends who have Heirlooms in the game, and each of these items is suited to their own distinct sets of abilities.
Here are all the Apex Legends Heirlooms currently in the game:
- Rampart – Problem Solver
- Wraith – Kunai
- Bloodhound – Raven’s Bite
- Lifeline – Shock Sticks
- Pathfinder – Boxing Gloves
- Octane – Butterfly Knife
- Mirage – Too Much Witt
- Caustic – Death Hammer
- Gibraltar – War Club
- Revenant – Dead Man’s Curve
- Bangalore – Cold Steel
- Wattson – Energy Reader
- Crypto – Biwon Blade
- Valkyrie – Suzaku
At the time of writing, Valkyrie is the latest character to receive an Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 13. The Suzaku has arrived as part of the Awakening Collection Event.
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Although we don’t have official information regarding the next Legend to receive an Heirloom, we have had leaks in the past regarding Loba’s Heirloom, so it could be coming next.
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When does Control return to Apex Legends?
Control has quickly become one of Apex Legends’ most popular modes, but when is it coming back, and could it be made permanent?
When Respawn Entertainment added the Control LTM in Season 12 of Apex Legends, few could have predicted how popular it would become. As the mode is limited, many players wonder when it is available.
Apex Legends Season 13 has featured major new content for the battle royale, from updates to Storm Point to big buffs for Lifeline. Despite all that, the return of Control has been on every player’s lips.
The 9v9 mode sees teams fight to capture three control points found on the map, with respawns enabled, unlike normal battle royale.
Since this is a Limited-Time Mode, it’s no surprise that it comes and goes. With that being said, let’s get into the details of when the mode is returning and whether it will become permanent.
When is Control coming back to Apex Legends?
Control has officially returned to Apex Legends as part of the Awakening Collection Event on June 21, 2022.
As the Awakening Collection Event is set to be removed on July 5, this is also when Control will once again be removed from the game.
The LTM has been updated and given a new map for fans to enjoy, Lava Siphon from World’s Edge. Check out the full patch notes for the LTM in our guide to the Control changes in Season 13.
Although it may be disappointing to hear that it will be removed again, it has returned, many times now and will likely be back in the future, perhaps even in Season 14.
Why was Control removed from Apex Legends?
Control is a limited-time mode, which means that the mode is only available for a certain amount of time before it is removed from the game.
Control is available for two weeks during the Awakening Collection Event, and it has come and gone a few times now since its introduction in Season 12. This definitely implies that it has the potential to return once again, so don’t get too down about it being removed.
Will Control become a permanent Apex Legends mode?
Unfortunately, we just don’t know the answer to that, but at the moment, it seems unlikely. Respawn devs have constantly stated that it’s a Limited-Time Mode, and dropped no hints about it sticking around forever.
Still, if there is a big enough audience and fans continue to support the mode, there’s always a chance the devs could make it a permanent fixture of the game, especially as they seem pretty adamant about improving the mode with updates and bug fixes like in the 13.1 update.
That’s everything we know about the return of Control, at least for the time being. We’ll be sure to keep this article updated with any information we get from Respawn.
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FIFA 22 Shapeshifters: Team 2 release date, promo explained, player leaks
The Shapeshifters promo followed TOTS as the next Ultimate Team promo in FIFA 22. Here’s a look at the Team 1 squad and Team 2 leaks.
The Shapeshifters promo last seen in FIFA 20 has made its way to FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team mode following the Team of the Season.
Team of the Season is certainly one of the most popular promos of the year, but it surely isn’t the final promo for FIFA 22 players to enjoy. Luckily, there are still a few Ultimate Team promos to look forward to and Shapeshifters is one of them.
The Shapeshifters promo was a fan-favorite promo in FIFA 20, and after not featuring in FIFA 21, it has made a return to Ultimate Team in FIFA 22.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Shapeshifters promo including the release date, Team 1 players, and Team 2 leaks.
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters release date
- Ultimate Team Shapeshifters explained
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 1
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 2 player leaks
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters release date
With exciting new content to enjoy, you’ll want to log into FIFA when the new cards make their way to Ultimate Team at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM UK.
Ultimate Team Shapeshifters explained
The Shapeshifters promo is a fan favorite due to its unique tendency to have top players in unconventional positions. This promo takes players out of their standard position and allows you to build a squad with more options at your disposal.
For example, in FIFA 20, Trent Alexander-Arnold went from playing RB to CM. This drastic change opens the door to new squad-building possibilities.
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Some of the Shapeshifters cards boast skill moves and weak foot upgrades. These special cards received rating boosts, SM/WF upgrades, and position changes, which makes Shapeshifters a top-tier promo.
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 1
TOTS was always going to be a difficult act to follow, but EA have certainly delivered an incredible promo with some stellar players on offer. Lionel Messi, Heung Min Son, and Youcef Atal will be highly sought-after players.
- Alphonso Davies – LB → ST
- Lionel Messi – RW → CF
- Youcef Atal – RB → CM
- Heung Min Son – LM → ST
- Eden Hazard – LW → CAM
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – ST → LW
- Leonardo Spinazzola – LWB → CDM
- Pierre Kalulu – RB → CB
- Jeremiah St. Juste – CB → RW
- Héctor Bellerín – RB → LB
- Nordi Mukiele – RWB → CB
- Jack Grealish – LW → CAM
- Andrew Robertson – LB → CDM
- Everton – LM → ST
Anderson and Carrasco are both available via SBC, while Thuram is expected to join them as an SBC reward throughout the promo.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg’s Gerhardt and Arsenal’s Pepe are available via Objective.
- Yannick Carrasco – LM → CAM or LM → RW (SBC)
- Felipe Anderson – LM → RW (SBC)
- Marcus Thuram – LM → ST (SBC)
- Samuel Grandsir – LM → ST (OBJ)
- Yannick Gerhardt – CM → LWB (OBJ)
- Nicolas Pepe – RM → ST (OBJ)
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 2 player leaks
FutSheriff has shared leaks concerning Team 2 players and there is plenty of reason to be excited with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo included. It seems Ferland Mendy eludes Ultimate Team fans once again, but there’s always the next FIFA 22 promo to look forward to.
Take a look at the players they claim will be involved in Shapeshifters Team 2:
- Cristiano Ronaldo – ST → LW
- Marcelo – LB → ST
- Sergio Ramos – CB → ST
- Timo Werner – ST → RF
- Adama Traore – RW → CF
- Stephan El Shaarawy – LW → CAM
- Silas – RM → CF
- Jesus Corona – RM → CM
- Kieran Tierney – LB → CB
- Emre Can – CM → CB
- Roberto Pereyra – CM → LWB
- Thiago Mendes – CDM → RB
- Marko Arnautovic – ST → CB
- Daley Blind – CB → CDM
Shapeshifters Team 2 is looking equally as strong as Team 1. Ultimate Team fans should be excited to receive a promo that includes Ronaldo and Messi so soon after TOTS. Marcelo and Ronaldo should be the two most sought-after cards, but Ramos shouldn’t be too far behind.
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