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What the "Airstrike" option should've been...


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Merryweather | What the 'Airstrike' option should've been...

 

Currently when calling up Merryweather in GTA Online and scrolling through the list of options you notice 'Airstrike' (unlocked at Level 50). For $8,000 an 'Airstrike' seems ok but then when you actually select it you notice your character has been given a flare to throw for the airstrike. Have you ever thrown the flare and when the jet does a fly by over the area you've thrown the flare the jet rains missiles down but completetly misses? Here's how the 'Airstrike' should've been...

 

- Call up Merryweather

- Request an Airstrike

 

(No flare) Instead, the map opens up from the pause menu and you can select 'with a waypoint' any area where there is players or a player in the vicinity to call in the airstrike. Not directly on the target but close enough near the player so that it actually hits. Well, yeah directly... You've earned it, right? That would be well worth $8,000 instead of throwing a flare...

(Also, yes, this idea "rips off" COD spoofing how it's killstreaks are used). Classic Rockstar humor!

 

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doctorpanda

*I'm new here on the Forums so it's a pleasure to join with fellow GTA fans* Respect to you all!

You'll lose that respect very quickly, don't worry.

 

Also, I agree.

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Killzone3265

this idea was brought up countless times and we have no idea why it wasnt like this in the first place

anyway i would like to keep the flare option at least since its f*cking hilarious seeing people scatter

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SemperJ550

Thats actually how i was hoping it was gonna be. Needles to say i was kinda disappointed when i got to level 50. "ohh no a red flare, lemme walk 5 feet to the right and Ill be safe". -_-

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I think that is one idea they should have used from cod or something like the hellstorm from bops2 to target a tank

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I went to my friend's house and he was playing Cod.I see him call an airstrike and i was like "Why this sh*t isn't in GTAO?".Basically is you get an ipad to mark the airstrike location and the airstrike will arrive in a few seconds.

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havingfunz

airstrike shouldn't have a flare that's all and maybe be have some feature where it is invisible to other players, we aren't on a full battle field do they really expect someone to stick around a red smoking flare for longer than 2 seconds so they get hit, no matter how stealthy you are with your preparation, your airstrike flare can be seen from a mile away, its just a stupid idea.

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CarimboHanky

this have been one of my complains since i first used airstrike...

 

a good thing could be to be made like OP said or to make the airstrike work like the mercenaries...

 

call, select target, enjoy the fireworks!

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codename_duchess

this idea was brought up countless times and we have no idea why it wasnt like this in the first place

anyway i would like to keep the flare option at least since its f*cking hilarious seeing people scatter

Groups that gather around LSC are prime airstrike targets. Go off the radar, drive past as you drop the flare, then sit back and watch the fireworks hahaha

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I threw a flare at another player and announced over the mic "tear gas attack". The other player ran right up to it and said "hey, this isn't hurting me, hahaha I'm teargas proof, bring it on b@#@h" *KAPOWW* LOL, great moment, but you need to find somebody new, or dumb enough to fall for it. Most just scatter, making the choice given by the OP the only sane way to use an air strike.

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homeskillet

I disagree. That would simply enable anyone to be killed at any time.

You think tanks are bad, wait til you get killed minding your own business with nobody around you for miles.

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I disagree. That would simply enable anyone to be killed at any time.

You think tanks are bad, wait til you get killed minding your own business with nobody around you for miles.

Merryweather does almost an auto-kill for you with the mercenaries...although when put on me, I kill off most and then let the remaining kill me so that the person doesn't get their $7,500 back for a no-kill

 

A targeted air-strike would not be a problem, and you'd have to wait out the waiting period before you put out another...

 

...how is getting a flare, then being able to throw the flare near opponents, THEN expecting them to stay there even worth it? It isn't

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I disagree. That would simply enable anyone to be killed at any time.

You think tanks are bad, wait til you get killed minding your own business with nobody around you for miles.

