Ever since the days of crowding around Street Fighter cabinets in arcades, gamers have been striving to achieve the most over-the-top, destructive, ultimate attack to utterly wreck their opponent. As games have evolved a natural one-upmanship has emerged, with devs competing to make their displays of excessive force more world-shattering than what came before. Here are six of our favourite frankly absurd video game attacks.
Self-Destruct – Overwatch
D.Va’s Self-Destruct does what it says on the tin. It causes some serious damage but can be easily dodged by hiding behind a shield or a piece of scenery.
Devil Trigger – Devil May Cry
This is more of a state-of-being than a specific attack, but due to it being one of the original ‘rage’ modes, we feel it deserves a spot on this list.
Infernal Weave – Bayonetta
You might think you’ve had some bad hair days, but you’ve never been crushed to death by an Umbral Witch’s weave.
Kamehameha – Dragon Ball FighterZ
This classic anime no doubt served as the inspiration for many an ostentatious video game attack. Seeing Gohan bust out a Kamehameha in the critically acclaimed fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ is pretty impressive.
Naruto Shippudden Ultimate Ninja Storm Series – Nine-Tail Fox Finisher
The Naruto Shippuden series is famous for its wildly excessive ultimate moves, but none come close to an attack from the mythical Nine-Tailed Fox.
Supernova – Final Fantasy VII
Every Final Fantasy final boss has some kind of world-ending ultimate attack, but none are quite as staggering as Sephiroth’s Super Nova. This bonkers attack sees the One-Winged Angel summon a meteor, which promptly destroys the entire Milky Way Galaxy, before taking square aim at our heroes. You’ll need a high defence stat to survive this one.