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Grand Theft Auto dRIVE

Ok kids, I want to scream in the face of the guy who et the guy who let the guy who let the guy program the driving in the game.  I know there were plenty of complaints about the driving in GTA IV, but the loosey goosey ridiculousness of the 'Autos' that I thieve in a grand way is making me nuts!  At least in GTA 4 there were cars that slid, and there were more than a few dependable rides.  It doesn't seem that way (to me) this go round...

Now I won't put out any spoilers, but I will talk about the driving section of the prologue, and the driving (at least in the beginning) of the game itself.  Now I didn't go on a tear and play for 12 hours or anything.  I got my copy at 12:04 and was installing it by quarter after midnight.  I played til about 3:30 am.  I played for another hour or so at 7 am.  So I feel I've driven enough to make my point...  (Around 50 miles in game)

The prologues driving felt loose, but I figured that it was due to mother nature, and NOT the truck.  However, once I hit the dry sunny asphalt of Los Santos, that I'd be able to have more control.  Instead while driving straight, at a decent rate of speed, hitting a bump shot my rides into orbit.  The game will tell you that you can 'control' the car while in the air.  That's true to a certain degree... In the same way that when I fall down a flight of steps, I can control my descent.   EVERY TIME I hit the jumps, my car would automatically start to turn itself either right or left, and fighting to even out before I land on the pavement is a massive pain in the ass.  

Initially it's cool to see the car float and try to gain control, but when you're hauling ass to chase someone down, it becomes a nightmare.  Like GTA 4, you need a healthy dose of the actual break, and the e-brake to make routine turns at regular speeds.  (Talking about how we run the lights, and generally go faster than the traffic in the game itself)  However, unlike GTA 4, the cars are floaty...  Even while I was truckin in a tow truck, the jumps make it feel like there's helium in the tires, as opposed to that sweet sweet digital O2.  

I can't wrap my head around the fact that even the "taurus' & carollas" of the game feels like a super car hitting mach 5 on a jump; Control becomes more of a word than an actual ability over the car.  For a game with Auto in the title, you'd figure they'd be a little more automobile like, and not funny car.  I know you can fly a blimp in the game, I'm curious to find out how it handles in comparison...

If there's something I'm missing, please tell me so I can really enjoy the chases, and the insanity.  I was stoned playing last night, but that's no different than most nights when I get a new game and want to just dig in and enjoy.  But this morning I was stone cold sober, and still had the same issues.  I have the 360 version (although I came close to getting the PS3 version, but with no Vita support for it [I'll post something about this very soon], I figured why not get it on the platform I played 4 on).  

I haven't gone to forums for the game because I don't want any of the story ruined for me...  So let this be my venting, and asking...  Is it just me?  Or are you feeling the same way about the driving too?
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About Ocified-Xboxerone of us since 10:54 PM on 11.11.2007

As described in the Urban Dictionary...

1. ocified-Being completed wasted to the point you dont know what to do with yourself.

Man if i hit that shit again ill be ocified

2. XBOXer-A Person (Usually Male) who plays the XBOX as a Hobby or in a more pathetic case an important part of their daily lifestyle.

Also usually a question you ask a fellow nerd.

"Hey! Are you a XBOXer?"


People pick on me because I have a Cabbage for head....

Currently Playing:

Grand Theft Auto V

And not much else on my big black box...

Diablo 3
Fifa 13

A ton of shit on the XBLA/PSN...

PS Vita -
Dragons Crown (thanks K0wb0y)
ToM Blitz (for over a year straight, not missing a week!)
A literal fuck-ton of digital DL

My Vita gets more love than my PS3 or 360



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