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8 Hard Bosses Whose Weird Weakness You Exploited Ruthlessly: Commenter Edition

8 Hard Bosses Whose Weird Weakness You Exploited Ruthlessly: Commenter Edition

We recently owned up to the various times we exploited the heck out of a boss' one obscure weakness, and it turned out we weren't alone. The comments were full of players with shameful stories of similarly taking advantage of these convenient soft spots. So have a look at these times our commenters saw an opportunity and, like Luke Skywalker stuffing a proton torpedo into a thermal exhaust port, used it to cheese a boss battle.

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3 days ago

6 Ways Games Tricked You Into Thinking You're Awesome

6 Ways Games Tricked You Into Thinking You're Awesome

On the surface, a videogame is a bunch of pixels doing what they're told by a bunch of rules. Go beneath the surface though and among those rules you'll find some additional secret rules snuck in there to make your experience more fun. Game designer Jennifer Scheurle recently asked other games people on Twitter to share the crafty mechanics like these hidden inside games, and those devs went and spilled the tea. Just consider these sneaky ways games trick you into thinking you're more awesome.

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9 days ago

8 Times a Game Screwed You Over on Purpose, You Swear

8 Times a Game Screwed You Over on Purpose, You Swear

They'll tell you a videogame is an indifferent computer program that doesn't care whether you win or lose because it's made of maths. In our experience, however, there are certain games that are very definitely out to get you, tipping the scales when the opportunity arises to really screw you over, in a way that can only be considered malice on their part. Consider the following evidence and you be the judge.

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17 days ago

8 Infuriating Side Quests You're Never Going to Finish

8 Infuriating Side Quests You're Never Going to Finish

A good sidequest gives you a break from the main game, doing something fun or interesting. Other sidequests, however, decided what players really wanted was optional activities so tedious or time-consuming that we took the optional part seriously and opted to never finish them. Here are eight of our least favourite.

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23 days ago

7 Times Forced Stealth Made You Rage: Commenter Edition

7 Times Forced Stealth Made You Rage: Commenter Edition

We recently did some griping about the times stealth made us tear our hair out and post it to the developers. Judging from the YouTube comments on that video, several of you share our depilatory frustration over a number of sections of dodgy stealth in yet more well-meaning videogames. Because we love your comments and sharing is caring, here are the times forced stealth drove you furthest up the wall.

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A month ago

13 Evil Achievements For Heartless Bastards: The Return

13 Evil Achievements For Heartless Bastards: The Return

Four years ago we made a video called 12 Evil Achievements For Heartless Bastards, which focused on the sort of achievements that moustache twirling ne'er-do-wells would be happy to display on their gamercards. Now, four years on, we have 13 more achievements that you should feel good and guilty about owning.

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2 months ago

The 7 Weirdest Fighting Game Characters Who Were Fired After One Game

The 7 Weirdest Fighting Game Characters Who Were Fired After One Game

Once a fighting game character makes their debut, they usually stick around in that fighting game series. But some characters prove to be so weird, unpopular or tangled up in licensing issues that they make one appearance and are never seen again. Here are seven of our favourite one-shot fighting game characters who were never invited back for round two.

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2 months ago

7 Urban Legends We Believed for Way Too Long

7 Urban Legends We Believed for Way Too Long

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, and I believed these urban legends like a child. Now we've put away childish things, join us to reflect on these videogame urban legends we wholeheartedly believed when we were kids, back when bigger kids could convince us they were true because they had uncles who worked at Nintendo.

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2 months ago

8 Times Stealth Made Us Want to Eat Our Own Hands

8 Times Stealth Made Us Want to Eat Our Own Hands

When stealth is done right, it's a gratifying test of your skill and focus. When stealth is done wrong, it's more irritating than a mosquito in your room at 3AM asking to borrow a tenner. Bear with us while we vent about the stealth sections that boiled our blood.

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2 months ago

7 Times Amnesia Made You Forget Your Own Darkest Secret

7 Times Amnesia Made You Forget Your Own Darkest Secret

Many a hero has a past so chequered only a convenient spot of memory loss can hide their darkest secret from you, the player, while keeping them, the protagonist, from spending a whole game wracked with guilt. Remember, if you can, these times amnesia made you forget your terrible deeds until, ooh, act three or thereabouts.

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2 months ago

Beyond Good and Evil 2: 8 Things You Need To Know

Beyond Good and Evil 2: 8 Things You Need To Know

Could this be the most ambitious game ever? Beyond Good and Evil 2 promises gameplay that stretches from the sci-fi interiors of buildings all the way to the stars. Here are the eight things you absolutely need to know about this extremely intriguing game.

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2 months ago

7 Horror Bathrooms in Need of Serious CSI

7 Horror Bathrooms in Need of Serious CSI

What kind of world do we live in, when it's rarer to find a clean, intact bathroom than it is to find one full of death traps, murderous thugs, vengeful ghosts, and the bloody mess that comes with those things I said? Consider the videogame restrooms in immediate need of a crime scene investigation team, and you tell us.

