The Games That Ask You to "Press Start" But Will Accept Other Buttons wiki last edited by ILikePopCans on 10/22/16 11:49PM View full history


Killzone 2 defies standards and allows the player to hit the X button in order to bypass the
Killzone 2 defies standards and allows the player to hit the X button in order to bypass the "Press Start Button" prompt.

This concept is the mechanic of a game requesting the user to press the start button to continue (or to begin the game before the main menu screen), but will accept other methods of input. A common example is the game accepting the 'A' button (or the 'X' button on PlayStation consoles), even though the "press start button" graphic is displayed.

Theoretically, this concession is made by developers in order to make jumping into the game a faster and more streamlined process. Some games chain together single button presses on the menu. Killzone 2, for instance, highlights the Single Player and Continue Game options in succession on the menu. From the Press Start Button screen, players can press X three times in quick succession and immediately direct the game to start loading from the most recent save game. Indeed, players can also skip the opening cinematics by pressing the X button. Conceivably, button mashing X as soon as the game loads could have the player facing the loading screen in under twenty seconds. This is also the case for Modern Warfare 2, where hitting A on 360 or X on PS3 multiple times can bring the player into a lobby within seconds of putting the game in the system.

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