"YOU CAN STEER THE TORPEDO?" moments

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Alternate title: "YOU CAN TONGUE UP?"

Ever play a game so often, and feel like you know it so well, only to discover some major ability you never noticed before?

For example, Mega Man 2 is my number one favorite game. It was the first game I ever played, and I was raging over Air Man before I could read. Just a couple of days ago, I found out that you can shoot Metal Blade in any direction. WHAT? I had no idea. All these years. I thought the main advantage was just the bigger projectile.

Also, to a lesser extent, I was four hours into Fallout 3 before I found out you could jump.

So, how about you?

I CAN CHARGE MY SPINNY ATTACK, THUNDERBOLTS, AND MY FIRE ATTACKS??!!!

Translation- In my first play through of Ys Origins, I only found out I could charge my attacks after obtaining the Crimson Longsword. A bit insulting since the game has in game manual. -.-

ok, i know it look silly, but i swear it did happened. i wasnt very good at english back then, and i had no instruction manual. also internet didnt really existed

so i was playing final fantasy (the first one, when it was still fresh and new) and i was stuck at the marsh cavern because, man that game was difficult. the enemies were so strong and took so long to die...

so i was at school talking to a guy who was playing too and he asked me if i had equip my weapons

I NEED TO PRESS EQUIP BUTTON TO ACTUALLY EQUIP ARMOR AND SWORDS ?!?

so yeah i played 20 hours of final fantasy 1 without any equipement on my caracters

YOU CAN PUSH THE LITTLE HOOD BIT UP OFF THE CLI

*ahem*

Planetside 2: YOU CAN STEER THE DROP PODS?!

No more landing on cliff sides. Still haven't managed to land on any enemies though.

I CAN GET UP ON THE HYDRA'S BACK?!

Ok no I kid.

I CAN USE THE WAVE BEAM TO KNOCK CLOAKED SPACE PIRATES OUT OF STEALTH?!

When I first figured this out in Metroid Prime it kind of blew my mind. I'm sure that was explained somewhere in the game but hey I was like 13, I didn't read the instruction manuals at that time.

Zhukov:
Planetside 2

YOU CAN STEER THE DROP PODS?!

No more landing on cliff sides. Still haven't managed to land on any enemies though.

I saw a Galaxy and intentionally slammed into it, blowing the plane to smithereens.

Then I learned it was an allied Galaxy fully loaded with friendlies. WHOOPS.

Hitogata Happa:

You're seriously telling me that bombing involves ramming headlong into enemy ships? Well, no wonder I couldn't beat the first damn level of the game.[1]

[1] And still can't.

I can sprint in Skyrim?

No honest, first character, a two handed Nord, who could knock enemies down by spitting in their general direction, never once sprinted over those lush green plains!

I remember once my friend was wathing me play Mass Effect one, and when I made the Mako jump he was like "What?!?! you can do that?" Then when I zoomed in with the cannon he lost his shit.

Fieldy409:
I remember once my friend was wathing me play Mass Effect one, and when I made the Mako jump he was like "What?!?! you can do that?" Then when I zoomed in with the cannon he lost his shit.

When I finally convinced my best mate to play Mass Effect she kept texting me saying she couldn't get past the geth on Noveria cause her "stupid tank" didn't have guns, after explaining that it not only had guns, but rockets and that you could zoom in with said cannons she lost it too!

Kopikatsu:

Zhukov:
Planetside 2

YOU CAN STEER THE DROP PODS?!

No more landing on cliff sides. Still haven't managed to land on any enemies though.

I saw a Galaxy and intentionally slammed into it, blowing the plane to smithereens.

Then I learned it was an allied Galaxy fully loaded with friendlies. WHOOPS.

Yeah, Iv'e had a few near misses of that sort.

"Muahahaha! Death from above baOH SHIT HE'S FRIENDLY HARD LEFT HARD LEFT!

I've also had my Reaver swatted from the sky by friendly pods a couple times.

MajorTomServo:
Ever play a game so often, and feel like you know it so well, only to discover some major ability you never noticed before?

I don't think it really counts, but when I played Dragon Age 2 you had to tap the button every time to attack. It was infuriating, but I got used to it, and even learned to ignore the pain in my right thumb.

