7 games that gave you the best weapon right away

Halo Combat Evolved: M6D pistol

After years of handguns less damaging than handshakes, someone finally remembered that pistols are built to fire bullets that kill things. In fact, Halo's M6D Personal Defense Weapons System remembered most of the history of firearms and used it all simultaneously with every shot. It was a scoped automatic weapon shredding flesh and shields with equal ease, and was so manly it decided to fit into one hand so you could punch things with the other.

Above: The magazine is longer than the gun - that's how badass this weapon is; it's more concerned with killing the next 11 guys than the one it's shooting now 

Captain Keyes gives you the pistol at the start of the game because he's about to ram the entire Pillar of Autumn into the Halo ring, and therefore has the only better weapon in the game. In this universe, a goddamn 26th century Magnum revolver is only the M6C - Master Chief's M6D pistol is the upgrade to Dirty Harry’s gun plus half a millennium of polishing.

Above: 2553, the first year in human history a Magnum could be referred to as "weak" 

When combined with a plasma pistol (for shield stripping) it was the most lethal thing you could do with two hands short of being Tony Jaa and beating up a nuclear warhead. The pistol was so overwhelmingly effective they nerfed it in Halo 2, and so popular they ferned those features back in over the rest of the series. Though Halo 2 did give you some kind of glowing sword as compensation, if you're into that kind of thing.

Perfect Dark: CMP150

Technically you start Perfect Dark with the Falcon 2, but you get the CMP150 by killing the first security guard you see – that’s the gaming equivalent of finding it in your other pocket. The DataDyne weapon has an auto-aim mode, making it the smartest evil corporation in history. They know their security guards couldn’t hit an idiot at an American Idol audition, so they built a gun that could aim for them. Luckily for the player, the auto-aiming mode is the secondary fire, meaning none of the security guards could figure out how to use it.

Above: Look at this beautiful weapon, it tracks, it aims, it practically fires itself! 

The gun comes from an honorable period of console shooting history when auto-aim was still clearly advertised as an artificial and skill-free handicap for the poor thumbstick-crippled console players, instead of a check box hidden in an options screen. The CMP targets every enemy you drag the crosshairs across, letting you pretend to be the Terminator even more than normal.

Dead Space: Plasma Cutter

Dead Space created an entire mythology just so you could psychopathically dismember things, stomp on the corpses and still be the good guy. And to make sure you get to the mutilating as quickly as possible, Isaac Clarke’s first two pieces of hardware were a slow-motion ray and a laser-targeting limb-slicer known as the Plasma Cutter.

Above: The plasma cutter, making Jason Voorhees' machete look like a preschool toy since 2008 

You can earn an Achievement/Trophy for using no other weapon throughout the entire campaign, suggesting that doing so would be somewhat difficult; in fact, the Plasma Cutter is so destructively effective that we almost prefer sticking to it. The game has other weapons, but if you use them, well, this is the only time when NOT butchering everything you see with laser-precision straightedges makes you the madman.

May 10, 2011

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  • majorsuave - May 13, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    Lol : "Aletheon - 1 day 7 hours ago 1`Little Mac's Fists" I was thinking of it.
  • slimjim441 - May 12, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    M9 tranq in MGS2, 3 (Snake Eater mission), and if you count Twin Snakes. Crowbar/Gravity Gun in Half-Life series. And I would also like to include Goofy in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Reanchi - December 4, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    umm....goofy isnt a weapon...
  • GdeMan - May 12, 2011 5:55 a.m.

    Cod 4 !!1!!!mp5 m16 ak rpd that sniper i forgot the name of? that shawtgaun!?
  • grandinquisitor - May 11, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Playing through Dead Space with just the plasma cutter is a little difficult just because the game gives you random typed ammo pickups so you have to remember to sell all the other kinds and buy plasma cutter ammo, and in some of the later levels a full load is just barely enough to finish the level.
  • Chewrocka - May 11, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    I like it! But the cmp150 is kind of mid-range in the insane arsenal of perfect dark.
  • DeekBoy - May 11, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    The good old Plasma Cutter!! I loved that gun so much :D
  • Aletheon - May 11, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Little Mac's Fists
  • philipshaw - May 11, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    Great feature and I totally used the baseball bat with nails for most of DR2, also got the one gun trophy on my first playthrough of DS
  • TheGhostBox - May 11, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Some weapons that could be included should be (as stated by another T-Dar) The Hidden Blades of Assassin's Creed, but also the Sword you start with in Fable III (maybe not the strongest, but the fact that it's evolving is great) and maybe most weapons from the Call of Duty: BlOps Multiplayer like the Enfield and Famas...
  • Clovin64 - May 11, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    When I saw the title for this article the first thing I though was "Bioshock 2's Power Drill". Sadly not included. What gives?
  • bulletswine - May 11, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Ugh, trying to get the Acheivement for beating Dead Space 1 using only the Plasma Cutter made me HATE that gun.
  • zigs - May 11, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Perfect Dark's best weapons were the Farsight and the Slayer. Hell, there are plenty of weapons in the game better than the CMP! :P
  • Yaro - May 11, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Tony Jaa reference was great. I was almost worried there wouldn't be Dead Space's Plasma cutter but all is well that ends well. Awesome article!
  • SausageLozenge - May 11, 2011 11 a.m.

    My favorite is Halo 3's Battle Rifle. You pretty much could have a list just based on weapons from Bungie's Halo games, which is a testament to how great their balancing is.
  • CitizenWolfie - May 11, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    I think you'll find Guybrush Threepwood's dumb luck and charming ingenuity are the greatest weapons you could start with. But hell, failing that the Plasma Cutter is just a beast. I never really bothered with any other weapons, not just for the achievement, just because it was so good.
  • quincytheodore - May 11, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    Grapple hook alone justifies Just Cause 2 existence.. and yeah Plasma Cutter, two Dead Spaces with only Plasma cutter (maybe also line gun, but that's just like oversize plasma with bombs)
  • spencertucksen - May 11, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    No! Not Antista in the Gears of War he shall be missed. :(
  • ZigzMagoo - May 11, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    Heres an updated list. Red Faction Guerrila-Hammer Halo Reach-Grenades Oblivion-Heal Minor Wounds (Not really a weapon, but basically the reason why I survived most of the levels) Call of Duty 4-MP5 Hitman Blood Money-Silverballers
  • JizzyB - May 11, 2011 4:54 a.m.

    Just to expand on that point. My Halo2 game was based entirely around effective distance. I was great at sniping. I was also good up close if I had a weapon combo of Covenant and Human. I preferred the human pistol with the plasma rifle. Assuming I held my reticule at head height, I would stay in an area that was confined by a lot of corners. Then I would just run a circuit, headshotting whoever I came across. I feel it was a big misconception that the human pistol in Halo2 was nerfed or inadequate. Thank you for your time.

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