"YOU CAN STEER THE TORPEDO?" moments

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WHAT!?, YOU CAN ACTUALLY POINT ANY GUN (EXCEPT THE STINGER) WITHOUT SHOOTING!?, AND EVEN SCARE THE OTHER SOLDIERS SHITLESS WITH THEM!??.

^ This when I learned, while playing Metal Gear Solid 2 for the third or fourth time, that the PS2 controller actually had analog buttons (ALL of them, except Select, Start, L3 & R3) and you could use this to point your guns without actually shooting, heck, you could even do this in first person mode. That game is so full of details and easter eggs, it's insane.

freaper:

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...

Oh wow, I don't even want to imagine the horror you must've been through.

I know, right. Months of trudging around, desperately looking for merchants and crafting stations or having to port back to town when my inventory got full. And all that money spent on crafting bigger bags for my characters...

It was hilarious when I found out and told my guild about it, since I am usually the one to consult when guildies have questions about the game.

"What? You didn't know that?"
"I-... wha-... No!"

Luckily I wasn't the only one who didn't know. ^^

You can do MORE than one attack at once in VATs in Fallout 3 (On third playthrough).

>.<

Haven't read everything in this thread, so not sure if these examples have been mentioned.

First two are from Skyward Sword. One thing is that I didn't know you could sit on those small chairs that were scattered about to restore hearts.

Second is from the final boss of Skyward Sword, so will put it in spoiler tags just in case.

Third thing is from Super Smash Bros Brawl. That if you want to play as Sheik for example you can just pick Sheik in the character pick menu. I thought you had to go in game as Zelda and transform, but nope, you can apparently just press on Sheik in the portrait to start as her. Same with the different pokemons of Pokemon Trainer. Can't believe i didn't figure that out until now, cause I've put a lot of time into that game. :)

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.

My first drop, I randomly started pressing the wasd keys, found out I could move, saw an enemy liberator and thought, Huh, what happens if I try to hit it?
wham
First kill. and death

In MGS2 the fact that you can aim your gun and run by holding L.

BloodWriter:

AnthrSolidSnake:

Ryank1908:
THE ANSWER TO THE PUZZLE IS ON THE DAMN CLAW?!

When I first played Skyrim, I was following through the main story missions, and got to the part where I had to open a door using a Golden Dragon Claw. When I got to the door in the depth of a murky ruined cave, I found an obstacle; a door, with three circles around a lock, which you could rotate. The rings had different pictures on them and I guessed I had to work out what the proper combination was.

I must have spent at least an hour, first just fiddling around, second, scouring the murals on the walls near the door for some kind of hint to the combination, and finally, just fucking hammering those buttons in every single possible combination. When I finally got it, I went on the internet to see if there was some kind of logical explanation for it, and sure enough... the combination is on the back of the claw the whole time. I did not know you could look at items in your inventory in that 3D view and I really didn't know it would somehow be a vital skill to learn for a mandatory bloody story quest.

I hate to admit that it took me a week to figure that out after I bought the game, while my friends were several hours ahead of me...

Yup... Took me almost an hour, I kept looking at the damn walls (the walls had Owls, Dragons, Bears drawn on them and I was sure that was the answer to the door puzzle).

Why did none of you look at the thief's journal?

I CAN DO A REGULAR DOUBLE ATTACK?!!
skyrim. I knew how to do the double power attck while duel wielding but I didn't know I could do a basic attack with it until atleast 100 hours in.

You can store crits in the Gunslinger?

If you are clueless: The Gunslinger only crits on the event of getting three hits to land in a row, without letting go of M1. Really hard to pull of with a short range weapon, wielded by one of the least combat proficient classes, and to make your enemy survive long enough to bop them with your crit.

But this video shows that you can skip around the timing entirely. Blew my mind, made my crits more hilarious.

GundamSentinel:

freaper:

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...

Oh wow, I don't even want to imagine the horror you must've been through.

I know, right. Months of trudging around, desperately looking for merchants and crafting stations or having to port back to town when my inventory got full. And all that money spent on crafting bigger bags for my characters...

It was hilarious when I found out and told my guild about it, since I am usually the one to consult when guildies have questions about the game.

"What? You didn't know that?"
"I-... wha-... No!"

Luckily I wasn't the only one who didn't know. ^^

I had a "YOU-CAN-STEER-THE-TORPEDO?" moment in Guild Wars (1) too. I didn't know, until halfway into prophecies, that I could fast travel to cities. Needless to say my character was quite beefed up by the time I figured it out.

For me it was "THE MISSING HOTKEY BUTTON IN NEW VEGAS SWITCHES YOUR WEAPON'S AMMO?!"

That made using my 12-gauge shotgun a whole lot more convenient.

Also, "YOU CAN HOTKEY CONSUMABLES?!" in Fo3. Hotkey'd stimpaks=never dying ever again.

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.

...Are you kidding?

All those times I'd barely survived a fight and was frantically sipping tap water to heal..

