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Army April 26, 2012
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"'SRP cutbacks meant the CO's car had
been replaced by a lounge chair and
driver. The driver was not amused."
Clement De Witte
RAAF Base Williams
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RSM ... RSM? Now where did he go?"
By Bob Dikkenberg
Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder
Price: From $44,490
A hardcore choice
Sporty option: Principal Chaplain of the Army and self-confessed
petrol head, Brig Geoffrey Webb, loves the performance and
handling of his Ralliart Lancer.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
I LIKE the way it handles and
how I can feel the imperfections
on the road surface. It's a hardcore
and sporty car, especially with the
paddle-shift gear changers on the
If you leave it in the normal auto
mode it tries to get to the top gear far
too quickly. If you put it into sport
mode it changes the gear and suspen-
sion settings and you can see and feel
the difference in your driving angles
and trajectory through corners.
The bulk of my driving is
between Canberra and Bowral, a
250km round trip, which is good for
few corners around Lake Bathurst or
near Tidbinbilla, which is the kind of
place the car really shines.
To me the current Lancer is the
best-looking version Mitsubishi has
built, as I like angles on a car body.
My favourite car would have to
be a mid-60s Mini Cooper S. I've
thought about buying one, but it
would be very hard to find a good
example and I think it'd be disap-
pointing compared to the Lancer. I
tested a current model Cooper S. I
liked it and it was fun to drive, but it
was too small to be practical.
My first car was a Mini Deluxe
Principal Chaplain of the Army, Brig Geoffrey Webb, introduces
his 2011 Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer sedan.
and further cars I owned were a
1500 Morris Nomad, a 1600 VW
Superbug, which I nearly flipped
over in a corner, a Mitsubishi
Galant, an old VW Passat wagon,
two Commodores, a Mitsubishi L100
van, two Toyota Taragos and two
If I had unlimited funds, my
dream garage would contain an origi-
nal Cooper S, a Lancer EVO 10 and
something exotic like a Porsche,
BMW M3 or a Ford GTO.
I Am Alive
Platform: PS3, XBox 360
IT'S rare for a download-only game to be
truly original -- the best ones tend to use a
well-worn gameplay mechanic or, in the
case of I Am Alive, use a few well-worn
mechanics in new and interesting ways.
Taking on the role of an unnamed pro-
tagonist, players begin on the outskirts of a
ruined city and must complete tasks within
the space of a few blocks.
To move through I Am Alive's ruined
landscape, players can scale buildings in a
fashion familiar to anyone who's played an
entry in the Splinter Cell, Assassins Creed
or Uncharted franchises. Players must nur-
ture the protagonist's stamina throughout
these activities, which ups the tension sig-
nificantly during long and difficult climbs.
Players will come across people need-
ing help, gangs looking for trouble and
some folk who don't want a confrontation,
but will draw down if you get too close.
This is where the second major mechan-
ic comes into play -- you have a pistol with
extremely limited ammunition, but even if
it's empty, you can use it to intimidate gang
members armed only with machetes.
Because of the limited ammunition, fac-
ing multiple enemies can be very tense.
Although interesting, I Am Alive is far
from perfect. After a few confrontations
the mechanic starts to become obvious and
dealing with groups of enemies is more of
a puzzler -- working out the correct order
and method of dispatching the baddies to
use the least ammunition. The climbing is
also limited to only what's required for the
levels -- there's no free climbing.
I Am Alive is about as good as can be
expected of a $20 download, but the game-
play shortfalls are still disappointing.
-- John Wellfare
a bargain download
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