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  • Left 4 Dead has a few bugs with destructible environments, especially on Versus Mode. One bug in particular that helps the Survivors is that some terrain and doors are marked 'destructible' so that Enemy Tanks can smash straight through them in order to chase the Survivors through the map. One of these doors is positioned so that once you have gone through a long and painful section of the map, you can flip a switch to open the door to let any lagging or injured survivors into the building without having to run that section of the map. However, because it is marked 'destructible', with enough firepower you can blow the door open and skip that area entirely. This is good for the Survivors, but in Versus mode, bad for the Infected, because it lessens the amount of time you have to eat the Survivors.
    • Fixed in a recent patch along with many other memorable glitches. On the upside, in Versus the Infected got a status bar!
      • This exploit came back when No Mercy was ported to Left 4 Dead 2, but made tons easier since the said door in question could instantly break from any melee weapon used on it. It took valve at least three to five patches to finally plug the exploit, which Valve wrote in the release notes regarding the issue to say "Fixed the fix of the fix of the fix of the door exploit in No Mercy"
      • While the door was fixed, it can still be broken by shooting it with a Grenade Launcher. This bug is not a problem in VS mode since the weapon does not spawn until at least after the event and VS mode does not let players carry weapons and items from the previous map (everyone starts off fresh).
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    • Quite a famous glitch in the Survival mode, the Crane level of Dead Air. You can actually jump to the truck below the level, get incapped, then have one of your friends attempt to raise you up while also falling. Their attempt to save you slows their fall, and they don't get incapped. They can save everyone, jump past the lamppost (if you don't clear it, you instantly die), and hide in the alleyway. Instant gold medal on the level.
    • Other classic bugs include hanging over non-lethal drops, ability to die while in spawn mode as an Infected, ability to kill yourself by crouch-jumping at odd angles as a Survivor, bots that can help you up from halfway across the room, AI director spawning infected in sight of the Survivors (it's not supposed to), SPIDERTANK(dead link), etc.
      • Most of the levels have locations that the infected can't reach, even though they physically can climb up (such as the famous Jesus Rock trick in the finale of Death Toll) or being in certain spots in the finale somehow causes the Tank to glitch out and just suicide almost instantly.
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    • There was also a brief bug in "No Mercy" where, if a player threw an item at another player in the elevator, they would plummet through the floor to the bottom of the elevator shaft. Another bug which had a significant effect on gameplay was that player-controlled Boomers could use the suicide command to explode whenever they wanted, meaning that survivors could not push them away without being sprayed.
    • The bot AI also has its shining moments of idiocy: For example, try hanging on a balcony that's just out of the bots' reach and watch as they heroically leap over the edge to their deaths. Sure, you'll have to restart the map, but it's worth it just to see it happen.
    • The TAAAAAAAAAAANK Mutation in Left 4 Dead 2 was a VS mode in which all the Infected players spawn Tanks, all the time. The bug appeared when playing Dead Center. At some points in the first map, there aren't enough places for a Tank to spawn both out of sight of the Survivors and close enough to actually attack them. This lead to Tanks spawning in places outside the building, in mid air, 30 stories up, and falling to their instant deaths.
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    • In a related fashion, for a long time, after the elevator in the first map of Dead Center a tank could spawn with about a 1 in 4 chance of spawning *inside the fire*. While having a giant immolated tank banging on the doors could be intimidating, it wasn't very effective.
  • Silent Hill:
    • Silent Hill has a bug where using the bottle of aglaophotis on one of the Stalker Larvae at the Lake Side Amusement Park skips the confrontation with Cybil and goes straight to the (graphically glitched but otherwise unimpaired) cutscene where the parasite is removed. Its handiness in aiding attempts at ten-star ranks and speed runs has made it well-known amongst fans.
    • In the second game, there's a mini-glitch during James's battle with Eddie, where he seems unable to move or attack, allowing James to easily destroy him.
    • The best is perhaps the glitch in Silent Hill 4's Building World revisit that lets you bypass bringing Eileen through the Door of Time like you normally have to, which means not only bypassing the script that spawns monsters in the area but also bypassing all the monsters you have to save her from before then.
  • In the remake of Resident Evil, you can perform a grenade launcher glitch that allows you to get a infinite number of grenades. Two types of ammo and an item box is needed.
    • This trick does not work in the PAL version.
    • In that same game, thanks to the way the flame mechanics were coded, it was possible to burn multiple zombies with one dose of kerosene as long as their corpses were touching. By luring and killing zombies so they fall onto one another, it is actually possible to kill every zombie in the game and only ever deal with the two unavoidable crimson heads that appear in the game. As of the HD Collection it's officially an Ascended Glitch: you get an achievement for burning 2 corpses in this manner.
    • Again in the remake is the "headless Crimson Head" glitch. Try to burn the one corpse in the hallway before the Armor Key and, as it gets up, blast it with the shotgun. If you luck out and score a headshot, the headless zombie will continue to attack as if nothing happened.
