Developumento no gaimu da!
I have a HUGE rant coming up in this section, but first let's start with something much more exciting than me bitching about things I can't control.
Not much of you know I am currently developing my first game ever together with 3 other extremely talented artists and programmers and also colleagues in the Uni course. Might be a working title, but at this moment it goes by the name of Pocket Pantheon
and it's pretty much a God of War side scroller pixel game with a twist and cool mechanics. We're aiming quite high with it and we're sure we can deliver it. You can see here two of the animations I've done for the main character, The Gladiator
Got that of the way, too. Let's get to the rant. I have no idea how I waited/written this long and was able to contain my nerves, because I so need to smash my brains with rage. SO. There you have it. Rockstar Games finally introduced the long awaited Heists into GTA Online altogether with massive server issues that went as far as to even break the single player experience where cars no longer took the damage they used to and graphics were downgraded. Before continuing I need to explain what Heists so that you understand why my experience has been so frustrating with them.
Just like in Story Mode, each heist needs a few setup missions where you get all the stuff needed for the big move, the finale, the cherry on top the cake, the sex, the smex, THE HEIST! In GTA Online this translates not as a playlist of missions, unless you want to and do it with your friends, which is very, very recomandable, unless you are me and besides having very few friends with PS4 they are all scattered across the whole globe and we never get to play in the same time due to timezones. DavidGetsuga
knows very well what I'm on about. So, in order to start planning heists and stuff you need to be at least level 12 and own a high-end apartment where you have a designated room for heists with a big ass map and PCs that are all for the looks and you can't interract with them outside the Heist context, except for the PCs. The idea is that your aim would be to do all these heists in order, one by one, to be able to unlock new vehicles that cannot be obtained in any other way. For instance you've got a heavily armored Kuruma vehicle that unless others fire at you missile launchers there is no way you can get any bullet into your body or a freaking truck with a turret in its back that can shoot anywhere you please. These things sound freaking awesome. But you have to do all these heists in order to obtain them. The catch is that only the one who launches the setup missions and heists, the host, has their progress saved. If I join the setup and heist missions of other players in the exact same order, that doesn't count for me. Now the other catch is that you can't do these missions with less than FOUR
persons as each setup/heist assigns each player their roles and the whole thing is very focused on a high and skilled level of cooperation. The third catch is that... should anyone die and run out of lives, the whole thing ends. It just doesn't care you spent more than an hour on a setup/heist (because these missions are some long bitch ass missions you hear me?). It goes into the abyss and you have to start the whole setup/heist from the beginning. So you might ask me what's the deal? What's hard about it? You are justified to find my attitude wrong if you never got through what I did, therefore I will explain this, too. *presses ENTER*
The first weeks after the heists were introduced the servers were fried. The first setups I did, luckily for me, have gone just fine. No interruptions, no errors. I entered them, waiting for players to join my lobby and kept doing setups one by one until I reached the heist finale. You have it on your whiteboard which setups you did and which you didn't. I take it that you can do them in any order you want to, but for each heist you must do them all - again, it is the heists that need to be done in order, because you see, this whole thing is also like a story and all the animations and cutscenes are really neat. But here comes the part that exhausted me mentally. I'm the kind of guy that cares a lot for the story of a game, doesn't matter it's bad or not. I'm just interested in the whole narrative. I'm obsessed with it. I want to know everything about it, because to me, that's the heart of the game. What angers me the most is that due to, at least in the beginning, server issues, and then later on, people being fucking stupid - so stupid I would never allow them to ever afford dying - it was almost impossible for me to progress through the heists. The following are my experiences:
- I used to wait 40-50 minutes and at times even more than an hour to get people to join my lobby so I could get the mission started. It's unbearable to see people not having the patience to wait for others and it was even more maddening to see how right when the 2nd player left the lobby the 3rd one would appear and in the end they'd leave, too, because they, as well, we're thinking no one is joining this session and is a waste of time. So joyous and marvelous were the moments when I'd get all the people I needed and start the mission, but even then there were problems - mostly server problems - that forfeited my mission and thrown the hours I waited for the lobby to get filled to the trash bin.
