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Top 10 best FPS weapons of all time, ranked

The FPS genre is one of the most important in video game history, and we’ve gone through and picked out the top 10 best weapons ever.

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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.

DOOM, Wolfenstein, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo are just some of the most iconic names to grace the gaming landscape.

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.

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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

xm8 in battlefield bad company

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 3 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

model 1887 shotguns in mw2

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

gravity gun picking up an explosive barrel

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

doomguy looking at 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.

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

serious aiming cannon at enemy

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

counter-strike player aiming down 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

ray gun being fired at zombies

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

player wielding an energy sword in halo infinite

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

scoped acr in mw2

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

golden gun information screen

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

scoped battle rifle in halo

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

doomguy using BFG on demons

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.

For more ranked lists, check out the best characters in Apex Legends and every gun in Vanguard ranked.

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How to open Fortnite Chapter 3 vaults: Locations & guide

Fortnite Chapter 3 has brought Vaults that you can loot for some quality weapons and gear, so here’s how you can find and open them.

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Vaults have returned to Fortnite in Chapter 3, Season 1, and you can some useful loot in them, so here are all the Vault locations along with how to open them.

Fortnite Chapter 3 brought a brand-new Battle Pass featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Spider-Man as unlockable skins, along with other fun additions like Spidey’s Web-Shooters.

Season 1 of the latest chapter has also brought back Vaults for players to explore. These often contain high-tier weapons and loot for you to collect so it’s worth searching for them on the map.

Here’s how you can find and open Vaults in Fortnite Chapter 3.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Vault locations

Fortnite Chapter 3 vault locations

There are seven vaults on the newly changed Fortnite Island. They are scattered in different areas and locating them can be difficult. You can check out those locations on the map above and we’ll go over each one of them.

Here are all the Fortnite Vault locations:

  1. Northwest of Logjam Lumberyard
  2. Next to the river northwest of Camp Cuddle
  3. Southwest of Greasy Grove
  4. Southeast of the lake in Coney Crossroads
  5. Northeast of The Daily Bugle
  6. On an island east of Sanctuary
  7. South of Condo Canyon

How to open Vaults in Fortnite

Vault in Fortnite

After you come across one of these vaults, you won’t be able to open them on your own. You’ll need to visit them while playing in Duos, Trios, or Squads. Your teammates will then help you open the group lock.

It’s worth keeping in mind that unlocking a Vault will create noise that might attract nearby enemies. So, we recommend staying prepared for a battle with some powerful weapons and gear.

You can then enter to collect some high-tier weapons and loot from the rare chests inside. There are also blue crystals known as Gem Fragments that you’ll be able to collect from each Vault.


For more Fortnite content, check out our articles on how to get Victory Crown in Fortnite and how to slide in Fortnite Chapter 3.

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How to slide in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fortnite’s newest mechanic that lets you slide across the map. Here’s how to do it, along with details on how to slide cancel.

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Epic Games added a slide mechanic in Fortnite Chapter 3, and here’s everything you need to know about it, including how to cancel slides during combat.

There are many changes to sort through in Fortnite Chapter 3. We have a new Battle Pass featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Spider-Man as unlockable skins, and some new mechanics to give players an advantage in battle.

One of these allows players to slide across the map while running. This feature has been a part of games like Apex Legends for a long time and is now finally in Fortnite. It’s also fairly easy to pull off during combat.

Here’s everything you need to know about sliding in Fortnite.

How to slide in Fortnite on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC

Fortnite character sliding

You can slide in Fortnite by running and pressing the crouch button. As we said before, this isn’t too difficult to do during combat, and you just need to know which button to press..

Here are the default slide buttons on all platforms:

  • PS4/ PS5: Press the right analogue stick down
  • Xbox One/ Xbox Series X: Press the right analogue stick down
  • Nintendo Switch: Press the right control stick down
  • PC: Press the CTRL key

While this is the default crouch button, it’s important to note that this may not apply if you have changed it in your keybinding settings. So you’ll need to remember what button it is or reset it to the default settings.

How To slide cancel in Fortnite

Fortnite character running

Sometimes you might accidentally start sliding when you didn’t intend to, and this could seriously harm you during a gunfight. Luckily, the game lets you cancel the animation by pressing the crouch button a second time.

This will instantly get your character back into the running position. You can only slide down steep slopes such as hills, mountains, and slanting rooftops. Since you can use your weapon while sliding, this can be useful in battles.

You can also change the “slide hold time” when playing on a controller. This changes the duration for which you need to hold the crouch button to get your character to begin sliding.


For more Fortnite, check out our guides on how to get Victory Crown in Fortnite and how to unlock the Fortnite Nick Fury skin.

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Apex Legends: Crypto Heirloom model & animations leaked by dataminers

New Apex Legends leaks have uncovered the long awaited model and animations for Crypto’s Heirloom, which will likely drop in Season 12.

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Crypto in Apex Legends

Apex Legends dataminers have been hard at work uncovering future content for Respawn’s battle royale, and the latest revealed Crypto’s Heirloom.

Apex Legends‘ players have had a lot to digest over the past week, with Respawn officially announcing the Raiders Collection Event and Christmas content coming in Season 11.

The Season 11 Collection Event will bring Wattson‘s Heirloom, but one character in particular has been amongst the talk of whose Heirloom will be next for quite a few seasons.

Finally, we have more information on Crypto‘s Heirloom, including when it could be arriving, the 3D model, and some of the animations.

Apex Legends Crypto

Every Apex Legends player is desperate for an Heirloom and the Collection Events stand as the easiest way to obtain one. The only catch is that you don’t get to pick which one you get as the only one available during these events is the latest one to drop.

Although they aren’t the most popular Legend in the game, Crypto has always been a fan-favorite when it comes to personality and style. The Korean hacker was one of the first new Legends to drop, being introduced in Season 3 along with World’s Edge.

Despite being introduced so early, we have yet to see his Heirloom, well, until now.

Apex Legends Crypto Heirloom leak

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The leaker responsible for Crypto’s Heirloom leaks is Thordan Smash. This is a very reliable source as they have been involved in several leaks that have come to fruition such as Ash’s abilities prior to Season 11.

In their latest video, they showed off footage of Crypto’s Heirloom from the player’s perspective. The Heirloom takes the form of a retracting Korean Jikdo sword. The version of Crypto’s Heirloom shown in the video is clearly unfinished as it doesn’t possess any textures or colors.

Having said that, we can probably expect the Jikdo to have the green and white pallet Crypto is known for.

We also got to see some interesting animations in the video. It seems the Jikdo will be retractable, and when Crypto pulls it out, it will extend almost like a lightsaber.

Crypto holds the Heirloom like a sword and for those who love Heirloom designs that actually look like weapons, this one is definitely for you.


That’s all on Crypto’s Heirloom leaks, for more on Apex Legends be sure to check out when Apex Legends’ third Anniversary is.

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