Swords are not always the best weapon guns have better distance, bombs do more damage, and I can never tell whether or not to pronounce the 'w.' But swords were always preferable, since they offered a nobler kind of combat: up close and personal, with the winner determined by skill and strength alone. Also, game developers got a lot less angry letters from parents when they didn't include guns, so that helped too. Here's our tribute to the greatest blades ever virtually-wielded
10. Lilarcor (Baldur's Gate II)
Lilarcor is a special sword not only does it talk (frequently, and mostly about fighting and its desire to kill as many things as possible and as soon as possible) but it also has the soul of a man trapped within it. In this regard, Lilarcor is really more of a character than a weapon, although it serves both roles nicely. If only it could be used as a vehicle and house, it would be pretty much the only item you'd ever need.
9. Sora's Keyblade (Kingdom Hearts series)
Maybe it technically isn't a sword (that may have been a little too violent for a Disney game), but the Keyblade in Kingdom Hearts was unique and powerful enough to come pretty close to that definition. It's a giant key (one of those ones you can't make a copy of), wielded like a sword (except without a sharp edge), and it's effective at combining your childhood memories of Disney films with your adolescent memories of gender-confused Final Fantasy characters. Also, the Keyblade could lock or unlock any lock you came across a magical world for some, a horrifying dystopia for locksmiths.
8. Masamune (Chrono Trigger)
Masamune was a chore to get in the game you had to fight two weird-looking elf-creatures and go on a time-traveling scavenger hunt, and even then, only Frog could use it. Was it worth it? Oh hell yes. Suddenly you have a weapon that's super-effective against evil wizard extraordinaire Magus, and Frog becomes a useful part of your party, instead of the noble but worthless and lazily-named amphibi-man. Really, the only way they could've gotten lazier with a character is naming the main character "Crono" and a robot "Robo." Oh
7. Lightsaber (Jedi Knight series)
A lightsaber is only as awesome as the one wielding it. That's why despite having ninety spinning laserswords General Grievous remains a pretty forgettable villain, while Darth Vader remains the galaxy's greatest asthmatic badass. However, a sword made of pure energy does have a lot of potential, and the ones used by Kyle Katarn (part-time Jedi/all-time badass) were always spectacular (and within reason, before the way over-the-top Force Unleashed games). You could slice through stormtroopers, droids, and everything in-between and, in the meantime, completely forget that there were other weapons in the game. Why would you ever use a blaster? Why would the programmers even bother putting them in? A mystery, that is.