Most video games are designed to be played a certain way. In most shooters, you go from one mission to the next until you beat the game. In role-playing games, you explore a vast world, completing missions and becoming more powerful until you save the world.
But some games let you cheat, while others have been poked and prodded by so many players that exploits have been discovered. Here are five ways to get around the rules of some of the most famous games around.
1. Max out your abilities in Fallout 4
Any game the size and scope of Fallout 4 is likely to be rife with opportunities to exploit the systems and give yourself unintended advantages. In Fallout 4, you can use some tricky maneuvers to gain unlimited experience points, inventory space, fusion cores, caps, and more. One of the most powerful exploits is an item duplication trick that lets you max out all of your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes right at the beginning of the game.
To do it, have Dogmeat as your companion and go into Shaun’s room in your old house in Sanctuary. Under the crib you’ll find a “You’re Special!” magazine, which gives you an extra S.P.E.C.I.A.L. point when used. Tell Dogmeat to pick up the magazine. As his head bows down to pick it up, you can pick it up as well. This puts the item in your inventory, and creates a duplicate one at Dogmeat’s feet. You can keep doing this until you’ve maxed out all of your upgradable attributes. The duplication trick can also be used on any item in the game.
To see how to do all kinds of other exploits, click here.
2. Go nuts in Grand Theft Auto V
One of the most psychotically fun things to do in any Grand Theft Auto game is to enter a bunch of cheat codes and go absolutely nuts on the unsuspecting population. Grand Theft Auto V has codes that gives you every weapon in the game and unlimited ammo so you can blast crowds with rocket launchers and plow down Main Street in a tank. It has a code that makes you invincible so the cops can’t spoil your fun. You can even lower your wanted level when you’ve had your fun and you’re ready to press on in the normal game.
You can find all the cheat codes on all of the systems right here. Go nuts.
3. Go where you’re not supposed to in Super Metroid
This Super Nintendo classic was designed to funnel you through the levels in a very specific way, thanks to carefully placed items that let you reach new areas of the environment that were previously inaccessible. It’s one of classic examples of thoughtful, intricate game design.
The brilliant level design hasn’t stopped players from finding many ways to “sequence break” the game, to access areas before they’re supposed to. Watch the video above for a boatload of hints that will let you skip ahead in Super Metroid.
4. Warp to world 5 in Super Mario Bros.
Practically everyone who has played the original Super Mario Bros. on NES knows that there’s a warp area in world 1–2 that lets you slip down a pipe and appear in your choice of worlds 2, 3, or 4. Did you know that, with a little practice, you can use a bug in world 1-2 to warp to world 5? It’s not the most mind-blowing sequence break in the world, but it’s always fun to find new exploits in old games. Watch the video above to see how it’s done.
5. Kill bosses in two hits in Final Fantasy VI
Having trouble defeating a boss in Final Fantasy VI? Try using this ridiculously overpowered combination of spells: Vanish and Doom. Vanish turns enemies invisible, while also lowering their magic defenses. Fortunately, it also overrides any resistance to instant-death spells they might have had (which pretty much all bosses and tough enemies have).
Once you’ve made the enemy invisible, cast Doom to finish them off for good. It works on nearly all enemies in the original Super Nintendo version of the game. Unfortunately, the glitch doesn’t always work in the Game Boy Advance or iOS ports.
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