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April 8, 2014

GTA Online 1.12 title update!

Filed under: GTAV Online — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 10:31 am

Yes it’s finally live! No longer will you see griefing trolls in creator mode while in a freeroam session. No more God-mode assholes who run around invisible and invulnerable while they drop objects all over the place boxing in players. Loading transition times seem smoother and faster now. Even when spectating other players it no longer takes forever to switch from one player to another player who is across the map. It’s still not instant, but seems to take less than 10 seconds.

One weird bug I found just last night where you try to buzz into your friend’s garage and you get stuck. You cant move, cant move your camera view, you have no radar map, no UI, cant use your phone, and your character is invincible to any damage. At most you can get hit by vehicles and ragdoll all over the place but you still can’t die. It was fun seeing my friend playing virtual kick-the-can down the street with my character but was an annoying bug. The only thing i could do is bring up the Start menu and join another session to get out of it.

All the car exploits have been fixed from copying personal vehicles to bringing in vehicles from story mode. I’ve also read in the past that are de-ranking players who have extremely high ranks who got it from the DNS redirect exploits. I have been seeing a lot of rank 1 players running around in freemode, whom are well dressed, most of them with the high end weapons you can’t get until rank 70. Plus normally any new characters coming into the game will be rank 3 after they do all the tutorial stuff before they enter a public freeroam session. That said I’m still seeing a lot of high ranked players over 500, but everyone knows past 120 is meaningless for the time being.

All the details of what was changed and fixed is listed here.

There are still some remaining gameplay issues that still annoy me. The NPCs still call you and harass you for not doing a job. Simon still sends you a list of cars he wants you to jack and you’ll still get 2-star wanted level when you carjack a Siemon vehicle when you have no intention to take it in for him. This NPC harassment should go away once you’re actually done these jobs a few times (or several), or at least it stops once you’re past a high rank like past 75. The game DOES keep track of what jobs you’ve done already.

On the positive note they did give Lester a new ability you can request for. For $5000 you can have the police ignore your criminal activity and you won’t get a wanted level. I haven’t tried this yet, so i don’t know how long it lasts (my guess is 1 minute) and what limitations there are. For example if i shoot a cop with this function enabled, will i still get a 3-star wanted level? Should be fun to test out. I did notice the 1st time I got on after the TU that players were VERY VERY aggressive towards me; likely due to this feature being turned on. I also assume that there are a lot more players online today now that this update is out, and all the griefing and god-power exploits are removed.

Also the jobs list has been fixed, I can now bring up “Rooftop Rumble” whenever I want too on my higher rank character. I still wanna know when/if/how we can open the 3rd character slot so I can start with a new character?

October 12, 2013

GTA Online annoyances

Filed under: GTAV Online, Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 12:19 pm

Now that major issues have been fixed by RockStar, with more to come, I’m going to talk about gameplay issues that bug me.

I’m now at rank 60 and I have a lot of weapons on me that i just don’t need anymore. I don’t need to carry three different pistols and three different shotguns, and umpteen different SMG/rifles. Every time I start the game, or even get out of my car it seems to default to the weakest/first weapon you have in that weapon slot on the weapon wheel.  I should be able to equip what weapons I want, but not ALL of them and having to fumble though my weapons when I’m under attack. I’ve could have survived many more unexpected attacks if could pull out the weapon I wanted.

I could just use up all the ammo on the other weapons, that MIGHT make the game not switch to them with no ammo, but I have 5000+ rounds on most of my weapons. Plus weapons like the shotguns all use the same ammo so that idea won’t work on that.

I should be able to heal up when I’m home. Either eat some food or sleep, or just wait a while. The whole point of having a home is for safety and recovery, which in GTAo doesn’t seem to do. None of the little activities in your home have any effect at all, not even a buff of some sort; which would probably wear off by the time I got out side. It takes so long to get to your door, get to your garage, slowly walk to your car and then go outside.  By then any buff would have worn off. I can’t even RUN in my home/garage which is rather annoying if a friend is buzzing at your door and it takes you a minute to get from your bathroom to the door.

I’m having issues with my 10 car Garage. It won’t accept a 10th car claiming it’s full, even though there’s only nine in there, and only nine are listed when I call the mechanic. When I had less than 9 vehicles in my garage, I wasn’t able to store a Sanchez (dirt bike) but I was able to store a Quad ATV. UPDATE: Turns out i had a vehicle that was destroyed and it was listed TWICE in the Insurance clam list. So I guess that duplicate car counted even though it wasn’t in my garage. So I promptly sold the duplicate car, quick 8k! 🙂

I’m constantly seeing the same fucking jobs/tasks from Simeon, Gerald, and Martin. I’m now Rank 60 and I’m still getting the same car lists from Simeon. Then these guys start to bitch at me when I don’t do the jobs even though I’ve already done them a dozen times. Since rank 50, the game has started to get stale because of this. I have to rely on my friends to make things interesting.

I still haven’t figured out how to increase my Strength nor my Lung Capacity. It seems the only way to do Strength is to arm wrestle, but that’s tedious. Lung Capacity i believe is to swim, but I’m not sure I have to be underwater or just tread water.

When you’re a passenger in a car with a wanted level. The driver is the only one that gets RP when the wanted level is lost; passengers get nothing.

October 2, 2013

GTA Online Top 5 issues

Filed under: GTAV Online, Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 10:20 am

We all expected it to have issues but honestly I find that Rockstar Games had a good launch. Once you get past the initial “tutorial from hell” introduction of GTA Online, the game runs smoothly for the most part. Sure some attempts to use online mode my fail, creating Crew logos will screw up, the game it self might lockup. But for the most part it DOES work. Often you get kicked off the server you’re on by the other players because they are assholes. When robbing a store yelling at the cashier to make him go faster doesn’t work if you’re in party voice chat. Screaming kids in voice chat, and no way to tell who’s doing it.

The biggest issue is getting into the initial race-mission with Lemar. For some reason doing this has to be done while online to a server, however when the actual “experience” of doing this has ZERO interaction with other players online.  This race should be a LOCAL instance WITHOUT the need to connect to a server. If any of your friends haven’t gotten past this bit, you can’t play with them online.  Since the servers are so bogged down initiating this race with Lemar, it often fails.

This is what needs to be fixed:

  1. The race with Lemar should be a local instance with no multiplayer servers so i don’t have to wait 6 hours to get my character started.
  2. No way to tell who’s SCREAMING in my ear on voice chat while in freeroam mode. I have no idea who I need to mute to shut up annoying players on mic.
  3. There needs to be a way to ABORT connecting attempts to GTAO when it’s clearly not working, so I don’t have to dashboard-quit and start all over again (i.e. waiting for the FUCKING race to start with Lemar)
  4. Passive mode doesn’t work when in a vehicle, you can be killed, and you can also shoot from your car.
  5. Stop players from kicking other players off with no reason, or even a warning that a vote is occurring. People are using this to grief and for harassment.

That’s my top 5 issues with GTA online. Get on it Rockstar, you have billions to work for.

 

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