Monday, April 14th, 2008
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GTA IV gets a perfect 10 from OXM

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 04:27 AM CST | By Asif + Neil
The latest issue of the UK's Official Xbox Magazine has reached subscribers today and it includes the world's first review of Grand Theft Auto IV. The impression given by the magazine is overwhelmingly positive, with a perfect 10/10 score.
"It says something that even at the end of a three-day session, with every island and a substantial chunk of the sidequests unlocked, I was still ploughing on because I wanted to see how the story ended. And I was still finding new stuff: the way a police klaxon goes strangled and gargley if you dent the light bar, the pedestrian who had the original GTA theme as their phone ringtone, the way that headshot drivers can fall on the horn and accelerator so you're run over by a dead man...This sets the standard for what you should expect from a truly next-gen game. You owe it to yourself to play it."

View the rest of the new shots in our gallery!

New information disclosed in this article:
  • Skipping a trip in a taxi costs more than simply sitting back and enjoying the view of the driver's head.
  • The Statue of Happiness is clutching a coffee cup rather than the torch her real life counterpart has.
  • Some celebrity voice actors play themselves in the game.
  • Like Crackdown's Orbs, the collectable (hidden packages?) in GTA IV make a soft sound as you get close to them, aiding you in finding them all.
  • Your in-game email account will get the odd piece of spam.
  • Driving through flames will set a car's tires on fire, causing them to burst after a while.
  • One mission involves traveling across town with two bodies in the trunk - if you hit a bump and it opens, you'll have to scramble to close it again before any passers-by notice.
  • The mobile phone you receive at the start of the game is an old, second hand model capable only of calling and texting. You'll need to wait for an upgrade later in the story to unlock the full functionality that people get from more modern models.
  • Downloadable episodes are confirmed to contain at least 10 hours of gameplay.
The magazine also mentions the Assassin's Greed achievement, which we listed on the site yesterday, leaving no doubt in our mind that those are indeed legitimate. If you missed them, find out about all 1000G on the achievements page.

Thanks to RAWRferal for providing the scans, which you can view in this forum topic.
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s7r0ng3r
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OMG!!! I so wanna play GTA IV!!!
04-14-2008 04:36 AM
Heme
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more like 11 out of 10
i think thats a better rating
04-14-2008 05:14 AM
BloodFlow82
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more like 11 out of 10
i think thats a better rating

yeah i completely agree!
04-14-2008 06:56 AM
bjb
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why cant it come out sooner
04-14-2008 07:18 AM
Madd Dogg
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GTA IV will be in PC!! I KNOW : THIS SITE KNOWS TOO!!: http://tinyurl.com/5c5ddg
I belive this is not fake :O:O:O:)
04-14-2008 07:52 AM
Peter_M7X
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Wow, after looking at some of the screenshots from the gameplay I want to play this game even more now. That picture of Niko and (I think) Little Jacob shows how much better the shooting will be in the game compared to all the previous GTAs.

The next 2 weeks are going to seem very long...
04-14-2008 08:48 AM
theoreoman
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look at the HUD in the picture where there is the caption that you shouldnt bust through doors i kinda dont like the ring with the purple stuff inside
04-14-2008 08:52 AM
RocketDescends
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WOW! I was already very psyched about this game, but now this article has increased it by a helluva lot!!!
04-14-2008 08:53 AM
Evan D
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I have to have this game
04-14-2008 09:23 AM
infiniteammo
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If anyone will notice, image 292 also has what I believe are the first shots of the in-game HUD ever.
04-14-2008 09:26 AM
Sk_nk
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they are not the first HUD screens, but these are the first screens with ammo indicator
04-14-2008 10:29 AM
gta715
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When does the Social Club start?

[ post edited 04-14-2008 12:38 PM by gta715 ]
04-14-2008 10:40 AM
Neil
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Social Club launches tomorrow, gta715!
04-14-2008 11:10 AM
infiniteammo
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Oh, well they were the first HUD screens I had seen. :D And scrolling up apparently I wasn't the only one to notice them, apologies for that. ^.^
04-14-2008 11:24 AM
ThirtyTwo
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Frickin awesome!
I love the drive headshot feature, think i'll be doing that an awful lot.
An extra 10 hours of play per DLC.... why would you even bother getting it for the PS3 with that piece of info
04-14-2008 11:52 AM
gtaplaya420
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well I will bother to get it on ps3 since it wont red ring on me
04-14-2008 12:11 PM
antena
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Great stuff as always....

*shrugs*
What more to say.

[ post edited 04-14-2008 12:56 PM by antena ]
04-14-2008 12:55 PM
The Rican=-)
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GTA4 PS3 4 LIFE
04-14-2008 05:55 PM
 

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