I cheat. I cheat regularly. After running a game through its paces I usually look for a particular mod that frees up my in game options, and garners me a bit of an advantage. A mod is not exactly the most accurate term, more or less it’s a cheat that I am looking for. Before you raise your Cardinal crest in protest, please know I only use cheats in single player games or in single player modes-I do not cheat in multiplayer games. The cheats/editors I am after are ones that turn a very challenging game into a more casual version, or add a bit more life to a game that’s lost some of its luster. Much like how a mod adds new life to a game, whose mechanics seem tired, cheating is essentially its ugly stepsister.
After 200+ hours of roaming the mountains and streams of Skyrim I wanted to ease my burden, of carrying a burden. Using the console cheats (left behind by the developer) I changed my carrying capacity to match that of the Hulk, and increased my personal treasury to a level that would rival Tony Stark’s. In a matter of seconds I gave my character the gold and towing capacity that would of taken hours to obtain, if ever. I didn’t break the game but manipulated it into a form that renewed my interest in playing it regularly again.
Shogun 2 is a challenging game. It requires strategy and foresight to even attempt to overthrow the current Shogunate, and dam near perfect tactics to hold onto the title yourself. After tediously and slowly carving out a Chosokabe Shogunate, during my second attempt at conquering feudal Japan, I felt drained, but accomplished. It took hours of planning and hours of investing in my provinces to finally be able to raise an army worthy of challenging the Shogunate. It took hours of frantic troop movements and a handful of lost provinces, to repel the Shogunate army and his allies. It took every spare koku and troop, peasant or samurai, to hold Kyoto. It also helped that I could load up my prior turn if a decision to attack a castle or fleet worked against me.
Shogun 2 is, in its original form, not a casual game, but use a hex editor to boost your koku count and it can be. After my strenuous slog to Shogunate I was ready to keep Shogun 2 off my recently played list, but after doing some internet digging I found its saving grace. A hex editor allows you to manipulate fundamental binary data, in this case Shogun 2’s koku count. This simple to use editor turned a game I wouldn’t of touched in months into a game I couldn’t wait to launch again. It turned a fiercely difficult strategy game into a casual, samurai slaughtering, jaunt across feudal Japan. Cheating brought new life to a couple of old girls, and no one broke up with me because of it.