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.
one thing that seemed to strike me after playing last night was how they split up missions. in earlier games, san andreas for example, you would have to complete 2 or more of the smaller missions in gta 4 as one. i played a few last night which were barely long enough to be considered missions.
Spoiler for Hiden:
one of the missions for manny has you driving down to broker and following a train, then taking out 3 dealers as they exit. you finish them, it's done. short and simple, except for the winding roads under the train tracks.
i could see that piece being tacked onto the end of the previous mission for the same person in SA. the last mission in SA was horrible for that reason and had about 4 major parts.
the pigeons do tend to hang out in pigeony places though, so expect to see them hanging out on roofs, poles, quiet alcoves behind buildings, and under the occasional bridge.
i agree that it would be impossible to find them without the guide though. i had one in bohan that was hard to find. it was daytime, i knew where the guide said it would be and i could hear the damn thing. they are just so damn small and that red glow can be easy to miss.
In GTA San Andreas where you climb into the bar from the roof and then have to do a car chase, I shot out the tires of their vehicle with a silenced pistol. When they tried to get away, they were sliding all over the place because of the flat tires. It was hilarious. Would that work here?
I haven't found any silencers yet, but it's still early in the game so they may be an option later.
i really want a silencer for pigeon hunting. it seems every time i manage to find one, the P O shows up as soon as i shoot. i've managed to kill about 15 now and unfortunately, not unlocked anything yet. not sure if that happens this time around. it's not mentioned in the guide.
one thing which may not be evident to you (it wasn't to me) is when you are in aimed mode, you can still move around pretty quickly with 'A' or 'X' held down. makes some of those up room clearing moments much easier. don't forget to zoom in with a click of the right stick. even with the basic pistol, it helps.
get very comfortable with disabling shots. putting a round into someone's arm may not kill them, but it forces them to stagger back, reducing your threat level. if you have multiple targets, quickly target each one and pop two rounds at each. center of mass will hurt them but not likely kill them. if you can target their legs, you'll knock them to the ground.
i recommend getting one of the slower economy cars in the area and practice high speed turns with them. they are more forgiving and give you a good handle on how the driving model is before you move up to the big cars. plus, it also helps to be familiar with what kind of cars surround you in case you need to make a hasty getaway.
i don't jack people the old fashioned way anymore, i just aim at their head and wait for them to get out. why? it works from a distance and you can create some obstacles for pursuers by targeting everyone close by. they usually get out pretty quickly, but sometimes will back up first. only rarely have i been attacked by a driver, and only once with a handgun.
about a third of the way through the missions (just opened up algonquin island) and i really love this game. the driving has finally clicked for me and i can handle even the junkers and the scrap heaps with ease. hell, i have even used roman's old crappy cab to outrun a 3 star wanted level with coppers in choppers all around. damn that's fun.
i've had many missions which i would single out and say are my favorite, but i really liked these:
both execution moments and the missions leading up the them. getting ambushed by a huge group with jacob in a warehouse, then getting the full attention of the police. picking off dealers with a sniper rifle. making an escape up one building, over the roof into another, and then down the second building, then escaping a huge police pursuit by jumping my vehicle over a barrier onto a freeway below and getting away scott free. hearing the last of a group of dealers yell out "hey man, i didn't even know these guys" after two of his buddies fell right next to him.
i like the cover system but i really wish they would let you crouch when lined up on the side of a doorway/full wall.
small note for anyone who wants the guide and has a fry's nearby. you get the guide for $5.
my small review for this is as follows.
it's a large chunk of paper mainly dealing with the mainline story missions. it's formatted as it was for previous versions in that each section of the world is grouped with color coded markings on the side. this time, they put all of the side missions in the manual in the order they unlock in game. so far, i haven't read much more than a few pages past where i am in game to see what comes next, and i recommend not doing that as they will reveal game spoilers in the write ups. it lists girl/friend's likes and dislikes and what you get when you befriend them. it lists what gameplay facets get introduced.
the last section outlines mp and gives the locations for the pigeons and all item locations. usual fare. depending on your approach and your view on strat guides, this one is good for mission hints, but it doesn't have much in the way of general gameplay advice.
played one round of races with this last night before i went out to grab gta4. the wheel helps as i seem to be a lot better with this than i was with the ds version. a bit of a problem for me is i keep slipping my finger off the gas and not realizing it until they start passing me. i may have to jury rig something.
btw, if you grab it a fry's, they throw in a 3rd party wheel for $5. not up to N's standards, but it's sufficient.