News Archive
22
JAN
New previews online tomorrow

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 02:55 PM CST | By Neil
Computer and Video Games today confirmed that it will publish a new preview of Grand Theft Auto IV tomorrow at 5:30pm GMT (what time is that where I am?). Previous reports indicated that members of the press visited Rockstar recently and received a lengthy preview of the game, the contents of which are embargoed until tomorrow. CVG also confirms that its article will be accompanied by new screenshots and it is said to be only one of many, with sites such as IGN also providing unofficial confirmations that an article is being readied.

As usual, GTAGaming will provide full coverage of the new information and imagery.
23
JAN
New wave of GTA IV previews and screenshots

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 11:30 AM CST | By Neil


Rockstar Games recently provided members of the media with another preview of Grand Theft Auto IV. A number of websites and magazines attended the demonstrations at the company's offices and today the embargo covering these previews was lifted. Ten new screenshots accompany the previews.

New information about the game has appeared on IGN UK, IGN USA, Computer and Video Games, GamesRadar, Kikizo, Team Xbox, GamePro, Gamespot, and VideoGamer.com. As usual, the most in depth preview comes from Kikizo with their 8-page preview including every detail they had time to note down during the 90 minute hands off presentation.

Environment:
  • When questioned, Rockstar Games confirmed that the previously speculated game map is an accurate representation of the new Liberty City.
  • Kikizo expanded on this map by providing a more complete representation from memory.
  • Traveling by boat, it took five minutes to get half way around Algonquin island.
  • The demo featured the Statue of Happiness, Poop Deck Restaurant and a bar called Perestroika, an indication of the heavy Eastern European presence in the city.
  • Streets which made an appearance included Long Road, Oneida Avenue, South Parkway and Lorimar Street. The city also features a representation of New York's Koreatown.
  • Francis International Airport appeared in GTA III and reprises its role, this time being based on JFK in New York.
  • Time advances in the game slower than in previous titles. 2 minutes of real time now represents one hour of game time. (Previously it was 1 minute = 1 hour).
  • A subway system, (usable by Niko) is known to cover at least Algonquin and Broker.
  • The Statue of Happiness appears on its own island beneath the Broker Bridge
  • Earlier reports of snow in the game are false - it does not include any season changes at all.

Technology:
  • NaturalMotion's Euphoria Engine was previously confirmed as powering physics in GTA IV. The technology is said to give "lean and weight" to Niko's footsteps.
  • The game is now automatically saved on mission completion although safehouses are still available.
  • Some missions are scripted multiple times, meaning that dialogue between characters can vary if you reattempt a mission.

Gameplay:
  • An indicator made up of eight purple segments now appears when locked on to a target to represent their health.
  • Locking on now targets the torso of a character with a headshot being possible by manipulating the crosshair while locked on.
  • Niko can get drunk and his movement, driving and actions will be impaired. Driving while under the influence of alcohol will be realistically difficult.
  • After grabbing on to a truck and climbing to the roof, a mini game is started where you have to maintain your balance atop the vehicle.
  • A cover system has been implemented that allows you to either pull out from behind the object or stay covered and fire blindly.
  • Some objects which you can use for cover are destructible, meaning that finding a safe place to hide from enemies can be challenging.
  • A much more complete "wanted" system involving the radar showing your crime's location and your last known whereabouts enhances the chase experience.

Characters:
  • A significant new feature is dynamic relationships. The way you treat other characters, such as returning their calls promptly or collecting them at the correct time will affect their behavior towards you. No-showing for an arranged meeting will damage your relationship with a character.
  • Relationships can be built by engaging in activities like billiards, darts and bowling with your associates.
  • Characters are seen wearing different clothes during different appearances.
  • Playboy X is one of Liberty's more wealthy residents and lives in a mansion.
  • A character named Bell is introduced who has a nephew called Frankie

Vehicles:
  • Different cars have different navigation systems. More expensive cars include GPS which talks the player through the streets.
  • You are now required to break the window of a vehicle to perform shootings while driving.
  • The shooting while driving mechanic has improved and you can now shoot in any direction around the vehicle using both analog sticks.
  • Police vehicles now include an extensive GPS and database system. You can enter the name of a criminal to find out their whereabouts and the game will guide you to them.
  • An in-car view has been added, meaning that vehicle models now have detailed interiors.

Audio:
  • A new mission complete jingle is included.
  • A new radio station called IF99 is broadcasting in Liberty City.
  • You can now listen to the radio outside of the car via your cellphone, although audio quality will be realistically reduced.
  • If you're in a car listening to the radio when your cell phone rings, the radio will be interrupted by the infamous "clicking" of interference.
  • The voice actor list is shrouded in secrecy, with some members of the game team even being in the dark as to its contents.
  • A "couple of famous actors" will lend their voices to characters.


