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Long-time gamer, starting on an Atari 2600, an Apple II+, and the original line of Mattel hand-helds.

Modern systems/platforms:

  • 360 (with Kinect), PS3 (no Move), Wii, PC (with Steam)
  • Nintendo DS
  • Android phone

Retro systems:

  • PS2
  • Sega Genesis
  • NES
  • Atari 5200, Mattel Intellivision
  • Atari Lynx

No longer owned: SNES, Milton Bradley Microvision, Apple II+, Atari 2600


Dec
9
comment Is there any way to force a survival challenge to start?
This can be a problem late in the game, when you've completed most of the Survival challenges. Early on, they seem to be in locations that are easily reachable in time; near the end, I had one or two times when I simply could not get there by car, even using shortcuts liberally.
Dec
8
comment How can I most efficiently launch myself through my car's windshield?
In my experience, that doesn't send me through the windshield: too much of the force is transferred to the other car.
Dec
6
comment How do I get the “You're My Hero!” achievement?
It's better to work on the Vehicle Mod challenge before you complete the final Decker mission; if you choose to take over a car repair shop, you'll make it harder to complete this challenge. For head shots and grenade kills, one good place to go is Arapice Island after it's been infested with zombies; they seem to be more numerous and spawn rather quickly. For helicopters destroyed, once you have a crib with a helipad, get your wanted level up to 3 stars or higher and land on the pad. You can only be approached by helis, and you can easily take them down with an Annihilator or RC.
Dec
6
comment How can I (safely) disable a car?
+1 for stopping; I believe if you have two stars or less, police will happily exit their vehicle and approach yours if you stop for them. I don't recall if that works as well with gang cars. With three stars and above, they're more likely to ram you anyway. In some situations, like during Trafficking, shooting the driver is the only feasible option; anything less and they'll continue to pursue. At respect level 50, if you purchase the right upgrades, you can simply walk up and use the Annihilator, as it really won't matter how they respond - you're practically invincible.
Dec
6
comment Is there any way to force a survival challenge to start?
Head somewhere where you recall seeing a collectible; find a vehicle that you know you don't have in your garage; in short, do something where you don't want to be interrupted. You'll be sure to get a call then.
Dec
4
comment Where can I find a Status Quo?
This is a good place to find them late in the game: limos do spawn once you've made it your crib, so all you have to do is go there and pick one up (in the front, though, not in the back where the entrance to the garage is).
Dec
4
comment What weapons are available and how do they differ?
Oh, I wasn't using the McManus against helicopters much, although if you are up on a ship, you're pretty safe against attack, and so it is possible to use those (although pretty much anything will work). Shotgun blasts will actually carry quite a ways, as I've found with the incendiary ammo. Watch NPCs in the background. FWIW, I didn't care much for the laser weapons against STAGs because of the armor. (I suppose the Kobras would work well against those, but I still prefer fire - not the incinerator, though, as it's too heavy and you can't crouch and use it.)
Dec
3
comment What weapons are available and how do they differ?
The Tek-Z10 SMG and Gravedigger have incendiary ammo at level 4; that helps take down people faster and also blows up cars more quickly. The McManus is nice for sniping from certain places, like up on a snip: you can one-shot opponents from a long way away.
Dec
3
comment How do I clear the “Hard” levels of Prof. Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax?
You don't even have to be that accurate if you can string combos together; incendiary ammo will help with that. I completed both the Hard activities (on the 360) using mostly the Tek and the Gravedigger: points for kills plus one-shot when you get them plus head shot or nut shot, then pick off the money shot and ethical targets and avoid some traps. (I believe you can even avoid traps multiple times if you're near the exit but don't have enough cash to leave yet.)
Dec
3
comment While streaking, can I “shock” police officers?
You can even shock police if you have aggro from them. As far as I can tell, the only people you can't shock are fellow Saints, which makes sense: they may already be familiar with your ... gun prowess.
Dec
2
comment Can I change my clothes or am I stuck in this horrible grey-and-purple suit?
Hey, that's Saints' purple! You're not dissing the colors, are you?
Dec
1
comment How do I effectively fight Brutes?
Upgraded grenade + nearby flammable object = dead brute.
Dec
1
comment How can I most efficiently launch myself through my car's windshield?
Not just that, though: you also have to have less momentum than the car you hit, otherwise you just send them through the windshield. Fun to watch, but not helpful for the challenge.
Nov
30
comment What's the most effective way to make Nut Shots?
I don't think you can get a nut shot on a cop: I saw the nut-shot animation tonight after shooting one and did not get credit for it. It doesn't have to be a one-shot kill, though, just the last shot. I've also had the most success with pistols: I just kneel and aim at the belt.
Nov
29
comment What's the easiest way to maximize profits from Insurance Fraud?
A highway is better than an intersection because there aren't any lights to slow down careful drivers and because there is traffic coming from just two directions, not four (or more). More directions means more possibility of being hit when you're not ready for it and more chances that cars will go by when you can't take advantage of them.
Nov
29
comment What's the easiest way to maximize profits from Insurance Fraud?
Leaving your car in the intersection can cause several problems: it blocks traffic itself, it'll slow down the conscientious drivers (some drivers won't care, but many do stop for red lights and such), and it can even trigger an argument between drivers, or worse, an incident with police. Whether or not you're involved, having angry police around means cars going in directions other than towards you, and that's a bad thing.
Nov
28
comment What's the trick to earning enough points in Mayhem activities?
In fact, you can even make progress by stealing that car and driving it through newspaper boxes, fences and such on your way to a more populated area. Get the car up to decent speed, point it at a group of targets, dive out and make it a torpedo, and then finish it off with a grenade if you need to.
Nov
27
comment Is there any way to see numbers for weapon upgrades in Saints Row: The Third?
The Saints Row wiki does not have stats for weapons, just the upgrade costs and descriptions that we see in the game. That's disappointing.
Nov
27
comment What's an easy way to complete the “2-wheels” distance challenge?
Make sure to aim for empty spots in the intersection ... I'm not sure, but I think hitting another car will end the two-wheels stunt, even if you're still on two wheels for a bit after the collision.
Nov
25
comment Why do my cinematics end abruptly?
What you describe is also something different, I think: not all game action stops when a cutscene is played. I think this depends on exactly what is happening. For example, during Mayhem, as soon as you complete the sequence, all your notoriety goes away, but objects recently blown up remain present, as well as some officers and gang members ... and a last-second shot might be fired during Mayhem, but get resolved afterward. I had one instance where I fired a rocket at a helicopter, finished Mayhem before it struck ... and ended up with 4 stars of notoriety for hitting the helicopter.