Since video games have been a cultural phenomenon, players have been wondering how to optimise their runs. Super Mario games are famed for having the occasional cheeky warp pipe that flings you forward across the land, and they are not the only ones.
Developers can also be wily beasts, and sometimes they really love to challenge players to find the quickest and most efficient ways around their games. In doing so, developers will hide these paths of least resistance in the most unlikely places, leaving players to ferret around all the nooks and crannies of any given level, hoping to tease that extra nugget of speed out of the gameplay.
It would be unfair to the ingenuity of the gaming community to give game creators all the credit, however. Since the original Super Metroid games, the term "sequence break" has existed, denoting the practice of completing events out of order to finish games quicker.
In this article, we will run down ten of the most devilish shortcuts we can find in games. Some are hidden behind dialogue options most would not even think to click, and others require incredibly precise inputs to leapfrog over half of the game's planned content. Sometimes it is as easy as closing a door.
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A recovering English graduate and Dark Souls 2 apologist, Martin takes every opportunity he can to write on all things entertainment. You can find all his work by checking out the website he finally bought WordPress for here: https://martindocherty.com/