Why I Miss Cheat Codes And Unlockables

From God-mode in Doom to seemingly endless secrets in the Final Fantasy series, gaming used to be far richer in exciting and entertaining hidden extras.

Mark Butler explores his disappointment at the lack of widespread cheat codes and secrets today.

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e-p-ayeaH869d ago (Edited 869d ago )

Unlockables still exist but same thing cant be said about cheat codes only mods can give the game some extra fun.

shodan74869d ago (Edited 868d ago )

Unlockables do still exist, but I think the nature of them has changed. They're very rarely 'secret' or difficult to obtain anymore, nor do they usually tend to be anything particularly fun or interesting. More often than not, they're purely cosmetic.

I think it's a sign of the times. Why include something really cool that only very dedicated gamers will be able to enjoy, when you don't have to?

Outside_ofthe_Box868d ago

Unlockables and cheat codes do exist, but they are called DLC with a price tag nowadays.

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NewMonday868d ago (Edited 868d ago )


the main reason I buy almost all 3rd party games on the PC is trainers.

I miss the post game cheat shop in Uncharted 2, that made me re-play the game over and over, it should be a feature in every game, I would pay an extra $10 for it.

Lord_Sloth868d ago

Saints Row still has 'em.

RebelWAC868d ago

I hate to say it but it feels like those days are over with microtrans getting popular by the minute. I think that's the reason why Indie games is getting more popular as well cause they still bring that "secret" aspect to the table whilst AAA titles seem to focus on high end graphics and Hollywood movie scripts more and more. Still, it's a good time to be a gamer IMO.

DanJenkoFMV868d ago

Agreed, cheat codes were a great option when you just wanted to have fun with certain games and not be challenged.

WeAreLegion868d ago

Some games still do it. I wish they were in every game though. They add so much to the experience, especially in open world games.

Roccetarius868d ago

Instead of meaningful unlockables, we just get meaningless collectibles instead. Oh, and the rest of it is DLC.

KonsoruMasuta868d ago

This is why I hope Rockstar never drop the cheat codes in GTA.

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