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How to Win and Finish Video Games
Set Game Difficulty to Easy/Beginner Level
The Helpful Internet
The Helpful Strategy Guide
Helpful Game Magazines
Cheat Codes Ramp Up Player's Stats
Sometimes One Needs to "Pay to Win"
Video games have turned into one of the great pastimes for multitudes of people to spend their free time. For some, it’s a small hobby while for others, a huge passion. The video games today have improved dramatically in scope, story, action, sound, graphics, and challenges. It’s these challenges that could make video games both frustrating and time consuming to finish. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gotten so good, and computers, consoles, and personal devices so powerful, that few, if any games these days allow the AI to cheat unlike games several years ago; thus the games generally play fairly. Some video game players have so many games to play that not finishing a game doesn’t bother them whereas there are other players who strive to play and complete every game they have. This article covers video games on consoles, smartphones and tablets, and computers. It does not apply to arcade games that require coins to play, and the main reason these tips do not cover coin-operated arcade games is that those arcade games don’t allow the player to cheat to win or have Strategy Guides and videos as walkthroughs. So if you desire to save your time, effort, and frustrations in playing console, computer, and personal devices video games, read on.
Here are some tips on how to win and finish video games.
- Set the difficulty level to “Easy” or “Beginner.” This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s perhaps the most helpful trick, and the first thing a player could do to complete a challenging section. Why die over and over again when a simple control input could make that part of the game less frustrating to complete? “Easy” and “Beginner” levels tweak the enemy AI to become less powerful, less damaging, and less challenging. There may be fewer enemies to battle against, and those enemies will be weaker than if the difficulty setting was on Normal (Veteran) or Hard (Expert). Often the player will have better health endurance and not die as easily. The player could always reset the difficulty level higher once through that challenging section. I played some very highly-rated games entirely on “Easy/Beginner” setting because I wanted to finish the game and see the story instead of sweating it out and getting thrilled or frustrated in the process. (Also, turning subtitle captions on (for games that have this option) allows you both to hear and read the orders, dialogue, and instructions so as not to miss anything important).
- Save, save, save! A tried and true practice, always save the game after completing tough missions and challenging sections so you don’t have to repeat that area again in case your character dies. You can just reload the game after your last completed mission or that last tough area. Nowadays, some games automatically save after each completed mission, but it’s usually a good practice to save after you have made progress in the game.
- Chances are someone has played and finished it before you. That sentence means a lot. With today’s video games for consoles, personal electronic devices, and computers, chances are that the game has gone through pre-release testing stages. The “BETA Release” is a trial offering that allows a small group of privately-selected gamers to play and test the premature game for any bugs or programing errors. Therefore, chances are scores of gamers have already played the game many times over before its public release, and most likely these gamers have finished the entire game, and some may have written about it. Searching the internet for helpful tips, advice, videos, reviews, and blogs on the game helps immensely in winning and completing it. The game manufacturers often have public forums where gamers could post questions or problems about the game. Reading some of these posts could help the player avoid some of the most challenging areas of a game, or posting your own issue about being stuck could bring many helpful advice answers from gamers who have already passed that point of the game.
- A video to guide you through. If playing the same hard part of the game repeatedly does not yield progress, some games have walkthroughs posted on Youtube. Just type the game’s name into the search box and see what Youtube videos appear. Other video guides could be found in game magazine websites such as PC Gamer, IGN, and Gamespot. These free-to-view walkthroughs help immensely in seeing how to get through a challenging part as the video shows the player completing that section and moving onto the next. Just watch and remember the video walkthrough and copy the movements when you play the game at that particular section. A pen and paper is handy to take notes when watching. The popular app game “Can You Escape?” has all its game secrets, answers, puzzle solutions, and codes posted on Youtube just like an answer key.
