"YOU CAN STEER THE TORPEDO?" moments

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I reached the third act of Dead Island before I discovered you can stomp on the heads of downed zombies.

Nile McMorrow:

YOU CAN BOOST BY BUTTON MASHING THE C ARROWS! followed by I CAN BUTTON MASH?!
-Mischief Makers
This was actually a real treat to learn and blew my mind when I first discovered it's concept. I was stuck on the sports festival/ olympics level/stage in Mischief Makers cause I could never get enough points to win as I always lost in the sprints. Master pretty much everything else but always get screwed at the races causing me to lose. Originally I thought that when ever it mentioned the [> style buttons for boosting and stuff in the tutorials I only thought of using the grey D-Pad to move. However much to my surprise a few years later I discovered that by mashing the C buttons that you could send Maria speeding off in any direction as well as get her to float for a long time in the air. Mind blown and obstacle passed with ease. I then wondered if this phenominal discovery of button mashing could be used in other games which I was estactic to find that it did work.

Holy fuck. Someone else remembers that game? Fuck. Color me surprised. That shit was pure fun in a cartridge, and it had such variety. Big boss battles? Got dat shit. Sprawling levels that cover a crazy amount of different geography and art styles? Got dat shit. Awesome pixel art and an endearing soundtrack? GOT DAT SHIET.

Anyway, my moment is from Jet Force Gemini: DIFFERENT GUNS DO DIFFERENT THINGS?!?!

Hey, I was like, 8 at the time, and I'd only played games at different friends' places and shit. Having my own game box was a new thing to me, and JFG was one of my earliest games.

Most of my "You can do that?!?" moments have already been said, but a friend of mine managed to play through all of Demon's Souls without knowing about the dodge button or parry and riposte function.
Then when he bought Dark Souls, and figured it out, I'm pretty sure he nearly shit himself.

Johnnydillinger:
I must be the only person on Earth who could finish Jade Empire without realizing that there was a "slow time" ability. AND a ground attack move. Imagine my face on the new game plus, at the beginning, when I kind of accidentally discovered those things. Apparently, I should get back to reading the manual first and play the game after that from now on.

You can do what!?

When I was a kid playing Pokemon: Gold version -

"Wait, I can go to Kanto? FUCK ME I JUST STARTED OVER!"

Sonic Adventure 2: YOU CAN CHANGE THE CAMERA ANGLES?!

Mass Effect 1, in the Mako: I CAN ZOOM?!?!

Deus Ex: I CAN BLOCK TRIP LASERS WITH PEPPER SPRAY?! Among many others. That game is fantastic.

Freelancer: I CAN KILL MY ENGINES AND JOUST IN CRUISE SPEED?!

AC1: I CAN COUNTER-KILL WITH THE HIDDEN BLADE?!

an annoyed writer:

Nile McMorrow:

YOU CAN BOOST BY BUTTON MASHING THE C ARROWS! followed by I CAN BUTTON MASH?!
-Mischief Makers
This was actually a real treat to learn and blew my mind when I first discovered it's concept. I was stuck on the sports festival/ olympics level/stage in Mischief Makers cause I could never get enough points to win as I always lost in the sprints. Master pretty much everything else but always get screwed at the races causing me to lose. Originally I thought that when ever it mentioned the [> style buttons for boosting and stuff in the tutorials I only thought of using the grey D-Pad to move. However much to my surprise a few years later I discovered that by mashing the C buttons that you could send Maria speeding off in any direction as well as get her to float for a long time in the air. Mind blown and obstacle passed with ease. I then wondered if this phenominal discovery of button mashing could be used in other games which I was estactic to find that it did work.

Holy fuck. Someone else remembers that game? Fuck. Color me surprised. That shit was pure fun in a cartridge, and it had such variety. Big boss battles? Got dat shit. Sprawling levels that cover a crazy amount of different geography and art styles? Got dat shit. Awesome pixel art and an endearing soundtrack? GOT DAT SHIET.

Anyway, my moment is from Jet Force Gemini: DIFFERENT GUNS DO DIFFERENT THINGS?!?!

Hey, I was like, 8 at the time, and I'd only played games at different friends' places and shit. Having my own game box was a new thing to me, and JFG was one of my earliest games.

Way back when, like the better part of a decade, my dad found a copy of Mischief Makers laying in the street and brought it home for me. I never had an N64 until I bought one late last year and seeing as it was the first N64 game I ever owned I played it first.

