The term “video game” spans everything from playing a simple game of Solitaire on your own to massively multiplayer online games with whole virtual universes, where users interact with other players.
In addition to being fun, playing video games can reduce stress, lighten depression, increase vision, improve the ability to multi-task and improve decision-making skillsi. When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills.
The Most Essential Gaming Item: The Master Key
Real life master key systems exists and in gaming has its fair share of unlockable, world-melting super weapons too, and we’ve collected all those in a separate feature, found here. Between these two features, you’re sure to unlock doors and most potent weapons and abilities gaming has to offer – or blister your thumbs up real good trying.
Metal Gear Solid 4
How to unlock it: The title ‘Big Boss’ isn’t something that’s handed out lightly in the Metal Gear universe – and this game is no exception. First, you need to finish MGS4 on any difficulty. This will unlock the ‘Boss Extreme’ difficulty mode, the toughest difficulty mode in the game. You then have to finish MGS4 again on this new difficulty mode, all while fulfilling several additional challenges. These include: finishing the game in less than 5 hours, no kills, no detection, and no using of health items. You basically have to know MGS4 better than your extended family, and have your entire route through it mapped out in advance.
Final Fantasy 7
How to unlock it: Obtaining Final Fantasy 7’s most powerful summon can be handled in a couple different ways, but each is a hair-ripping challenge. The summon itself is found on Round Island, a donut-shaped spit of land that’s impossible to explore without a gold chocobo. Obtaining the gold chocobo is the tricky part, as you must either go through a long and exhaustive chocobo breeding process that’s about as much fun as helping a horse give birth, or defeat Ruby Weapon (one of the game’s optional super bosses) and exchange the item you receive for a feathered friend. Alternatively, Knights of the Round is also part of the Master Materia set, but you have to defeat a different (and more challenging) super boss to get that.
How to unlock it: Emeralds. You have to collect so many emeralds. First up are the eight classic Chaos Emeralds, which let you transform into Super Sonic. Once you have all those, you then need to collect eight more Super Emeralds to unlock Hyper Sonic. What all this means is that you’ll be spending a lot of time in the Blue Spheres minigame. These sadistic dexterity challenges find Sonic running along a spherical arena collecting blue orbs while avoiding red ones. Oh sure, those stages start out nice and easy, but the longer you take, the faster it gets, until you’re making split-second turns one after the other afraid to blinkbecause the screen ismoving sofastyoucan’tlookawaythesoundof collectingblueorbswill haunt yournightmares.
How to unlock it: Accessing Darksiders 2’s most powerful armor set requires you to collect lots and lots of stuff. We’re talking Banjo-Kazooie-levels of collectibles here, including (but not limited to) 40 tome pages, 30 relics, and 69 stonebites. Each one of these things is a tiny little item tucked away behind inconspicuous rocks or dark corners in the game’s world. Basically, everywhere you’d never look. And a lot of them are in dungeons – dungeons you’ll have to replay multiple times if you want to find everything. Darksiders 2 is a fun game, but having to redo the same dungeon multiple times while looking for the apocalyptic equivalent of a needle in a haystack is about as much fun as having to redo your taxes.
Dead Space 2s
How to unlock it: No matter what difficulty you choose, Dead Space 2 is a harrowing, frightening journey. Necromorphs pop out of vents, demon babies swarm at you, and seemingly sane folk turn into alien zombies at the drop of a hat. However, at its most difficult setting–Hardcore–youll have to fight tougher, more resilient foes with fewer resources than ever. If you manage to survive that ordeal, however, youll be rewarded.
The Legend of Zelda
How to unlock it: There are dozens of masks to unlock in Links second Nintendo 64 adventure, and while some (like the one that turns you into a powerful Goron) are easily unlocked, theres plenty of useless ones that are fairly difficult to acquire. If you can snag every mask in the core campaign–including the one you get for basically stalking a couple for three days straight instead of saving the world, and the one you have to wait to buy mere minutes before the moon crashes into Termina–youll earn a final mask that turns the games childlike Link into a god.
Resident Evil 2
How to unlock it: Snagging an A rank at the end of a Resident Evil 2 campaign is no easy feat. In addition to finishing the story in under three hours with three saves or less, you cant succumb to temptation and use first aid sprays or unlocked weapons that use infinite ammo. Granted, youll probably get good enough at the game to do this in the process of playing through the game six times, because youll need to do that to unlock the series weirdest character.