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The 8 Best Video Games Firearms We Wish Existed in Real Life

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We wish we could bring these fictional video game firearms to the range.

Love it or hate it, video games and firearms have become more and more linked to one another as time has gone on. Some game developers, like those behind the recent smash hit Red Dead Redemption II or the Call of Duty franchise, have attempted to re-create modern and historic firearms down to the last detail.

Then there are other video game guns that are entirely fictional. Some of the designs are ingenious, some are downright ridiculous.

But there are some that we just wish were for real. So, we've compiled a list of video game weapons that we wish we could take to our local range in real life.

8. The Golden Gun, GoldenEye 007, Nintendo 64

This game wasn't the first time the Golden Gun showed up. This fictional firearm first appeared in the 1974 James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun" back when Roger Moore was still playing Bond. The gun didn't even appear in 1995's "GoldenEye" movie, Pierce Brosnan's first go-around as the MI6 secret agent.

But in 1997, a little tie-in video game called GoldenEye 007 was made for the Nintendo 64, and the first-person shooter transformed how many shooter video games were made from that point forward. My friends and I spent hours killing each other in deathmatch mode.

And if you're young enough to have played this title, you know this single shot gun made a re-appearance here as one of the most powerful weapons in the game (other than maybe the rocket launcher). It was one shot, one kill, every single time. Which could be frustrating if you weren't holding it.

Sure, it wasn't accurate to a real-world gun. We don't even know what caliber the Golden Gun is supposed to be. We just know that a handgun this powerful would make for one heck of a self-defense weapon in real life. We know the look of a golden firearm is a bit tacky, but we don't care, we want one anyway.

7. BFG 9000, Doom, Various Platforms

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One could make a serious argument for the double-barreled shotgun in this series as being more iconic for the Doom series of games. But those exist in real life. The BFG 9000 is an entirely fictional firearm.

Literally standing for Big F***ing Gun, this fictional firearm is said to rely on plasma energy to obliterate enemies in the games. It even creates a great deal of splash damage for any unfortunate soul who is standing too close. Doom was, after all, one of the more violent games of its time.

It really didn't matter what version of Doom you played on which computer or system. There was always a giddy moment when you got your hands on the BFG.

Although, if a gun like the BFG did exist in real life, we highly suspect it would be quite unwieldy due to the ridiculous size. It also probably wouldn't be available to the public at large. It is just too powerful.

But boy would it be awesome to take one of these to the range and obliterate EVERY target out there with just a single shot!

6. M90 Shotgun, Halo Series, Xbox

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In all honesty, it was tough for me to pick just one of the video game weapons from Bungie Studio's wild science-fiction epic. I eventually settled on the M90 shotgun over the MA5B assault rifle (the assault rifle part is their words, not mine). But I chose this shotgun partly because of its unique design which has the magazine on top and the barrel on the bottom and for the ridiculous specs.

The M90 was one of the best weapons to have in the later stages of the original Halo against the zombie-like flood because of its awesome stopping power. It's little wonder it was so effective.

This pump-action 8-gauge (yes, 8-gauge!) shotgun holds up to 12 rounds. Can you imagine a shotgun with that kind of stopping power and capacity? My shoulder hurts just thinking about it. No wonder Master Chief has such thick armor!

Still, we wouldn't turn down the chance to shoot one of these if they were real. The one downside to this fictional firearm would be its reported weight according to Bungie's Halo lore. This fictional shotgun is supposed to weigh nearly 13 pounds when fully loaded. Yikes!

5. The Gravity Gun, Half-Life 2, Various Platforms

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I wasn't sure if this one should be added to the list since it technically isn't exactly a gun. It's a "zero point energy field manipulator." Then I remembered how awesome it was using this thing to hurl saw blades at attacking zombies.

The gravity gun doesn't use ammunition. The ammo is whatever you can pick up and hurl at your target, while defying the laws of gravity in the process!

And when you think about it, that would make for one awesome day at the range. Imagine hurling a whole refrigerator or propane tank at a target down range. Crazy dangerous, but it would also be incredibly satisfying.

Plus, you could technically use the gravity gun to help you move heavy furniture, so long as you didn't hit the trigger to launch it through the wall once you were done using it!

4. Plasma Cutter, Dead Space Series, Various Platforms

There were two firearms from the horror/sci-fi series Dead Space we considered for this list. The other was the pulse rifle. But ultimately, we decided the plasma cutter was the much cooler of the two. Even if, technically, this video game weapon is a tool re-purposed for survival from the swarm of horrifying necromorphs, er, bad guys, that have overtaken the ship.

Though it isn't truly a gun, one can't deny the stopping power of the plasma cutter.

It is possible to complete the whole game using just this weapon. The fact that you can change the beam to fire vertically and horizontally makes it quite the versatile weapon, too.

