Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 21, 2008, 04:27:38 PM
Quote from: somoflange on May 21, 2008, 03:21:56 PM
I guess when you compare it to other games that were really nothing but generic shooters with a questionable story (Resistance and Turok for example) I have to question why the other games get a pass and this one doesn't.
It does offer excellent controls, good framerate and decent online deathmatch and coop. These things aren't that common on the PS3. I suppose it's a matter of timing, if it came out when it was originally scheduled to I think it would have fared better.
I must admit when the best thing they can hype is that Korn likes it they are probably in trouble.
But then I really like Free Radical and I'm probably just in denial that they made a total turd.
I'm shocked with Free Radical failing, too.
I've been saying for a while that we got spoiled in the fall by some exceptional games that raised the bar, but that we shouldn't condemn the more straightforward ones just because there were a handful of amazing games.
But then I played Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.
There were some amazing set pieces in that game, but it really was extremely lackluster. It wasn't just average, it was below average.
I'd be interested to here how Haze compares to that one. It sounds like the control and framerate are better, at least.
However, I was expecting Free Radical to deliver on story, and it sounds like they didn't live up to the potential there, either.
i had the same experience with blacksite: area 51. lackluster game on all counts, and it didn't even have the benefit of fun mp or coop. and it came out right when the other big names did, so it was even more likely to get ignored. if it came out now, it might have sold a few more copies, at least until word of mouth came around.
any chance the team that made this isn't the same team that made second sight? i could see how different teams would account for the differences between previous free radical games (ss and timesplitters)
i took out playboy x as i really liked his crib. just like real NYC apartment hunting, sometimes you have to wait for someone else to die to get a chance to rent. i didn't feel like waiting for him, and i also found out about dwayne's bonus.
Spoiler for Hiden:
i sniped francis. anyone who is asking a killer like niko to 'stop' his brother doesn't seem the kind of friend i want to have my back.
i haven't progressed beyond the first two big choices, but i have past the minor ones.
Spoiler for Hiden:
i let ivan live as vlad just seemed like the kind of guy you don't blindly trust.
Spoiler for Hiden:
i let clarice live as i didn't feel like she was really out to hurt derrick.
Spoiler for Hiden:
i sniped clarence before even getting the option, as it was very obvious that a shootout would occur if i went into his hornets nest of a hangout. but i probably would have taken him out anyways.
i like that the characters and the choices you make in game have had an effect on my sense of morality.
with the negative buzz around the tunnel of death mission, i was almost certain to hit a road block with it like i did with snow job. i got very lucky though and beat it first try. the first cop car got in a bender with the noose vehicles and all of the other first responders went down the wrong tunnel so my center point didn't reset. by the time more cops showed up on the map, i was able to escape the circle and duck down an alley. i lost the heat after that and the rest of the mission went fine.
about the end of that mission:
Spoiler for Hiden:
i kind of felt bad offing that aiden guy. it's not like i had any beef with him and i certainly wasn't convinced that derrick was innocent in the whole thing either. i ended up pistol whipping him and watching his body slide into the ocean.
i stumbled over this too kevin. there's a garage in bohan. it's listed on the map actually, but it doesn't make a big notice about it, and after the gps leading the way for so long, i was expecting it to do the same here.
step 1: open mouth. step 2: say the first thing that comes to mind step 3: ???? step 4: couch (what, you thought i would say profit?)
there is no rhyme or reason for it, but sometimes i think they just want something to be mad about. and we as men are nothing if not a steady stream of small things to be mad about.
her - "why did you put your keys on the counter?" me - "because we always do and that way i won't misplace them" her - "well, it clutters up the counter" me - "<what, between the bowl of fruit, the bowl of candy, the three vases, the baby stuff, the stack of magazines and bills, and half of our kitchen appliances, there isn't one spot large spot left to take up a paperback book> ok, honey" her - frowning at me behind my back and "saving" this for later.
some interesting moments from my last bit of gametime.
capping an escaping criminal as he sped past me, watching him fall onto the gas and and ram his car onto a median, which vaulted the car into the tree. the car flipped/barrel rolled 3 times and landed on it's wheel with the body still in the driver's seat.
doing 4 rollovers in first person while drunk. i almost puked in RL.
chasing down a former friend, some of his buddies pulled up to block me with their patriot. i sprayed the side with my uzi and caught both of them before they even had a chance to jump out.
i somehow got a truck to do a half turn flat spin on the jump in star junction. i landed between two parked cars, still facing perpendicular to the flow of traffic.
finding out a super easy way to do a mission actually lost me a random person encounter later on. good for me, it wasn't a huge loss, and the mission went from a a pretty difficult one to damn near instant win
Rockstar did too good a job with recreating the City. I keep getting killed in front of the building where I work in real life. It was amusing the first time, but has since become horribly depressing.
now that's funny.
i didn't get enough time in nyc last year to really compare against liberty city, but a few nights ago i drove around the southern part of manhattan and my wife was calling out the landmarks she recognized. that's pretty damn cool.
the closest comparison game-wise would have to be spiderman 3, and aside from the vertical representation, gta4 gets the nod for more realistic representation.
i don't have the luxury of playing online due to my free time being spread so thinly, but i did play through the first third (?) or so of the campaign. the last mission was a doozy, and it had a very bleak ending. i really like the mechanics here, even more so than coh, and it's incredibly satisfying to get a few squads of infantry entrenched in the trees and watch the enemy tanks get decimated as they go past.
