10 Early Video Game Abilities That Change EVERYTHING

How to break a game in the best way possible.

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Whether you start a video game as someone with no skill at all - or you're granted a taste of what's to come like in Metroid Prime - the progression from nought to badass can be incredibly rewarding.

The sense of achievement in levelling/earning new skills and abilities to become the stuff of legend is great, validating your efforts and struggles along the way to get where you are now.

But sometimes, whether intentionally or not, the game allows you to experience some of these earlier than expected. It could be a type of character class you pick at the start of your adventure, or perhaps a perk or skill that swings the odds in your favour. It could even be something as simple as being able to evade hordes of enemies without tiring easily, or targeting multiple enemies in one swoop.

It doesn't necessarily mean the game is going to be a breeze from here on in, but it's always nice to get that helping hand so early on. Sometimes these exploits get balanced or patched out entirely, sometimes developers leave them in to help players finish the story.

Whatever the reason, accidental or intended, here are a pick of some early game abilities you can exploit to your advantage.

10. Pyromancy - Dark Souls 3

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Considering the lineage that the fabled FromSoftware series has for being ridiculously hard, there are a few ways to make it slightly easier for yourself at the start.

At least, in Dark Souls 3.

Much like the first game, in which you could partially cheese your way through if you invested enough points into being a magic user, Dark Souls 3 had a similar boost at the start.

Pyromancy, or the art of burning things, allows you to cast fireballs at enemies right from the start. Granted, it's not as effective as in Bloodborne, where most enemies fear the flame, but it does the job.

Which is weird, when you consider the central of Dark Souls 3 is rekindling fire and flame...

Anyway, logic aside, it's a great boost if you're not feeling brave enough to charge in from the start, especially on that introductory Iudex Gundyr fight so early on.

Invest enough time and points in to it and you'll start building a resistance to flame-based attacks, as well as earn some serious firepower in the pyromancies you can find on your quest.


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