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Best Bows and Crossbows in Video Games

Over the years a large cross-section of video games have included the trusty bow and arrow as the weapon of choice and the trend appears to be on the rise. The bow is a weapon historians have found in settlements dating back to around 9000 BC. Pop culture loves the bow and arrow and a good slice of the movie industry has taken up the gauntlet with heroes like Hawkeye and Katniss Everdeen wielding them.

Targetcrazy.com has compiled a comprehensive top 50 of the best bows (and crossbows) ever in video games and with their permission we’ve reproduced the top picks here. 

Best Retro Game Bow – Kid Icarus – The Sacred Bow

The favorite bow from older games is the enhanced Sacred Bow wielded by Pit in Kid Icarus. While he starts out wielding a short-range bow, the Sacred Bow lets him fire arrows much faster and farther. Pit has an unlimited supply of arrows and can use fire arrows to deal more damage. By the time Pit returned in Kid Icarus: Uprising, the bow was only one of many weapons he used, but in the original two games, it was his primary weapon of choice.

The Best Crossbow – BioShock

Do crossbows count? They are bows, after all!  Not only is the crossbow in BioShock one of the favorite video game crossbows, but it’s also considered by many players to be the best weapon in BioShock. It deals excellent damage with multiple types of ammunition, it is powerful at both short-range and long-range, and a headshot from the crossbow will kill a Splicer in one hit on any difficulty setting. If that’s not enough, its bolts can often be recovered intact (and you can upgrade it to make this more likely), which means it’s an incredibly powerful weapon with a ready supply of ammo. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Magical – Bayonetta 2 – Kafka

While some game weapons are magical, some are just plain weird. Bayonetta is here to prove bows can be very strange. The Kafka, a new bow added in Bayonetta 2 (and named in honor of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis) has a dragonfly-like appearance and shoots poison arrows. According to its in-game description the bow comes from a man who morphed into an insect and lives on inside the weapon to fire arrows made of venomous bugs. Indeed, if you perform one of the the Umbran Climax while wielding this bow it fires massive, demonic dragonflies at the enemy. A bow that shoots demonic dragonflies instead of arrows? It doesn’t get much stranger than that!

 

SciFi! – Crysis 3 – Predator Bow

You can’t beat an auto-loading compound bow! The Predator Bow from Crysis 3 is a fan-favorite with three draw weights you can switch between and four different types of arrows to fire: carbon-impact, electro/shock, airburst fragmentation, and super-thermite. In single player it has its own weapon slot and it is also the only weapon you can fire while cloaked without using energy. In short, the Predator Bow is one of the best bows in video games–science fiction or otherwise.

Better Than Real? Best VR – QuiVR

QuiVr is a multiplayer wave shooter designed specifically to be a fun, accurate archery game. Your trusty bow will let you take down wave after wave of enemies with physics designed to feel like actual archery. QuiVr isn’t the fullest gameplay experience out there yet but if you want to feel like you’re wielding a bow and take down enemies at the same time, this is the VR bow we like the most.

The Top 5 Best Overall Bows in Video Games

Some of these bows are in games where archery is a main focus while others just happen to have a good archery component but either way, these are the top 5 bows in video games and some of the games you most want to seek out if you’re looking for a fun archery experience.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Azkâr  – Azkâr is a special bow originally made for Celebrimbor, but Talion can use it in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor when he enters the Wraith world while in Ranged mode. This bow can be upgraded with Runes to gain special bonuses, and Shadow of Mordor is another game where archery is generally enjoyed by fans. You may not use it often, but between its gameplay and its connections to Lord of the Rings lore we feel Azkâr deserves recognition.

Dark Messiah of Might & Magic – Bow of the Dragonhorn – The Bow of the Dragonhorn available in Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is one of the most powerful bows in the game (especially against undead enemies) but that’s not why it has such a high spot on this list. Instead, we picked it out because many players consider Dark Messiah to have some of the most realistic and satisfying archery in video games with realistic aiming and physics.

Mount & Blade: Warband – Khergit Bow – Okay, the best bow is pretty divisive among fans but whether you favorite the Khergit Bow or one of the others, Mount & Blade: Warband is a must for satisfying archery combat. Just the fact that so many different bows can be considered the best depending on your style and preferences points to how strong its archery is. Not only that, but it has fairly realistic physics and aiming. In general, using a bow in Mount & Blade: Warband finds a nice balance point between realism and fun.

