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Best Videogame Shotgun

Syril

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Oct 26, 2017
4,648
I also have a soft spot for the EVA-8 shotgun in Titanfall 2.

There's a high-capacity one in the first stage that I kept through the entire campaign.
 

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Oct 30, 2017
600
@OP: Huber, is that you?

The Gnasher from Gears is pretty good. Though I have a soft spot for the Crusader from Mass Effect 3.
 
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Jintor

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Oct 25, 2017
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Last I checked #1 buckshot can be potentially lethal at 25 yards and #00 buckshot can be potentially lethal up to 50 yards. And this is assuming you are using buckshot in the first place and not slugs. Are you able to melee a person 25 yards away?
I'm clearly talking about the context of halo 2 here

Do you mean in a game or irl?

Because irl they have great range.
i guess I mean more accurately 'a shotgun class weapon in a video game'. I don't know jack shit about real world guns and don't plan to.
 

Mathieran

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Oct 25, 2017
4,107
I don’t normally like shotguns except in the new Wolfenstein games. I used them almost exclusively. So I’d vote for that
 

JustinH

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Oct 27, 2017
3,705
Yeah, it's gotta be Doom II for me. Even though I generally use the regular shotgun more to save ammo, the Super Shotgun is so satisfying to use.

Tell you what it's not though, shotgun from Doom 3. Rubbish shotgun POOF it went.
Totally. Shotgun in Doom 3 is butts, butts, butts which was so disappointing.
The HL2 shotgun is cool, but my favorite is the Flak Cannon from Unreal.
Oh! I forgot about this gun. It, along with weapon 4 (the laser thingy weapon that shot balls of energy as the alternate) were my favorite weapons in that game.
 

Toxi

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
9,667
Really disagree on the Half Life 2 shotgun. The sound and feedback feel incredibly weak.

Halo CE and DOOM Super Shotgun immediately came to mind for me.
 

Hootie

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Dec 25, 2017
261
It's gotta be Gears of War for me. Few things in games are more satisfying than a headshot with the Gnasher
 

ProtoSound

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Oct 28, 2017
350
I'm clearly talking about the context of halo 2 here
Sorry, you said that this is how a shotgun should act and did not specify within halo 2 specifically so I assumed you meant in general. The belief that shotguns are only useful at extremely close range is a fallacy and is the main reason why so many videogame shotguns are terrible in my opinion.
 
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Jintor

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Oct 25, 2017
16,802
Sorry, you said that this is how a shotgun should act and did not specify within halo 2 specifically so I assumed you meant in general. The belief that shotguns are only useful at extremely close range is a fallacy and is the main reason why so many videogame shotguns are terrible in my opinion.
That's fair. It's just a game balance thing after all though.

Physics would probably take a nap if bullets just stopped being effective after X meters without coming into contact with something (or dissolving in midair or whatever)
 

Gorion's Ward

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Apr 6, 2019
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Israel
I bet it's one of the most hated shotguns, but I LOVE the shotgun from Doom 3 (yeah, not the double-barreled). Just love the feeling and the bulky look of it. Also adore the shotgun on Quake 4.
 

Moara

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Oct 25, 2017
11,579
It's got to be Gears of War. I can't think of any multiplayer shooter where the game revolves around a shotgun as much as it does for gears. Getting those perfect 'pops' on headshots with the gnasher is one of the most satisfying feelings in a MP shooter.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,160
Dead to Rights for XBox had the best shotgun I’ve ever seen in a videogame to date. The sound, the range, the destruction, it’s the best.
 

Ryuhza

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
6,751
San Diego County
The trusty companion of all kickers of alien ass.



It's got damage, it's got range, it's got a decent speed and it brings satisfaction.


And unless I missed something, no one mentioned it before me?

 
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Nov 2, 2017
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The trusty companion of all kickers of alien ass.



It's got damage, it's got range, it's got a decent speed and it brings satisfaction.


And unless I missed something, no one mentioned it before me?

Good call! DNF(!) also has a satisfying shotgun.

D3D was one of the few games where all of the weapons are cool and novel to use, including the DLC shrink ray.
 

zma1013

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Oct 27, 2017
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For a long time gamers had to make an impossible choice between a double barrel or pump action... until Turok 2 saved us.


 
Feb 10, 2018
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Really like everything about the shot guns in max Payne 1 + 2

Pump action is good, but so is the jackhammer and striker



There good in gears and call of duty and gta5
 

Ryuhza

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Oct 25, 2017
6,751
San Diego County
Good call! DNF(!) also has a satisfying shotgun.

D3D was one of the few games where all of the weapons are cool and novel to use, including the DLC shrink ray.
Do you mean the microwave expander? The shrink ray was base game, while the expander was introduced with the Atomic Edition. Bit of an ammo eater, but good for clearing out crowds of weaker aliens or eggs.

I do like how they saved all the wilder weapons for the later episodes though. Played tons of the shareware version as a kid, and I fantasized about how cool the rest of the game must be. Pretty cool, it turns out. Though nothing quite beats the tightness of those first 6 levels.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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Do you mean the microwave expander? The shrink ray was base game, while the expander was introduced with the Atomic Edition. Bit of an ammo eater, but good for clearing out crowds of weaker aliens or eggs.

I do like how they saved all the wilder weapons for the later episodes though. Played tons of the shareware version as a kid, and I fantasized about how cool the rest of the game must be. Pretty cool, it turns out. Though nothing quite beats the tightness of those first 6 levels.
Yes, I meant the expander. My bad. I do remember the ammo eating of the expander, probably was a little too much of a novelty weapon in retrospect. Still fun.

The shareware levels were so great. My bro and I always played Hollywood Holocaust and Freeway in null modem Dukematches. Good times.