Quite a while after, I decided to start a second playthrough, and a friend happened to come over and see me engaged in battle and frantically tapping A to launch attacks. He watched for a moment, looked at me and said "...you do know they patched that, right? You can just go to the options and turn auto-attacking on"

FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKK!

YOU CAN GO FASTER THAN THE YETI?

I think that's the most mind blowing to guys who played Ski Free when they were kids.
Death by yeti is not inevitable. You can hold F to outrun him.

Lol jontron <3

YOU CAN SHOOT UP? in Cave Story + I felt like a total idiot ><

OH OH epic story. Went to play Fallout 1 my ex and his best mate where like 'It's a bit pants you can't run' and that's when I found it right there in the settings. They had been doing it by clicking on people and things for like the entire game. xD

Zhukov:
YOU CAN PUSH THE LITTLE HOOD BIT UP OFF THE CLI

....what?

Seriously, what? You can do that?!

Oh man, no wonder that girl laughed at me. Now I kinda wish I hadn't Hulked out and stabbed her, I though she was giggling at my small penis :-(

For me, it's Ripper mode in Metal Gear Rising. I got all the way to the last chapter wondering why my Blade Mode meter turned red. Then after being stuck on a fight for a while, I looked up a VR tutorial. I was like "wait, what?! That makes everything SO much easier!"

The most recent one was in Guild Wars 2:

THERE IS AN OPTION TO DROP CRAFTING MATERIALS INTO YOUR BANK FROM YOUR INVENTORY?

And any inventory management problems disappeared instantly...

I was playing Final Fantasy VI recently and this is a game that I've played before but have never completed. At this point I'm probably farther than I've ever made it in past playthroughs and despite my party being in the 20's at this point, I'm disappointed by their lack of magical abilities etc...also despite story progress I can't use Espers...maybe Terra is the only one able to use them? Apparently not...what I failed to notice is I have to equip one Esper to party members in order to teach them magic, boost some stats etc. I felt like an idiot considering how similar this is to progression-via-items/equipping in Final Fantasy IX.

I got up to level 89 on my monk in World of Warcraft before realising that the roll move I had since level 5 moved in the direction you were moving, and not the direction you were facing.

Zhukov:
YOU CAN PUSH THE LITTLE HOOD BIT UP OFF THE CLI

*ahem*

Planetside 2: YOU CAN STEER THE DROP PODS?!

No more landing on cliff sides. Still haven't managed to land on any enemies though.

I've killed at least 2 Mossies and 2 Libs with my drop pods.

You can hold down the action button in Fallout 3 to continually drink from a receptacle, instead of having to press the button over and over.
My mind was blown when I found out on the forums a few months ago.

King of Asgaard:
You can hold down the action button in Fallout 3 to continually drink from a receptacle, instead of having to press the button over and over.
My mind was blown when I found out on the forums a few months ago.

That too! Though it didn't really help, since I never drink out of toilets...

I CAN TALK TO DEMONS?!
Nocturne

I had a rather difficult time in Soulbringer the first time I played, but through a combination of scroll use, tactics, and bloody-minded determination, I managed to get 1/3 of the way through the game and defeat Bishop Mortan.

Only after that did I look at my journal screen and realize that those plus and minus signs next to my stats might have something to do with using all the leveling points I'd been accumulating. I'd been doing a "level one character" challenge run, and hadn't realized it.

YOU CAN LURE WHOLE ENEMY ARMY WITH 1 ARCHER? CERTAINLY NO WAY TO ABUSE THAT NOW IS THERE?
-War and peace, good old days.

yes, i play too much strategy.

King of Asgaard:
You can hold down the action button in Fallout 3 to continually drink from a receptacle, instead of having to press the button over and over.
My mind was blown when I found out on the forums a few months ago.

i finished fallout 3 twice, spent over 200 hours and i still didnt knew it till i just read your post.

Kopikatsu:

Zhukov:
Planetside 2

YOU CAN STEER THE DROP PODS?!

No more landing on cliff sides. Still haven't managed to land on any enemies though.