Tomb Raider – Compound Bow – As of the Tomb Raider reboot, the bow has become Lara’s standard weapon. There are many different types of bows you can use as well as various special arrows but as long as you don’t mind its slower rate of fire the Compound Bow is one of the best. It deals heavy damage and is a great choice for stealth. Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider don’t have the most realistic archery combat but they do make it fun so give their bows a try.

Age of Chivalry – Longbow Age of Chivalry is a free total conversion mod for Half-Life 2 focused on medieval combat between two fictional orders. (The team eventually made a full game called Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.) Archers in Age of Chivalry can fight with a longbow, a crossbow, or a javelin, and the longbow’s fast pace and long range makes it our pick. Not only is archery a strong focus, but it’s also fairly realistic–Age of Chivalry is another go-to game for players interested in bows that try to feel realistic.

20 of the Best Video Game Bows Ever

 

Vel’s Milling & Evolve Deck Lists

Ever been interested in Hearthstone but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you love the game and are looking to get a leg up. Here are two great Decks by our very own Vel and his YouTube video showing how they work!

 

Shaman evolved – 

Argent Squire – x2thrall319
Evolve – x2
Flametongue Totem – x2
Jeweled Scarab
Maelstrom Portal – x2
Rockbiter Weapon
Totem Golem – x2
Acolyte of Pain
Argent Horserider
Brann Bronzebeard
Feral Spirit
Hex – x2
Mana Tide Totem
Pantry Spider – x2
Tuskarr Totemic – x2
Arcanosmith
Barnes
Master of Evolution – x2
Bloodlust
Dopplegangster
Nerubian Prophet

Rogue Mill –

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Preperation x2
Shadowstep x2
Mistress of Mixtures
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Eviscerate x2
Gang Up x2
Nat the Darkfisher
Sap x2
Brann bronzebeard
Coldlight Oracle x2
Fan of Knives x2
King Mukla
Shadow Strike
SI:7 Agent
Violet Illusionist x2
Refreshment Vendor x2
Vanish x2
The Curator

Review: Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Review: Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a survival horror game from Frictional Games. I decided to play it for our Wanna Don’t Wanna broadcast because it was only a few dollars on steam. I hadn’t heard much about the game, so I didn’t know what to expect.

What’s it about?
You play as Daniel, a young man who’s lost his memories. You have to explore a stone castle for clues about a man named Alexander. You find letters written by your pre-amnesiac self, instructing you to kill Alexander. You also have to collect tinderboxes, oil for your lantern, and chemicals that you can mix into a corrosive acid. All the while, you’re running away from Alexander’s “shadow,” which is basically his astral projection.

What did I think?
This game is super boring. It’s quiet, with only the occasional creepy noise. You find yourself going in circles, without anything new to guide you. It’s more about exploring than actually escaping anything scary, which is a little too low-key for a horror game.

The graphics reminded me of Quake (1996), which shouldn’t be the case for a game released in 2010. The lower quality took away from the experience. I didn’t find myself scared or on edge at all.

Also, the camera movements were such that I felt motion sick while playing. This has a tendency of happening with First Person Shooter games, but rarely happens in first person horror games.

Would I recommend it?
No. Don’t play this game. It’s a waste of time. Spend your money and time on something better.

Watch me play it here:

-Vanri the Rogue

Gaming: It Brings People Together

Gaming: It Brings People Together

I’ve been playing games for as long as I can remember. I remember late nights playing Monopoly with my siblings, playing Uno at the dining room table with the whole family, and challenging my brother to Mortal Combat. My childhood was filled with my brother or sister teaching me how to play games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario and more. It has always been my experience that gaming brings people together.

This is my experience even now that I’ve graduated to playing MMOs and Tabletop RPGs. All types of gaming are designed to cultivate friendships. Friday Night Magic and L5R events help players meet people of like minds who challenge them at something they love. LARPing events create an environment where you feel safe doing what you love with people who have similar passions. MMOs and programs such as Xbox Live allow gamers to connect with people across the world. This is a beautiful medium that encourages teamwork as well as challenges that can help us grow as people.

More recently, I’ve started gaming with a friend I’ve known for several years. This friend and I met online through a Facebook group and only spoke through comments and the occasional message. Last week, we decided to play Lord of the Rings Online together. This has given us the chance to get to know each other outside of Facebook, which will help our friendship grow into more than just liking each other’s posts.

