Top 5 Shotguns

Top 5 Shotguns
 
 

I’m not a fan of guns in real life – mostly because I’m afraid that if I ever used one at a firing range, I would find some way of harming myself or others. That’s why I enjoy using them in games. It’s cathartic, and it’s safe.

A lot of games feature guns, but not many of them master all the elements that make them enjoyable to use. It’s not enough to point it at things and see them disappear. There need to be aural cues, and flairs to the animation to make it truly pop. This is especially true for shotguns, where you’ll likely be spending as much time reloading as you do shooting.

This isn’t just a list of the most effective shotguns. It’s a list of the most enjoyable to use.

5. Resident Evil 4’s Shotgun

Noise profile: *FWOOM* *Thick-thuck*

A list about shotguns wouldn’t be complete without one survival horror entrant, and the grand-daddy of the genre is no stranger to them. Across multiple different titles, the Resident Evil franchise features over 30 shotguns to its name. But with so many to choose from, why did I select this one?

Resident Evil 4’s introduction of the shotgun is the first real moment of player empowerment. Frantically escaping from angry Ganados, you dodge axes and barricade doors. You scramble up the stairs of a decaying house, wondering how you’re going to deal with the horde of hicks baying for your blood.

And then there it is. A 12-gauge beacon of hope mounted on a display.

Your edge.

Your fighting chance.

The first shotgun you encounter in Resident Evil 4 may not be the most powerful, but it perfectly encapsulates the tonal shift that that the series wanted to establish. Also, it’s just damn satisfying to blow off Ganados’ heads with.

4. Killing Floor’s Hunting Shotgun

Noise Profile: *Ka-THWOOM* *Tick-tick-tock*

Killing Floor is a cheesy first-person shooter full of bad cockney accents, a dreadful-but-great butt metal soundtrack, and a swathe of weapons to choose from. But between the exotic katanas and assault rifles, one weapon stands above them all.

The hunting shotgun isn’t just satisfying because of the noise that it makes, or the fact that you can fire both barrels at once. It’s the minor things on the periphery; the screen shake that accompanies every blast, the kinetic energy that pushes your character back if they fire it mid-air. It isn’t just powerful by the numbers. It’s powerful in its presentation.

3. DOTA 2’s Ethereal Blade + Morphling’s Adaptive Strike

Noise Profile: *VSSSH-KRRR-KSH*

Now hold on, hear me out.

While this may not be your typical shotgun, the mechanics surrounding it certainly are. Morphling is a hero in DOTA 2 with the ability to swap between two different attributes – strength (for bonus health), and agility (for bonus damage).

At max agility, one of Morphling’s abilities (Adaptive Strike) deals a huge burst of magical damage. Mix this with Ethereal Blade – an item which deals a chunk of damage based on your primary attribute, and makes the target more vulnerable to follow-up spells – and you have a hero that can reduce most targets to a fine paste in a matter of seconds.

But the main part of this combo that elevates it is the bass. There’s a rolling rumble that accompanies the Ethereal Blade projectile, which is then punctuated by the sharp hiss of Adaptive Strike.

2. F.E.A.R.’s VK-12 Shotgun

Noise Profile: *BOOM* *Ka-klink* *tink-tink*

F.E.A.R. is a game about running away from a scary little girl, while you shoot dudes in slow-mo. People fondly remember the horror title’s jump-scares and flailing melee combat, but the real star of the show is the VK-12. Monolith were in a difficult position – not only did they have to make guns that were enjoyable to fire in real-time, but also in slow-mo. The result of their efforts is a shotgun that delivers a unique  rhythm to the firefights.

In real-time, shots are heavy in bass, and tear enemies to shreds. In slow-mo, another level of detail opens up. Racking your next shot brings discordant clanging noises to the brief moments of quiet between enemy deaths, and when the last body falls you hear the high-pitch chime of a shell hitting the floor. It sends a shiver down your spine.

1. DOOM 2’s Super Shotgun

Noise Profile: *BLAM* *Click-Clack-Clunk*

*BLAM* *Click-Clack-Clunk*

*BLAM* *Click-Clack-Clunk*

*BLAM* *Click-Clack-Clunk*

That is all.


Those were some of our favourite gaming shotguns. What are yours? Let us know in the comments below!




 

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Comments Comments (32)

 
Posted by RKO_NZ
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:05 PM
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Love the selection of the RE4 shottie, a staple of the Resident Evil Universe, particularly that model too, although my favorite out of all the Resident Evils is the Hydra, Gotta love the sawn off triple barrel, plus the way wesker does the flip reload just makes it even more awesome.
 
 
 
Posted by MadCant
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:30 PM
2
Nothing will ever top the original DOOM shottie for me. It's a nostalgia thing, but I recall having noise control knocking on our door when I was up late one night as a young teen, with the good ol' soundblaster card plugged into my Peavey Bandit 212 (Guitar Amp)... BOOOM! ...chick/chick BOOOM! ...chick/chick.
 
 
 
Posted by IAMZEUSALMIGHTY
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:30 PM
3
Gonna have to put the shotgun from Halo CE, specifically the first time you get it on 343 guilty spark. The relief when you get something that deals with the flood is sweet.
 
 
 
Posted by FreddlePopGameS
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:35 PM
2
Gnasher from Gears of War and Double Shot shotgun from Perfect Dark
 
 
 
Posted by darklordfoamy
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:35 PM
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Doom snotty is number one but I am also a fan of the Bulletstorm shotgun. Why stop at 2 barrels when you can have 4!
 
