Usually in video games you overcome a litany of obstacles with a mixture of skill, perseverance, and hard work. So when you defeat a tricky boss or finish a tough game, you get a sense of satisfaction because you deserved the win. But sometimes it can be exhausting to work really hard for everything.
Luckily, some games make things easier by allowing you to use money to solve your problems. By the way, this does not mean that you are using real money. In the cases in question, you can use the game currency to help yourself in some way. Here are some notable examples.
8/8 Red Dead Redemption 2 – Pay Bonuses
In Red Dead Redemption 2, you play as an outlaw running with a criminal gang. Therefore, it is almost guaranteed that you will run into troubles with the law several times. If you are caught engaging in illegal activity, a bounty will be placed on your head. The more crimes you commit, the higher the bounty.
Of course, having a bounty is not good as it makes you a target for law enforcement and bounty hunters. Thankfully, getting rid of your bounty is pretty easy as all you have to do is head to the post office and pay it. After that, all your past misdeeds are forgotten.
7/8 Dragon’s Dogma – Numbers to hurt enemies
Dragon’s Dogma is an RPG in which you have to hack and smash through all sorts of dangerous enemies. And there are tons of awesome weapons in the game that will help you with that. But if traditional guns aren’t your thing, you can opt for the Coin Purse Of Charity.
This item allows you to throw your own gold at the enemy. Despite being expensive, it’s a surprisingly devastating weapon, especially if you throw a lot of it, because the more gold you throw, the more damage it does.
6/8 Yakuza 0 – Numbers to level up, avoid fights and dominate the cabaret club scene
Money plays a big role in Yakuza 0 as it is used for pretty much everything. For example, you increase your character by spending money. Therefore, you are literally using cash to get stronger. But that’s not the only example of how you throw money at your problems in this game. At one point, you’ll also get the ability to throw a bunch of cash in the air, which will discourage people from attacking you.
Even the Cabaret Club mini-game is much easier when you spend money, as you can use cash to partner with companies, which will increase your club’s fan base. So if you have a lot of money, playing through Yakuza 0 can become much easier.
5/8 Super Mario Odyssey – Pay to purchase Power Moons
Besides rescuing Princess Peach, the main goal of Super Mario Odyssey is to collect power moons. They are mainly just a collector’s item, but they also give you access to new worlds and areas. As such, the game encourages you to work for them, tasking you with all sorts of challenges and stunts to get your hands on them. At least that’s how you get most of the moons.
There are a few that you can easily purchase from the Crazy Cap Shop. It’s a lazy way to get them, but at least it gives you a chance to use the best form of gaming currency the way currency is meant to be used.
4/8 Final Fantasy 10 Numbers to avoid battles, hire a summon and hurt enemies
The main currency used in Final Fantasy 10 is called Gil, which you earn by selling things, defeating enemies, and opening chests. You’ll collect a decent amount of gil throughout the adventure, which comes in handy since you can use the money to make your playthrough smoother.
One way to use Gil is to bribe enemies to leave a fight, meaning you don’t have to waste your resources in a fight. They also use money to hire the summoner known as Yojimbo, which is a very powerful teammate. If you pay him enough, he will kill dangerous enemies instantly. Or if you want to throw money directly at your troubles, the Substitute Money ability lets you literally throw your gils at enemies.
3/8 Fable 3 – numbers to save the world
For most of Fable 3, your goal is to usurp your evil brother and become the king of Albion. The idea is that you will be better than your siblings and be a kind ruler. Unfortunately, you quickly find out that your brother hasn’t helped many people because he saved enough money to build an army that could defend Albion against the devastating force known as the Darkness.
They’re coming soon, so you need to find a way to get gold to protect the world. This is meant to lead to plenty of moral dilemmas where you’ll have to choose between helping individual residents or keeping your gold reserves intact. Alternatively, you can just buy and rent out some properties to make an insane amount of money to solve all your problems.
2/8 Nier Automata – Pay to get achievements or trophies
Achievements and trophies have been a welcome addition to the gaming world since their inception in the mid-2000s. After all, they serve as fun little challenges that you can complete, giving you more reasons to spend time playing a fun game.
Alternatively, you could see them as annoying little additions that make you feel like you haven’t really completed a game until you have them all. For those in the latter group, Nier Automata has what you’re looking for. After beating the game a few times, a secret shop will open that will sell you achievements or trophies so you don’t have to earn them yourself.
1/8 The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess – Numbers to avoid damage
Link has often donned a little green tunic over the years, but it’s not the only piece of clothing worn by the Legend Of Zelda protagonist. In Breath Of The Wild, for example, he has a plethora of outfits to equip.
But perhaps the most original he’s ever had appears in Twilight Princess and is called Magic Armor. This smart looking suit will make you invincible as long as you have rupees. That’s because each hit takes away a few rupees instead of HP. How long it takes depends on how rich you are. But for a while you use money to avoid harm.
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