A love of gaming helped to cultivate the friendship I have with Crymson Pleasure. It’s helped me meet new people and become closer with those I already knew. If it wasn’t for Dungeons & Dragons, I wouldn’t have some of the friends I have today. If it wasn’t for World of Warcraft and LOTRO, I would still think of some people as just Facebook friends I never talk to. Gaming is a way that I can stay close to my best friends, even though I live across the country. It’s a way for me to meet new people, both near and far, and create new connections across the globe.

I know that gamers get a bad wrap. We’re called nerds and geeks and losers who have no friends. We’re told that there’s something wrong with us because we have a passion for video games or card games or tabletop RPGs, which will result in a lonely existence. Well, I’m here to tell you that those people who put us down, they have no idea what they’re talking about. They don’t have access to the vast network of gaming friends around the world that we do. They don’t understand that gaming is an amazing connection to the rest of the world.

So, let’s ignore the haters and continue being a close-knit community of like-minded individuals. Let’s continue having fun and showing the world that we’re happy with who we are. Let’s continue making new friends and coming together to make sure everyone’s having a good time doing what they love.

And, while we’re at it, tell me about some of your experiences with how gaming has brought you closer to the people you love in the comments below!

-Vanri the Rogue

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Giving Thanks to Games

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Since this is the time of the year for reflection and thankfulness, I thought I’d ask my fellow admins what games they were thankful for. This is what we had to say:

 

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My sister has always been my best friend but, as we get older and life becomes increasingly more hectic and stressful, our time together is precious. For the last couple months, we have started playing Hearthstone together. It’s almost a tradition now, where we play the latest Tavern Brawl and chat with each other. I spam the emotes and she gets annoyed. It’s a good time, really! It can be so easy to be consumed with all of the stuff around us that we get disconnected with some of the people that make life great. So thank you, Hearthstone, for being a wonderful part of our friendship and helping us connect around brutally hitting each other’s faces with beasts and mechs and stuff.

~ Avenue

Dungeons & Dragons has been ever-present in my life. Even though I didn’t start playing until I was in my early 20s, I’ve found that D&D has always had a special place in my heart. My brother and his friends played it weekly and two of my older sisters would join in every once in awhile. My brother was always talking to me about it and telling me all about the monsters and the races, etc. By the time I was old enough to play, my oldest siblings were already out of the house, so I had nobody to play with. Fast forward to 2013, when Crymson invited me to play in my first campaign. I’ve been playing ever since. Not only has it brought me closer to many of my good friends, but it’s also allowed me to connect with my siblings in a way I couldn’t before. So, thank you Dungeons & Dragons. I hope you continue to bring people together.

~ Vanri the Rogue

I have had one game that has been a constant in my life. My whole family plays it. We trash talk and make bets. It is mini golf. I know, I know. This doesn’t sound like the type of game that we would normally be blogging about, but it is a game that I love to play. My mom, dad, younger brother and I played a lot of mini golf. It was affordable and fun. My dad used to patiently try to teach me how to line up a shot while reminding me to just stay calm. It was good practice for life and playing other games, since I get so frustrated with myself.

My older cousins and their kids play with us now and there is a lot of competition. We go in a big group and split up in different teams. We play, we tease each other and then we eat ice cream. It is always fun. We tell stories about playing on the same courses when we were kids. Most importantly, we all get to be together.

~ Thia the Bard

The first video game that I ever got for myself was Pokemon: Yellow for the GameB
oy back in the year 2000. I had been collecting the cards, so getting the game just seemed like a natural outgrowth of that CCG obsession (I managed to snag 5 Charizard cards over my collecting career, by the way, all booster pack pulls. I still have three of them). Ever since then, the Pokemon series has held an important place in my gamer heart. I got at least one game from each generation. While I may not have caught ’em all since the early days of the games (I mean, really, who has time to catch over 700 ‘mons these days?), there is something exhilarating about that ‘click!’ when a pokeball successfully loc photo gt2gRINSHI_zpsq9jrztt7.pngks tight around a rare pokemon, even after all these years. It makes me so happy when I can help my friends by breeding pokemon that I have and they need. Most importantly, though, Pokemon led me to be a gamer, and, without that, I may never have made the wonderful relationships that I have, including my husband, my best friend, and many of my closest friends. So thank you, Pokemon, for turning me into a Real Woman of Gaming, and for making my life complete.

~ Rinshi

I have to say the game I am most thankful for is EverQuest. It was my first MMO. The people I met through that game and the experiences I had there helped build my beliefs on how women can be just as included in games as men.

I had a good guild and was never harassed. I made great friends and, even though we all went separate ways, I still remember the experience as a great one and always strive to find it again in anything I play.

