Top 10 New Video Game Weapons of 2021

Each year, video games deliver more and more characters we grow to know and love. Whether it's their personality, cool character designs, or snarky remarks, every year, the list of video games most beloved characters keeps growing. 2021 was no exception, as many new characters became fan favorites, and will be capturing gamers' interests for years to come. These 10 characters are just some of 2021's great characters that stood out to me in the games I played and enjoyed. I picked them for a variety of reasons, but if your favorite new character didn't make the list, make sure to tell us your favorite in the comment section on social media!

RULES for our List:

- December 1st 2020 to December 1st 2021 games elligible. (ie. No Halo Infinite Weapons)

- If weapon debuts in a previous year game for the first time in 2021, it is eligible.

- List focuses on NEW weapons, therefore weapons introduced in previous years games that made a reappearance in a 2021 game may be left out.

- Weapon itself doesn't have to be unique, but a make a unique appearance, be used in a unique way, or provide a unique experience to players.

- To be a "Weapon" it must cause damage, hence no "tools" (ie. Portal Gun)

- To be a "Weapon" it must have form and shape and be wielded, hence no "powers or abilities"

These weapons are ranked here not necessarily by just how "powerful" or effective they are, as that is significantly relative and debatable; more mores or ranked by their fun factor and uniqueness. These weapons either had cool or unique concepts, were fun to play as.

10. Baseball Bat - (Back 4 Blood)

Back 4 Blood, somehow manages to take concepts that have been done far too much, in a genre that has been done to death, and somehow, against all odds, deliver a game that still feels fresh and fun. I honestly don't know how they did it. This game could have been the most bland boring thing ever, and it really was just a fun experience to play. The Baseball bat is a perfect example. Something as common, and every day as a bat, could be just a boring forgettable melee weapon, that you only use when you run out of ammo. It could be something you quickly forget about as soon as you get a good gun. But even the Bat in Back 4 Blood feels fun to use. It is a great way to conserve ammo when you aren't feeling overwhelmed. It is a great last ditch, "Swing Away Merril" moment when your out of ammo, low on health, about to die, and you just need to swing for your life. The baseball bat isn't even all that unique or special in this game, it's literally just a bat. But it just feels rewarding and satisfying to use, even when you find more powerful melee weapons in the game.

9. Mr Fungi - (Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart)

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart has a LOT of weapons to choose from. It can be a little Doom Eternal level in terms of gun variety and complexity. Ratchet seems to be able to carry an insane amount of weapons at once, that each are all able to be customized and have variations. My favorite one is the goofy Mr Fungi. It is a great gun to use when needing to catch a breathe. All the weapons, ammo types, ammo conservation, ground healing items, and strategy in combat, sometimes you just need a second to think about what to do next. Mr Fungi is a mushroom character that the gun launch that damages and attacks enemies. It is a great way to buy you a few precious seconds to heal or plan your attack. Not to mention, it's a floating mushroom, and I just think it's hilarious.

8. Bocek - (Apex Legends)

Apex added a handful of new guns to the game this year, and some were returning Titanfall era guns like the CAR SMG. The most surprising one added, is the one for this list, is the Bocek Bow and Arrow. I honestly never would have thought to add a Bow and Arrow to Apex Legends. I probably would have argued against its addition. However, I am surprised how much I liked it. It is fun to have a silent weapon option in the game, as it can aid in third parties or sneak attacks. It is also versatile in that it offers two hop-ups, with scatter arrows being really fun to use. At first launch, I think it was a little OP, but it's current state makes it more balanced. Currently, It is a weapon that can take a little time to get good with. It's loot pool also needs to be re-balanced as it can be hard to find arrows, making a sniper rifle a more statistically better pick. That being said, it is the most unique weapon we've gotten in the game in a long time, and I hope Respawn keeps experimenting with new hop-ups (Explosive Arrows PLEASE?) and more unique atypical weapons. Perhaps Apex could introduce a melee weapon, or a launcher weapon next.

7. Blazing Sword - (Tales of Arise)

Tales of Arise is a Fantasy RPG that has its fair share of beautiful vistas, amazing characters, and great story. It is just an over all fantastic game, and at the heart of its story is the Blazing Story. It makes it on this list for it's importance to the story. It is the reason the two main characters must work together. Shionne owns and powers the the magical sword but the sword is so powerful, literally burning with magical energy, it burns and damages the wielder. Only Iron Mask (name censored for story spoilers) is capable of wielding the sword because he feels no paint. He can be injured, but Shionne can heal. It takes their unique complementary powers to wield the powerful magical sword. Not only it's unique nature give it cool narrative implications, the sword also just looks really cool. It is burn with molten metal, and flames up when in use. Between it's unique cool design, and how it impacts the story, makes it a Sword worthy of this list.

6. Kena's Staff/Bow (Kena: Bridge of Spirits)

Kena Bridge of Spirits has done something with it's protagonist of the same name, Kena's main weapon. Her staff starts off the game as a typical fantasy RPG magic mage staff, with melee and minor range. However, part way through the game, Kena unlocks her Bow, and rather than it being a separate weapon, it is actually a magic bow that shoots magical energy, and her staff acts as the bow. While a wood staff, that looks more like a staff then bow, it "bends" and a magical energy "String" forms to shoot the magical arrows. It just looks cool, and I've never seen a Staff/Bow transform like that before. Kena is one of the most visually impressive games of the year, and with it such an ingenious and creative weapon design really takes it to a new level.

5. Starlord's Duel Pistols "Element Guns" - (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Star Lord's Element Guns in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, 2021's biggest surprise, are just fantastic, especially if you play on a PS5. The guns take advantage of the duel sense PS5 controllers adaptive triggers. They just feel so good to hold down that new trigger and charge, or time shots. They are more than just duel pistols, but also give access to a satisfying array of unique special abilities. They have reload quick time that let's you be strategic on reloading and charging blasts. They have freezing and other special "ammo" types. They bring complexity to combat without overwhelming the player who also has to think about giving orders to a squad.

If you skipped Guardians because of the critical failure that was Avengers, don't. Guardians is ridiculously good, and these guns really make the player's journey in a lot of fun gameplay ways.

4. Severed Steel Arm Cannon - (Severed Steel)

Severed Steel is an experience that all gamers need to try. It is a phenomenal game, and is included on our Top 10 Indie Games list. It you ever played Super Hot, a game that makes you feel like a GunFu Matrix Soldier, Severed Steel evolves on that concepts, but let’s you control the flow of time in a way that makes you feel even more badass. The game has a list of weapons but it’s most noteworthy, is the arm cannon that the protagonist has mounted to their arm. It is a massive blasting beam, that can actually melt through the destructible environment. The beam melts through walls and floors, sometimes being the way to actually traverse through the map or reveal hidden enemies. There is just something satisfying about melting a hole in a wall and shooting the bad guys on the other side. Near the end of the game, the beam is used to drill a tunnel through multiple rooms. It makes you feel like Ironman, and feels powerful enough for you to drill to the center of the earth.

3. Ray Gun - (Fortnite)

It was a laser, a sniper rifle, an assault rifle, all rolled into one fun goofy package that really brought some fun times to the alien infused season. When you weren’t dodging OP UFO’s and getting caught in dark, red, inhospitable zones with monsters, the Ray gun felt like a powerful and yet not too op weapon to main. For a seasonal weapon to still feel reasonably balanced, but powerful enough to replace your trusty assault rifle in a multiplayer game, that is saying something.

2. Light Blade - (Bright Memory Infinite)