Victory, at any cost
Video games are known for letting us mere mortals wield ludicrous amounts of power. You are the Master Chief, the Free Man, or the Chosen One, destined to save mankind and somesuch. Over the course of your journey, you unlock increasingly spectacular weapons and abilities. A crowbar gets replaced by a rocket launcher, a puny fireball becomes a gigantic meteor. Eventually, however, things get a little out of hand.
Overkill doesn't begin to describe the magnitude of these video game moves. Each one has the power to end all life as we know it - but only deals 9999 damage. They're breathtaking the first time you see them, but after repeat viewings they leave you wondering about the unspoken consequences. Is it really worth calling down a world-ending meteor strike just to knock off a few random monsters? Whatever you decide, here are the seven most destructive moves that casually end all life as we know it.
7. Tactical Nuke - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Nothing elevates a small-arms skirmish into an international incident faster than nuclear arms. Deploying Call of Duty's tactical nuke is a bit like pulling a gun during a knife fight. It announces to everyone that "shit just got real" and this little tussle is officially over. After calling down the thunder, a ten-second timer appears on the screen, accompanied by an air raid siren. A blinding, all-encompassing flash of white soon follows, and, in the immortal words of '90s metal band Drowning Pool, the bodies hit the floor.
Detonating a tactical nuke is an automatic win for both the user and his or her team, no matter the current score. Of course, everyone dies in the process and the area they were fighting over becomes irritated wasteland, but let's not split hairs. Let's also not split hairs about the long-term environmental impact of nuclear detonations of any size or potential loss of human life in and around the impact zone. You won the match, dammit, and that's what counts.
6. Tengai Shinsei - Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
I'm not sure which would be more destructive to the Earth: the detonation of a small, nuclear warhead or the impact of two giant meteors. And in a way, I'm thankful for that. Naruto villain Madara Uchiha possesses one of the most excessive attacks in the entire series. It's play out in three steps, though it really could stop at step one: imprisoning the opponent inside a giant tree. Step two: a giant meteor descends from the heavens and crushes the magic tree (along with the person inside). Considering this would literally kill anything you'd think the attack was over. But no, it keeps going.
Step three: a second, larger meteor suddenly appears and smashes into the first (which has already smashed into the foe) causing a massive explosion (why?) that would likely blast the entire planet back to the ice age. Little piece of advice: if you have to measure your opponent's strength based on the number of world-ending meteors you need to drop on their head, the maybe it's time to put diplomacy back on the table.
5. Novalith Cannon - Sins of a Solar Empire
The Novalith Cannon is a giant space gun that fires giant space bullets at planets - like an old six-shooter on an intergalactic scale. Like most strategy game superweapons, it's insanely expensive and wildly impractical to use in an actual game. These arguments feel moot, however, when you're on the receiving end of its bombardment, watching your worlds get reduced to space rubble in two shots.
It's interesting to note that, according to the Sins of a Solar Empire Wiki [LINK], the Novalith Cannon used to have a glitch where it would crash your game if you fired it at one of your own planets. This unintentional safety switch has since been fixed, though I'm not sure if that's really a good thing. As with any firearm, never point the Novalith Cannon at something you don't intend to destroy.
4. Nearly everything - Dragon Ball Z
Ah yes, Dragon Ball Z, now here's a cast of characters that knows how to blow up a planet. Namek is the obvious example, but it seems every couple of episodes someone starts screaming about how they're going to blow up the Earth or how they can't let an attack hit the Earth. Towards the end of the series, Super Buu even has a move straight-up called Human Extinction Attack that does just what it says. But let's talk about Broly and his Gigantic Meteor, the attack linked above.
That explosion at the end is freaking huge. Just look at the size of it - and that's the view from space. It's like the size of all of North America. Now, I'm no scientist, but one would assume if the planet was racked by a continent-sized blast like that there would be some repercussions. Massive earthquakes would ripple across the surface, and the amount of dust and particulate matter thrown into the atmosphere would surely usher in a new ice age. But hey, at least Broly won the fight.
3. Annihilaser - Planetary Annihilation
Planetary Annihilation is a massive strategy game on a celestial scale, with marathon matches that can take hours - or even days - to finish. But when it finally comes time to call it quits, nothing shuts your opponent down faster than the Annihilaser. This game-ending weapons transforms a specific type of planet into your very own Death Star. It takes ages to build and massive amounts of resources, but once finished this super weapon can vaporize an entire system of planets in mere minutes.
Stopping an Annihilaser rampage is difficult to be sure, but not impossible. One option is to strap a bunch of continent-sized rockets to a nearby moon and ram that sucker straight into it. Yes, that's absolutely something you can do in this game, and it's just as glorious as it sounds. Though, you have to wonder what sort of future is in store when entire planets start getting destroyed wholesale.
2. Degeneration Cannon - 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation
Now we really start getting into crazy territory. For those unfamiliar, Super Robot Wars is a long-running series of turn-based strategy games in Japan. Most of these games bring together dozens of popular characters and robots from various anime series, but a handful of these games are comprised entirely of original characters. These "original" games also tend to be the most outrageous when it comes to overpowered attacks, as the developers aren't beholden to any sort of source material.
Enter Shu Shirakawa and his giant robot, Neo Granzon. Shu's strongest attack is to have Neo Granzon generate three micro black holes which it then smashes together with its robot hands to form a single, violent energy orb. Shu then softballs the orb at his opponent, and when it detonates the resulting blast can be seen engulfing the entire universe. And then the two just pop right back into the fight and keep going. What? How is this even a fight when one person can literally end entire realities?
1. Super Nova - Final Fantasy VII
Lo and behold. We have arrived at what is possibly the most over-exaggerated attack in the roleplaying genre - nay, in the entirety of gaming. After transforming into some sort of angel-cloud-monster-thing, Safer-Sephiroth, the penultimate boss of Final Fantasy VII, unleashes his ultimate attack: Super Nova. This move summons a comet that tears through the Milky Way galaxy, destroying multiple planets before detonating our sun. The resulting blast consumes both Safer-Sephiroth and the entire party in the hellfire of an exploding star.
And then he does it a second time and a third time. Enough already, the Milky Way can only handle getting completely annihilated so many times. It doesn't help that this attack takes several full minutes to complete, enough time for a quick bathroom break, grab a sandwich, and file your taxes. It's also a testament to how far Cloud and the party have come: one day they're terrorists blowing up power plants, the next they're having someone explode stars in their face.
BONUS: Chaos Dunk - Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
Okay, forget this entire list, we have the one true winner right here. All others pale in comparison to the Chaos Dunk, a jam so powerful and destructive it led to the Great B-Ball Purge and the B-Ball Removal Department. Famed b-baller Charles Barkley is one of the few to have successfully performed a Chaos Dunk, though the fallout had a damning impact on b-ball and the future of humanity.
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