- Strategy Guides help (a lot). Often when a new game is released, it comes with a Strategy Guide book, sold separately. Some gamers chose not to buy the Strategy Guide, preferring to play the game without looking up the answers. Other gamers chose not to waste time and buy the Strategy Guide to help them through the toughest parts of the game. Believe me, the Strategy Guides help, especially games that have maps or hidden items scattered throughout the game. There is almost no way a player could discover all the locations or hidden items without the Strategy Guide. Players may consider the Strategy Guides cheating, and in many ways it is, but consider that most players often play through a game once; therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to know where things are so that the player doesn’t miss them the first time around? Strategy Guides are most helpful for strategy games, simulations, role playing games, and games with puzzles because these games usually follow a set programming script where playing the game repeatedly at that scene presents the same challenges, maps, items, characters, scenery, and speed. Strategy Guides are not as helpful for action and multiplayer fighting games such as First Person Shooters (FPS) because FPS require a player’s fast-action reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and timing, dynamic-changing factors a book cannot train or follow like a preprogrammed script. A Strategy Guide may help in FPSs by stating how many and where the enemy is located, but it’s still up to the player to be able to shoot and fight through the scene that changes constantly, especially with multiplayer games because a book cannot predict and write about the other players’ movements.
- Game magazines often contain helpful advice, hints, tips, and tricks. Whereas a Strategy Guide gives the player all the information and all the answers to the entire game, the game magazines often only cover areas where the game is the most challenging. In a few pages, game magazine writers could briefly walk through the entire game whereas a Strategy Guide would use dozens to hundreds of pages to do the same thing. Flipping through a game magazine with hints and tips on the game may help win and complete it because perhaps the writer encountered the same challenging issues you will when you play the game. The unfortunate aspect of game magazines is that players often have to wait a few months after the game’s release for magazine advice to get published.
- Cheat codes to the rescue! If all else fails and the advice, tips, walkthroughs, and Strategy Guide does not help in getting past a particular section, then try using cheat codes which could be found on the internet or from game magazines. Bear in mind that not all games have cheat codes and usually the games that do are computer and some console games. (Cheat Codes were created by programmers to get pass certain sections of the game usually without dying, and to finish the game in the shortest amount of time and effort possible). In most cases, the Cheat Codes are not made available to the public when the game is first released and players will have to wait a while for the game programmers to release them (after all, why release Cheat Codes when the game is new? That just spoils the fun!). Cheat Codes are immeasurably helpful and tip the odds overwhelmingly to the player’s favor. Cheat Codes are entered typically through the control interface and one has to type them exactly or else they will not work. When using Cheat Codes, use only the cheats that are necessary since using too many Cheat Codes may spoil the fun and gaming experience.
- Yes, sometimes you need to spend some real cash. Many of those free downloadable app games for smartphones and tablets entice players to pay real cash for game cash (money or gems) to purchase better weapons, armor, potions, items, and stats in order to even the odds against the AI. (After all, these free app game companies are businesses and this is one way they bring in revenue). While some gamers dislike the idea of “paying cash to win the game,” there are some app games that have odds so hard that the player must spend some real cash to win the game. Most times the real cash spending scale is from $5 to $100, and the more real money the player spends, the more game cash or gems the player gets to buy for the best game items. Players should be careful not to spend too much real cash in order to win a game since many Strategy Guides cost under $20 and most game magazines with hints and advice cost under $10. Therefore, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend $50 to $99 in real money to win a single game because that price is the cost of a console or computer game. (The problem is that most free downloadable app games do not have Strategy Guides or are covered well in game magazines offering advice on how to win them, leaving players with little choice but to spend some real cash to win the game). The key here is that if spending real cash to win the game, the cash spent should produce favorable results. If the cash spent does not tip the gaming odds in the player’s favor for a long time, the game could be seen as a “money pit” and spending more real cash may turn into a risky proposition. And if the free downloadable app game gets too hard and becomes unwinnable, sometimes it’s better to just give it up and declare it unwinnable—after all, it’s free to download and play. Ask yourself these questions before spending the real cash—is this game worth spending real cash to win it, or do I just keep it free? Am I having enough fun that I want to pay a little to win the game? How is my budget and how much should I invest in this game? How many times am I willing to play this part repeatedly—should I just give up here and declare it unwinnable, or do I really want to move on and see the ending to this game?
Using these methods should help players win and finish most video games with the least amount of time, effort, and frustrations.