Reality is often disappointing. One of the avenues of said disappointment is reflected in the fact that laws of physics and human biology prohibit the creation of giant swords of the kind we see in video games.

Greatswords are, well, great, but not exactly similar in the use of appearance to, say, Cloud Strife’s arsenal of swords the size of a railroad track. To distract you from this unfortunate state of things, we’ve prepared a list of games which love big swords and don’t try to pretend otherwise. We didn’t arrange the games in any particular order.

Devil May Cry 5

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2019
Genre: Action-adventure, hack and slash
Developer Capcom
Examples Rebellion, Sparda, Dante

Devil May Cry as a proper Japanese-made game has its share of improbably large swords, which make the most iconic one look plausible by contrast.

Devil My Cry 5 Xbox One

By size, Rebellion is closer to a greatsword, even if it looks more like a longsword. But it’s tiny when compared to the other two swords which make the list. One of them is Sparda, and in its DMC5 version, it’s a massive, organic-looking blade similar to SoulCalibur’s Soul Edge. The other is a spoiler, so turn away now. It’s called Dante, and it looks mostly like Dragonslayer from the Berserk manga covered in a lava crust down the middle. It’s ridiculously large when compared to Rebellion.

Key features
  • Lots of cool-looking weapons
  • Fast and with a high skill ceiling
  • Cheesy characters and dramatic story
  • Three characters with distinct playstyles

Monster Hunter: World

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2018
Genre: Action role-playing
Developer Capcom
Examples Great Sword, Longsword, Switch Axe

When the monsters you hunt on a regular basis could swallow you whole, stomp you into the ground, or inflict other kinds of pain, your only recourse is being able to hit back just as hard. And Monster Hunter: World, like other games in the series, gives you the tools to do it.

Monster Hunter: World

First of all come Great Swords, which are usually as tall as the hunter, wide enough to act as a shield, and they hit like a ton of bricks, with just as much grace. Longswords, on the other hand, are oversized katanas, much faster, but not hitting quite as hard. Finally, there’s the Switch Axe with turns from a huge axe to a huge sword, and one of its moves allows the hunters to swing it until they run out of stamina.

Key features
  • Fighting each monster is different
  • Tons of creatively designed weapons and armor sets
  • Each weapon has a completely different moveset
  • Gameplay based on repetition

Darksiders

PC
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Xbox 360
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Wii
Release year: 2010
Genre: Action-adventure, hack and slash
Developer Vigil Games
Examples Chaoseater, Armageddon Blade

Darksiders is a game which has a lot going for it, and most of it happens at the protagonist’s massive sword, Chaoseater. Nearly as tall as War is, with a vicious line of its edge, and demonic faces engraved on the flat of it, Chaoseater takes no prisoners.

darksiders giant sword

The second sword War helps to reforge towards the end of the game isn’t any smaller. The Armageddon Blade looks hefty even in the hands of Ulthane, who, even compared to already tall War, is like a giant. And it has power appropriate for a blade of this size and appearance, but that would be spoiling too much.

Key features
  • Epic-scale story
  • Amazing art style
  • Rewarding exploration and good-looking combat
  • Fantastic dubbing

SoulCalibur VI

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2018
Genre: Fighting
Developer Bandai Namco Studios
Examples Soul Edge, Soul Calibur

Soul Edge is one freaky sword. Itself a demonic presence, it’s happy to change shape to suit its users’ particular taste in weapons so as to tempt them better.

soulcalibur souls edge

In the hands of the likes of Siegfried, it’s a massive, organic-looking slab which looks like it might eat your soul. It has a counterpart, though: the Soul Calibur, a crystalline sword formed from a splinter of S. Edge. Calibur doesn’t appear in SoulCalibur VI but is otherwise a mainstay in the series, and sometimes looks barely sword-like, such as in its SC IV version.

Key features
  • Incredible character creation toolbox
  • The polished and tight combat system
  • The story is rather dramatic
  • Great graphics

Final Fantasy VII

PC
PlayStation
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 1997
Genre: Role-playing
Developer Square
Examples Buster Sword, Masamune

Although Cloud discards the Buster Sword early on in the game (which is odd, considering its origin), he doesn’t lose the affinity for huge swords and gets to use many of them before the final confrontation with Sephiroth.

sephiroth sword final fantasy

One-Winged Angel himself uses Masamune, a katana with a total length that would be more suitable for a polearm rather than a sword. Somehow Sephiroth is capable of using it to a lethal degree.

