In certain games, the challenge lies in overcoming tough obstacles and foes and relishing the satisfaction that comes with it. However, there are those games that aim to make you feel like an unstoppable powerhouse. Today, we’re going to rank the top 10 most impressive video game abilities that make you an absolute badass.
These abilities grant you unparalleled strength, allowing you to conquer even the most daunting foes and obstacles. So, let’s dive into the world of gaming and celebrate these remarkable powers that let you become the ultimate gaming badass.
10. Blackout from the Watch Dogs series
In the Watch Dogs series, the Blackout ability stands out as one of the most iconic and recognizable. It truly captures the essence of being a skilled hacker. When activated, Blackout disrupts all nearby electronic devices, creating a widespread power outage. It’s a powerful tool, often used to escape from pursuing law enforcement or to handle multiple adversaries. However, its sheer chaos-inducing effect also makes it amusing to use just for the fun of it.
This ability has been a part of the franchise since the very beginning, even making its debut in the original game’s trailer. In the first game, crafting Blackout was necessary, adding an extra layer of complexity. The sequel improved accessibility, although you still needed to unlock it at a higher level. In Watch Dogs Legion, Blackout is notably absent, leaving players yearning for its strategic advantages. It’s a signature feature of the series, regardless of your opinions on the games, and undeniably a pretty cool power to wield.
9. Time Stop and Time Blast from Quantum Break
Remedy is known for creating awesome powers in their games. They started the whole bullet time thing with Max Payne. In Max Payne 2, they had that cool slow-motion reload. But the game we think has the coolest powers is Quantum Break.
It came out in 2016, and even though time powers were old by then, Quantum Break took it to the next level. The best abilities are Time Stop and Time Blast. Time Stop makes a bubble where time freezes. It’s great for stopping enemies and stacking bullets. When you shoot in Time Stop, the bullets freeze and then blast the enemy when it wears off. It’s so cool and satisfying.
Time Blast is straightforward. You charge up a big explosion and take out all enemies nearby. What makes it badass is the effects. Reality shatters instead of a regular explosion, and a shockwave warps everything. In a game with cool effects, it’s one of the coolest and always satisfying to use. Remedy sure knows how to make powers fun.
8. Metal Gear Solid Rising Revengeance Blade Mode
Platinum specializes in crafting super intense games, and this might just be their best yet. The combat is fierce, but once you grasp it, you feel unstoppable. Blade Mode, a feature borrowed from the canned Metal Gear Rising, steals the show. With a button press, you take direct control of your sword and slice foes into bits. It’s a finishing move, and the satisfaction of slashing a formidable enemy is its own reward. Stealing enemy electrolytes for health and energy is the main reason to use it, but the fun factor is a bonus. Blade Mode makes the game thrilling and totally badass.
While precise cuts can be a hassle, using Blade Mode is a blast. It’s an icing-on-the-cake kind of thing; the game incentivizes constant use, and it’s always a blast. Some of the game’s best moments involve Blade Mode, and it’s consistently fun and incredibly cool.
7. Shape Shifting from Prototype
Prototype is all about turning you into the ultimate monster. With its badass power set, it combines the essence of Dante from Devil May Cry. The standout ability? Shape-shifting.
Sure, smashing a tank from the sky is fun, but the real monster moments come in when you need to get stealthy. Absorbing enemies and taking their form is cool, but accusing soldiers of infection or calling airstrikes is pure evil badassery.
In this game, you feel unstoppable in both stealth and combat, but one wrong move, and you can meet a quick end. That’s impressive.
6. Domino from Dishonored 2
The Dishonored series lets you play as a super cool assassin with amazing powers. In Dishonored 2, the most awesome power is called Domino. It’s simple but super fun. You can link up to 4 enemies, and when you do something to one, it happens to all. Knock out one, they all go down together. But it’s a bit tricky; enemies need to be close for it to work, so you must be nearby.
Combine it with other powers like Shadow Kill, and you feel like a total badass taking down every guard. Dishonored 2’s character Emily has unique abilities too, a bit different from the first game’s character, Corvo. Use her powers right, and you’ll be just as awesome.