3. M-98 Widow, Mass Effect Series, Various Platforms

As a huge fan of this sci-fi epic series, I knew I had to pick at least one gun from Mass Effect. Again, it was a toss-up between the M-98 Black Widow and the M-97 Mantis sniper rifles.

The Mantis has a higher rate of fire in the game, but the Black Widow has some of the best stopping power of any gun you have to choose from. Plus, it just looks cool. Think of it as the Barrett .50 cal of the

We wish we could bring these fictional video game firearms to the range.

Love it or hate it, video games and firearms have become more and more linked to one another as time has gone on. Some game developers, like those behind the recent smash hit Red Dead Redemption II or the Call of Duty franchise, have attempted to re-create modern and historic firearms down to the last detail.

Then there are other video game guns that are entirely fictional. Some of the designs are ingenious, some are downright ridiculous.

But there are some that we just wish were for real. So, we've compiled a list of video game weapons that we wish we could take to our local range in real life.

8. The Golden Gun, GoldenEye 007, Nintendo 64

This game wasn't the first time the Golden Gun showed up. This fictional firearm first appeared in the 1974 James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun" back when Roger Moore was still playing Bond. The gun didn't even appear in 1995's "GoldenEye" movie, Pierce Brosnan's first go-around as the MI6 secret agent.

But in 1997, a little tie-in video game called GoldenEye 007 was made for the Nintendo 64, and the first-person shooter transformed how many shooter video games were made from that point forward. My friends and I spent hours killing each other in deathmatch mode.

And if you're young enough to have played this title, you know this single shot gun made a re-appearance here as one of the most powerful weapons in the game (other than maybe the rocket launcher). It was one shot, one kill, every single time. Which could be frustrating if you weren't holding it.

Sure, it wasn't accurate to a real-world gun. We don't even know what caliber the Golden Gun is supposed to be. We just know that a handgun this powerful would make for one heck of a self-defense weapon in real life. We know the look of a golden firearm is a bit tacky, but we don't care, we want one anyway.

7. BFG 9000, Doom, Various Platforms

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtbCfrHHmIZ/

One could make a serious argument for the double-barreled shotgun in this series as being more iconic for the Doom series of games. But those exist in real life. The BFG 9000 is an entirely fictional firearm.

Literally standing for Big F***ing Gun, this fictional firearm is said to rely on plasma energy to obliterate enemies in the games. It even creates a great deal of splash damage for any unfortunate soul who is standing too close.

It really didn't matter what version of Doom you played on which computer or system. There was always a giddy moment when you got your hands on the BFG.

Although, if a gun like the BFG did exist in real life, we highly suspect it would be quite unwieldy due to the ridiculous size. It also probably wouldn't be available to the public at large. It is just too powerful.

But boy would it be awesome to take one of these to the range and obliterate EVERY target out there with just a single shot!

6. M90 Shotgun, Halo Series, Xbox

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtReU59D6jj/

In all honesty, it was tough for me to pick just one of the video game weapons from Bungie Studio's wild science-fiction epic. I eventually settled on the M90 shotgun over the MA5B assault rifle (the assault rifle part is their words, not mine). But I chose this shotgun partly because of its unique design which has the magazine on top and the barrel on the bottom and for the ridiculous specs.

The M90 was one of the best weapons to have in the later stages of the original Halo against the zombie-like flood because of its awesome stopping power. It's little wonder it was so effective.

This pump-action 8-gauge (yes, 8-gauge!) shotgun holds up to 12 rounds. Can you imagine a shotgun with that kind of stopping power and capacity? My shoulder hurts just thinking about it. No wonder Master Chief has such thick armor!

Still, we wouldn't turn down the chance to shoot one of these if they were real. The one downside to this fictional firearm would be its reported weight according to Bungie's Halo lore. This fictional shotgun is supposed to weigh nearly 13 pounds when fully loaded. Yikes!

5. The Gravity Gun, Half-Life 2, Various Platforms

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I wasn't sure if this one should be added to the list since it technically isn't exactly a gun. It's a "zero point energy field manipulator." Then I remembered how awesome it was using this thing to hurl saw blades at attacking zombies.

The gravity gun doesn't use ammunition. The ammo is whatever you can pick up and hurl at your target, while defying the laws of gravity in the process!

And when you think about it, that would make for one awesome day at the range. Imagine hurling a whole refrigerator or propane tank at a target down range. Crazy dangerous, but it would also be incredibly satisfying.

Plus, you could technically use the gravity gun to help you move heavy furniture, so long as you didn't hit the trigger to launch it through the wall once you were done using it!

4. Plasma Cutter, Dead Space Series, Various Platforms

There were two firearms from the horror/sci-fi series Dead Space we considered for this list. The other was the pulse rifle. But ultimately, we decided the plasma cutter was the much cooler of the two. Even if, technically, the origin of this video game weapon is a tool re-purposed for survival from the swarm of horrifying necromorphs, er, bad guys, that have overtaken the ship.

