Greatest Video Games Gadgets!

by on June 17, 2014

   Heroes are needed
in every game to save the day, but being courageous and having a good set of
skills is not always enough. Heroes need equipment that provides them with
information or power helping them in their mission. When we play games we might
take this equipment for granted and we forget to think about how important is
to us and how much more difficult our experience would be without it.
   Here is a list of
some of the most important pieces of equipment (not weapons) I have seen and
used in video games.
Omni-tool – Mass
Effect Series
    The Omni-tool is a
holographic gauntlet with many different utilities. The Omni-tool allows the
player to hack into computers and decrypt codes, repair damaged devices and can
even be used as a close combat weapon and on top of everything it makes your
character look soo(o) much cooler!
   If you are out
there in the galaxy hunting cybernetic aliens that want to extinguish life, the
Omni-tool is the right gadget to take with you as it will help you in lots of situations.


Motion tracker –
Alien versus Predator Series
   When you are a
marine on a planet full of deadly aliens which outnumber and outmaneuver the
army you are part of, good equipment might make the difference between life and
   The motion tracker
is not really an advanced or futuristic piece of hardware, but  it gives you information about what’s moving
in the next room or nearby, giving you time to prepare (usually for your
death). When the tracker screen is filled with dots and beeps without stopping
you know that it is time to pee your pants in real life and run as fast and as
far as possible in game. Some think that they can be heroes and gun the aliens
left and right, but those are the people you usually see on the floor without
brains or hanging on the sealing without a spine. The motion tracker cannot
make the difference between enemies, allies or rats and this is its biggest
weakness, as sometimes you see one dot moving on it and makes you think is
another marine, but after you notice the three dots on your chest followed by a
scary sound and a blue light your realize that you were wrong all along.
   The motion tracker
can save your life in many situations throughout the AvP games and it is also a
very good device to test your heart.


Detective vision –
Batman Arkham Series
   A good detective
needs useful tools to help him solve cases, but most of them don’t have any
because of budget reasons (blame the government). But when you are a billionaire
who hunts bad guys in his spare time, having the right tools is not that hard,
not even if these tools defy the laws of physics.
   The Detective
vision is an awesome device (power!) which allows Batman to find clues, see
through walls and even receive hints on how to deal with a situation. It is
clearly one of the most powerful devices used by a hero in a game and it is so useful
that it makes the player use it more often than the normal vision of Batman
which allow you to see the world with its true colors and beauty (if there is
any left in Arkham).
Pipboy – Fallout
   The Pipboy,
Personal Information Processor, is a retro looking device with many functions,
some of them similar to a smartphone.
   This device allows
the players to keep track of their health status by providing information on
the damage taken, it tracks the capability of your body, can keep notes on your
progress and even store audio and text files. Some of the newer Pipboys have
radio incorporated and even a Geiger counter which in a nuclear post-apocalyptic
world can be really handy.
   The Pipboy is an indispensable
device that survived in a world where most of the technology has gone to hell
(because, you know… humans…) and makes your life easier in your quest through
the post-apocalyptical wastelands.


Nanosuit – Crysis
   The Nanosuit is an
armor based on nano-technology, stolen from aliens, which grants the user some
insane powers. The Nanosuit becomes like the skin of its user, absorbing and
regenerating from the damage taken, but this is just one of its cool utilities.
There are three standard powers the player receives once equipping
this badass piece of combat hardware:
  •          Enhanced strength which allows you to kick cars
    or throw heavy objects, jump high in the air, make you more resilient to damage
    and chock ugly aliens to death;
  •          Enhanced speed which allows you to run fast from
    one place to another (who would have thought!);
  •          Invisibility which allows you to sneak
    undetected on the battlefield and avoid combat or silently take down your

All of these powers rely on the
energy of the suit which is regenerating and this is one of the few weakness
this equipment has (op!).
   The Nanosuit doesn’t
make the player unstoppable, but it does make him humanity’s last hope! (or at
least that’s what the Crysis 2 trailer says).


Portal gun – Portal Series
   Even if it has the
word gun in its name, this gadget is not really a weapon, it can be used as one
in some situations but that’s because crazy AIs force you to do it.
   At its core the
Portal gun is a scientific device which allows a person to open two portals by
shooting the walls in two different places. When stepping into one of the
portals the player gets out through the second one, this makes for very fast
and sometimes dizzying traveling.
This device gives you such cool powers that some
super-heroes would envy you (sorry DareDevil!), but as any powerful device it
has some weaknesses, for example you can shoot the portals only on a particular
type of surface which have to be in your visual field, but more importantly if not
used in the right way this gun can get you stuck falling through portals
   The Portal gun is
the most interesting and powerful device I have used in a video game, if you
don’t believe me ask GLaDOS!
There are many other useful gadgets in games, but this is a
list of those that made the difference for me and without which the hero would
not be able to succeed.