- The above experience focused on dramatic server issues and the lack of a Matchmaking
system which was recently added together with server issues and it is just so much easier for players to find my lobby and quickly get on to the job. The problems above have all been solved and I can play these setups in minutes after launching the invitations. But here is the other problem I was talking about and unless Rockstar Games also have a secret lab working on fixing human brains, I'm sure as hell there's no chance they could ever address the issue of people being completely stupid, idiotic, retarded and, simply put, fucking dumb! Now, I will say it again, if you have the possibility, to these with your friends. I have no option but to do these setups with strangers, random players that keep on dying on me. I will just give you one instance that drove me mad to extremes having me throw my controller into the wall and almost threw me on the verge of crying. Took my day off from any other activity and just waited for the night to come to go to bed. I feel terrible for my breakdown, because that scared my girlfriend and in no way possible does she deserve to see me like this, but you'll soon understand what got me into this state. I've been trying to do a finale for more than a week now having trying to do it for about 15 times in total. In this heist you need to infiltrate the prison, get a 5 star wanted level and help some character escape that looks almost identical with Walter from Breaking Bad - might as well be a reference, haven't seen the show. Two players need to infiltrate the prison, one other player needs to steal a plane and prepare it for the grand escape, while the fourth player needs to get their hands on a Buzzard helicopter and shoot rockets into the police cars and helicopters following us. The first two players involved in the prison break need to play as guard and inmate. In all these 15 or so trials I've always been the prisoner. So I always took the hardest role in the hole heist. I'm only given a pistol and then you have to fight through waves of NOOSE soldiers and cops to get the guy out of prison. I had to loot all the dead bodies for ammo for their superior weapons and so each time I built my own little arsenal. Each. Fucking. Time the other two retards would either comit suicide on their way to taking the plane/helicopter or would simply crash it. It's the easiest thing in the whole heist. Take a plane/helicopter and run. That's it. Each and every time they would fucking blow it up. Never did I die, which is even more infuriating. There were moments when we got to reach the plane and went into it, but the Buzzard player would try shoot missiles at a police car near a plane and explode it, or a NOOSE van would ram the plane and fuck it up! But then there was THE MOMENT
, THE MOMENT
, when all things came along just as planned and we managed to escape and police was not a threat anymore as the plane took off and lost the heat. We were all on the plane having the Buzzard follow us. Right in that moment the controller died on me as it went out of battery. The screen went black with a message telling me to reconnect. I died. I quickly attached the USB cable to my laptop and connected the controller to recharge. It was, but it wouldn't talk to the PS4. The ugly thing is that my consoles are behind the desk - it's hard to explain, but simply put they are very hard to reach. I had to drag the desk and plug the charging cable into the PS4. Phew. Solved the issues. The screen went back to the game and what was I looking at? Me, the Guard and the Pilot together with the person we had to help escape jumped off the plane and had to land with our parachutes on a beach where the Buzzard had to wait for us so we would get into it and leave with no footsteps behind. Quickly released the parachute right above the water. One second more and I would have hit the water so hard I would have died. Yep, GTA is that intense now. It was all going well again. It was perfect. So close to finishing it. That when a player dove right into the Buzzard's propeller and committed suicide. A shiver down my spine took control of me and I almost went blind, but it was wise of me to put the difficulty on Normal for the whole heist. The player had one more life to spare. He was spawned back into the session somewhere uphill. I was so relieved. The only thing he had to do was climb down the hill and get into the Buzzard. But he jumped. And died again. I only pray you can relate with what I went through. This huge deception of thinking I was done with it while I was so wrong.
I decided I should take a break from my 120 level female character. Build a male character and get him to 120 as well, hoping that by the time I reach that level with him, players will be more accustomed to these missions and stop screwing things up for others, because it hurts so much to know you've wasted so many hours in a game with no progress whatsoever time in which I could have done something else and more productive... That's why I insist, if you can, do your best and play with competent people. It's sad, though, how many people have no choice... But that's it... We'll all get past it one way or another...
Other games I've been playing lately is Super Mario 3D Land, which is a gem of a game. Finished the Story Mode so to speak and now I'm tackling the challenges. A really fun game and my first 3DS game for that matter - fantastic device, can't wait to get my hands on some more games. I'm quite lucky I got my hands on one this far in its lifespan, because all the best and old titles are now dead cheap and I can get a mouthful of them in a heartbit, but I'm hesitating as I've got tons of work to do in this period of time, so I better don't surround myself with distracting opportunities, hehe.
On the PS Vita I'm still going crazy with Muramasa The Demon Blade. If you haven't played that up to this point it's a must buy. I bought the whole DLC pack recently. It features 4 more characters with short stories compared to the main two characters, but even so I still have yet to finish all the things I can do with the first character in the pack as when you finish the main story you are being set free to kill all the other bosses of the other characters and can tackle all the challenges of the game and if you beat the main boss of the respective character again, you'll access a different ending. So it's pretty much 60-90 hours of gameplay per character and all for around $10 or less. I don't remember exactly.
On mobile (LG G3 - 2GB RAM) I have tons of fun with Tiny Tower Vegas and at times the NDS and PSP emulators. On the NDS I keep playing the New Super Mario Bros. title while on the PSP I got the 7th entry in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force series. Funny thing is that this game was only released in Japan, but some fans hack the .iso and fan-translated it into English - really neat!
What games have you played lately? What games would you recommend others?