Friday Night Fights is a weekly event where we, community members, cooperate with or murder each other online. There is a forum thread for planning and then a blog post here with the final schedule. Keep an eye out for both them if you want to play some games.
• Keep yourself up to date on the schedule. The list in the forums can change several times throughout the week.
• Leave a message with your PSN name and which games from the schedule you want to play. More people will play if other people are playing, so speak up.
• Send a PSN friend request to the person hosting the game which includes a message with your Dtoid name. If you leave out who you are on the site, they might think you're just a random friend request and ignore you.
• If you want your game listed on the schedule, we need the game, the time, and your PSN ID. We need the specific game, not an abbreviation that applies to more than one; a start time, even if you're playing "all night"; and we need your PSN ID even if you think we know it already.
• Don't worry about hosting the same game or hosting a game at the same time as someone else. Instead, think of it like a movie theater; more than one game can run at the same time.
• Make sure you have at least an hour to play. That's only two or three matches of the average shooter and those go by pretty quick.
• Check the comments, on both the forum post and the cblog when it goes up on Friday, to see if someone has said they'll play. You might have missed their PSN message or your friend list might be full.
Due to shenanigans of some unknown type, my garage keeps spawning versions of my personal car: an upgraded buffalo. I've tried selling them and burning them and throwing them into the ocean. It may have stopped, for now, but I still think there's ghosts. It's the only possible explanation.
I rate Grand Theft Auto Online an 8.5. We, we being the PS FNF regulars and I, played some on Saturday evening and I ended up shutting it off at 8:30 Sunday morning. 8.5. Makes perfect sense. Eight and a half is about as high as ratings go like that. Also that was too much videogames. Jesus.
Other good marks include the soundtrack. No, not the radio stations. While I might like West Coast Classics, Radio Los Santos, Lowdown FM, Space 103.2, Radio Mirror Park, and FlyLo FM, I like to turn the radio off during missions to enjoy the actual soundtrack to the game. There's so much to listen to on the radio when you're tooling around, that it's easy to forget 'none' is also an option. The soundtrack soundtrack is tense and ominous, and I think it has a great feel. A couple of the tracks remind me distinctly of Miami Vice, and if you don't like Miami Vice then I don't know how to save you.
One of the first things that happened when we got together was my pulling up in front of a convenience store and, just as I stepped out of my car, a rusty looking semi tractor plowed through the street with a pair of police cruisers tumbling next to it, then. It kept going, but was slowed enough that the six other police cars behind it stopped and all the cops piled out and started shooting. Then I went in and bought more beer and smokes.
GTA Online isn't perfect though. The one (non technical) flaw it really has is starting slow. New missions and types open up as you increase in rank. Go steal the drugs again. Fine. Sneak in and steal a military cargo plane then fly it out to the desert? Now you're talking. We've also had several goes at a mission that places one player in the role of helicopter thief and the other support sniper. Attempt one was met with failure as we were both killed. Follow up attempts had me leaving Clock behind in an attempt to escape with the heli only to find an enemy chopper in pursuit and a bunch of red dots on the ground at the landing site. It did not end well for me. We accomplished this, ultimately, through common sense. It's a rarer commodity than you might think, if you have it. Keep in cover and don't leave your backup behind. These larger missions only seem to come as one's online rank increases though.
Welcome to the Playstation side of Destructoid's Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the Destructoid community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.
If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host, including a message to say who you are here on Destructoid so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.
If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.