1. Be the King of the Hill (Beat up Everyone in Your Area)
Many of the previous examples showcased ways to heal while battling bad guys. Often times, a player dies while trying to heal because an enemy beats you to the punch—literally. Don't you hate it when those creeps sneak in a death blow while you're trying to get your (healing potion) drink on?
A few games, however, like Rocksteady's Batman franchise and Splinter Cell: Conviction offer no healing potions, spells or medkits. Talk about keeping it real. Instead, the only way to heal up is to defeat every enemy onscreen. Then magically, you're good as new. Even if you walk away from the fight to find cover, you don't heal. Isn't that how it should be? Cowards never prosper so win big or go home.
Alan Danzis is a lifelong video game enthusiast thanks to the PC Jr. his Dad gave him and his brother, which allowed him to play among other things, King's Quest 3. His fast typing skills can be attributed to playing Sierra games as a kid and he currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., where he usually plugs too many things into one outlet. Keep up with him on Twitter @adanzis.
Full Disclosure: Alan Danzis works at Ketchum Public Relations, which is his day job. His opinions here are his own and do not reflect the opinions of Ketchum, nor the clients Ketchum works with. Sony PlayStation 3 is one of his current clients and did not contribute to this article. His Complex.com writing is wholly unrelated.
Larry Frum has been playing games since “Dungeons & Dragons” was first known as “Chainmail” and immediately gravitated to video games with his “new” Atari 2600. If a gaming console has hit the U.S. shores, he’s probably played it. And no, he doesn’t have allegiance to one console/genre/character over another. Check out what he’s playing on Twitter @lfrum.