(Originally posted on ForcedFable.com)
Cheaters never prosper, so they say. Even so, cheat codes have always been a fun way to get more out of your video games, whether you've mastered the game, or you can't get past level one. I've never shied away from cheat codes. They're a great way to get more entertainment out of games that you just don't want to put down. On that note, here are my top 5 most entertaining cheat codes.
NOTE: I've intentionally ignored easy picks like the Konami Code, because first, it's way too obvious. And second, this is about having the most fun, not which codes are the most famous.
5. Resident Evil 2: Play as Tofu
The early Resident Evil games were made to be beaten over and over. After one or two playthroughs, many players can easily conquer the games in little more than two hours, if not less. Capcom definitely took advantage of this fact and gave expert players plenty of incentives to replay the game. Each game has plenty to unlock, so long as the player meets certain requirements. Many unlocks involve conquering the game 5+ times and within certain time requirements. Or with the fewest saves possible.
Unfortunately, some of us aren't that good. So, lucky for us, Capcom saw fit to include cheat codes in the Nintendo 64 port of Resident Evil 2. The cheat code below allows you to play through an alternate story as “Tofu.” That's right: an actual block of tofu. The food. With a knife. Words can’t do this cheat justice, so here’s an example:
From the Load menu (N-64 only): Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Left, Right, Right, L, R, C-Up, C-Left, C-Down, C-Right
4. GTA 3: Tank you very much
The game that revitalized the GTA series and, quite frankly, open world games as we know it, was riddled with fun cheat codes. Almost any fan of the game that you talk to will reminisce about the same memory: taking turns spawning a tank and storming the streets of Liberty City, seeing how long you can last until the cops mow you down. The controller changes hands, rinse and repeat.
It may be a very dated game by today's standards, and cheat codes in later sandbox games have definitely pushed the boundaries of fun and idiocy, but this will always be one of the fondest cheat code memories I'll ever have. Still one of the most fun to play, too.
Spawn a Tank: Circle (6), R1, L2, L1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle
3. GTA V: I believe I can fly
If you get bored playing Grand Theft Auto V, chances are you play it too much. This game is jam packed with activities, varied locations, and an immense online mode that dwarfs the single player experience.
That said, this cheat combination will remind you just how fun (and beautifully crafted) this game is. Start out anywhere on the map by entering the "5 minute invincibility" cheat for full effect. Next, enter "Skyfall". You'll be warped to the top of the sky, and you can glide to your heart's content. It's a great way to get around the map too!
Enter these cheat codes anywhere during gameplay:
5 Minute Invincibility:
Playstation 3 and 4: Right, X, Right, Left, Right, R1, Right, Left, X, Triangle
Xbox 360 and One: Right, A, Right, Left, Right, RB, Right, Left, A, Y
Playstation 3 and 4: L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right
Xbox 360 and One: LB, LT, RB, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right, LB, LT, RB, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right
2. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: The Invisible Man/Woman
This hilarious bit of entertainment isn't so much a cheat code as it is a game exploit that was never fixed. The glitch allows the player to essentially make themselves totally invisible, rendering the guards completely ignorant of any actions you take. Makes the Gray Fox mask you worked so hard to obtain entirely useless.
The “cheat” itself specifically uses the item duplication glitch or, better explained, what you end up using it for. Sure, you could duplicate 1000 watermelons off a cliff…
…but why do that when you could stab guards, and watch them search in vain for the invisible assailant?
The Explanation (Code/Cheat):
Step 1: Obtain at least two copies of the same scroll. If you have more than two, that's the number of items that will be duplicated.
Step 2: In your inventory, click the scrolls once.
Step 3: Highlight, but DO NOT CLICK, the item to be duplicated, and drop it.
Step 4: Exit your inventory. The duplicated items will appear in front of you.
Step 5: Acquire a scroll of Invisibility, and a Grand Soul Gem.
Step 6: Duplicate the Grand Soul Gem, and use them to enchant any four pieces of clothing with Invisibility, and equip them. You will become 100% invisible, and guards won't notice anything you do. (You also won’t appear on screen at all)
And my #1 most entertaining cheat code is…
Saints Row 2: Madness in the streets
One of my favorite open world games to this day is still Saints Row 2. The game offers the player so much to do that you can easily spend countless hours taking over the city of Stillwater. After you win the day and the credits roll however, there's significantly less to do that you haven't already conquered.
Until you activate cheat codes.
Saints Row 2 offers some of the most enjoyable cheat codes in a sandbox game that I have yet to experience. There's one combination that guarantees a good time: by entering the cheat code "evil cars," the player suddenly becomes the target of every driver's pent up road rage. The whole world becomes one gigantic game of chicken, with no one budging.
Sound enticing enough to try? What about this: enter the code for "raining pedestrians," and watch the bodies rain. Literally. Want to combine laughs? Try this right after pedestrian rain: enter "heaven bound" and laugh as the bodies that rained from the sky hit the ground, and begin a slow ascension skyward.
There are plenty of other cheat codes to add that make this scenario even more fun, but be warned: adding too many cheats does tend to crash the game. If you're feeling gutsy, throw in "moon gravity" for some more fun!
Pause the game, and go to the “phone.”
Type in the following numbers, and hit "send."
NOTE: This works on all consoles
You will need the “#” with each one.
Heaven Bound: #12
Raining Pedestrians: #20
Evil Cars: #16
Moon Gravity: #18
You can find countless Web sites and code books from NES to PS4. Everyone has their favorites, and these ones are mine. They may not be the best, or most helpful, but they’re definitely among the most enjoyable.