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fast travel

Quick Definition

In games with huge worlds, the player may need to travel for a long time to get where they need to be. This can be tedious and boring, so many games offer access to what's known as "fast travel".

Fast travel is essentially a method of transportation where the game moves the player from point A to point B in the blink of an eye. Time may elapse in-game during transport, but the trip is instantaneous from the player's perspective. Often, you can fast travel to any town that you have already visited.

However, while this is very useful, many games place some restrictions on when you can use their fast travel option. In many cases, you won't be allowed to use fast travel when there is an enemy nearby, forcing you to either flee or deal with the monster first.