10 Video Games That KNEW You'd Try To Cheat

Don't use any exploits, Batsy - the Joker always knows.

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Everyone, at some point, has used a cheat code, glitch, or other aid that helps them conquer a level more easily. Games are enormous fun, but they can also be frustrating at times, and the desire to seek a bit of extra help can prove irresistible.

And most of the time... you'll get away with it scot-free. Sure, in online games there's a bigger chance you'll be caught red-handed, but in single-player experiences it's often super easy to cheat your way to victory, and heck, some titles even allow you to use magic infinite-life codes with no consequences whatsoever.

But sometimes, the developers will be watching you. Sometimes, they'll expect you to cheat in a particular way, or in a particular section of the game. And sometimes, they'll be prepared for it.

From decades-old titles like Gradius III to recent hits like Batman: Arkham Asylum, video game creators know that we're all just a bunch of lazy buggers who want to complete things as quickly and easily as possible, and for that reason, they laid some neat little traps in their games to call out or punish cheating players.

10. Persona 3 - Cheaters Never Win

Batman Arkham Asylum

Developer and publisher Atlus was so confident that a section of its playerbase would try and cheat its way through Persona 3, that they recorded and implemented specific voicelines that will trigger if the game detects any sort of exploit.

This doesn't happen all over the game, mind you, but on certain occasions, characters like Mitsuru and Fuuka will rattle of a series of lines that chastise you for trying to cheat: "I trusted you. I can't believe you cheated", "Cheaters never win!" and "I'm very disappointed in you", to name but a few. Ouch. Right in the self-esteem.

It's quite a mild punishment and the game doesn't halt your progress or anything like that, but for some reason, hearing those adorable anime characters get angry with you somehow makes you feel like you've committed an unspeakable crime.


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