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GTA4 gameplay experience #2

By Blackwalt - Posted on 30 April 2008

Addendum to Pilot manual: these things explode!

As we discovered last night. Playing GTA4 in a multiplayer mode called Hangman's NOOSE. Btw, N.O.O.S.E. is the acronym for Liberty City's S.W.A.T. There are a lot of them and they are well armed.

In Hangman's NOOSE you have to rescue a mafia boss from an airplane surrounded by N.O.O.S.E. A lot of N.O.O.S.E. We came up with a basic strategy. Get a chopper, fly chopper back to plane (where the other 3 team members are holding off the N.O.O.S.E. team), load AI boss into chopper, load team into chopper, fly away, fly away, fly. Oh, and dodge the N.O.O.S.E. choppers trying to shoot you out of the air. Simple no?

Well, no.

First, yelling and screaming is an integral part of holding off the N.O.O.S.E. which means that coordinating any escape has less of our random strategy than normal (or is that more of?).

In the most memorable instance, Blackwalt got the chopper back to the plane, landed, and, just in time, remembered to stop shooting the Gatling guns as the AI boss ran in front of them to get into the chopper. After yelling at his team to "get in the damn chopper," moving at an arthritic snail's pace, Stormblade got into the chopper. A short lifetime after this SIN THROTTLE got into the chopper. Eventually, Coxxorz, drove his armored van over and ran up to the chopper to climb in.

    "It Y! Press Y!"

    "get in, get in"

    "I'm pressing Y dammit, It's not working!!"

    "go go go"

    "we can't wait"

Addendum to Pilot manual #2: these things are 4 seaters

    "Arrgh!!! Coxxorz, you're on your own. We're leaving"

And so we left. Deserting Coxxorz to face the entirety of N.O.O.S.E. alone on an empty tarmac with no shelter. Sure hope he makes it back to his van.

Now during all this, umm, spirited and polite discussion the N.O.O.S.E. had not stopped shooting at our chopper. Sure it was only small arms fire but...

    "Umm... your chopper is..."

    "It's supposed to smoke that way!! Shut up! We're leaving"

    (as we lift off and very poorly pilot over the airport building)

    "Umm, did you???"

    "Yes, I can see we're ON FIRE!!!! I'm working on it."

    "Maybe we should land..."

    "I know that!!! I'm aiming for that parking lot!!"

    "We're on fire!!!" (not that you could see much of the fire through the smoke)

    "We need another ride"

    "Why do you think I'm aiming for the parking lot?"


    "I'm landing! I'm landing!"

    "Going in..."

...and sort of, technically, we landed. Smack dab in the middle of the parking lot I was aiming for. Right next to a gleaming SUV perfectly suited to carry us through the rest of our escape.


Oh, and then there was a loud ka-boom.

There were no survivors.

Stormblade's picture

Firstly, I was having trouble getting into the chopper because someone kept partially taking off each time I tried to get in.

Now, before the incident described, we had failed at several other attempts at this level. First, someone who will remain nameless (Blackwalt) stole one of the police vans and drove it into the plane where the guy we were supposed to rescue was waiting. This meant the guy couldn't get out of the aforementioned plane. We just sat there, getting mowed down by the NOOSE until nameless one figured out he should park somewhere else.

On the next attempt, monseigneur nameless informs the rest of us that he has to leave and will be back shortly. This while we are being mowed down by the NOOSE. So, while we're panicking and trying to stay alive, nameless takes off in a freaking baggage tractor to head for the other end of the airport to get a chopper. Not that he told us this. No, he wanted it to be a surprise. Of course, he could have taken a truck that goes faster than 5 miles per hour to get to the chopper in the first place.

So, finally we load up our cargo and get into the chopper. In the meantime, SIN THROTTLE is joyriding in a Paddywagon so we decide not to wait for him. We fly away, laugh at him and head for the safety point. That's when we discover that all of us have to make it to the safe point.

Oh, and in landing the chopper, he with no name managed to shear off the chopper blades, so we can't go back.


Stormblade's picture

But GTAIV is less fun than R6V2, and way less fun than COD4. Yes, I know, it is a completely different game style, but for killing it's less fun than the others and for driving it's way less fun than Burnout, and the storyline is tedious and boring.

Basically, other than a few laughs in Multiplayer, the game is just not fun. That, obviously, is only my opinion, but that's why I'm writing it, dammit!!

COD4 tonight anyone?

Coxxorz's picture

But dammit, I spent $70 of my hard-earned money, so I'm gonna find at least one multiplayer mode I like, dammit!

Coxxorz's picture

...that killing cops causes them to drop their worldly belongings (guns and cash), which proved too much of a temptation for one member of the "team". This was discovered after several failed rounds of watching him run around like an idiot in the not-so-strategic position of The Middle of the Goddamn Fray. Failed because said team member somehow used up his 5-life allotment before the boss was safely retrieved.

Stormblade's picture

I only did that once! It was SIN THROTTLE's idea ...

Blackwalt's picture

And I quote "In the most memorable instance, " making it clear I was only talking about one instance not all the others, so I did mention them, just briefly.

In response to "someone kept partially taking off each time I tried to get in." : Well that was just funny.

In response to "he ... managed to shear off the chopper blades": Did we explode? No we didn't. Any landing you can walk away from... And 4 of us did.

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