Cheats and codes have traditionally been a way for gamers to skip a level, beat a particular boss, or otherwise advance in a video game without doing the required tasks or meeting the necessary objectives. Sandbox game series like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row have changed this however and introduced a more “fun” element to cheats. This means cheats are no longer limited to being useful for only lazy or unskilled gamers, and can be utilized by anyone (including hardcore gamers) to simply change things up a little or assist in having some mindless fun.
Instead of being able to skip a mission for example, traditional cheats for the Grand Theft Auto series give you all the weapons and vehicles available, or full health, while still requiring you to progress through the story as usual and face and defeat all the bad guys as originally intended.
This approach has two distinct, but related, advantages over traditional “lazy/level skip” cheats:
- You are still required to play the game though. The cheats don’t allow you to choose to skip some levels or any content at all. Which leads to…
- You still experience everything the game has to offer (albeit with a lot less hassle/difficulty) and don’t miss out any of the storyline.
In the end this means the cheats that are included make the game more fun, at least in games like GTA and Saints Row. It means that you can play through the game as normal the first time, with no cheats enabled, and test your skill the way the developers intended. Then afterwards, when you might otherwise be bored with what’s on offer, you can go back and play through with all the weapons or vehicles from the start, or even just walk around with some crazy environmental effects in play (e.g. chaos mode or some the cool pedestrian cheats from San Andreas).
The Grand Theft Auto series in particular is known for this, especially prior to GTA 4. In GTA San Andreas for example, you could lower the gravity level, make cars fly and control the behavior of pedestrians. Cheats that let you spawn various pieces of equipment, such as parachutes, were also included. That said however, GTA 4 also had some extra cheats beyond the usual “all weapons” and “full health”, such as the ability to change the weather and increase or lower your wanted level.
What Rockstar Games has in store for GTA 5 is anyone’s guess, although it’s a pretty safe bet that a full selection of cheat codes will be included. There is going to be a lot more activities that you can undertake in the next installment of GTA and we hope that Rockstar are creative with the cheats that they let you use in relation to them. We think base-jumping, one such recently confirmed activity, has lots of promise for some complementary cheats.
If you have any cheat suggestions that you’d like to see implemented in GTA 5 be sure to let us know.