Key features
  • A legendary jRPG
  • Lots of gameplay customization with Materia
  • A classic of the PlayStation 1 era
  • Ecologically-oriented story

World of Warcraft

PC
PlayStation
PlayStation 4<
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2004
Genre: MMORPG
Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Examples Ashbringer, Gorribal

The world of Warcraft, and, by inclusion, World of Warcraft, loves it’s stylistically oversized equipment, from pauldrons rivaling Games Workshop’s products to swords which kind of had to be big for the player to see them from the zoomed-out view.

wow huge sword

The style carried over to WoW, which despite no such excuse luckily decided to keep with the theme. There’s the Ashbringer, for example, a big chunky sword, coming complete with an orb embedded on its back edge. But it pales in comparison with Gorribal, the sword of titan Sargeras, which is of planet-piercing size. It would be hard to go much larger than that and it is definitely one of the biggest sword and weapons overall in video game history.

Key features
  • Unconquerable MMORPG titan since 2004
  • Tons of content to play through
  • Epic-scale story building on the events of Warcraft 3
  • Plenty of classes and races to play as

Dark Souls 2

PC
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4<
Xbox One
Xbox 360
Release year: 2014
Genre: Action role-playing
Developer FromSoftware
Examples Greatswords

Dark Souls loves its European medieval stylings, and it loves its Berserk references. A few things could have come out of this, and one of them are massive swords. There’s even a special class for them: the Ultra Greatswords, exemplified by two swords from Dark Souls 2.

fume ultra greatsword dark souls II

Blades such as Pursuer’s Ultra Greatsword, or the Fume sword are huge. Not only do they lack a ricasso or a long handle, but a historically slim greatsword blade in their version is the size of a railroad track, and would be of comparable weight. Who cares, they look great.

Key features
  • Difficult, demanding combat system
  • Nightmarish bosses
  • Exquisite map design
  • Dark fantasy themes and aesthetic

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

PC
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Release year: 2016
Genre: Action role-playing, hack and slash
Developer Omega Force
Examples Dragon Slayer

Kentaro Miura’s Berserk manga has been going on since 1988 and remains successful despite numerous hiatuses. Its protagonist, Guts, is perhaps the most iconic user of humongous swords other than Cloud Strife.

berserk guts sword

In a Dynasty Warriors-alike game Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, we actually get to play as Guts and swing his sword, the Dragon Slayer. Considered a horrifying, weird weapon even in-fiction, nothing short of demonic Apostles is capable of resisting its impossible weight coupled with Guts’ monstrous strength.

Key features
  • An adaptation of several arcs of the Berserk manga
  • Multiple playable characters
  • Gameplay similar to other Musou games
  • Become the slayer of a hundred men like Guts

Warframe

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2013
Genre: Third-person shooter
Developer Digital Extremes
Examples War, Paracesis, Galatine

Warframe doesn’t concern itself with petty physics too much. Instead, it concerns itself with letting players to cool stuff in-game. That includes creating numerous types of weapons, among which there are “Heavy blades”.

warframe sword

First, we may use Gram, built like a massive cleaver, or Galatine, which almost looks like a functional greatsword. Then there are less straightforward weapons. War is an animesque giant sword with laser elements, while Paracesis is a sophisticated sword curving towards its edge.

Key features
  • Hundreds of weapons to craft
  • Dozens of unique Warframes
  • Continuous support from the developers
  • Interesting setting

God Eater 3

PC
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2018
Genre: Action role-playing
Developer Marvelous
Examples Buster Blade, Long Blade

Much like Monster Hunter, God Eater concerns itself with fighting oversized enemies with oversized weapons. This one uses the frame of reclaiming a post-apocalyptic world from the Aragami monsters.

god eater 3

Your tools are weapons called God Arcs. There are a couple of choices if big swords are of interest. One is the “Buster Blade” category, and true to their chunky structure they deal with both slashing and crushing damage. Their swift counterparts are Long Blades, with don’t pack as much of a punch but are faster.

Key features
  • A more demonic and plot-heavy take on Monster Hunter
  • Plenty of cool weapon designs
  • Highly repetitive
  • Entertaining, well-thought-out combat

Physics be damned

This, of course, does not exhaust the list of massive swords in the worlds of video games. We didn’t, for example, mention the Wailing Dark from Asura’s Wrath, which has a length of 380 THOUSAND kilometers and also is a katana. This is merely meant to be the starting point of your personal journey towards the heftiest sword in gaming, but we think our suggestions will suffice for a while.