This reminds me of a memory that still tickles me to this day. I was handing my dad a cup of tea when he was playing Company of Heroes, and I noticed he was using Engineers only. I literally cried of laughter for about five minutes, seeing him send off five units at a time taking on tanks and god knows what else. I asked him as to why this was, and he said that it was all he was able to use. I then showed him that the Engineers can construct buildings to train and create more units.

He never learned though. He still ended up using the 'sticky bomb' ability of infantry units on tanks and stuff. Good times.

OP: In the very first PC game I ever played, the Total Annihilation demo, I didn't know the Commander could build structures until five replays of the mission where you need to save the Spider kbots.

Battlefield 3

You can switch to smoke rounds while using the mortar by pressing 2?

TwiZtah:
Do you guys even touch the buttons when you play games?

This.

Almost all of the posted here is pretty damn obvious... the only except MAY be the whole "hold button to drink in fallout", but other than that one... ummm... nope.

SkarKrow:

KefkaCultist:

SkarKrow:

I got all the way to Guadosalam in Final Fantasy X, my first RPG besides pokemon, without knowing how to open the menu.

So as a result I didn't know how to level up or anything. Never occured to me that triangle would be the menu, since Start was always menu in everything else I played. Try getting that far without levelling up I frigging dare ya > >

... Fuck that ...
Did you just grind your ass off for stats or what? Because Guadosalam is actually a decent ways into the game with some pretty tough bosses prior that pissed me off even with a developed sphere grid. lol

I had spent almost all my money on potions and yeah I actually was sphere level 99 when I figured it out. I was wondering why everything was so hard and bosses were taking hours and why those summoners were so friggin hard to fight (it still took me a while to figure out how to level up summons _). As you can imagine once I found that menu opening button the game got a hell of a lot more easy.

Oh and I didn't have a manual, fucking pre-owned games. I can get throwing away a cardboard box but why the manual!?

Did u miss the tutorials that hold your hand thru the sphere grid at the beginning in Besaid? And u don't actually gain stats until you spend sphere points.
I honestly can't understand how you could get that far, even with potions because bosses will drop you in one hit and flyers will never die if your accuracy rating never gets raised (aside from no new spells/abilities and the like).

TreuloseTomate:

Andy of Comix Inc:

TreuloseTomate:
Antichamber has those moments every minute.

I love that you mentioned that game. Though to be honest, most of Antichamber is the opposite of those moments as it tries to unteach every single thing you've ever learned from videogames up to now.

But you probably know what moments I'm talking about?

"THAT's what the circles on walls are for?!"
"You can do WHAT with the green gun?!"

Aha, yep. Oh my god, yes.

I wish I could erase my memory and play that game for the first time again, because discovering that stuff for the first time is truly mind-blowing.

Klagermeister:
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.

Woah woah woah woah woah woah woah. Woah.... just Woah.... There is something past that bastard?

this may have been said but:

I was about 95% through with dead space before i realized I could shoot things with kinesis. I would drag things towards me during some of the puzzle sections, and then waste ammo shooting them across the room. And I never got to kinesis a guardian, which were terrifying as a result. But boy was I happy when I found that ability, especially as an option to the endless stomping in ds2.

I couldn't ever get to the 2nd temple in the Dark World in LoZ: Link to the Past. I never knew until recently that pulling the lever in the Light World which drained the lakes (Which I thought was just for teh lulz of flopping fish and a heart piece) made it so you could get into the Dark World temple that was in the same location.

Quazimofo:

One for Dark Souls, which was actually pretty recent
"YOU CAN PARRY THE LIZARD MEN/Havel/the blighttown club giants/arrows/certain weapons/tower knights etc.??!?!!?!?"
Seriously, apparently just about everything in the game that wields a weapon (save for boss monsters) can be parried and most can be riposted. Even guys wielding gigantic weapons (anor londo giants) can be parried (in a way. you take SOME damage but suffer no knockback at all, yet neither does the attacker, so you can catch them in the open end of their swing where you normally would be jogging forward from sliding backwards after blocking a hit from a halberd twice your size)

I never got the timing down good enough to do that, found it easier to just beast with the Halberd of Kicking Tons of Ass and kill everything in 2 hits.

The year was 2001. Pokemon Gold was the game. Being 8 years old, I didn't realize you could use the spray bottle to fight Sudowoodo, so I just trained and trained and trained in the grass against level 15 Hoothoots until my Typhlosion was level 60. At least I had the sense to teach him Thunderpunch and break the game.

Between that point in Goldenrod and the Elite Four, he grew a total of three levels. I never fought a wild battle again.

My friend lost it when I told him you could finish off Vader in The Force Unleashed.

In Batman Arkham Asylum, I never knew how to do the special takedown moves. I finally figured it out in Arkham City only because I used them on accident...and thought to myself, "I wish they had it in the first game"...not realizing that it was in the first game...

Supreme commander forged alliance.

YOU CAN USE YOUR ACU AS PART OF YOUR ATTACK FORCE?

