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Fun with physics!
Eight awesome experiments you never learned in high school
Rumor has it that you’ll find a
plot somewhere in Just Cause 2,
but no one’s ever looked; we’re
all too busy playing with the
grappling hook. Tie an enemy to
an explosive barrel, or a plane,
or a car, or just about anything
else and enjoy the show! If you
can shoot it, it can be your toy.
Here’s the sickest thing you can
do in Cyrodiil: find a bear cub (or
any other cute animal) near the
edge of a big hill. Taunt it. As it
leaps, hit it with a Paralyze spell
and dodge, letting it overshoot
you and bounce, frozen but still
conscious, all the way down. To
lighten the mood, try singing
“Roll, roll, roll your bear, gently
down a mountain...”
CRYSIS If you own Crysis, you own one of the PC’s best physics playgrounds. Find the editor in the
game’s installation directory—
not to create your own islands,
but to fill the one you’ve got
with explosive barrels and jeeps.
Watch You Tube videos of whole
villages being blown away by
nukes, tornadoes, and more if
you need some inspiration.
Look! Up there in the sky! Is it a
bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s—
what happens when you dump
200 landmines at someone’s
feet, then shoot one. Man truly
can fly in the wasteland, just
make sure to bring a mop to
clean up after he lands. (And if
you want to cheat to get those
mines, nobody will hold it
If you have a recent Nvidia GPU,
you’re getting a lot more for your
money than ATI owners when
you play the soon-to-be second-best Batman game ever. From
tiles breaking to papers swirling,
everything looks more complex.
But it’s in the deranged
Scarecrow levels that physics
really bring the insanity to life.
TEAM FORTRESS 2
You don’t play with physics here:
you rely on them. A quick air-blast to knock an enemy off a
bridge and into the depths of
humiliation/a pit. For best
effect, play Pyro: find noobie
Soldiers and use your default
attack to blast deadly rockets
back their faces.
Drive properly and you’ll get to
experience the carefully honed
physics that make DIRT a realistic drive. But that’s dull;
instead, drive at full speed into a
wall and prepare to see the dark
side of those mathematics. Blow
by blow, the world’s most powerful cars become flaming scrap
metal—in the best possible way.
Meet the Magnet Gun. Here’s
what you do: shoot a giant
structure, shoot an enemy, and
stare in awe as the building
tears itself apart and hurls itself
into their face. In Ruin mode, you
don’t even have enemies, just a
pack full of guns and more
buildings to destroy than you
could ever wish for.
OC TOBER 2011
OC TOBER 2011