See all ten new screenshots in our gallery!

GTA IV still has no firm release date yet but the media will receive one further preview of the game in around one month's time. Previous reports have indicated that the game will ship in the final week of April and Rockstar did not rule this out during their presentation. GamePro claims that the game's online multiplayer mode will be revealed in "mid February to early March".
24
JAN
GTA IV coming April 29

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 08:07 AM CST | By victim
Rockstar Games have announced the release date for Grand Theft Auto Iv, which was delayed in August of last year.

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be available in stores worldwide on April 29th. The release date is the last Tuesday in April which indicates that the company wants to take as much time as possible to polish the game. Previously, the release date had been pegged as late April. In announcing the date today the company also released one new piece of artwork of Niko Bellic, which appears to the right.
"We are so excited to be releasing Grand Theft Auto IV. We've pushed ourselves very hard to make something incredible and hope the game sets a new benchmark for interactive entertainment."
-- Sam Houser, Executive Producer, Rockstar Games

Press Release: Rockstar Games Announces Release Date for Grand Theft Auto IV.
Discuss the new release date in the forums!
24
JAN
Four new screenshots

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 05:16 PM CST | By Neil
Dutch gaming magazine Power Unlimited has revealed four new screenshots of Grand Theft Auto IV:



Source: Power Unlimited [Via: GTAForums]
24
JAN
Rockstar speaks openly about GTA IV delay

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 05:29 PM CST | By Neil

Jeronimo Barrera is President of Product Development at Rockstar Games in New York. He recently sat down and spoke with MTV and spoke openly about the delay that Grand Theft Auto IV suffered:
"It's really no surprise to anybody that the PS3 was definitely a contributing factor to that. Now, we're neck and neck. That's not an issue anymore. But back then that was something we were taking into account. That's not to say there's anything wrong with the PS3 version. It's awesome. They're both identical."

Barrera also believes that the delay the game suffered makes it "stronger" and offered confirmation that the Xbox 360 version of the game will not require a hard drive as has been rumored for some time. MTV also revealed that cheat codes will again make an appearance:
"For gamers who only want to cause havoc, the game will offer that and the standard amount of weapon-unlock cheat codes."

Those hoping for a free trial of the game before or even after release may be disappointed. Barrera says that at Rockstar games, "we usually don't do demo".

Source: MTV [Via PlanetGTA]
24
JAN
IGN physics preview

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 06:17 PM CST | By Neil
The Australian branch of gaming website IGN has a new preview of Grand Theft Auto IV today which focuses exclusively on the physics system in the game. Rockstar has licensed a piece of middleware called Euphoria by British software company NaturalMotion.

The article makes specific mention that the physics system will be noticeable in both character and vehicle control. Characters will now stand appropriately depending on the terrain with a stance on a hill seeing knees bent realistically.

The bodies of characters will also be dynamic inside of vehicles and if hit hard enough then a person can be ejected from a vehicle through the windshield. Most importantly though, this can also happen to the player meaning that intense head-on collisions will see Niko flying out of the vehicle and potentially then becoming an easier target for chasing enemies.

Full Article: IGN: NaturalMotion's Euphoria Technology (Thanks Adriaan)
26
JAN
GTA IV Special Edition package updated

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 12:50 AM CST | By rappo

Spanish gaming website HardGame2.com has posted updated photographs of the GTAIV Special Edition package offered by Rockstar Games. Although there are no new items added from our last peek at the package, the photographs reveal updated soundtrack cover art and also show the full game cases per console (with the Xbox 360 set pictured to the right).

If you haven't already, be sure to head over to the Rockstar Warehouse and buy the special edition for Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 running at $89.99!

Source: HardGame2.com [Via GTA4.net]
26
JAN
UK pre-order campaign

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 04:48 PM CST | By ash_735
Following the announcement of a final release date and the latest batch of previews UK retailers GAME and Zavvi have updated their pre-order sections for GTA IV. Each area allows people to pre-order the game on the console of their choice and choose between the standard or special editions of the game. Other info is included such as screenshots, brief information about the game and links to the latest trailer (Move Up, Ladies).

GAME | Zavvi
26
JAN
Games Radar: "Every FACT we know about GTA IV"

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 06:52 PM CST | By Slim Trashman
With all of the news on GTA IV lately, from the new online previews to the release date announcement the other day, you may be a bit overwhelmed and have forgotten about some of the game's features and other details. Games Radar has written up an article listing in detail everything we have learned about GTA IV to date, to refresh your memory. Check it out here! | Discuss on our forums

Thanks to C-Bullets!
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