As promised in the last segment of this series I’m going to get into vehicle usage today. This article will be mostly oriented toward games I’ve recently played such as Halo PC and Unreal Tournament 3. I will have to save weapons for a future article, however, as this became longer than I had intended.
The title refers to one of the most popular and well-designed game vehicles to my knowledge, the Warthog of Halo. The jeep-like utility vehicle is very basic, a simple construction with limited options, but it is highly drivable especially in the PC version. Players (like myself) of driving age find to their delight that the physics of this offroad automobile are so close to real-life that their physical driving skills apply to the Warthog piloting experience. Starting and steering, particularly when using a mouse, are a driver’s delight. But this responsiveness is a double-edged sword, because it makes the ‘hog highly vulnerable to terrain and other game conditions. This makes skilled drivers a necessity, and they are highly valued.