I saw a Galaxy and intentionally slammed into it, blowing the plane to smithereens.

Then I learned it was an allied Galaxy fully loaded with friendlies. WHOOPS.

Oh my God, that's the worst feeling in the world. When I first started flying I absolutely sucked, the controls were completely foreign to me but I was determined to learn to pilot, y'know? It lead to an incredibly awkward moment where I was heading for a full-on collision with a Galaxy full of friendlies. It went down, I pulled what I thought was up, but either the controls were inverted for aircraft or I panicked horribly... it looked like I deliberately went in to ram my own team. Everything blew up.

I couldn't log off, shut down my computer and walk shocked to my sofa with a cup of tea fast enough.

Edit: Oh... uh... I... recently found out that Sten in Dragon Age Origins was a character. I previously just left him to die.

Kingdom Hearts 2. My first playthrough, The Castle that Never Was. I CAN SWITCH MY MAIN KEYBLADE?!

Was still fun, beating the game with the starting keyblade though.

I played through most of Enter The Matrix before I figured out what the Focus ability was for. That's like playing through Spider-Man 2 without web-swinging.

GundamSentinel:
The most recent one was in Guild Wars 2:

THERE IS AN OPTION TO DROP CRAFTING MATERIALS INTO YOUR BANK FROM YOUR INVENTORY?

And any inventory management problems disappeared instantly...

Hahaha. I played the first month or so without knowing this, quite a revelation when I discovered this nifty feature.

It should be noted that you can deposit ALL of them (not just one by one by right-clicking) in one go, by using the little cogwheel in the top right corner of you inventory screen. Chances are you already knew this, but I guess this kind of info is useful to everyone.

Zhukov:

Planetside 2: YOU CAN STEER THE DROP PODS?!

That was a really big one for me, makes getting to great sniping locations really fun.

OT: Mine's Planetside 2 as well, I didn't realize until my fourth armor kill that then AV MANA turret has guided missiles. It's even worse because I think it says something about them having a 'wire' or some shit, which actually implies that it's guided... My kills shot through the roof when I realized that I could guide my missiles to where I needed them to go.

MajorTomServo:
Alternate title: "YOU CAN TONGUE UP?"

Ever play a game so often, and feel like you know it so well, only to discover some major ability you never noticed before?

For example, Mega Man 2 is my number one favorite game. It was the first game I ever played, and I was raging over Air Man before I could read. Just a couple of days ago, I found out that you can shoot Metal Blade in any direction. WHAT? I had no idea. All these years. I thought the main advantage was just the bigger projectile.

Also, to a lesser extent, I was four hours into Fallout 3 before I found out you could jump.

So, how about you?

Considering your title choices, I'm guessing you've been watching a good bit of the Game Grumps on Youtube?

On your question:

I can't say I've ever missed any major abilities. I tend to read through and listen to all game instructions. I also test the limits of games to see what buttons do what before I seriously start playing a game.

Edit: Why would anyone rage over Air Man? Two shots with the spinning leaf shield and he is done for.

This whole thread could be about Deus Ex with every new find on subsequent playthroughs.

My first was "YOU CAN KILL

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King of Asgaard:
You can hold down the action button in Fallout 3 to continually drink from a receptacle, instead of having to press the button over and over.
My mind was blown when I found out on the forums a few months ago.

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That is news to me. Ha! I always just ignored faucets and toilets as pointless unless I was really desperate for health. Then again, after about 30 hours that never happened anyway given my extreme tendency to hoard items and then sell them for Phat Cash, then use said Phat Cash for Stimpaks and bullets. I probably had enough Stimpaks to bring an army back from the dead.

Was playing Metal Gear Rising last week.

The last boss was kicking my ass, when I accidentally pushed a and x at the same time, and discovered that there is a dodge move. WHAT!?!?!? This entire game I had a dodge move!!!!

Another:
Was playing Metal Gear Rising last week.

The last boss was kicking my ass, when I accidentally pushed a and x at the same time, and discovered that there is a dodge move. WHAT!?!?!? This entire game I had a dodge move!!!!

Don't know how you didn't know. You have to buy the thing.
I'm wondering how you guys manage not to do any of the things listed so far.

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