Well obviously there would have to be a few things fine tuned. Such as you can only call in an airstrike on a player that is within 2 or 3 blocks or so from you, and a fairly long cool down time, so they can't just spam airstrikes at a player, and a few second warning 'such and such has called in an airstrike on player such and so'. But not so much of a warning that they have 20 seconds or more to find cover, I think 5 or so seconds would do, BUT, the airstrike target will follow the character, not a set point on the map. I mean, it costs enough that you more or less want it to be a guarantee kill, or you get your money back, like with the mercs.

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RAS_ZeroZ

I've used it half a dozen times successfully on rooftop snipers but for anything else it's a hit or miss... and often it just gets the cops angrier than they already are!

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Naa mate, I like the flare, looks nice. If only the tear gas gave off as much smoke and didnt look like crappy see-through mist.

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Waltermelon

I like to toss the flare in car parks or under bridges when griefers are above, they never see it coming :lol:. I totally agree though, designating a waypoint on the map for an airstrike would be way more practical.

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KornbreadMaf1a

When I hit the level required I used an air strike and thought to myself well that was pretty f*cking useless and have not used one since.

 

I'm down for a COD type selection screen or a laser pointer.

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homeskillet

I like to go to the subway when I have a bounty. There are a few spots that you can sit that will confuse bounty hunters up top looking for you for just long enough to get them with an airstrike. Pick an area off the roadway that has a few hiding places that will make them get on foot to look for you.

Still not worth the 8k, one of the things I miss most about having billions.

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There should be a laser infrared designator that allows a player to "paint a target." In doing so, any player nearby in a Jet, Buzzard attack chopper, or even an annihilator should be able to lock guns or missiles onto the target that's being painted. Merryweather should charge $10,000 for it and it should be usable for 1 minute.

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Gritty Garvey

 

this idea was brought up countless times and we have no idea why it wasnt like this in the first place

anyway i would like to keep the flare option at least since its f*cking hilarious seeing people scatter

Groups that gather around LSC are prime airstrike targets. Go off the radar, drive past as you drop the flare, then sit back and watch the fireworks hahaha

 

hahaha, i'm trying that next time a group of trolls decide to converge on my location.

 

also, after seeing the gif in your signature. i wonder if it's true. Was it the repeated brain damage from the diving headbutt that led to chris beniot demise? makes sense, huh?

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codename_duchess

 

 

this idea was brought up countless times and we have no idea why it wasnt like this in the first place

anyway i would like to keep the flare option at least since its f*cking hilarious seeing people scatter

Groups that gather around LSC are prime airstrike targets. Go off the radar, drive past as you drop the flare, then sit back and watch the fireworks hahaha

 

hahaha, i'm trying that next time a group of trolls decide to converge on my location.

 

also, after seeing the gif in your signature. i wonder if it's true. Was it the repeated brain damage from the diving headbutt that led to chris beniot demise? makes sense, huh?

 

I've tried it quite a few times, especially when the billions were flowing. It's just getting the timing right with calling in the airstrike and dropping the flare. One time i did, i got caught in the airstrike as i didn't get away quick enough.

 

As for my sig, THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO TAP OUT !! lol

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I love using the air strike for those gaping vaginas that hang out on roofs and spawn kill snipe people. Or for that guy that thinks he's safe with his bounty perched on the Maze Bank building.

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this idea was brought up countless times and we have no idea why it wasnt like this in the first place

anyway i would like to keep the flare option at least since its f*cking hilarious seeing people scatter

I didn't read past this post. I agree with everything quoted. Most and especially the last part.

 

Giving me a flare for an Airstrike is straight up permission for DANGER CLOSE and, "Drop everything u got on my poz!"

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CrysisAverted

Usually when I'm in my Jet I ask players if they want a real airstrike to put a bounty on whoever they want dead or use an airstrike flare.

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It's a neat function but considering all of the other OP things this game has I'm surprised that this hasn't received some kind of buff. Manually dropping the flare is a meaningless task.

 

- Up the cost to $10K

- Place target red circular area via map (like setting a way point) - must be within 2 blocks to enable air strike (prevents attacks on people across the map).

- 4 minute cool down.

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Seems a better idea than the flare but then people would just say Rockstar are copying CoD. Catch 22 situation for them.

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