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.

Holy sh--

To this day I had no idea, and I played the game to death in the late 90's.

Now I have to go find a download.

I didn't know that about Ski Free either. I thought that was just a creative way to end the freeware version of the game.

Only found out a couple years back.
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Mass Effect 2. I never watched any of the advanced tactics videos.
On my second play through I realized you could specify a target by pressing the "move" button while aiming at an enemy. Would have made that first play through much easier.

I'm sure there are a few that I've forgotten about.

Atmos Duality:
Tribes 2 had one of those, but in reverse for me.
"Wait...missiles don't lock on without a heat signature?"

Does anything other than a vehicle have a heat signature?

I never was able to get a LAN game going with more than 3 players, so I never got to try the missles. (Wish that game had Co-Op). Never played it online until a couple of years ago, after it went free to play.

In Fallout New Vegas, I had wiped out the Legion town of Cottonwood Cove, including the ferryman who takes you to the Fort. Later, Mr. House still gave me the quest to go to the Fort, but I thought I couldn't now. So even though I had been intending to do the House ending, I killed him to clear the quest "House Always Wins" from my quest log. It was weeks later when I found out that I JUST HAD TO LOOK DOWN AT THE RAFT! >:0

Skyrim claw (I T&E'd Bleak Falls and looked up another one) and Dark Soul jumping.

Reversals in UFC, I figured it was just some technique you unlocked later on, or unique to fighters that let them sweep.

Oh, and the syringe hot key in Far Cry 3.

Sonic CD.
You know how holding down while mashing jump is the spin-dash?
Well, holding up and then holding the jump button makes him quick-charge a run up to his fastest speed, you let the buttons go and ZOOM.
I was like, "Well, I'm using this all the time!"

YOU CAN IRON-SIGHT AIM IN BIOSHOCK!?

Yeah, for the pistol, machine gun and crossbow, you can look down the sights...

I had a derp moment that day >.>

Russirishican:

Moonlight Butterfly:
Lol jontron <3

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

Related...

YOU CAN SAVE CURLY BRACE? *cue tears of joy and immediate restart of game*

Also jontron? Where?

Jontron did not know you can tongue up or steer the torpedos :p

And agreed on Curly Brace. I felt so guilty after I found that out.

"YOU CAN STRAFE!?" Ratchet and Clank 2

Found this out on planet jova, this is what the first game feels like.

"YOU CAN RING DASH!?" Sonic Heroes

I love this game so much that I hate it.

I was looking through the controls for STALKER SoC, and apparently there was some way you could through rocks to distract enemies.
Of course, this was after I had beaten the entire game and was finally deciding to alter the multiplayer controls for ease of access.

Monster_user:

Does anything other than a vehicle have a heat signature?

I never was able to get a LAN game going with more than 3 players, so I never got to try the missles. (Wish that game had Co-Op). Never played it online until a couple of years ago, after it went free to play.

Pay attention to the heat bar on your Jetpack. It's there's for a reason.
If your Jetpack heat reaches above half, you too are a legal target for missiles.

Only one I can think of off the top of my head, is my friend telling me you can hold down the mouse button to move in League of Legends instead of spastically clicking your way everywhere like the ol' Diablo 2 days.

"You can? Well now I feel like a fucking tard."

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!!!!

WHAT?! Against every boss i had to keep parrying like hell (a real bitch against Monsoon), and i kept thinking "Oh man, i wish this game had a fucking dodge move". I feel pretty stupid now :/

I got all the way to Adon in the first Street Fighter. Years later I learned about all those special attacks like the fireball, dragon punch and such... :)

Fallout 3: I was 1/2-3/4 through the game before I figured out what VATS was... And then it was so easy I finished the last 1/4 in like an even smaller fraction, like 1/8 or something, time.

Moonlight Butterfly:
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

Wait...you can move without clicking on people and things? HOW?!

Seriously, I have a digital copy of the game that didn't come with an instruction manual and I never bothered to download one, please tell me your glorious secrets.

Dirty Hipsters:

Moonlight Butterfly:
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

Wait...you can move without clicking on people and things? HOW?!

Seriously, I have a digital copy of the game that didn't come with an instruction manual and I never bothered to download one, please tell me your glorious secrets.

well you click to move but they didn't have auto run on :p so they walked everywhere unless there was a door or person they could click on.