i have found different prices between stores quite often, even when those stores are in the same district. not sure why, but one of the guys i asked said it's all dependent on each store's quantity. like 2 copies of heavenly sword would still be 60, but 5 copies would get the cut to 30. logical? hell no. but then this is the store where 2 360 hd-dvd drives were going for 180 two weeks after ms cut the price to 50. i saw one drive a few weeks back still sitting there at the same price.
best option is to buy and trade with people.
btw, unless anyone wants it, i am going to return the 2nd copy of pgr4 i grabbed a while back.
anyone gotten the liberty city minute achievement? i'm kind of annoyed they put this in there as it makes the impetus for finishing the main story missions first, and i think the game loses a lot of it's personality if you breeze from one to the next. it also annoys me that i find myself watching the in game clock more than the in game activities. i think i'll just blow it off and save it for the next time, but i know that's unlikely as i have never replayed a gta game. or finished one other than except liberty city stories.
i think i'll play the next time with the goal of breaking the 30 hour mark so that the temptation is gone. despite how much i love this game, i don't get as much time as i used to. only up to 22 hours, but i have been doing more missions and i have done a few side activities as well. ~ 45% with 56 missions done.
i spotted a great nesting place for a pigeon in downtown algonquin. i think it's one of the coolest places i have seen so far and it just screams at you to notice it.
hint: it's a short swim away from the south end of star junction.
i'll admit i haven't watched an episode in quite a while. in fact, i would be hard pressed to say what the last bit i watched was about.
each generation of cast members had their stand outs and their fade outs, even back to the beginning. of course, you can also call out bits that even the unpopular cast did quite well. jimmy fallon did a bit on the news sketch as dave matthews i liked, also one parody of a pop song involving skiing down a mountain out of control. he also had the occasional funny news item. i wouldn't put him on a talk show by himself though.
most of my favorite cast members through current watching were from the early 90's. i like the old stuff of the 75-80 and 80-84 casts, but i grew up with the 90's group. farrell, sandler, myers, carvey, rock, schneider, farley, spade, meadows, mcdonald, nealon, hartman.
hell, take a look at the list over on wiki and tell me there aren't more standout cast members from the middle years than the last 10.
Quote from: Soulchilde on May 08, 2008, 06:08:51 PM
Reading the dating profiles. Carmen is a "Hood Rat" Bling impresses her. Fancy cars and nice clothes. So when I picked her up I had a Persuses Suit and and I jacked a Hummer. She does have a nice perk once she likes you. I actually had to take her out twice before she gave up the goods I guess the Cat Williams comedy show impressed her
See? All it takes is reading a girl's profile to figure out how to get in her pants.
once you get access to the melding jars, you can game the system a bit to get more. this works for early players too as you can build up a good supply of stuff before you make a serious attempt.
go into the game and do the first 4 floors. buy up any 5x holding jar if they show up and sell any staffs you find lower than 4. go up to 8, upgrade your weapon if you like, then make your way back down to canyon town. sure, you lose your stats, but you keep your $ and your loot. after a few runs back and forth, i had over 10k and more than enough to buy anything i wanted. if you really want to make each partial run count, take your main weapon/shield with you and upgrade them whenever possible. of course, you risk losing them, so take a few healing/food items with you.
this is much easier after you get the blind chick and the masseuse to help you. don't take your brother as he eats about a riceball per level. pretty annoying actually.
i've stocked my 1st and 8th level warehouses with 4 and 5x holding jars, bought a melding jar and have a number of decent equipment to make a decent run. i'm holding out for a good shield to meld in and hopefully another good weapon. i have just found a special weapon to buff up my mastersword 17, and unfortunately not the "hit 3 at once" i saw a while ago. my shield will be cool once i buff it as i hope to alleviate the food draining nature of the armor ward with a hide shield and buff against explosions with a blast shield.
once i get enough decent melding jars, i will start binding my staffs together. damn i wish you could do that with the armbands....
i beat snow storm last night this way, and if you are having problems getting out of the building, as i did more than once, here's how you do it.
Spoiler for Hiden:
first, take a good vehicle with decent ground clearance and park it on the back side of the building. you will see a ladder on that side, which btw, makes a a great alt entrance into the building. after you clear out the building and before you grab the package, go into the last room on the East side. it has a bunch of explosives in there, a table with a health pack in it and a wire spindle on it's side. hop on top of this piece and then climb up onto the 'I' beam above your head. walk south and jump to the 2nd story window sill. you should practice this more than once because you won't have many safe attempts with the fuzz all around. once you make the pickup, step out and blast the three noose members and go into the room. if you don't kill them first, they might follow you in and start blasting. once you get out, drive to the west side of the building, hop the vehicle over the small wall, and then drive like mad away from the site. it will probably take a few turns as more cops always seem to show up at the worst time. i ended up losing my vehicle to a flat tire and running out the last few blocks of the circle.
this was after failing it twice due to that damn helicopter sniper killing me while i made my dash, and once because the cops blew up the explosives behind me.
general tip for the vigilante missions. single foot traffic is super easy and best done when you have no armor left. do the gang missions on algonquin as they frequently drop assault rifles, grenades, and good shotguns.