Sam’s Rant – I Am Holding Down Triangle!

29 04 2015

Far Cry 3

Recently, I have been replaying Far Cry 3 on my PS3. It’s been an enjoyable experience, replaying one of my absolute favourite games and re-experiencing the story and re-interacting with the characters along with the fun of exploration, hunting, crafting and of course; shooting bad guys. There is one thing however that really perturbs me: Healing.

Far Cry 3 Syringe

Healing is a very important thing of course. I can’t possibly count the number of times I have found myself in combat and needing to heal because I (as in the character I am playing) am losing health. Most of the time, when it comes to healing, all I need to do is hold down the triangle button and I either perform self first aid on myself or more likely stab myself with a healing syringe in the arm. Healing myself though for the benefit of staying alive is not the thing that perturbs me about healing; it’s being asked to hold down triangle when I already am holding down triangle to heal myself when in a certain situation of needing to heal. This usually comes in the form of me being on fire.

Far Cry 3 Fire

Fire is something that is hard to miss in this game, especially when so many villainous characters carry around Molotov Cocktails and Flamethrowers, as well as the number of fires in camps which I always end up walking past that burn me, but not the other characters for some unexplained/unexplored reason.  Anyway, in the cases that I find myself on fire, I instantly know this fact and hold down triangle to heal myself/put out the fire. At this point though the game tells me to hold down triangle to put out the fire. As I am already holding down triangle to heal myself from being on fire, I would assume the game would automatically do what it is prompting me about. Unfortunately however, it does not and so to put the fire out on me, I have to release triangle and hold down again.

PS3 Controller

So, I am on fire, and cannot heal when it tells me to put out the fire; and when you are in the middle of a firefight with a bunch of guys who probably prefer it that you are on fire, and therefore lose health; it’s probably not all that helpful prompting me to do things even though I am already doing that thing in the first place, but still require me being told to do and redo that in order to heal myself and no longer be on fire, and not do that until I do so. It’s a complicated issue, and one that being kind of obvious happening to you, even if it is not actually real, you should be able to do without being prompted to do it. So, being the case, as the game is made, I cannot possibly count the number of times I have found myself in a firefight and mildly shouting under breath at the game saying “I am holding down triangle!”, but still have to redo all of it to accomplish it. It’s sort of like finding yourself in a situation where you have a broken leg and need to ring for an Ambulance, which you do, but then get prompted by some text in front of your eyes (or maybe more likely someone passing you by telling you that you should ring for an Ambulance) telling you to ring for an Ambulance and then not able to ring for the Ambulance (even though you already are) until you ring for an Ambulance.

UK Ambulance

Anyway, I completed Far Cry 3 for the second time on Sunday and so for the time being I don’t necessarily have to worry about holding down triangle whenever I get burned by a camp fire.

Far Cry 3 AK-47

GENEPOOL (While I do consider this one of my favourite games, this is not the first time I have raised a complaint about it).





Payday: The Heist

30 07 2014

Payday Logo

Fancy robbing a bank but don’t want to go to prison for a long time? Want to steal gold bullion, jewels and maybe the odd hostage without spending time in the big house? Well now you can do all that from the comfort of your very own home (and by that I don’t mean that ridiculous Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Chess or Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Lunch game from The Big Bang Theory) with Payday: The Heist.  (Turn off inner advert accent) Payday: The Heist is a four player co-op game for PlayStation 3 and Windows (and Steam) by Overkill Software where you the player play as one of a group of armed robbers who have obviously decided to go the way of the Judas Priest song, Breaking The Law by breaking the law in hope of making their millions that way. The four robbers have cool nicknames (aliases) too. They are Dallas, Hoxton, Chains and Wolf and are armed to the teeth with an assortment of weapons. But what looks like an arcade game, is actually a lot cleverer.

Payday 3

The game keeps to its arcade look, but instead of a mass shoot and rob for all, is also a tactical shooter. Going in all guns blazing and nicking as much loot as possible is not so easy when there are lots and lots of police officers out there who want nothing more than to take you in, or in most cases just kill you. So you will need to get into cover to prevent being killed, and much like Left 4 Dead, the game does heavily rely upon co-operation as if you go down, your buddies will need to rescue you, or if you end up getting arrested, your buddies will need to grab a hostage to trade. The game also comes with a levelling up system which means that you can specialise in a special skill to unlock new upgrades, equipment and weapons. But that is not all, not every mission has you robbing a bank. Levels range from diamond heist’s, armed raids, stealing entire safe rooms and setting prisoners free (and raiding a hospital if you so wish). But on top of all this good stuff, the police have specialities too. While there is the occasional group of standard police officers, as your siege gets more and more deep, specialised units will come in to deal with you ranging from Taser people, massive heavily armoured shotgun wielding people called Bulldozers (sadly no real bulldozers), Swat Teams and Snipers.

Payday 2

I really enjoy it, however I do think that the upgrading feature could be done differently. It can take quite a while to upgrade equipment and weapons and so I think it would benefit to have an experience system like that of Borderlands to allow more skills and upgrade such skills and allow weapons and equipment as well as upgrades for them done through a shop based system like Far Cry 2. This would mean that the player could get new weapons and equipment sooner rather than later and upgrade them as they go along using the money they have stolen. So in a co-op game the money would be split between players and to use as they wish. Also, I do think that there should be levels of difficulty where the player can choose to play a game that is too easy and would just pit the player against the normal police officers but would pay less and gain less experience, but it would mean that those who are just beginners could have an easier time of it. From then on, each new level of difficulty would introduce a new specialised law enforcer and pay more and give more experience.

Payday 1

Payday is a lot of fun and is a nice alternative to co-operative games as thanks to its arcade style it means that people who just want to have a quick single player or multiplayer game can and don’t need to get caught up in a massive story driven game and can just get stuck in. The novelty of Payday as well is also really good as it is very contemporary and has been featured in both Films and Television for quite a few decades now. While I do think that the game could be improved by a great detail by what I have said above, I really do enjoy playing this game, both cooperatively and singularly. If you like games like Left 4 Dead, you’ll (probably) like this as well. Give it a try, it is so much fun, and if you do get arrested, just restart.

GENEPOOL








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