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis:
    • The "corner bug" when fighting the eponymous Nemesis in the police station. If you lured Nemesis into a small office in the meeting room (next to the evidence room) and backed into the corner next to the book case then Nemesis would get stuck on the book case while trying to run at the player, keeping him just out of range to attack (unless the player is standing with the knife readied to attack and even then he'll only attack on his initial charge) but allowing the player to attack him without getting hurt, even with their knife. He does eventually get unstuck but he can be lured out and back into the small office and this bug can be repeated until he's dead. This is the only viable way to beat Nemesis inside the police station without using a lot of ammo or healing items. There's a similar bug in the three-way intersection leading to the cable car in downtown where Nemesis can get stuck on a corner; unfortunately, this is only in the Japanese version. In all English versions this corner bug has been fixed.
    • There's a very rare and harmless glitch where one of the Drain Deimos in the alleyway with the hanging crate will appear at a very tiny size as if it was an infant creature. Because it's so rare it's almost never commented on and is incredibly unnerving to encounter during a playthrough, messing with the player's head and adding to the overall tension of the game.
  • Resident Evil 4 had several that were Boring, but Practical such as running at 1.5 times his normal speed by switching to the Striker, raising it and then quickly equipping another weapon before the laser sight could activate (useful but cautiously used in speedrunning). However, the most memorable is Ashley's abilty to suplex enemies by whacking them with a door. It's also possible to open locked doors from the wrong side with the TMP equipped to bypass entire "find the key" Fetch Quests, pressing L + R before every Press X to Not Die moment which (most of the time) makes the other button prompt appear, and being able to push Ashley through the scenery by getting her into a corner and pushing against her when she ducks (useful for keeping enemies off of her). Also, the gimmick where Ashley scolds you for looking up her skirt is literally set to trigger anytime Leon's eyes aim up in that direction: even when he's been knocked down by an enemy or his severed head rolls between her legs.
  • Resident Evil 5 had a glitch where you could load guns using the inventory... even if they were the gun you had out. In multiplayer, this allowed skilled players to reload near instantly, circumventing the weakness of many weapons and making chaining combos together a lot easier.
  • Dead Space has a glitch that sometimes causes necromorphs to endlessly run around in circles, making them invincible until you block their path.
    • This game has, however, one really good bug. After beating the game, you get access to the "Impossible" difficulty. It is a harder version of "Hard" and it would be terribly difficult... if you couldn't keep your suit from the previous game using a glitch.
    • Using an invincibility cheat in Dead Space 2 and getting damage that the game says should kill you can lead to Issac running around as a mutilated torso.
  • Dead Island has the weapon duplication glitch, which makes a copy of your currently-equipped weapon. This allows you to use your most powerful weapon alone, as well as throw them away when they break, skipping maintenance benches completely. Not only that, you can also earn essentially infinite money by selling a pile of duped weapons.
    • If the glitch occurs with a firearm, a large amount of ammo will appear in the gun's current ammo supply, potentially well over ten million. While this prevents you from picking up ammunition for the weapon in question, it's more than enough ammo to kill every enemy you'll encounter in the game, and then some.
  • Alien: Isolation:
    • Due to an error in the coding, running at an angle (up and right directionally) will cause Amanda Ripley to sprint without making noise, despite it still sounding like she has her normal running footsteps. This was utilized to great effect for speedruns, and it is possible to completely bypass otherwise-difficult sections or encounters with the xenomorph due to it not being able to hear the player's footsteps.
    • In the Last Survivor DLC in the PC version, shaking the mouse rapidly to the left and right when Ripley is activating the self-destruct mechanism on the Nostromo causes all of the rods to be pulled out of the core, even though only two of them are shown being pulled out by the player character. This is due to a bug that causes the game to think two rods are being pulled out at the same time. This can be used to shave a good minute or so off the playtime.
  • In both Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs the player can finesse to on top of the nemesis monster, rendering it completely unable to reach the player. Spoiler Warning demonstrated this in specials for both games, and found it hilarious enough to declare it a win-state and quit at that point.
  • "Teleporting Scissorman" in Clock Tower. Normally once you'd been ambushed by Scissorman he continually pursues you and won't appear from any of the possible places he can ambush you from, but the developers forgot to set one of the Event Flags in Rick's house which disabled one of the ambushes. If, even when being pursued, you open the pantry in the kitchen Scissorman will somehow leap out from inside, which is something he otherwise never does during chases. This bug managed to deliver a very solid and unexpected Jump Scare to players who likely by then had figured out Scissorman's behavior and assumed they had him beat.
  • Dead Rising 2 has a boss fight with a helicopter that is only vulnerable to throwing things at it, so to fight it you need to winch it down into range with a crane and then throw something at it to deal fixed damage. However, due to a programming quirk the balls fired by the completely harmless Toy Spitball Gun are considered thrown items rather than projectiles, and developers never considered this when programming the helicopter to be vulnerable to all thrown items. This literally means you can shoot down an armed military helicopter by firing foam balls at it, and it takes about 5 seconds since it's in range of the Toy Spitball Gun even when not winched down.


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