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GTA San Andreas: 100 Percent Club, No Cheats Used. [Sep. 28th, 2006|12:00 am]
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[Current Location |San Andreas, State of Satire, Fantasyland]
[In the Moment |Beep Boop Beep]
[Special Music |Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing]

This game does not compel me to steal vehicles in real life.

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.


[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-09-28 05:24 pm (UTC)
That's where I pulled out the online walkthrough from places like gamefaqs . . . there's a few free ones out there.

Those were pretty helpful, at least, to give me a heads up as to what to remember for goals walking into the mission.

I remember burning the weed to be somewhat difficult to complete because, at first, I was absolutely thrilled with having a flamethrower, and I didn't really realize that the fuel was limited (had to go back for refills - long run back and forth). I also was not very efficient with the burning, sometimes leaving plants untouched in haste.

When I shot the helicopter down with a handful of seconds to spare, I rejoiced. Then I drove him to SF and bought a ton of properties because I was already quite wealthy.
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From: hulagalinthesky
2006-09-28 05:44 pm (UTC)
The only weed that I will ever burn will be in a bong!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-09-28 06:08 pm (UTC)
If I were Carl Johnson, I would have smoked Zero in a bong after I diced him up with the katana, chainsaw, and knife.

At least, maybe cut a little shank off him, for the trouble of being a lil' pest with no actual thug or lady skill.

Explain the levels you need to complete, and what is causing great difficulty.
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From: hulagalinthesky
2006-09-28 06:16 pm (UTC)
We are early in the game. We've shot out the Balla gang members in several places, and then we get on the bike with dude to kill Freddie. For some reason, we never get past this and I don't know why--are we not actually completing the drive by when we think we are, or is there something else we are supposed to do on the bike chase?

<lj user="justin79/> might be able to explain better.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-09-28 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh snaps, that one got to me too.

That's the one where your homie Jeff - aka "OG Loc" the wanna-be gangsta is released from prison. He's all big money prizes, but it's revealed that he's gotta work at a Burger Shot as part of the deal of his release, which, of course, doesn't suit a HIGHLYFE GANGSTA.

I remember you drive with your crew to go pick up that lame version of Marlon Wayans, and then Jeff starts whooping and hollering about something that some guy named Freddie has that is owed to him.

Naturally, Carl is a real gangsta, so he warms to ideas of taking back what's part of his crew. You go with Jeff and knock on Freddie's door, and you realize that Jeff's getting bamboozled by a gay Latino (I think they were cell mates or something).

Freddie, of course, insults Jeff, and he escapes on a bike, and you go chasing after Freddie with Jeff and his cap shooter a-blazin.'

Here's where you may be having trouble - what you need to do.

I've actually failed to keep up with Freddie, if you can believe that. The online walkthroughs say that you can take your time chasing him, but I disagree. You have to, at least, chase him at a medium place, trying not to get your bike beat to hell in the process.

I think what makes it tough is hearing Freddie's lame-ass taunts at certain points where he stops to wait for you. Freddie, of course, takes such twists and turns where you can't really get a shot in on him that well, and Freddie will make it to the end of that chase because Jeff is a horrible marksman anyway.

I think where I also had difficulty was getting through all that bullshit to find out that Freddie now has a gang of defenders waiting for you. They start shooting, and the key is to waste every one of them, not just Freddie, while keeping Jeff from getting killed. If Jeff dies, that mission's a wash, and it's back to the start.

I can't remember if you get a wanted level from shooting everyone. Maybe I did because I shot anything that moved when I got to the end of that chase, including hos and other unlucky sumbitches. But, again you can fail if you don't succesfully get Jeff to his job at the Burger Shot - that is the one on the west side of town, and you should be able to see the indicator on your map when you finish killing all of Freddie's dudes.

I think I drove him to that job, the first time that mission was a success for me, on a ride with shot-out tires. I didn't want to chance stopping for anything, I was so nervous to finish that mission, so I drove on the sparking rims.
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From: hulagalinthesky
2006-09-28 06:38 pm (UTC)

That information should really help. AWESOME.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-09-28 07:13 pm (UTC)
Ask again if you can't figure it out.

This was one of the many walkthroughs I used that are out there for free.

I never did many of the unique jumps, since they provide zero progress to your 100 percent completion. I'm not an avid stunta.

I can usually provide extra detail or moral support for other places where you get stuck. Let me know how you guys do.

At the end of it all, it's fun to just romp around your little paradise, doing nutty stuff that you have all the time in the world to suddenly do.
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