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3 months ago

Sea of Thieves vs Skull and Bones: 5 Ways the Pirate Games Stack Up Against Each Other

Sea of Thieves vs Skull and Bones: 5 Ways the Pirate Games Stack Up Against Each Other

If you saw Ubisoft's E3 press conference you were probably delighted to see them announce a new pirate-themed multiplayer game called Skull and Bones. Unless you work for Rare, the studio developing a new pirate-themed multiplayer game called Sea of Thieves. Awkward. But though these are both multiplayer pirate games, just how similar are they really? Join us for a look at how the two games stack up against each other in five key areas.

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3 months ago

7 Furious 'Heroes' Who Have Less Chill Than a Busted Fridge

7 Furious 'Heroes' Who Have Less Chill Than a Busted Fridge

For certain game heroes, there's always something going on to damage their calm. Maybe they've been deceived by ancient gods, stepped to by street gangs, or had their house blown up by the army. Just ponder these furious heroes who have less chill than a busted refrigerator.

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3 months ago

7 Things You Need to Know About Far Cry 5

7 Things You Need to Know About Far Cry 5

Now Far Cry 5 has broken cover, we know it's coming on release date 27 February 2018 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. But that's not all we know. Take our brisk tour of Far Cry 5 trailer, with the most important first details about Far Cry 5 gameplay.

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3 months ago

7 Good Guys Who Became Bad Guys, Much Cooler

7 Good Guys Who Became Bad Guys, Much Cooler

Time and again, games have taught us that going over to the dark side comes with plenty of advantages. Chief among these is that villains are much cooler and better dressed than boring, do-gooder heroes. Consider the evidence: these good guys who turned bad and became much, much cooler in the process.

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3 months ago

8 Cliffhanger Endings That Will Never Be Resolved, Thanks Videogames

8 Cliffhanger Endings That Will Never Be Resolved, Thanks Videogames

A cliffhanger ending is an unresolved ending that hopes to lure people back by promising they'll find out what happens next. Sometimes, however, that promise is a big fat lie, and you never find out what happens next because there was no sequel, the sequel got cancelled, or the sequel just went ahead and ignored the ending of the last game. Just remember all these times videogames did precisely that.

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4 months ago

7 Times You Would Have Been Rescued But Helicopters

7 Times You Would Have Been Rescued But Helicopters

Helicopters in games crash as often as Windows Vista trying to sync iTunes because if you could just chopper your way out of trouble without crashing, most videogames would be eight minutes long. Just think of all the times you tried to helicopter your problems away, only you crashed because of course you did.

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4 months ago

6 New Games Like Dark Souls You Need Now Dark Souls is Dead

6 New Games Like Dark Souls You Need Now Dark Souls is Dead

Prepare to cry! The Dark Souls series is dead, at least for the foreseeable future. Where are we going to get our masochistic action RPG kicks from now? Well here are 6 upcoming games that promise to scratch that Dark Souls itch. You probably want to get that looked at, by the way.

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4 months ago

7 Ridiculous Modes That Made Games Weirder, Better

7 Ridiculous Modes That Made Games Weirder, Better

We all love a gritty, realistic adventure where everyone's head is the normal size. But these ridiculous alternative modes are just the ticket to mix things up, transforming our fave games with the power of whimsy, physics and gigantic heads. Consider these times we enjoyed our favourite games with a side order of silly, and it was delicious.

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4 months ago

Witness the 10 Least Survivable Things in Injustice 2

Witness the 10 Least Survivable Things in Injustice 2

Injustice 2 is a fighting game in which the fighting is all done by superheroes. It looks like fun, sure, but before you consider fighting a superhero yourself, bear in mind you will almost certainly be horribly killed. Or at least you will while they are all using moves like these.

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4 months ago

7 Things to Do If You Find Yourself Without Gravity

7 Things to Do If You Find Yourself Without Gravity

Wannabe astronaut me recently did some training with the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda. The time has come to put that space training to work in zero gravity, aboard a parabolic flight. Now boarding flight zero-g to weightlessness, please stow your tray table and discover seven things to do if you find yourself without gravity.

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4 months ago

6 Ways Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fixes What You Hated in Battlefront

6 Ways Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fixes What You Hated in Battlefront

As a first stab by DICE at a Star Wars Battlefront game, 2015's Star Wars Battlefront was impressive but flawed. Over two years of unending galactic conflict, fans have identified several infuriating elements of the experience and, fortunately, DICE has fixed six of the biggest offenders for sequel Star Wars Battlefront 2, which arrives in November of this year. Consider these Star Wars Battlefront bugbears that are fixed for the follow-up.

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4 months ago

7 Times Movie Games Couldn't Use the Star's Likeness, So Here's Some Random

7 Times Movie Games Couldn't Use the Star's Likeness, So Here's Some Random

Imagine you're a game developer with a license to make a game based on a hit movie, but the movie's star hasn't given you permission to use their likeness. Do you cancel production and go work on a farm, dreaming about what could have been? No! You sub in some generic character model and hope nobody notices. Consider these times videogames did just that, with mixed results.

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5 months ago

7 Weirdest Shooters from the 1990s That Make Even Less Sense Now

7 Weirdest Shooters from the 1990s That Make Even Less Sense Now

After Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, the 90s became a golden age for first-person shooters. That's not to say that every 1990s FPS was a classic. Countless shooters made it to market that were weird, baffling, or starred William Shatner. Watch on for our favourite weird genre relics from that baffling era of games.

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5 months ago

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