|GTA San Andreas: 100 Percent Club, No Cheats Used.
||[Sep. 28th, 2006|12:00 am]
For the last month and change, I've played this game.
I never played the GTA series until this game. I'm an Xbox owner, and I've never owned a PlayStation or PlayStation 2. When they re-released the games on Xbox and PC formats, I didn't rush out to purchase copies. I knew of the series, and I remember many people writing about how awesome the game was, but I'm a first-person-shooter enthusiast, and since this game wasn't that, I just knew of it, and that was that.
I played this game so much that I started to recognize vehicles on the road in real life and call them by their GTA vehicle model names. I don't want to steal any of them, though. Sorry, activists. I am not normal, however, so there is hope, I guess.
My general opinion of the game? It's one of the best games I've played, but it's also one of the most frustrating games due to programming glitches. The game needed maybe one more year of code polish before it was ready to go. Is that fair to say, programmer-heads?
Many times, I'd park vehicles in garages of properties that I had purchased. Many times, I'd go back to the garages and open them, and no vehicle would be there. That was rather annoying. Also, I'd pull a ride into one of my garages, and the thing would be pouring black smoke, which is never a good sign if you're driving along and that happens. I'd close the garage door. Then, I'd open it, and the car would be missing every dented fender, missing door, and broken windshield it had a mere 5 seconds prior to pulling into the garage. To the Little Garage Fairies Who Magically Repair My Stolen Vehicles and Sometimes Like Those Vehicles So Much They Steal Them, I give a big thanks and fuck you.
The game's programmers clearly imply a sadist's nature.
There was one mission where I had to fly a remote-controlled bi-plane, and the mission's focus was to take out a friend's rival's delivery boys. The programmers decided it was cute to give the remote-controlled plane very limited fuel. They also programmed the locations of the delivery boys to scatter well across the vast city, leaving little probability that one could chase after all of them, kill them, and return the plane back to the roof of the building of the friend's business for a successful mission. I learned this very early, and I also noticed that when the plane idled on the ground, it expended zero fuel. So, I cleaned up the delivery boys that were closest to home base. Then, I waited for the delivery boys to move closer to my position before I attacked. The programmers also decided that the delivery boys would move at a snail's pace, regardless of whether or not they operated vehicles that should move much faster than the programmed pace. I waited over two hours for the delivery boys to decrease their distance, and I destroyed them and returned to the roof of my friend's building with less than a sliver of fuel in the tank.
The only non-required goal I have a remote desire to accomplish would be a register of gold in every test in the driving school. Possession of the vehicle that is a reward for doing as such would be fantastic without having to enter a cheat code to obtain it.
I read about the game a little before I played through it, and many accounts claimed that use of cheat codes make a mission that is necessary for game progression literally impossible to complete. So, from scratch, I never cheated. I knew that I was wasting a ton of time playing this game and games in general. If I were to doubly waste my time with this particular game and somehow never reap the meaningless reward of completing 100 percent of the main missions, then it would probably irritate me a little, and irritation is only tolerable when it involves rug burns. As for cheating at this point, there's no reason not to cheat, but I became so used to completing tasks in the game without cheating that I do not miss the possibilities of rewards from cheating.
A game that involves murder, thievery, and many other generally-unaccepted behaviors would actually punish someone for cheating. You read that right.
It is the best and most frustrating game ever, I guarantee you that much, from my gaming experience, at least.