Best Video Game Cheats Ever

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Gamers love using cheats and exploits to unlock extra abilities, weapon upgrades and sometimes just plain funny game animations. Video game cheats can be found on websites such as UGO Super Cheats, CheatPatch, IGN, and game forums on networking sites including Facebook and Reddit.

1. The Konami (Contra) Code

One of the most famous cheat codes is also one of the first. The code involves pressing up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, and start on your computer keyboard. It started on the Nintendo with the game Gradius and the code was added to many other games, allowing players to skip through more difficult gameplay with increased abilities and lives. The code gets its alternate name from the Nintendo game Contra where using it gives you 30 extra lives.

2. Grand Theft Auto Cell Phone Code

Players of Grand Theft Auto 5 on Xbox and PlayStation can enter codes on the in-game cell phone. There are many cell phone codes you can use in the game. For example, if you type in 1-999-Sky-fall, your player character will begin to fall down the map in a free fall motion. Type 1-999-buzz-off and a helicopter will appear for you to use. Some cell phone cheats are useful for playing in the games and others are just for fun.

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3. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Cheats

There are lots of different cheats in Skyrim on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC that help you level up faster or get an extra weapon and armor advantages. If you happen to enjoy ranged weapons, the unlimited arrows cheat gives you a big advantage in the game. Sneak in to replace the arrows of a guard with any type of arrow and gather tons of them as the guard later discards arrows during target practice.

4. Dark Souls Infinite Souls Cheat

Lovers of the punishing difficult Dark Souls enjoy this glitch which lets players gain infinite souls. This works on the PC, PlayStation, and Xbox versions. If you have a fire keeper or boss soul and an Estus flask equipped, you can gain infinite souls while performing an attack and pressing X and start (or square instead of X on a controller) at the end of the animation. A similar glitch can be found in Dark Souls 3.

5. Zelda Breath of the Wild

This game of the year available on the Wii and Nintendo has many fun cheats. The infinite stamina glitch lets your Link run forever and climb without needing to take a breath. If you press B repeatedly while holding down the D-pad to whistle and running, your stamina will never run out. You can also use the sequence of moving the joystick forward in the direction you are climbing while having Link let go to get the infinite climbing exploit.

6. Super Mario 3D World Infinite Lives

Available on the Wii U, you can get infinite lives in Super Mario 3D World. The exploit gives you 1,110 lives but there's no limit to repeating it. Go to Koopa Troopa Cave and jump into a pipe in the mountain. Follow the pipes underneath the mountain and steal the turtle shell and jump repeatedly on it to gain the lives.

7. Fallout 4 PC Cheats

Fallout 4 is available on PlayStation and Xbox but these codes will only work if you play on a PC. When the game is launched, use the tilde (~) key to open the command console. There are several codes you can add at this point. Some popular ones are "tgm" which puts you in God mode, and "kill" which allows you to do away with annoying NPCs who keep repeating the same lines ad infinitum. If you want to fly around the map, enter "tfc."

8. Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast Dismemberment

This cheat doesn't give you any boosts but fans of the game love it. When you use the dismemberment cheat, your light saber actually dismembers heads and limbs of your stormtrooper enemies. To get the cheat, use the shift and tilde (~) key together to get the console, and type in "helpusobi 1" then enter. Then type "devmapall" and enter and finally type "g_saberrealisticcombat 9" and enter. Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast is available on Xbox and PC.

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9. The Sims 4 – Money Cheats

Use cheat codes in The Sims on a PC or Mac by opening the console with Control+Shift+C. Entering the code of your choice will give you advantages such as disabling death and more money. For the money cheats, enter "motherlode" for $50,000 or "kaching" or "rosebud" for $1,000. For a specific amount, enter "testingcheats true" and then type in "money" and the amount you want, i.e. "money 10,000" to get $10,000 Simoleans.

Best Video Game Cheats Ever