Whether it’s guns, bows, knives, or what have you, weapons are everywhere in videogames. There are plenty of titles with realistic weapons, but today’s list focuses on the other end of the spectrum: weapons that are so weird, you can’t imagine that they could ever really exist. These eight weapons are the head-scratchingly awesome additions to games that are simultaneously odd and awesome.
Tuna Sword (Phantasy Star Online 2)
Admit it – you’ve always wanted to slap someone with a fish. Whether you just think it sounds fun or you want to emulate Monty Python, Phantasy Star Online 2 has you covered. The Space Tuna is a sword that’s exactly what it sounds like – a giant fish. It even has a nice hilt and all. Maybe it’s just me, but this is the sort of weapon I’d use in about any MMO.
Groovitron (Ratchet & Clank series)
First appearing in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, the Groovitron has been both a device that you use, ammo for the Groovitron Glove, and even a mine depending on which game in the series you were playing. It appears as a floating disco ball that makes all enemies in range dance uncontrollably. Not only does it make them incredibly easy to dispatch, it also shows off the dance animations that Insomniac made for every enemy in the game.
Hand Cannon (Dead Space 2)
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to rig up a gun inside one of those huge foam fingers, this weapon is for you. All you need to do is beat Dead Space 2 on Hard Core difficulty, and you’ll unlock the Hand Cannon. This giant foam finger has one of the best descriptions of any video game weapon, which reads, “Primary Fire: Pull “RT” to go bang bang, Secondary Fire: Press “RB” to go pew pew pew. Real space. Real terror. Real foam.” Even the sound effects are awesome.
Mr. Toots (Red Faction: Armageddon)
When the going gets tough, the tough get a unicorn that shoots rainbow farts out of its ass. Yes, you read that right. Mr. Toots is a unicorn that doubles as a devastating weapon. You can earn the weapon simply by beating the game, by if you want to get it a little earlier, check out the video above to see where to find it during your playthrough. Just try to ignore the pained expression on his face when you pull the trigger.
Dubstep Gun (Saints Row IV)
Saints Row IV’s dubstep gun fires long ranges energy pulses to the beat of dubstep songs. It can be upgraded to fire “explosive wubs,” making it useful against almost all vehicles. It also requires no ammo, just a short recharge time. You can change its costume to play different music. Best of all, when you fire the dubstep gun, everything around you dances, both people and vehicles.
Cerebral Bore (Turok 2: Seeds of Evil)
The Cerebral Bore is an alien weapon that fires a homing projectile. That may not sound all that strange, but consider what it does once it reaches its target. It latches onto the victim’s head, drills into their skull, and then explodes. It’s not the most practical weapon, since you have to have a lock on your target before firing it, but it’s certainly one of the messiest weapons around.
Cluckshot (Gears of War 3)
What better weapon for taking on the Lambent than a grenade launcher that fires exploding chickens? That seems to be what Epic Games thought when they were designing Gears of War 3. By following an elaborate sequence of instructions (seen in the video above), you can acquire the Cluckshot, a weapon that in fact fires exploding chickens. Each time you fire it, feathers (and a chickens) fly.
Shark-O-Matic (Saints Row The Third)
Flying chickens is one thing, but enlisting sharks to help dispatch your enemies takes this weapon to a whole new level. Just blast your enemies with fish guts, and then stand back and watch as the terror of the deep erupts from beneath the ground and devours them. It may not work on every enemy, but it’s so awesome when it does work that we had to include it.