5. The Orbital Drop from Infamous Second Son
In the game Second Son, you get special powers known as Karma Bonds. To use them, you need to fill up your Karma meter with either good or bad Karma. Good Karma comes from helping people and not killing enemies, while bad Karma is earned by going on killing sprees.
One of the most impressive powers is called Orbital Drop. With this power, you turn into smoke, soar into the sky, and then crash down to the ground. It’s like a superhero landing and was a standout moment when it was first shown for the PS4. Even today, it looks like something from a cutscene, but it’s all happening in real-time in the game. The Infamous series has many cool powers, but Orbital Drop really makes you feel like a superhero.
4. Smoking from Vanquish and the Saboteur
In video games, some characters smoke to look cool. For instance, Silent Snake, Kazuma Kiryu, Duke Nukem, and Arthur Morgan all light up. It’s worth noting, though, that smoking in real life isn’t cool. Personally, I’d never be caught with a cigarette; it’s just not my thing. But in certain games, they go the extra mile. They give you a smoking button.
Take “The Saboteur,” for example. You can light up whenever you want by pressing all three buttons while standing still. It’s quite badass, and it’s cool when games add those little details.
Now, let’s talk about “Vanquish,” Platinum Games’ third-person shooter. It’s over-the-top and ridiculous but in a cool way. To make the main hero even more badass, you can have him light a cigarette while taking cover. “Vanquish” is mostly non-stop combat, so the only time this guy gets to smoke is when bullets are flying over his head. It actually serves a purpose, too; you can use a discarded cigarette to distract enemy robots. However, it’s not that effective, but it’s a fun little ability and a neat addition.
In games where there are no real consequences, where you can do things you’d never do in real life, it can look pretty cool.
3. The Blood Letter from Bloodborne
From Software games often lack a distinct sense of badassery. While defeating tough bosses can make you feel powerful, most abilities lack flair. An exception is Bloodborne, where you truly become a formidable character.
In Bloodborne, you might get beaten up, but you do it in stylish attire with menacing weapons. The Blood Letter stands out as one of the game’s most badass weapons. At first glance, it appears unremarkable, resembling an ugly mace. However, when you transform it, the true badassery emerges.
Your character stabs themselves through the chest with the mace, pulling it out to reveal a two-handed blood weapon. It’s remarkably metal, with no other word to describe it. Despite the health cost of transforming, any weapon requiring such a sacrifice exudes a degree of badassery. When you factor in the incredible transformation animation and the weapon’s beastly appearance in its second form, it’s undoubtedly one of the most badass weapons in gaming.
2. Weaponization from the Incredible Hulk Ultimate Destruction
Radical Entertainment makes another appearance on this list, showcasing a game that was a significant influence on Prototype. This game, in particular, stands out for its weaponization feature, which adds an extra layer of coolness.
In this game, you can unleash astonishing destruction upon the world, equipped with various abilities. When you commandeer certain vehicles, you have the option to weaponize them. Depending on the vehicle type, Hulk can transform them into useful tools like brass knuckles, shields, or boomerangs, offering strategic depth to your actions. This feature not only adds a fun twist but also brings a sense of strategy to the gameplay. The diverse range of powers makes it immensely enjoyable, and it’s undeniably thrilling to execute these moves. We eagerly anticipate the return of this ability in future games, given its versatility and sheer badassery.
1. The Devil Trigger from the Devil May Cry series
The Devil May Cry series is all about badass characters doing awesome things, with the most iconic being the Devil Trigger. When that meter fills up, your character transforms, becoming super strong with new abilities. It’s especially cool in Devil May Cry 5, where the effects show its power. Even when enemies use it, like in DMC5’s final boss, it’s scary. Devil Trigger is number 1, and it’s iconic.
In the Devil May Cry series, the Devil Trigger is the epitome of badassery. It’s a game-changer when your character transforms, gaining immense strength and new abilities. Devil May Cry 5 showcases this power beautifully. Even when enemies use it, like in the final boss fight of DMC5, it’s formidable. The Devil Trigger is not just iconic; it’s the ultimate symbol of coolness in gaming.