|QUOTE (OrionSR @ Aug 17 2007, 02:16)|
| I'm especially interested in your finding on the Mulholland garage, and fast food places. I've been looking for a method to unlocked the fast food places early with a hex editor, but I'm not having any luck. Perhaps your trick will help me track down the difference. Do this trick also add all the icons to the map? I'll have to play around with that garage a little. I think I can use that on my favorite saves. Thanks for the tips.|
We've got the list of horseshoes that require aircraft down to 3 by using bicycles and mega-hops. However, one of the jumps is so difficult that I've never been able to pull it off with a wanted level, so may as well call it 4. At first I thought the bicycles in 4 star LV would be impossible. It's difficult, and really easy to get busted, but the bicycles don't take damage so they last forever. There are lots of fences and rails to bunny-hop in LV, so once you've got some good routes running from the cops is a lot of fun. Also, CJ can't take hits from the helicopter while riding a bicycle.
Phreak told me a cool trick a long time ago, but I only tried it out recently. The Broadway gets a huge "health" bonus every time the Pimping mission is started. This can bring a burning Broadway back to more than full health, but can't fix a flat tire. The vigilante vehicles can't get flats during the mission, and targets do spawn in restricted areas, so cop bikes are a great vehicle in areas with lots of roadblocks.† Neither of these missions will increment the attempt stat if the mission has already been completed.
Phreak has spoken highly of the Skimmer, but I don't seem to have much luck with it. The Maverick in SF is a little unusual. The Hydra doesn't seem to come after it unless CJ exits and enters again, or spends a long time messing around. I can't quite make it too the LV horseshoes with it before the hydra finally shows up, but the Maverick is too big to fit on top of the Come-A-Lot towers anyway.
Speaking of Oysters, I finally figured out how to cross the entire bay with a boat or aircraft without earning a wanted level. The tight spot is the area around the eastern ship parked in the bay, the one you swim to from the rocks by Pier 69. In a boat,† there's a narrow strip on the east and north side of the ship that allows safe passage; round the stern very closely and you should be safe. In an aircraft I try to follow a similar path and snake over the center of the ship. More to the point; sometimes at while collecting the upper dam oysters, the helicopters will spawn underwater and then die when they reach the surface. The bots really have a difficult time understanding the water level that area.
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.
The Icons for the Fast Food places do not appear on the map.
I was curious about the 3 (or 4) Horseshoes that require air vehicles to obtain, which ones are they?
Also, I'm into getting all of the 69 Unique Jumps at the beginning, there's only one that's difficult: it's the eastbound jump at the Camel's Toe, if I had an NRG-500 it wouldn't be so hard.
Do you know how to get an NRG-500 into Las Ventures? Or, do you have an easier way to complete that jump?
I can get vehicles out of Las Ventures into Red County, but not the other way around.
I didn't know about the Broadways and the Bicycles, that's a great tip.
About the Vigilante Mission, I tried it in the desert (4-Stars), but no criminals ever appeared, and the game ended the mission on it's own, same with the Paramedic Mission that I tried in Angel Pine (also with 4-Stars).
Believe it or not, I have landed a Maverick on the Come-A-Lot tower (the one in front of the casino with the billboard sign on it); it was by accident, I hovered over top and jumped out, the Maverick came down and landed between the two red-tower points. I've done it a couple of times since then as well, but I've only been able to takeoff from there once, most of the time the Maverick's Rotor won't spin because it's slamming into the tower, so I end up jumping off with a parachute, which doesn't always open in time.
The other Come-A-Lot tower (the one inside the casino complex) is very easy to land a helicopter on.