"YOU CAN STEER THE TORPEDO?" moments

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Playing through all of Fallout 1 without noticing that you can aim.

It was like playing a whole new game.. *Teary-eyed*

I don't think I could ever imagine myself going "ermagerd pressing a button does something!!! i never knew!" like half the posters in this thread.

Like, really people. Look at the options menu, pay attention to the in-game tutorials, and if all else fails press random buttons. Congrats, now you know all of the controls. Not hard stuff.

I can only imagine that happening for something like Metal Gear Rising, but that's because the game requires strange button combinations like "hit attack at the exact moment you push forward on the movement stick to block, lolwut?".

DjinnFor:
I don't think I could ever imagine myself going "ermagerd pressing a button does something!!! i never knew!" like half the posters in this thread.

Like, really people. Look at the options menu, pay attention to the in-game tutorials, and if all else fails press random buttons. Congrats, now you know all of the controls. Not hard stuff.

I can only imagine that happening for something like Metal Gear Rising, but that's because the game requires strange button combinations like "hit attack at the exact moment you push forward on the movement stick to block, lolwut?".

I don't know, there's a lot of posts about things like holding E to continue drinking in Fallout 3 and New Vegas that aren't really apparent behavior and don't appear in the options menu. Or stuff that's genuinely buried in games. Though how you could get through most of Mass Effect without knowing you could use the other weapons? That one does strike me as really damn weird.

Antichamber has those moments every minute.

Probably being able to curve biotics in Mass Effect 2.
I think a loading screen says it at some point but I never really paid attention to them, so when I did it and I happened to be playing as Adept...yeah, good times.

TheFunPolice:

MPerce:
Half Life: "YOU CAN CROUCH JUMP?"

Not a major ability, but it's required to get through certain parts of the game. I spent an hour roaming the halls of Black Mesa for a secret vent or tunnel or something when all I had to do was crouch jump over a box.

Shit. dude. My friend just bought Half Life and we were playing it together

I actually can't believe we had the EXACT same experience as you....I actually said to her as a joke "You should try crouch jumping over that box, it would be hilarious if it worked"

she tried and it worked first time...

We just stared at the screen like ._. for what felt like hours....CROUCH JUMPING SHOULDN'T BE SOMETHING YOU USE AS A PUZZLE, VALVE. THAT'S A COMPLETE DICK MOVE

Are you new to gaming? Crouchjumping was a mainstay in FPS of that era. As was jumpclimbing (hold jump to grab on and climb up).

BloodWriter:

TheFunPolice:

MPerce:
Half Life: "YOU CAN CROUCH JUMP?"

Not a major ability, but it's required to get through certain parts of the game. I spent an hour roaming the halls of Black Mesa for a secret vent or tunnel or something when all I had to do was crouch jump over a box.

Shit. dude. My friend just bought Half Life and we were playing it together

I actually can't believe we had the EXACT same experience as you....I actually said to her as a joke "You should try crouch jumping over that box, it would be hilarious if it worked"

she tried and it worked first time...

We just stared at the screen like ._. for what felt like hours....CROUCH JUMPING SHOULDN'T BE SOMETHING YOU USE AS A PUZZLE, VALVE. THAT'S A COMPLETE DICK MOVE

Are you new to gaming? Crouchjumping was a mainstay in FPS of that era. As was jumpclimbing (hold jump to grab on and climb up).

Well I wasn't really around during that era, I thought crouch jumping was a generally new thing

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.

Played through Devil May Cry series before DMC came out as I never played them.
Halfway through the 2nd last boss fight of #1 (The last fight with Nightmare) I entered Devil Trigger accidently...
...Huh... That would have been handy knowing I could do that earlier..
I kept waiting for a cutscene showing Dante enter the mode like games do now...
Boy did I feel stupid..

Smeggs:

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 could you...you unlocked a new keyblade after literally every world you completed. It even has its own screen that comes up and tells you about it before you continue the game. How could you have not known about them? Were you playing with your eyes closed?

Give me a break, I thought those new keyblades were for my second hand when I was in final form. It never crossed my mind to press X on the main keyblade screen.

Oblivion has a fast travel function??!! You mean I spent my first 10 or so hours of my playthrough needlessly horse-trecking in real time?

And then in Skyrim... (lets say, 20 hours in?) You have to use the dragon souls to unlock the shouts?? I was wondering why I had a list of unusable shouts!

Threads like these every now and then are pretty damn awesome. Always great to learn new things about games.

Skeggers:
"YOU CAN FLIP THE V TO THE GUARDS?"
Mirror's Edge. What a game.

What exactly does "flipping the v" mean? I've played Mirror's Edge quite a lot, don't really recall anything that could be described like that.

