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#1 Chris

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 04:57 PM

Posted ImageThe Grand Theft Auto IV preview we reported on a couple of weeks ago in the UK publication Official PlayStation Magazine has today been dropping through the letterboxes of some lucky subscribers. There's a fair amount of new information in the magazine, which we've summarised below.
  • The protagonist Niko Bellic is in his mid-thirties, and although not customisable, you will be able to don him with new outfits and such. Rockstar said they got Niko's physics just right and found it was difficult to implement character customisation with regards to this.
  • Staten Island, the only area of New York not recreated in Liberty City was left out due to Rockstar deciding it would not be a fun location to play in.
  • There are no "dead spots" or "irrelevant space" in the game.
  • There really are no loading screens once you're in the game, even when moving from exterior to interior, moving between the two will be seamless
  • The mob will be featured in the game, though they won't be lead characters. Additionally, 'hardly any' of the characters from previous games will return.
  • Missions will offer an increased amount of realism, and will be longer and more varied, some will even have multiple possible outcomes.
  • Bridges will possibly keep you from accessing other boroughs at the start of the game, but this hasn't yet been finalised.
  • What comes as a big relief to us is that there's no more pop-ups of buildings and foliage as we've seen in the past thanks to the completely overhauled graphics engine.
  • Dan Houser stated that no one has attempted to recreate a location of this size, and with so much detail, ever before.
  • The Artificial Intelligence of the NPC's has received a huge overhaul, pedestrians do a wide variety of things which were mentioned in the GameInformer article, and they even react to events such as a gun being pulled on them.
  • Shooting is said to be much more precise and fluid than in previous games.
  • Niko can use his mobile phone to do things such as set up deals and ambushes
  • Rockstar haven't yet decided how to make use of Sony's SIXAXIS controller for the PlayStation 3 version of the game.
  • Planes were not included in the game because there isn't enough room for them, and you would traverse the city too quickly. As we confirmed before though, we will be able to pilot helicopters.
  • Rockstar have promised a wider range of side-missions to partake in while not playing through the main storyline.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:02 PM

Nice, I can't wait to use the Mobile Phone for such, It should be great to use :) Staten Island? Is that what one of the cities which will be featured? Because it's similar to Staunton Island :S
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:05 PM

No it won't be featured. Hence why it's been left out of the game. Learn to read ;)

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:10 PM

Ah. I guess I missed it out. Must've been into reading the other part of it. Well, atleast the bit were you won't go on the Loading screen is good. It sometimes doesn't load when I use to play San Andreas on PC, as long as this is on, there's no need to worry about that then. ;)
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:23 PM

Nice, some really good info. I wish I subscribed... I hope they do find something out for the PS3, they can't let the SIXAXIS feature go to waste.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:16 PM

This is very big info!
And one question: Will GTA4 will be able to play on PC?

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:19 PM

I like the use of mobile phone...but I still don't like that aeroplanes are missing.At least they could put
Hydra in....

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 07:22 PM

This is very big info!
And one question: Will GTA4 will be able to play on PC?

Hasn't been confirmed yet, only for the PS3 and X360. If it does I think you would be able to change quality like low, medium and high for like not as powerful computers. I mean people said Command & Conquer 3 wouldn't be able to play on mine because it was out of date, old and had a very bad graphics card, but I installed it and it worked fine on low quality and it doesn't look that bad. (Bit off-topic there...)

Argh it's so hard to believe in doesn't come out for like another 6 months, I can't wait. I'd pre-order but I live in the Middle East.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 08:51 PM

When's the exact launch date of the OPM magazine? I'll buy it when I see it.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:09 PM

Actually I liked the 'empty' spots. Realism is fine to some degree, after that it just won't be as much fun as the 'traditional' GTA games.
There where a few nice things to read though.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:31 PM

When's the exact launch date of the OPM magazine? I'll buy it when I see it.

I believe it's 2nd May, so next Wednesday.

EDIT: might actually be 1st May...

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:41 PM

When's the exact launch date of the OPM magazine? I'll buy it when I see it.

I believe it's 2nd May, so next Wednesday.


Man they have to do something with the Sixaxis but thinking about it is actually wuite hard. For GTA I can't think of why you would want to use the motion sensor features except for cars.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:43 PM

The Six-axis stuff doesn't really work. It plays like shit. If you're buying a ps3 it's definitely NOT for the six-axis stuff. It's just something they copied, and they didn't even copy it good.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:49 PM

The Six-axis stuff doesn't really work. It plays like shit. If you're buying a ps3 it's definitely NOT for the six-axis stuff. It's just something they copied, and they didn't even copy it good.


Seriosuly I have a PS3 and SIXAXIS is good and it was ONE of the reasons I bough a PS3, only thing I said was how will the incorporate the SIXAXIS into the game.

And please don't make this xbox 360 v ps3 topic

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:14 PM

Also,on page 8 of the new PlayStation Magazine it says you wont be able to base jump off the empire state building :angry: I was so looking forward to jumping off that,what a dissapointment!!! no parachutes in this one it looks like.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:49 PM

Nice, their is certainly a lot of information out there at the moment. Wish people would start posting these exclusives on here rather then GTAForums mind you, they seem to get all the exclusives.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:27 AM

Nice, some pretty good info there. Using a cell sounds fun especially if you can use it outside of missions like when you're going on a killing frenzy. :P Not much more that we already don't know.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:35 AM

Also,on page 8 of the new PlayStation Magazine it says you wont be able to base jump off the empire state building :angry: I was so looking forward to jumping off that,what a dissapointment!!! no parachutes in this one it looks like.


...Well...you could still jump off of buildings. :bleh:

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 01:21 AM

Hehe, yeah that always ends up well. Especially all the swearing CJ did. :P

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 06:52 AM

[*]The Artificial Intelligence of the NPC's has received a huge overhaul, pedestrians do a wide variety of things which were mentioned in the GameInformer article, and they even react to events such as a gun being pulled on them.


I read on another website that they react when they just see a gun, I hope that isn't the case because. I like killin, and running around with a gun is more fun.

Anyone know which story is true?

The rest of the news is good.
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