I honestly have NEVER thought about it. All those mmulti matches having my poor t1 army get gutted by an acu. I never once considered bringing along my own ACU to even the odds.

facepalm

amaranth_dru:

SkarKrow:

KefkaCultist:

... Fuck that ...
Did you just grind your ass off for stats or what? Because Guadosalam is actually a decent ways into the game with some pretty tough bosses prior that pissed me off even with a developed sphere grid. lol

I had spent almost all my money on potions and yeah I actually was sphere level 99 when I figured it out. I was wondering why everything was so hard and bosses were taking hours and why those summoners were so friggin hard to fight (it still took me a while to figure out how to level up summons _). As you can imagine once I found that menu opening button the game got a hell of a lot more easy.

Oh and I didn't have a manual, fucking pre-owned games. I can get throwing away a cardboard box but why the manual!?

Did u miss the tutorials that hold your hand thru the sphere grid at the beginning in Besaid? And u don't actually gain stats until you spend sphere points.
I honestly can't understand how you could get that far, even with potions because bosses will drop you in one hit and flyers will never die if your accuracy rating never gets raised (aside from no new spells/abilities and the like).

No, I saw those tutorials, but none of them told me that triangle opened the god damned menu. Also, no, they don't quite, and I'm well aware that the sphere level doesn't give you any bonuses, I was commenting that I had maxed it out from ignorance.

Bosses never quite managed 1 hit though some of there named attacks would put the party into severe condition and waste a number of turns healing. Flyers died because I used magic on them or Wakka's ball attacks.

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...

oh. my. this.

I'm lucky my daddy helped me go through it and learn most of hte ropes, otherwise i would've emberreassed the hell out of myself

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.

You can?! This blows my mind... Well, i guess that would be my moment then too :P

Kingdom Hearts II - I CAN SWITCH DRESSES AND LEVEL UP MY DRIVES?! SO THAT'S WHAT THE DRIVE GAUGE IS FOR!

Bully - R1 BLOCKS!? (same deal with The Warriors)

Don't know if this was mentioned before but

'YOU CAN FAST TRAVEL VIA THE MAP IN FALLOUT 3!!!!??' totally didn't know that until about 30 hours in...

I walked everywhere...so depressing...

Saints Row 2, THERE'S A COSTUME SHOP?

Seriously, way to keep that thing hidden completely off the map until you do an entire gang story.

SonOfMethuselah:

SkarKrow:

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?

I have possibly the supreme on here.

I got all the way to Guadosalam in Final Fantasy X, my first RPG besides pokemon, without knowing how to open the menu.

So as a result I didn't know how to level up or anything. Never occured to me that triangle would be the menu, since Start was always menu in everything else I played. Try getting that far without levelling up I frigging dare ya > >

Also when I first played Sonic 3 I didn't know how to charge up a spin attack but that was when I was like 4.

A few incidents in RDR or something like that where I just had no clue how to do something.

I'll see you Guadosalam and raise you Home. I knew how to open the menu, but I didn't understand how the Sphere Grid worked. I thought the number was your level, and not the number of nodes you could move, so I was always trying to move to a node that raised the S.LvL, which, of course, wouldn't work. I actually got a little bit further than Home, to that fucking dragon that attacks you on the airship as you near Bevelle, and he absolutely wrecked my shit with one or two attacks every time. My friend told me what I was doing wrong a few days after I had given up on the game. Ahh, youth.

Other than that, I played Star Wars: Battlefront II in first-person mode for a long time before I realized I could change it to third-person. Then I realized I hated playing the game in first-person, so I never changed it again.

BATTLEFRONT 2 HAS FIRST-PERSON!?!?!?

Quantumsheep:

BATTLEFRONT 2 HAS FIRST-PERSON!?!?!?

Battlefront II has first-person. At least, the PC version of Battlefront II has the option of first-person. I've never attempted to set the option on PS2 or Xbox, so I don't know if it's there. I wouldn't touch it, even if it was, though: the game is shite in first-person.

SupahGamuh:
WHAT!?, YOU CAN ACTUALLY POINT ANY GUN (EXCEPT THE STINGER) WITHOUT SHOOTING!?, AND EVEN SCARE THE OTHER SOLDIERS SHITLESS WITH THEM!??.

^ This when I learned, while playing Metal Gear Solid 2 for the third or fourth time, that the PS2 controller actually had analog buttons (ALL of them, except Select, Start, L3 & R3) and you could use this to point your guns without actually shooting, heck, you could even do this in first person mode. That game is so full of details and easter eggs, it's insane.

You can even do it with the stinger, although you do blow yourself up with the soldier you're shaking down.

I played 'Sleeping Dogs' for 3 days before I realised it wasn't 'Watch Dogs'. I only realised *this* when a colleague (who I had shown the Watch Dogs trailer to on YouTube) also bought it, and sheepishly admitted our collective mistake.

And before you point and laugh at me; I know. I should probably leave the country or something.

Until this thread I didn't know you could sprint in Skyrim 0.0

I just literally went and double checked, and I've played for 140 hours across PS3 and PC ffs.

I think I was near the end of Dragons Dogma before I realised you can roll as well. Although it did know about the rotating of the claws

Slight sidestory spoilers for Final Fantasy VI:

I didn't realize this until a few months ago, and I've been playing this game literally twice a year since I was five years old. It's such a small detail, but it nearly broke my heart.

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