Top 10 Big Freakin' Swords in Video Games
It takes brutal amounts of training to properly wield a sword. It's already hard to use a regular blade, but it must be even harder to wield a weapon twice your size. Of course, video game characters love to use outlandishly large weapons, and this is facilitated by the digital realm's lack of conventional physics. Here are ten big freaking swords, wielded by ten characters not compensating for anything. Really, they're not. Seriously.
10. Soul Edge, Soul Calibur (Arcade)
The Soul Edge is a particularly striking weapon, a large cleaver that's part metal and part organic (complete with a giant freakin' eye at its hilt). It's truly a weapon that few are worthy to wield, which probably explains why the sword possessed its owner Siegfried and turned him into the evil Nightmare. Siegfried managed to break free of the Soul Edge, but the sword proved so awesome that it lived on as a separate Nightmare entity. Of course, by then Siegfried got a less evil big freakin' sword in the form of Soul Calibur, giving both moralities their own mammoth weapons to swing around.
9. Masamune, Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Despite taking its name from the legendary Japanese swordsmith, the Masamune in Chrono Trigger is a giant European-style broadsword. It's large and impressive on its own, but it's especially striking in the hands of its greatest wielder. The only man worthy of the Masamune is Frog, whose cursed boy is that of a three-foot amphibious humanoid. However, manliness is a measure of spirit, not form, and Frog proves the manliest man in the history of men as he cleaves through all with a magic sword even larger than himself.
8. Dabilahro, Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
Ryu Hayabusa's normal Dragon Sword is a medium-sized katana meant for quick, clean cuts, but the master ninja wouldn't be a master if he could only use one kind of weapon, so Ninja Gaiden has Ryu wield all manner of destructive gear. Among the most powerful is the Dabilahro, a giant metal wedge that cleaves clean through.
7. Biggoron Sword, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64 / 3DS)
While not quite as large as other blades on this list, the Biggoron Sword deserves a spot due to its sheer utility. Getting the weapon from the mountain-sized blacksmith Biggoron is a big chore (or, to be precise, a long series of errands stretching across all of Hyrule), but the result is a weapon with twice the power of the Master Sword. The only downside is that Link can't use a shield while holding the Biggoron Sword, but given its ability to utterly trash any monster in the game, this is a completely irrelevant drawback.
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Neil Kapit is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and "La Li Lu Le Lo" agent based in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on www.therubynation.com.
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