Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Hands-on impression from MTV: Two brand new screenshots

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 06:18 AM MDT | By Asif
MTV has just made a new entry about their recent hands-on impression on GTA IV. They were also provided with two brand new screenshots (see below) never seen before (albeit in smaller resolution than expected).

Here are the bullet points from the article:
  • Stephen Totilo (the previewer) experienced two hours of hands-on on both Xbox 360 and PS3 version of the game.
  • "While we followed the rules of these missions, it became clear that Rockstar has tried to make "GTA IV" feel like less of a video game, a change that will likely excite fans and further horrify the series' critics."
  • "Extra guns and health packs don't float a few inches above the ground, waiting to be walked through. They lie on flat surfaces, waiting to be picked up."
  • "We wondered if the game's version of the Statue of Liberty was supposed to look like Hilary Clinton (not intentional, Rockstar says)"
  • "There is no "Mission Complete" graphical flourish as there had been in old games, just a brief instrumental riff to indicate a job's successful finish."
  • "Icons in the upper-right corner of the screen still display the player's equipped weapon and money, but they are reduced in size, subdued to blacks, grays and whites, doing as little as possible to distract the player's eyes."
  • "We took a helicopter for a joyride, in this case, in the PS3 build, traversing the city with haste, thrusting with the R2 button, rudder-turning with L1 and R1."
  • "The scenery was viewable from an optional in-cockpit, first-person view, the densely detailed Liberty City rolling by so quickly underneath"
  • "We stood Niko at the foot of Liberty City's Statue of Happiness and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the statue, sending tourists fleeing and denting the statue not a bit"

New screenshots:

Thanks to phexitol for notifying us | Discuss in the GTA IV forums.
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Wow this game is gonna be a lot different from old GTA games. Seems less cartoony this time time which is a cool change. I wouldn't mind it either way really. The only thing I was disappointed in was that they couldn't make a dent in the statue. No biggie really. So stoked for this game.
03-13-2008 08:53 AM
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That sure is one explosive explosion.
03-13-2008 09:43 AM
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Yeah it is pretty damn realistic looking too.
03-13-2008 09:44 AM
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"They'd be too fast for this game's amount of real estate. Mostly we used the helicopter to land on skyscrapers and in busy intersections, the rotor blades magically hurting no one not the least of whom Niko, despite what would probably be classified as hard landings." - MTV Article

Strange, the rotor blades in previous GTAs left a fine red mist and some dead pedestrians when you'd "mow the lawn"...
03-13-2008 10:25 AM
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Man it's like GTA 4 is cutting all ties to the last gen saga. Even taking away the "Mission Complete"
03-13-2008 11:25 AM
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That kinda sucks that they are taking away the mission complete and just leaving a simple tone when you have completed a mission. What if you have your Ipod hooked up (I have Xbox 360, not sure about PS3) and you are playing music and can't hear the tone. I guess most options would be pretty obvious you have completed them, but its just nice to have that confirmation.
03-13-2008 01:14 PM

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