Doclector:
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.

That's a really nice touch, quite cool! I've always wanted to try out Vanquish myself, but i only have a PC, so I've never had the chance.

But for my own experiences, well, i don't really remember any. Tho I'm damn sure I've had several moments like those.

Owlslayer:

Skeggers:
"YOU CAN FLIP THE V TO THE GUARDS?"
Mirror's Edge. What a game.

What exactly does "flipping the v" mean? I've played Mirror's Edge quite a lot, don't really recall anything that could be described like that.

The hand gesture she does is "flipping the V". It's kind of like the British equivalent of giving somebody the middle finger (although that is also done in Britain).

It gives a secret achievement as well.

Divinity 2 - THERE'S A HEALING SPELL?!? The difficulty + limited health potions made me cry uncle!

Skyrim - I've played Fallout 3 and Oblivion before, but for some reasons I thought you can only fast travel between big cities for the first 20 hours or so.

Dragon's Dogma - After 50 hours using an Archer, I found out that mages are actually cool to play!! It looks boring when the Pawns do it!

Bioshock - Vita-Chamber's revival is risk-free. Not like it matters but I actually tried not to die it too much, even save and reload after I died, because I thought you'd lose some exp or money or something.

YOU CAN LIGHT UP THIS FUCKING CAVE?

So there I am playing Pokemon Red as a kid, half-heartedly battling misty and losing the first time like I always did since I used whatever Pokemon I just caught and hadn't been taught to properly grind their levels up yet. Of course, being a kid I always look for a shortcut through the system, so I just walked through the dark portions of the cave and boom, problem solved. Later on I'm at the pokemon league and it's like, oops, I never got that badge. Always made for an entertaining battle, my steroided up pokemon facing Misty who was intended for me back at the start of the journey. Then I got to finally use that useless flash HM and I realized that oh, those caves aren't pitch black just to annoy you.

Legion:

The hand gesture she does is "flipping the V". It's kind of like the British equivalent of giving somebody the middle finger (although that is also done in Britain).

It gives a secret achievement as well.

That's a damn nice little addition/secret thingy. Tho i played it on Steam, so no achievements for me. And it's a shame, since i really enjoy getting those.

MajorTomServo:

Jmp_man:

waj9876:
A more recent one was "I CAN DIG A HOLE BEHIND ME TO GET MORE MONEY FROM THE MONEY ROCKS!?" Animal Crossing.

IF YOU PLANT BELLS IN A GLOWING HOLE THE TREE THAT GROWS THERE BECOMES A MONEY TREE!?!? (Suck it Tom Nook)

Another Animal Crossing one: YOU CAN PLAY CLASSIC NES GAMES IN YOUR HOUSE WITH THE RIGHT FURNITURE!?!? (Many long hours were wasted playing balloon flight)

Balloon Fight is such a good game! I actually got the actual physical NES cart at a Goodwill the other day.

I thought it was cool that they had a 3D version of the Balloon Trip mode in WarioWare: Smooth Moves. Not as good as the original IMO, but a nice surprise nonetheless. OK, time for me to stop derailing the thread I guess...

Owlslayer:

Legion:

The hand gesture she does is "flipping the V". It's kind of like the British equivalent of giving somebody the middle finger (although that is also done in Britain).

It gives a secret achievement as well.

That's a damn nice little addition/secret thingy. Tho i played it on Steam, so no achievements for me. And it's a shame, since i really enjoy getting those.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

That was just really hilarious and random, acting all cocky "flipping the V" and then hitting the floor headfirst LOL.

SHOTGUN SURGEON BREAKS THE GAME?

Seriously, I never even considered picking that perk through all of my playthroughs except the one I'm doing right now.

No enemy stands a chance any more, also:

AP ROUNDS ARE USEFUL AGAINST DEATHCLAWS?

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.

hah did the same with full ENEMY galaxy. Epic lulz were had.

OT:

you can jump on laser gun? (Half-Life)
during LAN party. DEM JUMPZ

Zelda: Links Awakening.

"You can shoot BOMB ARROWS?"

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

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?!"

My friend managed to get all the way to Evrae in FFX without knowing how to use the Sphere Grid. Still baffles me to this day.

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.

Also Planetside 2: YOU CAN HOLD SHIFT AND THE SNIPER RIFLE QUITS BOBBING AROUND?!

My KD has gone from 0.4 to 0.6 upon learning that tidbit ALONE.

SS2Dante:
My friend managed to get all the way to Evrae in FFX without knowing how to use the Sphere Grid. Still baffles me to this day.

Isn't there a compulsory tutorial? Or are most of these people just so young and English isn't their native tongue and they just play half-blind?