Moonlight Butterfly:

Dirty Hipsters:

Moonlight Butterfly:
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

Wait...you can move without clicking on people and things? HOW?!

Seriously, I have a digital copy of the game that didn't come with an instruction manual and I never bothered to download one, please tell me your glorious secrets.

well you click to move but they didn't have auto run on :p so they walked everywhere unless there was a door or person they could click on.

Oh, I see. I thought you meant you'd found how to move with the WASD keys or something.

you can fast travel?! first time playing oblivion i was so excited to get into the cities and look around, sell my stuff ect. that i skipped over the message telling me you can fast travel, i went through about half the game taking the long route, until i looked on the map and and accidently clicked to fast travel.

the most recent one though was on my new game plus of dark souls, in Anor Londo trying to hit the silver knights on the roof with arrows and my house mate comes in and goes "why dont you zoom in?", blow my mind that hitting up on the dpad zoomed in!!

So, I was playing vanquish last night. One feature I discovered fairly quickly in the game is that if you press the thrust button while in cover, your character lights a cigarrette, smokes it a little, then throws it away. Nice touch adding to the eighties action movie absurdity of the game, I thought.

Last night, for the first time, I noticed that you actually have three cigarettes per level. This limit suggested to me that smoking actually does something, but I couldn't figure out what.

So, I just looked it up, and apparently, the cigarette being thrown away can actually distract the enemies! THERE'S EVEN A GODDAMN ACHIEVEMENT FOR DOING IT!

Unbelievable.

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

My first was "YOU CAN KILL

"

You can also kill her and the big german fellow too using a killphrase if you hack the correct terminal, it was for the higher ups to use on them if they ever turned on them.

I'm certain Anna's is flatliner lady, pick it from your dialogue list and she explodes.

I was playing Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes for the first time yesterday (awesome game btw) and took about 20 tries to jump this gap between platforms before giving up. A few stages later I realised you could run by double tapping >.<

Trooper924:
I played all the way through Fallout 3 and and halfway through New Vegas before I figured out I could pick up and move objects around by clicking the analog stick.

I actually carried the "alien" from the crashed space craft all the way back to Megaton that way, dropping him to fight Yaoi Guys (can't remember how you spell them!) and other nasties and picking him up again to carry on our epic adventure before reaching the doors to Megaton and realising you can't carry objects through loading screens... basically I wanted an alien room mate

You know that face Ben Affleck pulls at the end of Good Will Hunting, I was like that... and since Fallout 3 is a Role playing game I pretended my Alien roommate couldn't get the credit check to rent out a room in Megaton so he went travelling the wastelands instead

because of our epic adventure I always remember him fondly, I hope he's doing OK, maybe I'll meet again in the future.

THERE ARE QUICK KEYS IN FALLOUT 3???

After playing it for like 60-70 hours. Before that I had always, always manually paused the game to take stimpaks, change weapons etc.

YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR FOLLOWER'S EQUIPMENT??

I didn't learn that until starting my third character in Skyrim, and already having played it something like 134 hours. Since I almost never kept my followers with me, I hadn't known about it.

YOU HAVE TO CLICK THE MOUSE WHEN THE TUMBLER IS RISING SLOWLY? (lockpicking in Oblivion)

It took me something like 70 hours of playing Oblivion until I realized that. Before it I just assumed it was all random.

Anathrax:
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.

How does... how? I... wha... how?

OT: Mine is for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. "SELECT DOES A THING?"

During my first playthrough, I'd completely forgotten all about how to use the Enemy Cards (I think I'd thought they were passive abilities or something). So at one point I'd become horribly stuck and started a new file. Then, in the tutorial, "Select switches to your Enemy--" "FWHUTHOWDIDEVENHOW."

And I never forgot Select ever again.

cathou:

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

Oh man I feel you. I did not understand that FF caused you to actually gain levels till halfway through YSIII years later. And I beat garland by spamming fireballs.

Ulquiorra4sama:

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!!!!

WHAT?! Against every boss i had to keep parrying like hell (a real bitch against Monsoon), and i kept thinking "Oh man, i wish this game had a fucking dodge move". I feel pretty stupid now :/

THANK YOU! I'm not the only one!

YOU CAN FAIL ONE SUBJECT WITHOUT IT AFFECTING YOUR GRADES!???

And that is the story of how I never learned any Spanish at all.

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