7 Best Quick-Time-Event Fails In Video Games

QTES, or quick-time events, are often a heated debate within the video game community. Although some players deem them as poorly implemented and find that they take you out of the immersion a game has carefully crafted for your enjoyment, others seem to find them something to be celebrated as test your reflexes and give you the true feeling of control over a character without having to do much work.

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Either way, QTE fails, on the other hand, are something that everyone seems to enjoy, for their spectacular hilarity when you fail to fulfill the prompts on screen in time. From being hit by cars to simply losing your grip, the results of your failures will often leave you more entertained than frustrated.

7 Heavy Rain – The Covered Market Chase

Norman Jayden In Heavy Rain

In Heavy Rain, you play as four protagonists, one of whom is Norman Jayden, an FBI profiler struggling with a drug addiction who is tasked with investigating a criminal known only as the Origami Killer. In a later portion of the game, Norman and his partner, Carter Blake, arrive at a food market to capture Korda, a suspect they have been investigating.

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Korda flees the scene when Norman reveals himself to be with the police, prompting a chase through the market. If you aren’t quick enough to press the rapidly flashing prompts, Norman can trip over fallen pedestrians, get hit by not one but two cars, bounce off doors, and even unsuccessfully grapple with a rogue chicken. Even worse, if you fail too many QTEs, Korda will escape, causing you to have to restart the chase from the beginning.

6 Tomb Raider: Anniversary – T-Rex Fight

Lara Croft And A T-Rex In Tomb Raider Anniversary

In this installment of the Tomb Raider series, renown archeologist Lara Croft is tasked with finding the Scion of Atlantis, a powerful artifact that was once the obsession of her father, Richard Croft. On a merry chase through the most isolated parts of the world, Lara must find the remaining pieces of the Scion before rival mercenaries can get there first.

However, Lara gets more than she bargained for when she comes face-to-face with a T-Rex in the Lost Valley in Peru during her search. As soon as the giant creature comes into view, it’s a race to safety as Lara is forced to flee, keeping pace with a pack of velociraptors. If you fail to press the prompts in time, Lara is unceremoniously swooped up into the dinosaur’s mouth and promptly bitten to death before being swallowed.

5 Resident Evil 5 – The Plane Fight

Chris And Sheva In Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 puts you in the shoes of the series’ golden boy Chris Redfield and his new partner, Sheva Alomar, as they investigate a terrorist threat in Kijuju, a fictional part of West Africa. Along the way, Chris discovers Jill Valentine is alive, as well as their former boss, Albert Wesker, both of whom were thought to be long-dead.

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In one confrontation with Wesker, Chris and Sheva are forced to fight him in a plane that will drop missiles containing the Uroboros virus, and further wreak havoc on the world. The fight is a series of QTE events in which the BSAA agents face off against Wesker. However, if you miss the prompt that allows Chris to briefly shut off the power and open the doors of the plane, Wesker will simply vault over Chris, grab his head, and twist it all the way around, instantly snapping his neck and killing him.

4 Detroit: Become Human – Rupert’s Chase

Rupert, Hank, And Connor In Detroit Become Human

Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human follows three androids in a futuristic world where they are treated as less than human and are hunted down if they gain sentience. One of the protagonists is none other than Connor, a police investigator android whose primary job is to hunt down sentient androids alongside his partner, Hank Anderson.

On the trail of a rogue android called Rupert, Connor is forced into a chase to capture his quarry that takes him across rooftops and through gardens of the agricultural center where Rupert works. Missing a QTE towards the end of the chase results in Connor landing in a harvesting area, where he is sucked into and shredded by a huge piece of farming machinery.

3 Atomic Heart – The Twins’ Fight

The Twins In Atomic Heart-1

Atomic Heart puts you in the shoes of Agent P-3, tasked with rolling out the latest updates in technology at Facility 3826, the Soviet Union’s foremost scientific research hub. However, when P-3 arrives there, it soon becomes apparent that the technology has backfired, murdering most of the humans on-site.

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At the end of the game, P-3 is forced to fight The Twins, the robotic personal bodyguards of the director of the facility. Although the fight is mostly done hands-on with QTE interspersed, one of the many deaths resulting from QTE fails includes missing a prompt when one of the Twins pins you to the floor and attempts to stab you. Failure to throw her off will end in her stabbing P-3 to death with the sharp stiletto that she conjures from the heel of her ballet slippers.

2 Spider-Man 3 – Fire Escape

Scientist In Spider-Man 3

In Spider-Man 3, everyone’s favorite webslinger is faced with protecting the city of Manhattan as it begins to be divided and conquered by four new gangs, putting the lives of regular citizens into turmoil. To add fuel to the fire, Spider-Man’s enemies have also begun to reassemble, and a new rival threatens his job at the Daily Bugle.

One of the many trials Spider-Man faces is to save a scientist from a burning building, while she is strapped to a bomb. Navigating the building itself is done by QTE, using prompts to take Spider-Man through the building. However, missing the final prompt to reach the woman as flames engulf the area around her results in Spider-Man performing a spectacular belly flop directly into the flames. Hilariously, the woman stares goggle-eyed at Spider-Man’s lifeless body after you fail, and even whimpers that she’s going to die there.

1 D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – The Plane Sequence

David Young In D4 Dark Dreams Dont Die

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is an episodic graphic adventure video game that places you as David Young, a private investigator whose wife has been murdered, and whose death constantly haunts him. The traumatic event has left him with amnesia, but allowed him to travel through time by interacting with certain key objects.

As his investigation continues and David travels back to the past, he finds himself on a plane with a criminal on the loose. To subdue the criminal, you have to engage in a series of QTE that has David face off against his adversary using items on hand. One of the more prominent QTE fails from this section has David wielding a baseball bat, attempting to deflect the ball being thrown at him. Missing the prompt will cause the ball to smash into David’s face, sending blood spurting everywhere and resulting in David collapsing on the floor in a heap.

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