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Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:05 pm

Sauru wrote:i do that with all gta games, i try to work on every single side mission that i can before i even start the story. like i have said before i tend to start with the taxi missions first followed by ambulance and vigalante. the ambulance was a bitch in vice city but easy as hell in GTASA.


Me too, though I've never actually completed all the Ambulance levels before for one reason or another. I think this time I was just in the right frame of mind and am familiar enough with the GTA3 map at this point to advance through the levels without much trouble. Or maybe playing it on the PC has something to do with it, being closer to the screen and all.

Qballer wrote:must've been after all that publicity about the "hot coffee" thing came out.


I don't know, the 18+ tag doesn't have an Office of Film and Literature Classification seal on it so I doubt it's their rating, especially if video games can't carry an R18+ rating here. Strange that they don't, there's definitely movies that carry that classification in Australia.
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Postby Sauru on Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:15 am

i always found the ambulance missions to be some of the harder ones just cause of how long they go. it can be difficult to avoid damage and a rollover during the 30 minutes or whatever it takes to complete the mission.
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Postby Lean on Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:55 pm

I really thought that the those side missions' progress will be "saved" whenever your car gets blown up or whatever. I did the Vigilante ones in SA, and made it to level 10 then my car caught fire, I got CJ out, it blows up and it's all over. When I got a new Police car, I start at level 1 again.
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Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:50 am

Sauru wrote:i always found the ambulance missions to be some of the harder ones just cause of how long they go. it can be difficult to avoid damage and a rollover during the 30 minutes or whatever it takes to complete the mission.


I actually rolled the ambulance on my way to picking up the final patient on the final level, which I wouldn't have found very amusing had I not managed to stop it rolling once it was back on its wheels. Firefighting missions are ridiculously easy in comparison.

Lean wrote:I really thought that the those side missions' progress will be "saved" whenever your car gets blown up or whatever. I did the Vigilante ones in SA, and made it to level 10 then my car caught fire, I got CJ out, it blows up and it's all over. When I got a new Police car, I start at level 1 again.


Ah, but that would be too easy. ;) If you get a new police car in time you should be able to continue though, unless that feature was removed from San Andreas and I've forgotten about it.
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Postby Sauru on Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:55 am

Andrew wrote:
Sauru wrote:i always found the ambulance missions to be some of the harder ones just cause of how long they go. it can be difficult to avoid damage and a rollover during the 30 minutes or whatever it takes to complete the mission.


I actually rolled the ambulance on my way to picking up the final patient on the final level, which I wouldn't have found very amusing had I not managed to stop it rolling once it was back on its wheels. Firefighting missions are ridiculously easy in comparison.



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Postby jonthefon on Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:59 am

Use the police bike with a bunch of SMG ammo if you don't have a Hunter or Rhino, being able to shoot forwards lets you cut apart vehicles quick.

For me, exploring in GTA3 was a bitch. I just couldn't get used all the bridges and overpasses. Portland was easy enough, but Shoreside Vale was absolute hell. Vice City and San Andreas were easy street.
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Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:25 am

Shoreside Vale is more tangled than the other two areas of GTA3 but I thought Vice City and San Andreas's maps were just as complex the first time around. Having a map in the pause menu helps a lot though.
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Postby Fitzy on Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:03 pm

i rekon gta3 was easy to explore, once you get used to it its a sinch
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Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:10 pm

I'd say it's easier to take wrong turns in Staunton and Shoreside though. Portland is very straightforward once you've played it a bit.
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Postby [Q] on Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:37 pm

Andrew wrote:I don't know, the 18+ tag doesn't have an Office of Film and Literature Classification seal on it so I doubt it's their rating, especially if video games can't carry an R18+ rating here. Strange that they don't, there's definitely movies that carry that classification in Australia.


I still have yet to understand the rating systems of movies & games here. In the movies, we have PG-13 (suggested for 13+) and next up is R (no one under 17 is allowed without parent) and then NC-17 (no one under 17 is allowed). A lot of violent movies are rated R simply for blood.
Similarly, with video games, the new E10+ is the replacement for the former E rating for "Everybody". Games with cartoon violence often get the E10+ or T (Teen) rating. Teen games are suggested for teens around 13-17 but if there is any red blood in the game, it's instantly given an "M" (Mature) rating so you can't buy it without a parent if you're under 17. it's not like you're buying porn, seriously how can you lump a game like Halo 3 into the same category as the GTA 3 Series? stupidity. There's a lesser known rating "AO" like the R18+ that's like the kiss of death for video games. Retailers simply won't carry these games. and yet they insist on checking IDs for M rated games. the hype of video games turning kids into killers is getting out of control.
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Postby BigKaboom2 on Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:50 pm

Qballer wrote:I still have yet to understand the rating systems of movies & games here.


