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For the past couple of weeks, the one game I've been turning to more than any other on my PS4 lately has got to be Resident Evil Revelations 2. Not because the campaign was super great or lengthy or anything—it actually has nothing to do with that. In fact, I'm not even past the second episode in the campaign. Instead, it is for the completely optional, alternate game mode for the game: Raid Mode.

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I never tried Raid Mode whenever it was on the first Revelations game. I'd heard some pretty nice things about it, but since I picked the game up late, and on the PC no less, I wasn't exactly swimming with potential partners to go through that with. So when I finally booted it up on the PS4 on a whim, I couldn't believe how ridiculously addicting it was—and I haven't even touched the multiplayer mode.

Basically, it takes away all of the arbitrary limitations that the campaigns two-person limit sets on players and just lets them go wild with their zombie slaying. Items pop up and need to identified, or they can even be purchased at the shop. Sometimes you'll get upgrades, and you can just go customize your weapons' stats to your heart's content. Plus, there's the obligatory leveling system with perks and everything. Still, it really took me by surprise how much I really liked it. It's been ages since I've enjoyed something this much.

I think if I had to pick the last game that had an optional side-component that I completely adored, it would have to be Gears of War 3's Horde Mode. Not the original one in Gears of War 2 or anything, but the one they just went all out with in the third installment. Unlocking upgrades in that game was just ridiculously satisfying, and I think some of the most fun I've had gaming online on a console (went there) was with that specific title.

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So, what about you, TAYers? What are some of the unexpected gems that you've found in some of your games lately? Is it those little toys in the corners of the Hearthstone board? Maybe Tortimer's Island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Feel free to talk about it down below.

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