Observations, annoyances, etc., from the past few days of driving around Oahu in Test Drive: Unlimited (followed by some other unrelated ramblings):
- I haven’t had to dodge around this many idiotic drivers on the road since…well…the last time I actually went out for a drive. Seriously, it’s like Atari has made the perfect “stupid driver” AI for it’s commuter traffic in Oahu. Their favorite stupid things to do are a) make left turns against oncoming traffic (i.e. you) or b) stop for no reason in the middle of the road, even though there’s not a stop sign in sight.
- Hitchhikers, “top models”, and the like don’t mind if you do 150 MPH over the speed limit, or if you endanger them by narrowly dodging in-between two cars on a two-lane highway. But let your tires go even one millimeter off the pavement (even if it’s to avoid an accident), and they’re all “boy, you’re a crappy driver”. Excuse me? Well, maybe I could take it easier if you didn’t want me to go 15 miles in two-and-a-half minutes. Idiots.
- The GPS can be infuriating at times, too — most notably when it waits until you’re on top of an intersection before telling you “turn left” — because I can stop on a dime and make a 90-degree turn when I’m doing 210 MPH in my Enzo Ferrari.
- My Enzo Ferrari is fun. =P (It had better be, for the $650,000 I paid for it in-game, though that’s still less than what it takes to buy the F1 McLaren).
I also decided to attempt the “Millionaire’s Race”, or whatever it’s called — it’s a time trial race that pretty much takes you around the entirety of Oahu. If you complete the circuit in under 60 minutes (yes, an hour), you win 1.5 meellion dollars. Despite doing my best to completely screw up (crashing into cars, getting ticketed no less than three times by the cops), I ended up finishing the race in just over 61 minutes. Still, I won $250,000 for having the second best time, which ain’t bad. Of course, I want to win that $1.5 million — I’ll just have to steel myself for another hour-long race. Yay.
Lastly, because I apparently have to mention Puffy in EVERY. SINGLE. POST. I make, check out the music video for their upcoming single, “Hazumu Rhythm”, due to be released next week in Japan. Actually, this particular single is credited to “PUFFY x Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra” (hence the giant backing band in the video); perhaps interestingly, the horn section of the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has already played on a Puffy song before (that being “Boogie-Woogie No. 5”). This song was done to celebrate 100 years of Lipton brand tea, which Puffy helps promote (hence, the garish red and yellow backdrop in the video), so check it out if you are so inclined.
Good day, all.