It's totalitarian nonsense, and since it doesn't make sense in theory there's no reason to expect it to make sense in practice.
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Postby jonthefon on Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:13 pm

I'm pissed. Playing through GTA3 again, my game froze in Shoreside after I had deposited most of the suburban car list and had 15 kills without saving. And I was in Wichita Gardens when it froze...
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Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:13 pm

I think it comes down to video games being seen as toys/something for children, ignoring the generations that have grown up with video games and are still gamers and prefer a different genre of games aimed specifically at them. Presumably, the absence of an R18+ rating for games in Australia ensures that the content won't reach certain levels of being unacceptable for younger gamers should they get their hands on it one way or the other...which is still silly since an MA15+ game is going to have more than enough objectionable content to get parents up in arms.

Meanwhile, I've hit a snag playing GTA3 on the PC. For some reason, the zoom controls on the sniper rifle aren't working which is making Salvatore's mission "Bomb da base" exceptionally difficult.
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Postby Jeffx on Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:29 am

Andrew wrote:Meanwhile, I've hit a snag playing GTA3 on the PC. For some reason, the zoom controls on the sniper rifle aren't working which is making Salvatore's mission "Bomb da base" exceptionally difficult.


I tried something different - I used the direct approach, ran on the ship and tried taking those mofos out. First time I died from getting shot in the back. Second time it worked. The key is to keep moving while shooting(with the uzi).
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Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:02 am

That was going to be my next approach. I've managed to build up a decent arsenal from doing the usual side missions/exploration before hitting the story missions including a flame thrower so maybe a less subtle approach is in order.
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Postby BigKaboom2 on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:25 am

Andrew wrote:Meanwhile, I've hit a snag playing GTA3 on the PC. For some reason, the zoom controls on the sniper rifle aren't working which is making Salvatore's mission "Bomb da base" exceptionally difficult.


I've been playing this on the PC recently as well (bought from Steam) and neither of my USB controllers will let me use the right analog stick to rotate the third person view around the character, which is incredibly frustrating. Does that actually work on some gamepads?
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Postby Jing on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:30 am

I've been playing this on PC so its helping out a lot. I failed the first time actually cause I missed one of the guys hiding behind a crate. But the 2nd time it was very straight-forward and just took them out one by one.

Currently I am stuck on the first Catalina mission cause I don't have enough money yet.
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Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:31 am

Works for me on my Logitech Dual Analog pad.
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Postby BigKaboom2 on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:59 am

I'm using a PS2 controller connected to a USB adapter for it, and a 360 controller, neither of which are known for widespread compatibility. My old Logitech Rumblepad 2 became useless when one of the face buttons started sticking every time I pressed it down. Might have to order up another Logitech pad but last time I checked them out they weren't very impressive...
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Postby benji on Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:40 am

Just use the mouse, Andrew. If I am not mistaken there is nothing stopping you from switching between the two on the fly? I would use the controller for cars and moving, and the mouse for when I need perfect aiming.
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Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:55 pm

I was thinking about that as well, I believe you can switch on the fly so that's something else to try before I go the less subtle route.

BigKaboom2 wrote:I'm using a PS2 controller connected to a USB adapter for it, and a 360 controller, neither of which are known for widespread compatibility. My old Logitech Rumblepad 2 became useless when one of the face buttons started sticking every time I pressed it down. Might have to order up another Logitech pad but last time I checked them out they weren't very impressive...


I've heard of other people having problems with the Logitech controllers but I've been fortunate so far, this issue with the sniper rifle being the first problem I've come across...and that could simply be a configuration issue, since the buttons definitely work as normal in all other functions.
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Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:24 pm

Further inspection revealed it was indeed a configuration issue I'd overlooked when I changed the controls to match the PS2 version. I ended up using the mouse as Ben suggested though, just for that extra precision.
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Postby ixcuincle on Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:57 pm

GTA San Andreas on the PC was always a nightmare , at least when you flew. For the initial flying school missions involving flying through rings , it was not possible for me to even complete the mission. I tried using my controller , using my keyboard , none of them worked. Eventually I had to have someone on another forum take my save file and complete the mission for me.

Shame I had to miss the "Go to Liberty City and kill those Mob bosses" mission because I couldn't even land the plane at the end of that mission.

A few missions I filmed when I was playing

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Postby Lean on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:12 am

ixcuincle wrote:For the initial flying school missions involving flying through rings , it was not possible for me to even complete the mission.


Same here, can I send my save file to him as well? I just got very frustrated with that mission.
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Postby ixcuincle on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:35 am

You could. I'll try to see if I can remember what the website was.

edit : found it http://www.gtaforums.com/
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Postby Jing on Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:25 am

Honestly after playing GTA San Andreas for the first time through, everything was a breeze. I remember flight school and bike school taking me forever, but now I just sit down and breeze through everything in a matter of 15 minutes. Really looking forward to GTA IV, hopefully I'll be able to have enough money to get at least a used 360.
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Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:52 pm

ixcuincle wrote:Eventually I had to have someone on another forum take my save file and complete the mission for me.


