Video games have shown hacking in a wide variety of methods, so Game Rant takes a look at some of the weirder ways games have visualized in-game hacking.
As the years go by, players have experienced many action-packed scenarios where they must either quickly hack into some kind of console, or gain access to an electronically locked location. Many games opt for keyboard-quick typing animations or mobile hacking devices to allow players to enter these locations when the time is right, but other games try to stand out from the crowd. The studios behind these games either develop minigames that the player can attempt in order to access these locations, while others create unique hacking tools to make the game stand out from the crowd a little bit more.
As can be expected, not all of these devices and gameplay mechanics make a lot of sense when put into practical application. Some are real head-scratchers, and we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the weirdest hacking methods in video games to highlight just how strange game developers have made things in order to make their titles more a little more unique and memorable.
Titanfall – Stab It With A Computer Knife
Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 revitalized the franchise and took gamer’s across a stunning campaign that not only gives an invigorating look at the bond between man and metal, but fleshes out the universe in which The Militia takes the fight to the IMC. While the Militia are understandably the more rag-tag of the two forces, we have to question the design of some of their tools – namely, the Data Knife. For the unaware, imagine a USB Stick, but it’s a knife. You can stop imagining now, because that’s exactly all the Data Knife is: players stab it into a console’s inexplicably deep “knife slot” to hack things, and absolutely never use it to do regular knife things (i.e. chop cucumbers or shank enemies).
Why a knife is a good hacking tool we’ll never know, as we have to imagine anything with such a sharp edge wouldn’t be good when combined with the delicate innards of electronics which need to transfer sensitive data. Titan Pilots are all about power, but the Data Knife is the most unnecessary testosterone-filled hacking tool we’ve laid eyes on in some time. Admittedly, it’s probably one of the coolest ways to hack something, but in the end it makes almost no sense to use a knife as a data transfer tool – even if it is cutting edge technology.
Watch Dogs – Camera Hopping
Line of sight isn’t usually something that matters much in the world of hacking, but Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs franchise seems to disagree. Watch Dogs 2 leaves the bleak environment of the first game behind and ventures to a sunnier and crazier San Francisco locale, but some of the weird hacking methods from the first game have made the trip over, too. While it’s food for thought that seemingly everything electronic is networked in San Francisco (old roadsters and motorcycles alike can be hacked in seconds), it’s always a little strange that the player can hack into a camera and begin hacking nearby objects seemingly by line of sight.
Now, don’t get us wrong, hacking-by-sight is an entertaining way to do things, and it’s a system that works well for Ubisoft. That being said, it makes almost no sense. It should go without saying that one can’t hack something just because they can see it, especially considering many of those objects are likely on entirely different networks, or even not networked at all. If the average person could hack things just by looking at it through a camera, we have to imagine the world would devolve into The Purge-like chaos within a day.