6) Battlefield 1942: Rambo That Shit
There are probably a depressingly large chunk of Battlefield and Call of Duty fans who don't know that both franchises began as World War II shooters. There was no Battlefield 1, just Battlefield 1942 (and also Battlefield Vietnam, but we don't talk about that one).
Being a multiplayer-focused game (none of the titles in the series had a story mode until Battlefield 3), you wouldn't think that Battlefield 1942 even had cheats, since it's an online game. But it does! (And you can only use them offline.)
Most of them just allow you to tweak the computer-controlled bots, but there is one that actually helps you: Invincibility. Hell yes, you can grab a jeep and run it into anything you want! Well, sort of, anyway. As soon as you use the cheat, the game drops your team's remaining tickets down by about 75% (or more), meaning that while you're now invincible, the rest of your team will probably be dead in a few minutes and then you'll be all alone, slowly and painstakingly fighting those dirty Nazis all by yourself. Bummer.
7) SimCity and SimCity 2000: F-U-N-D It!
City-building games (or anything-building games, for that matter) are like real life, in that they're approximately 5,000x more fun if you have lots of money. Luckily, the original 1989 SimCity will totally hook you up. You can hold shift and type FUND and it'll give you free cash... but woe unto you if you use it more than a few times, because each time you do, there's a greater and greater chance that the Gods of your city's SimUniverse will come down and wreck your shit with all kinds of natural disasters.
SimCity 2000 takes its own spin on this. While the ordinary money cheats will still cause natural disasters, just like the original, if you try to use that same FUND cheat (minus holding shift), it just gives you the money... but at a 25% interest rate. You can repeat it as much as you like, but you still have to pay it back (and then some). The game totally loansharks you.
8) Banjo-Kazooie: Cheaters Never Prosper. Seriously.
This is the second game on this list developed by Rare (the other being GoldenEye 007), but this time for a far different reason: The cheat system is just a straight-up asshole.
Instead of having just being able to input a code with your controller, Banjo-Kazooie makes you go all the way out to a specific spot in the game world, Treasure Trove Cove, which is a couple of levels into the game, to access the cheat menu. That's pretty annoying.
And then, when you get there, you have to spell out the cheat codes using a keypad on the floor that you can't see all of at once. Also, several of the cheats are 40+ letters long (the longest is 55). Oh, and the letters on the keypad are in some crazy order. And, if you misspell the cheat (which is easy, because it doesn't output the letters you enter anywhere, you just have to keep up with them in your head), you have to leave the area completely and come back to start over. That's really shitty.
Finally, most of the cheats are considered by the game to be "illegal" cheats (including stuff like infinite lives). If you use two, the game's final boss warns you that she'll delete your save if you use any more. In fairness, she's not the only character in the game who threatens to do that. Unlike the rest, though, she actually will. If you use a third cheat, the game actually deletes your save. If you try to save anyway, it doesn't work. Next time you turn the game back on, you start over from the beginning. Now, that is completely fucked up.
Previously by Asher Cantrell: