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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:15 AM

I'm struggling with the paramedic missions right now, on Portland. I am in the beginning of the game (no gangs hate me yet). But this mission is so hard and so frustrating. I've reached level 9 twice, and both times the ambulance flipped and exploded. After reading this thread I strongly consider to try doing it on Staunton Island instead.

 

Follow Cristian's Method:

 

Here's how I do it (basically impossible to fail):

 

 
On Staunton Island the Dojo Glitch can happen (a patient spawns inside and you cannot get to them) - That could be a horrible thing to happen to you if it happened on Lvl 12 making you fail :turn:

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:08 AM

The Dojo glitch would be n/a if using an ambulance that does not "clip" with it's surroundings (the car crusher no-clip glitch in the vid)...but I wouldn't suggest exploiting that glitch in Staunton anyway. Too many roads over water tiles, which would be certain death if you aren't keeping the glitch's effects in check. IIRC this can happen in the cartel's "garage" area, too (where you rescued that old guy). Robinism: Flipping the ambulance is always a result of not slowing down when cornering (especially on unlevel surfaces). Remember to use yer handbrake!
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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

I don't think using the Crusher Glitch to make the Ambulance a Ghost to complete Paramedics is even easy.  Too much time is wasted when you go into Blue Hell and re-spawn on land.

 

It's actually easier just doing this right when the game loads up on a brand new save file in Portland.  I like Portland the most and know the locations very well.  I remember in my first playthrough to 100%, the Paramedics were so bad.  I was younger, more impulsive, didn't think as an adult, etc...And I remember it took so many attempts and like 5-6 hours to finally pass it.

 

Now I try to stay calm, strategically decide who to get first, second, third, last, etc...I just finished my second playthrough of GTA III to 100% with 7 proof vehicles about 3-4 weeks ago, so it's fresh in my mind.  I passed Paramedics on my 4th attempt.  2 of those attempts resulted in only getting to Level 4, so I didn't waste much time.  My third attempt, however, I got to Level 10 or 11 and then failed.  But on my 4th attempt I did it very easily.

 

Problem with Paramedics in GTA III is the time limit and also Gangs (if you do the story before Paramedics).  So it's best to just do it first thing and get this annoying nonsense out of the way.  Other than some of the Rampages in GTA III, it's the hardest thing in the game for 100%.  No other GTA game is like this.  I just finished Level 15 yesterday on VCS for Paramedics and did it first try, so easy.  Same for VC, SA, and LCS.  It's all easy except GTA III.  Sometimes they give you like 15 seconds and the patient is far away in GTA III.  I don't understand the time limit they give.  It doesn't make sense, imo.


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 01:09 PM Edited by Criѕtian, 03 July 2014 - 01:11 PM.

You save time by driving through buildings at fast speed. You should respawn nearer to where you need to go if you drive in the right direction before you fall through the ground.

 

This method is also useful if gangs hate you. The Leones can't blow up your vehicle anymore for example, though you should be careful not to be pulled out of it since that is still possible.

 

Edit: Barring the possibility of running out of time (which is diminished if you drive through buildings) and being pulled out, this mission is basically impossible to fail in Portland. It sucks having to restart the mission if you accidentally run over a patient (during rainy weather especially).

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 05:27 PM

You save time by driving through buildings at fast speed. You should respawn nearer to where you need to go if you drive in the right direction before you fall through the ground.

 

This method is also useful if gangs hate you. The Leones can't blow up your vehicle anymore for example, though you should be careful not to be pulled out of it since that is still possible.

 

Edit: Barring the possibility of running out of time (which is diminished if you drive through buildings) and being pulled out, this mission is basically impossible to fail in Portland. It sucks having to restart the mission if you accidentally run over a patient (during rainy weather especially).

 

That seems hit or miss I guess.  Cuz I used the Crusher to DP some of my proof vehicles and before putting them into the garage I would experiment with the Ghost and Blue Hell.  It seemed the moment I went through a building, I would go into Blue Hell.  It didn't hardly give me a chance to even drive through the building far enough onto another road up ahead.  Also, when your car becomes a Ghost is grows in size, which will slow you down and make it more difficult to reach your top speed.  I am just not a fan of using this method to complete Paramedics.  I find it much easier to just do it legit...

 

Well the Mafia and such will only do this if you wait to do Paramedics until after the mission where they hate you.  I never proceed into the story when it comes to GTA III until I start and have a starter save with all side stuff done, except 1 hidden package since I suck ass with flying the piece of sh*t Dodo, that I can't get the 100th hidden package on the lift bridge about Shoreside Vale bridge.  So I just wait until SSV is unlocked to get that.

