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Another Top 10 Famous Cheats In Video Games

VO: Dan Paradis
Sometimes cheating is a necessary evil, other times it's just plain fun. Whether you want unlimited ammo, skip to your favourite level or want to mess things up, developer added cheat codes are the ultimate video game catharsis. For this list we’ve included some of the best and well known video game cheats, and like all our other list we’re only one cheat code per video game franchise. Join as we count down the Top 10 Video Game Cheats.

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Another Top 10 Famous Cheats In Video Games

Never underestimate the appeal of cheating. Welcome to where we’ll be counting down yet another Top 10 famous video game cheats.

For this list we’ve included some of the best and well known video game cheats, and like all our other list we’re only one cheat code per video game franchise. We’re also only considering codes or secrets that are specifically put into their respective games by their developers; so unintentional glitches and exploits are no go.

#10: Hidden Ships
“Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” (1998)

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron allows players to pilot their favorite Star Wars ships, but more is always better. By entering certain cheats in the code menu, extra, hidden vehicles were unlocked such as the Naboo Starfighter, the Tie Interceptor, the Millennium Falcon and even a 1969 Buick Electra. To be honest it doesn’t get any better than shooting down ships with a Buick in a galaxy far far away, despite the poor gas mileage those things get.

#9: Explosive Fists
“Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony” (2009)

In a franchise where mayhem is the name of the game, a little cheating here and there to bend the rules seems almost natural. While many are familiar with the flying car cheat, in the Ballad of Gay Tony, players can enter the cheat code 276-555-2666 into their in game cell phone and acquire fists that can blow up anything and everything in their path. Try it out for yourself if you want to have a very explosive ballad.

#8: Killing the End With Old Age
“Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” (2004)

Cheats are often the last resort of the impatient, but this may be the exception. When confronted with the deadly sniper The End, Snake can use time to his advantage. Although this is normally a brutal fight, you can actuaklly kill The End without having to even fight him. If you save and quit your game mid battle, and either wait a full week or fudge your PS2’s internal clock to make it think a week has passed, when you return to your game, the End will have passed away from old age. Patience is a virtue.

#7: Play As Richter
“Castlevania: Symphony of the Night” (1997)

Symphony of the night is not exactly a quick game to beat, especially since once you get to the top of the castle, you technically have to go through the whole thing a second time. But if going forwards and backwards through the castle was enough for you, once you’ve really beaten the game, if you enter the name Richter at the name entry screen you can play as the whip cracking Belmont who was only a minor character in the main story. Don’t you want to hear that Symphony just one more time?

#6: Moon Physics
“Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2” (2000)

It’s not like this game was realistic to begin with, you why not push the envelope a little further. In the PS1 version, by pausing the game, holding L1 and entering X, square, left, up, down, up, square triangle players could activate the moon code which gave the game low gravity and allowed players to pull off mind bogglingly huge combos. Radical bro.

#5: DNStuff
“Duke Nukem 3D” (1996)

Anyone will tell you that the weapons in Duke Nukem 3D were one of the games strongest points, but why wait until the later chapters to have all the fun? By typing in DNSTUFF while playing, players get access to all of weapons and keycards instantly. This meant that nothing could stand in your way, whether in be alien monsters or just a pesky security door.

#4: WishyWashyBanjo
“Banjo-Kazooie Series” (1998-2000)

Taking cue from Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie is a 3D platformer where players collect jigsaw pieces to defeat the evil witch Gruntilda. By completing a series of minigames for the helpful mole Bottles, players could learn a number of cheats that could be entered on the floor inside of the sand castle in Treasure Trove Cove. By entering the code WISHY WASHY BANJO, players could turn the heroic bear Banjo into a washing machine. Don’t know how a washing machine could beat a witch, but the cheat is still hilarious regardless.

#3: Missile Cars
“Age of Empires” series (1997-)

In this real time strategy game for the PC, players progress through the classical ages and build ever more advanced armies in an attempt to conquer their enemies and expand their empire. If players pressed enter and then entered the code BIGDADDY or BIGMOMMA on their keypad, they could gain access to a black car with a rocket launcher that could deal massive damage. With this cheat players could conquer the world and ride around in style while doing so. The second coolest cheat in this game would be the Photon Man, a trooper in an astronaut suit with laser gun.

#2: Debug Mode
“Sonic the Hedgehog” series (1991-)

In this fast paced platformer, players could unlock a ton of cheats in the games options menu. Probably the most memorable of all was Debug Mode – activated in Sonic 2 by going to the game’s sound test menu and playing tracks: 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4. With debug mode on, players could essentially make their own levels and just screw with the game, making your Sonic game into a sort of sandbox game way ahead of it’s time.
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Infinite Bullet Time
“Max Payne” (2001)

Play as the Same Character
“Street Fighter 2” (1991) (SNES version)

Mother Lode
“Sims Series”

Head Right to Tyson
“Mike Tyson’s Punch Out” (1987)

#1: Exploding Lara Croft
“Tomb Raider 2” (1997)

When the first Tomb Raider game was released, Lara Croft got a fair amount of attention for her generous, if rather angular proportions, spawning rumors or a hidden nude code was buried somewhere in the game. So, when the sequel rolled around, developers Core Design released a cheat online that claimed to expose the famous adventurer. However, when players performed this code by going forward one step, back one step, holding the walk button, spinning around 3 times and jumping backwards… Lara would blow up – metaphorically symbolizing the busted hopes of horny gamers everywhere.

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