Akichi Daikashima:
SHOTGUN SURGEON BREAKS THE GAME?

Seriously, I never even considered picking that perk through all of my playthroughs except the one I'm doing right now.

No enemy stands a chance any more, also:

AP ROUNDS ARE USEFUL AGAINST DEATHCLAWS?

Wait What? Since when did Deathclaws even have armour?

I could imagine them being handy for mirelurks, giant radscorpions, and ants, they do have exoskeletons after all, but Deathclaws?

Bloody stupid...

I wonder if a modder will ever make a deathclaw whose been captured, armoured, and had poisoned metal blades attached to its' claws?

EDIT: Are you on the highest difficulty level?

Coppernerves:

Akichi Daikashima:
SHOTGUN SURGEON BREAKS THE GAME?

Seriously, I never even considered picking that perk through all of my playthroughs except the one I'm doing right now.

No enemy stands a chance any more, also:

AP ROUNDS ARE USEFUL AGAINST DEATHCLAWS?

Wait What? Since when did Deathclaws even have armour?

I could imagine them being handy for mirelurks, giant radscorpions, and ants, they do have exoskeletons after all, but Deathclaws?

Bloody stupid...

I wonder if a modder will ever make a deathclaw whose been captured, armoured, and had poisoned metal blades attached to its' claws?

Yeah, they have natural armour on them; that's why AP Anti-Materiel Rifle rounds are more effective towards them.

The minute you actually clear out Quarry Junction though... you feel like an absolute badass.

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.

OT: YOU CAN SWITCH THE POKéMON IN YOUR PARTY?! *and* YOU CAN RUN FROM AN ENCOUNTER?!

My first time playing Yellow on GBC I didn't know you could do either of those things, nor that you could save the game. So often I'd end up with a level 50 Primeape fighting pidgeys in Vermilion City (because I didn't know how to get past Snorlax).

BloodWriter:

SS2Dante:
My friend managed to get all the way to Evrae in FFX without knowing how to use the Sphere Grid. Still baffles me to this day.

Isn't there a compulsory tutorial? Or are most of these people just so young and English isn't their native tongue and they just play half-blind?

There is, but the tutorial is actually pretty poor. Once you get to know the system it's really easy to understand, but from a new players perspective it's pretty daunting and the tutorial is a brief one-off look at the Grid. Most people do manage to figure it out well before Evrae though :P

Akichi Daikashima:

Coppernerves:

Wait What? Since when did Deathclaws even have armour?

I could imagine them being handy for mirelurks, giant radscorpions, and ants, they do have exoskeletons after all, but Deathclaws?

Bloody stupid...

I wonder if a modder will ever make a deathclaw whose been captured, armoured, and had poisoned metal blades attached to its' claws?

Yeah, they have natural armour on them; that's why AP Anti-Materiel Rifle rounds are more effective towards them.

The minute you actually clear out Quarry Junction though... you feel like an absolute badass.

You should pick the perk "Living Anatomy" to get the most out of your ammo types.
It displays your enemies health and DT as numeric values when you aim at them.

John Ladouceur:
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

You can also just swim across the lake. You should use some dynamite and guns to clear out as many of the lakelurks as you can first (since you can't fight while swimming. Not even melee, which seems stupid...) but if you clear out enough to raise the B-29 for the Boomer's, a single Stealthboy will get you across the other half of the lake from that point unscathed.

MUCH easier than trying to annihilate the entire Legion.

Hargrimm:

Akichi Daikashima:

Coppernerves:

Wait What? Since when did Deathclaws even have armour?

I could imagine them being handy for mirelurks, giant radscorpions, and ants, they do have exoskeletons after all, but Deathclaws?

Bloody stupid...

I wonder if a modder will ever make a deathclaw whose been captured, armoured, and had poisoned metal blades attached to its' claws?

Yeah, they have natural armour on them; that's why AP Anti-Materiel Rifle rounds are more effective towards them.

The minute you actually clear out Quarry Junction though... you feel like an absolute badass.

You should pick the perk "Living Anatomy" to get the most out of your ammo types.
It displays your enemies health and DT as numeric values when you aim at them.

My medicine skill is too low, but it can lead to hilarious situations where I diagnose characters with bullshit illnesses.

I feel just like John Harvey Kellogg, except without the "rear admiral" business.

Playing through the Hitman HD collection, at the moment. Finding all sorts of ways to complete missions I didn't know back then. None come to mind, though; sorry.

So a friend of mine started playing Valkyria Chronicles on my PS3 and one time when he went to go upgrade weapons I looked over and exclaimed, "There are more upgrades if you scroll down!" Turns out I beat the game without upgrading my weapons beyond the third upgrade.

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