Though it isn't truly a gun, one can't deny the stopping power of the plasma cutter.

It is possible to complete the whole game using just this weapon. The fact that you can change the beam to fire vertically and horizontally makes it quite the versatile weapon, too.

3. M-98 Widow, Mass Effect Series, Various Platforms

As a huge fan of this sci-fi epic, I knew I had to pick at least one gun from this series of games. Again, it was a toss-up between the M-98 Black Widow and the M-97 Mantis sniper rifles. The Mantis has a higher rate of fire in the game, but the Black Widow has some of the best stopping power of any firearm in the game. Plus, it just looks cool. Think of it as the Barrett .50 cal of the sci-fi-based future.

The Mass Effect firearms are quite interesting in that according to game lore, they don't utilize gunpowder and cartridges at all. Instead, they are downsized mass accelerators that fire solid metal slugs shaved off a piece of metal from inside the weapon.

In the original game, guns would overheat, but you'd never actually run out of ammunition. How cool would that be?

We want a real-life M-98 just so we can up our trips to the gun range without worry about ammunition costs!

2. AER9 Laser Rifle, Fallout Series, Various Platforms

The Fallout series of games are set in an alternative universe where the world has been essentially stuck in the post-apocalypse since the nukes flew sometime after WWII.

There are a lot of cool fictional firearms in this series, but we've always really enjoyed the laser rifle. There are several variants to be found in the game, but this gun is a standby because it is easy to acquire one early and it is quite an effective weapon.

In the lore of Fallout, the AER9 was set to be the standard service issue firearm for the U.S. Army before the bombs dropped. While the damage isn't great, you get a lot of shots out of each microfusion cell that serves as the ammo for these guns. Sometimes the gun satisfyingly reduces the target it hits to nothing more than a pile of smoking ash.

Plus, we just dig the retro sci-fi look of this thing.

1. Mark 2 Lancer, Gears of War, Xbox

In 2006, Epic Games Studios introduced a weapon to their Gears of War game that may be the single coolest fictional firearm ever conceived via movies, TV, books, or video games. That weapon is the Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle (again, the "assault rifle" part is their words, not mine).

This 50-round automatic rifle is cool, but it would probably be easily forgotten if not for two little words. Chainsaw bayonet!

This small addition instantly turned the cool factor up to an 11 and made you reluctant to part with the Lancer throughout the rest of the game as you battled the insect-like locust horde.

Now, we're willing to concede that the placement of the bayonet compared to where your hand is placed would probably make this rather dangerous to use. But darned if it doesn't make this one of the coolest-looking fictional firearms ever.

We just wish we could take the real thing to the local gun range!

For more outdoor content from Travis Smola, be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his Geocaching and Outdoors with Travis Youtube channels

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The Mass Effect firearms are quite interesting in that according to game lore, they don't utilize gunpowder and cartridges at all. Instead, the lore says they are downsized mass accelerators that fire solid metal slugs shaved off a piece of metal from inside the weapon. In the original game, guns would overheat, but you'd never actually run out of ammunition. How cool would that be? We want a real-life M-98 just so we can up our trips to the gun range without worry about ammunition costs!

2. AER9 Laser Rifle, Fallout Series, Various Platforms

The Fallout series of games are set in an alternative universe where the world has been essentially stuck in the post-apocalypse since the nukes flew sometime after World War II. There are a lot of cool fictional firearms in this series, but we've always really enjoyed the laser rifle. There are several cool variants to be found in the game, but this gun is a standby because it is easy to acquire one early and it is quite an effective weapon.

In the lore of Fallout, the AER9 was set to be the standard service issue firearm for the U.S. Army before the bombs dropped. While the damage isn't great, you get a lot of shots out of each microfusion cell that serves as the ammo for these guns. Sometimes the gun satisfyingly reduces the target it hits to nothing more than a pile of smoking ash.

Plus, we just dig the retro sci-fi look of this thing.

1. Mark 2 Lancer, Gears of War, Xbox

In 2006, Epic Games Studios introduced a weapon to their Gears of War game that may be the single coolest fictional firearm ever conceived, movies, TV, books or video games. That weapon is the Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle (again, the "assault rifle" part is their words, not mine. This 50-round automatic rifle is cool. But it would probably be easily forgotten if not for one minor detail.

Two words. Chainsaw bayonet! This small addition instantly turned the cool factor up to an 11 and made you reluctant to part with the Lancer throughout the rest of the game as you battled the insect-like locust horde.

Now, we're willing to concede that the placement of the bayonet compared to where your hand is placed would probably make this bayonet dangerous to use. But darned if it doesn't make this one of the coolest-looking fictional firearms ever. We just wish we could take the real thing to the local gun range!

For more outdoor content from Travis Smola, be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his Geocaching and Outdoors with Travis Youtube channels

NEXT: VIDEO: WATCH THIS GUY BAG A BIG BUCK WITH A GLOCK 10MM

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