Guns that don’t shoot bullets

One of a handful of buildable weapons in Fallout 3, the rock-it-launcher can be created if you have the proper schematics, a vacuum cleaner, leaf blower, firehose nozzle and conductor – bet you never knew such a pile of junk could be turned into something so ballistically capable.

A makeshift contraption like this doesn’t rely on anything as restrictive as specialized ammunition, the rock-it-launcher shoots just about any piece of clutter, trash, debris or detritus you deem worthy of being fired from your personalized garbage cannon. Money, rocks, stimpacks, spoons, hammers, firehose nozzles and whatever you can load into this launcher can all be shot back out the other end, making it every bit as effective as any plasma rifle or mini-gun you might find in your travels around the wasteland.

“Hey, pass that electrodriver.” Sounds pretty kickass when you say it, doesn’t it? That’s because this weapon’s name is a compound word created from two already awesome words “electro” and “driver” – either of which could kill you on its own.

So when you combine electricness and some kind of driver – which, in this case, drives ninja stars into your demonic enemies – you get a weapon that can both cook and chop your foes (and the target cow), into tiny little deliciously dead pieces.

In a last-ditch effort to make a mildly explosive rocket launcher creative, the disk launcher was given – you guessed it – platter-shaped projectiles. And boy did it work.

The weapon wasn’t known for its deadly effectiveness, but instead, for being weird enough and difficult enough to make you want to try it again once you were killed by something else. Also, it was available in just about every soldier’s loadout the game offered.

Hitting another tribes player with one of its slow moving disks - a player who was likely to be soaring through the air with a jetpack in any direction he fancies because that’s what Tribes was all about - was no easy task, but Tribes players still tried and, sometimes, with countless hours of practice and wrist steroids, could connect with an actually damaging mid-air hit.

Like the name says, this weapon fires a continuous stream of lava. Well, by continuous we mean until you run out of lava to shoot. And by lava we mean a burninating stream of molten liquid BBQing the face off anything you encounter, but in a PG-13 way – this is a game about a fuzzy Lombax, after all.

Unfortunately, upgrading this weapon transforms it into a significantly less cool meteor gun, which functions akin to a rapid-fire fireball gun (really not that different from most ordinary projectile launching weapons). It does more damage (technically), but can’t compare with the satisfaction you get from hosing down an angry enemy with a short-range river of fire.

A projectile-based plasma gun that’s simply too big to be lumped in with all those other game’s sci-fi pistols and pea-shooters, and also too big to not be included as one of the best guns that don’t shoot bullets. As far as we’re aware, the projectiles it fires have never been given any explanation beyond being green balls of plasma, but who cares. The BFG 9000 is capable of destroying almost any enemy in a single shot.

The most recent information on the weapon comes from the Doom movie, not the game. But don’t let it fool you. That over-produced, over-plotted picture-film had no problem trouncing over the Doom cannon by rechristening the BFG as a “Bio Force Gun,” but as any long-time Doom player will tell you, without a doubt, the correct terms is “Big F------- Gun” (you fill in the blank). We’re just glad Doom’s space marine isn’t around today to see Hollywood watering down the title of one of his favorite toys.

One shot freezes and enemy, the next shot unfreezes them… then, the next shot refreezes them. Got the idea? You’re shooting an icy elemental blast of cold, so much cold that shooting something twice will bring its temperature all the way back around to the beginning of the thermometer, forcing you to freeze it all over again.


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  • Tashdacat - December 3, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    A whole article on weird guns, and NO mention of the weird guns in the Destroy All Humans! series. Shame on you Gamesradar, shame on you.
  • cringedragon - May 12, 2011 6 p.m.

    oooooooohhh... fail on GR's part... That is the mortar, not the hammer of dawn!! If you guys are going to post something, make sure you have correct knowledge of the game first!
  • Alfredhitchshot23 - May 29, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Hey remember that 55 Most Gracious Headshots video, you could have that gun that rips into your head and then explodes it?
  • FanofSaiyan - December 7, 2009 4:18 a.m.

    There are way too many guns on Ratchet & Clank to list on this forum. Though I don't know about the Lava Gun as my choice, I'd go with the Suck Cannon or Agents of Doom.
  • NottaFanboY - August 21, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    The Fusion gun from Red Faction! Loved the article!
  • AA95mp - August 4, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    What About The Goo Gun In Unreal Tournament?
  • jakery22 - August 4, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    I think nearly all the guns in ratchet and clank don't fire bullets.My favourite gun that doesn't fire bullets has to be the razor from unreal. That gun was awesome, especially when you got a headshot with one. :D. reCAPTCHA : Percy Korea
  • D3TH5150 - May 13, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    hammer of dawn awesome but thats a picture of a mortor. and that cow in the gravity gun article should be sawed in half
  • GamesRadarPaulRyan - May 12, 2009 6:14 p.m.

    Re: Everyone in the whole world The Cerebral Bore is not a gun
  • infestedandy - May 10, 2009 7:38 p.m.

    Awesome article, but there's no Berserkers in Gears 2 Paul!
  • jimony criket - May 10, 2009 8:39 a.m.

    really funny but you forget the injector from time splitters future perfect
  • MOOMAN - May 9, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    wait, shouldn't the cow be like deep fried for the lightning thing? or at least a cheeseburger!
  • JoeMasturbaby - May 8, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    The Reaper - Perfect Dark 64 Mauler - Perfect Dark 64 Fletch Gun - Turok Evolution i was actually expecting the first one.
  • deathrebellion - May 8, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    Cow Launcher Buahaahahahahah!!!!!!! reCaptchia : stop spam read books
  • chuck17j17j - May 8, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    OMg teh best one is in Time Splitters futre Perfect. The injection gun. after 2-3 hit the enemy explodes in a huge mess of blood and gore
  • aarontrippedout - May 7, 2009 8:40 p.m.

    Half of the Stuff from the Original Earth Worm Jim should be on here. (the bubble gun from part two as well)
  • Demonflare - May 7, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    Hahahaha! Awsome article! ;)
  • Theonik - May 7, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    Come on no R.Y.N.O.(Rip You a New One) from Ratchet&Clank that thing can kill an entire boss in 10 seconds and can be used for the entire second play through.
  • alfonso.hdez - May 7, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    Hey! Am I the only one who remembers MDK and MDK2? cmon! atomic toaster and the freakin' sniper helmet! btw reCAPTCHA: Michael idol
  • revrock - May 7, 2009 5:04 a.m.

    the auger in Resistance is one of my faves too... great article

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