 

See, that is what I mean about staying calm.  The time limit sure is tricky and sometimes you JUST make it, but all in all I think if you stay calm and don't act like you're in a hurry running into cars, etc, that isn't actually hard for me to run a patient over.  This doesn't happen when I do Paramedics.  What happens is my time simply runs out.  It's really the one way I seem to fail GTA III Paramedics.  The other PS2 era GTA game Paramedics aren't hard at all due to the massive time limit you get.  Whereas in GTA III when you drop off a patient SOMETIMES it doesn't even give you added time, and also other times when you drop off/pick up a patient, it gives you like 19 seconds or something low and rediculous.  Whereas the other GTA games at times gave you an entire 60 seconds, or at least 39-45 seconds, etc.  Much easier in any GTA game compared to GTA III.  But staying calm and telling yourself you CAN do it, seems to work best for me.  I'll take doing it legit over using the Ghost Ambulance anyday.


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 07:44 PM Edited by Criѕtian, 03 July 2014 - 07:46 PM.

I don't know. I've gotten used to that method and I only recall running out of time once because cars kept driving through me and the wheels are still sort of solid and can cause you to flip over if they collide with the wheels of other vehicles.

 

Of course, like Nukey said, you should only do this on Portland. The other islands are trickier.

 

Edit: Yes, the ghost vehicle grows in size due to the camera moving about apparently but that is fixed every time you fall through the ground (and you'll do that frequently if you want to save time by driving through buildings).


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 07:53 PM

Yup, I noticed that, too.  Not while doing Paramedics, but in general when the vehicle is a Ghost, the car kinda gets on two wheels at times when driving through other vehicles, I guess from what you said, as they act solid still.  Either way, for me Paramedics isn't a real problem to pass, only when Gangs are active.  So I simply just do it the legit way first thing in GTA III.  I don't do anything else until it's done with and out of the way.

 

Even in LCS to use the Crusher to DP a vehicle and then drive it over the Callahan Bridge is a pain in the ass.  Due to Rockstar putting that ramp on the Callahan Bridge in LCS, it makes it tricky taking a car to a garage in SI and SSV cuz when you go over that ramp, a lot of times the vehicle tends to go through the ground and into the water below resulting in death.  However, it seems if you go slow it doesn't happen as often.

 

Yes, I know how to fix the growing vehicle.  I usually purposely drive through a building to fall into Blue Hell right before taking it into a garage or else the car will be to big and the garage doors won't close on it.


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#38

Posted 04 July 2014 - 07:21 AM

FUUUCK!!! I made it to level 12, and I only had ONE MORE PATIENT left to pick up... but the time ran out. f*ck this. I will never do this again.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:12 AM

Yeah, see...That is the problem.  It's the time running out.  It's not running over patients, it's not damaging the Ambulance too much, it's the stupid time limit that Rockstar decided to give you such a low amount of time even when you pick up patients it bearly goes up.

 

I wouldn't give up, though.  It's bound to happen one day, and when you pass it you'll feel great as you basically succeeded in something that is in the top 5 hardest things in GTA History.

 

GTA III Paramedics

GTA III Rampages (Only a handful of them)

GTA SA Mission for Zero Called "Supply Lines..."

 

Everything I listed is probably the hardest things you EVER find in a GTA game.  Nothing else compares to these things above.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:34 PM Edited by Criѕtian, 04 July 2014 - 12:34 PM.

I guess I didn't take into account my driving skill (I completed the "Paramedic" mission so many times during the Chain Game) but the only way I see to run out of time is to get flipped over by other cars or to refuse to drive through buildings. For example, you can choose to drive fast along one road that goes in the direction of one of the patients and then you take a sharp turn through buildings in the direction of the marker on the map. You will very likely fall through the ground but while you're stuck in limbo the ambulance is still moving in the direction of the marker.


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 02:50 AM

This is my first time posting on this forum as I have just joined a few minutes ago. I want to thank everyone who posted their advice on this topic. I was able to complete the paramedic missions today after a few hours and what felt like millions of tries. I managed to do it legitimately but by the end my ambulance was probably a couple of good bumps away from catching fire. I followed the advice on using the handbrake for turns and for stopping, dividing up the passengers for pickup based on their locations, and remaining calm. I tried using the sirens with mixed results because sometimes the other drivers will move off of the road and other times they swerve or stop directly in front of you. I definitely had a few setbacks such as flipping the ambulance on level 10 and accidentally pressing the button to cancel the mission (once again on level 10). I also ran out of time on more than one occasion > :( I found the missions to be fun and challenging, but they are still a bitch to complete lol I think the main thing to do is to keep trying and to remain calm. Once again I want to thank everybody who contributed to this topic, you guys are awesome!





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