~ KinkedNitemare

I can’t say that I am thankful for any one game, really. Everquest was my first MMO, and it did make an impact on my life. I was first introduced to it when I stopped by a buddy’s room in the barracks while I was stationed in Alaska. I was amazed at the game. I would just hang out and watch him play for hours a night. Eventually, he let me make a character and try it out for myself. I was hooked at that point. I got my own account and would play for hours after work and all weekend long, many times pulling 24+ hour marathons. For $15 a month, I was transported into a new world, making friends from all over the planet. I played steadily until 2005 when a bunch of us in Afghanistan got into playing WoW, which ended up taking the place of Everquest for a few years (though I would still jump into it every so often). Eventually, I got burned out on the daily grind of WoW and moved back to EQ. MMO’s were my escape from the daily grind of work and deployment.

~ Fluffy the Necromancer
When I was a kid, my grandmother worked at Kiddy City and the Nintendo was the newest thing, so she bought it for us that Christmas. At first, I really wasn’t sure what to make of it, but I got my

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hands on Super Mario Bros and was hooked. Mario was not my first love, though, Final Fantasy was. My father had picked it up and helped me play. It got to the point where we would talk about things that happened in the game. It was exciting and new and a great bond I had with my father. That is what got me into gaming but, all these years after his passing, I have those memories to look back on and remember him and all the fun we had together so fondly. I often wonder what he would think of the games out today. I hope that one day I can share a bond like that with my daughter.

~Crymson Pleasure~

What games are you thankful for? We’d love to hear your stories. Thank you for reading and have a great holiday!

Elder Sign: Omens

Elder Sign: Omens Review
Fantasy Flight Games
Mobile Game

I picked up this one because I own Elder Sign, the board game, and I love it. I dipped my toe in the gaming world of H. P. Lovecraft with Elder Sign and I ran off madly into the night with Cthulhu soon after.


Elder Sign: Omens plays almost just like the board game, which to me is a huge bonus. I walked into this with a general idea of what I am doing. It has a similar array of characters to choose from. I say similar because I do not own all of the expansions for the board game, but have purchased most of the expansions for the mobile game, which run about $2.99 each.


You choose your Elder One. Some are obviously much harder than others. I’ve beaten all of them except Cthulhu himself, the Elder One of the first expansion you can purchase. After you have made your selection (it does tell you how easy/hard each Elder One is), you select four members of your team. You get to go over each of their abilities and, after a lot of practice, I do have my ‘dream team’ out of the characters that are already unlocked. I do urge you to always take Kate Winthrop with you, since she is immune to terror effects and I find her instrumental in the game.


You go from room to room, defeating evil and gaining items. You gain spells (they hold dice rolls that you may need), common and rare weapons (additional red and/or yellow die to add to your pool), clues (the ability to reroll all remaining dice in your pool), and Elder Signs. You need to collect enough Elder Signs before the Elder One’s Doom Track fills up. Once it fills up, game over. However, if you get the Signs first, you win.


Simple, right?

It’s amazingly well done. It never plays the same twice, even if you pick the same Elder One and the same team. If you love H. P. Lovecraft, or Elder Sign, or board games, then you have to pick this game up. It’s available in your app store.

Slender: The Arrival Review

Slender: The Arrival Review

I’ve always been terrified of the idea of Slenderman. I mean, he just shows up randomly, stalks you for years, driving you crazy, then kills you. That’s frightening!

When I heard of Slender: The Arrival, I vowed to never, ever in my life play it.

So, naturally, I’m playing it for you guys.

What’s it about?
Slender: The Arrival is a first person survival game based around the Slenderman mythos. In the game, you play as CR and you have to search for clues in regards to the disappearance of Kate, a friend from childhood. You wander around the forest looking for pages while trying to stay as far away from Slender as you possibly can.

It’s terrifying.

What did I think?
This game is amazing. The graphics are good and creepy, the music is anxiety-inducing and the subject matter is bone-chilling. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The game developers really know how to make you scream. Every time my camera pulsed or I saw a glimpse of Slender’s hand, I about jumped out of my skin. The music doesn’t help at all. I was instinctively tense and even ended up being startled by floorboards creaking in my own house.

Do I recommend it?
So far, yes. Definitely. If you like having the piss scared out of you, definitely get this game. I will post more about it after I’ve played more of the game.

Keep an eye on our Twitch channel as well as on YouTube for future game play of Slender: The Arrival. In the meantime, watch me jump here:

-Vanri the Rogue