Another benefit of PC gaming, the ease of sharing saved files.
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Postby Dan's Brain on Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:42 pm

Ricky Gervais will make a cameo in GTA4, in the new comedy club activity. But he will also appear somewhere else in the game.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/ma ... gta117.xml


I'm a big, big fan, and it's making me all the more excited to get my hands on this game.

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Postby Pdub on Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:45 am

ixcuincle, no wonder you can't fly. You can't even drive. Stay in your lane, don't drive over sidewalks, don't make a turn and end up in the opposite lane.

I do remember the flying training being a pain. It was actually really easy, but as soon as you panic, your just going to be over adjusting for every ring and once you miss one, you'll be frustrated.
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Postby ixcuincle on Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:34 am

I guess it must be playing on the keyboard on PC. I never passed any of the schools either.
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Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:05 pm

Joakim_Noah13 wrote:Ricky Gervais will make a cameo in GTA4, in the new comedy club activity. But he will also appear somewhere else in the game.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/ma ... gta117.xml


I'm a big, big fan, and it's making me all the more excited to get my hands on this game.

10 days.


I'm not a huge Gervais fan, nor a Phil Collins fan for that matter but the celebrity cameos are pretty cool.
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Postby Sauru on Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:22 am

have they released the full sound track yet?
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Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:03 am

There's a listing on Wikipedia, though it could be incomplete and/or inaccurate.
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Postby Sauru on Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:51 pm

thanks for the link, i really hope they improve on that list otherwise i will be seriously disapointed, specially after the last 2 games had such good sound tracks
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Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:14 pm

Another benefit of the PC versions, the MP3 radio station.
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Postby Andreas Dahl on Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:23 am

A lot of the reviewers have said that it's the best GTA soundtrack to date, so that bodes well.
What I don't quite like is that the PS3 version won't feature the good old MP3 station though, because no matter how big (Within reasonable limits) the soundtrack is, it will eventually get repetitive.. (I'm hoping that we'll be able to do it with an update)



Joakim_Noah13 wrote:Ricky Gervais will make a cameo in GTA4, in the new comedy club activity. But he will also appear somewhere else in the game.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/ma ... gta117.xml

Awesome :) I wonder what other comedy acts are in the game..
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Postby [Q] on Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:25 am

wait... so the list Andrew posted won't apply to the PS3 version? that would be silly, especially since there's all that space on the blu-ray disc.
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Postby Andreas Dahl on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:31 am

No, the soundtrack is the same. I meant the (additional) MP3 'radio station', that plays MP3's from the consoles harddrive..
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Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:01 am

No reason the Xbox 360 version shouldn't support it either, seeing as though you can rip music to the hard drive.
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Postby Sauru on Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:56 am

my only problem so far is that i didnt see any songs i actually liked but then again it only listed a very few. seems overall though there is only 2 stations i would even have on.
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Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:25 pm

The radio tends to fade into the background for me on missions, but while you're just driving around exploring it jumps back into the foreground.
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Postby ixcuincle on Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:03 pm

No classical , but I guess the Jazz and Disco networks are good enough. :|
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Postby Andreas Dahl on Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:04 am

Andrew wrote:No reason the Xbox 360 version shouldn't support it either, seeing as though you can rip music to the hard drive.
The 360 version has the ability to do that tho (y)


Now this is sad: Jack Thompson scribes a letter to Take-Two Chairman’s Mother
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Postby Andrew on Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:52 am

I thought Take Two and Jack Thompson had reached a settlement that prevented him from pulling stunts like this. Such a pompous individual.

Good news on the Xbox 360 front. With the downloadable content, seems the main knock on the Xbox 360 version is the console itself, more specifically the Red Rings of Death.
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Postby Sauru on Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:12 am

this guy is a fucking idiot
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Postby [Q] on Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:12 pm

ah the ps3 has the ability to do that but unfortuanately you cant access the cross media bar during a game so you can't listen to music during the game.
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Postby Dan's Brain on Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:27 pm

I have played all instalments of GTA readily available here, and i can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that i have practically never killed anyone, certainly not innocent bystanders. Well, certainly not bystanders.

Is anybody going to an exclusive midnight launch for this game? My local EB is opening at 10 p.m. on monday and staying open til 1 or 2 to sell the game.
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Postby hammertime23 on Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:36 pm

I'm gonna pick it up at midnight here, but im not gonna be able to actually get into it till the weekend because i have fucking school. :(
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Postby Pdub on Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:42 pm

Who is Jack Thompson?
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Postby ixcuincle on Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:16 am

The network G4 is offering a worldwide exclusive look at GTA IV gameplay 12 pm EST on Sunday.

Video Preview - "Bad Driving" :)

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v7052424jCyjKkTj?confirmed=1
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