 
 
Posted by Tin-Automaton
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:38 PM
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10 March 2017, 01:05 PM Reply to RKO_NZ
Love the selection of the RE4 shottie, a staple of the Resident Evil Universe, particularly that model too, although my favorite out of all the Resident Evils is the Hydra, Gotta love the sawn off triple barrel, plus the way wesker does the flip reload just makes it even more awesome.
I spent way too long considering putting the Hydra in this list.
 
 
 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 1:59 PM
2
I don't know about this MOBA business, but everything else is a 100% correct pick. Special mentions to the shotguns in TF2 and Quake 3 shotgun.
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 2:00 PM
2
Dual-wielding shotguns in Marathon 2 will never be forgotten! Twirl to reload one, fire the other, rinse and repeat, never let up! Just don't ask how the loading mechanism works! ;-)
 
 
 
Posted by Ron
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 2:05 PM
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How about the mw2 shotguns? Love 'em
 
 
 
Posted by MadDudeHorse
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 2:25 PM
2
There is something satisfying about blowing flood away with the Halo: CE shotgun.
Or blowing headcrab zombies away in Ravenholm with the Half Life 2 shotgun.
I guess basically zombies plus shotgun equals satisfaction.
 
 
 
Posted by GETMONGED_187
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 2:47 PM
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The Remington from Black Ops 2 was pretty OP. chuck on a laser sight and fast hands and you're away laughing.
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 2:52 PM
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I much preferred the regular shotgun over the Super shotgun in the original Doom. Packed plenty of punch and decent range. Getting the shotgun in Halo for dealing with The Flood was awesome. First time I played Halo I didn't use the shotgun. Made life so much harder for me.

I think the dual wielding shotguns in Wolfenstein The New Blood deserve a special mention. Nothing could stand against you if you got up in it's face with them. They kicked arse.
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 3:23 PM
2
Gnasher shotgun from gears of war such an awesome gun.
 
 
 
Posted by iludez
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 5:32 PM
2
Winchester from dayz mod, shotgun from black, spas 12 mw2
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 5:57 PM
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I can't express how happy you putting in a noise profile made me.
 
 
 
Posted by HiddenNijaNZ
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 5:57 PM
2
Forgot the Gnasher Shotgun from Gears of War. Legendary.
 
 
 
Posted by kiwiatlarge
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 7:55 PM
2
F.E.A.R shotgun never got old. I'd say along with the nailgun it was the most fun weapon to slowmo.
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 8:40 PM
1
Resident Evil 7's shotgun literally helped stave off a full blown seizure. That game is scary!
 
 
 
Posted by captain X nz
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 8:49 PM
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Wolfenstein New Order: Twin Auto Shotguns.

Hand in your Gamercards on the way out. All of you.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 9:51 PM
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10 March 2017, 08:49 PM Reply to captain X nz
Wolfenstein New Order: Twin Auto Shotguns.

Hand in your Gamercards on the way out. All of you.
Hell yeah!!!
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 10:40 PM
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Doom super shotgun sound is dead on lol
 
 
 
Posted by Meanvision
On Saturday 11 Mar 2017 1:40 PM
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For me it would have to be the quake shotgun or the doom shotgun,
 
 
 
Posted by RKO_NZ
On Saturday 11 Mar 2017 3:50 PM
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10 March 2017, 02:05 PM Reply to Ron
How about the mw2 shotguns? Love 'em
No... Bad Memories.

I would include them in my list too if i compiled one, but going along the roots of what the publisher picked, I didnt think they fit, I assume you're talking about the 1887s which had the range of a sniper rifle?
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Sunday 12 Mar 2017 10:23 AM
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10 March 2017, 07:55 PM Reply to kiwiatlarge
F.E.A.R shotgun never got old. I'd say along with the nailgun it was the most fun weapon to slowmo.
The Nail gun! That was so much fun!
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Sunday 12 Mar 2017 1:59 PM
3
Conference Call shotgun from Borderlands 2. One of my most memorable shotguns. Mixed with The Bee shield and it was ridiculously OP and fun as hell
 
 
 
Posted by czk51
On Monday 13 Mar 2017 8:44 AM
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Came here expecting Doom 2's shotgun to make the list. Wasn't disappointed.
 
 
 
Posted by Dodgykiwi
On Monday 13 Mar 2017 10:02 AM
1
Sawed-Off Shotgun from Gears of War 3 (man so many people got angry getting killed by it).

If craftable shotguns were included the ones you can make in Dead Island are pretty awesome.
 
 
 
Posted by siamese
On Monday 13 Mar 2017 1:12 PM
1
Medal of Honour Allied Assault or MOHAA as we called it had the best damn shotgun I have ever used in an online MP. I never use shotguns (or hardly ever) but that thing was an absolute beast.
 
 
 
Posted by Unfathomable-Ruination
On Friday 17 Mar 2017 5:00 AM
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Really can't go past the Super Shottie from Doom 2 eh.
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Tuesday 21 Mar 2017 11:53 AM
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Battlefield nerd here, I couldn't go past the 870 MCS or the SPAS-12 from Battlefield 3 (and BC@ etc.)!
 
 
 
Posted by HiddenNijaNZ
On Monday 17 Apr 2017 2:43 PM
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Gears of War Gnasher Shotgun
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Sunday 21 May 2017 11:50 PM
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Facebook keeps fèeding me this article every week with a new date on it like it's a new article. I think facebook might be due for retirement; they have really lost direction.