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Where next for Rockstar's mighty GTA?

Anyone for some action on the streets of Victorian London?

Friday at 13:14 GMT | Tell us what you think [ 0 comments ]

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In December's inevitable 2008 retrospectives, GTA IV will no doubt be heralded as the greatest game of 2008. Yet at the same time, for some hardcore gamers, Rockstar's magnum opus has become a victim of its own success.

T3.com polled a number of games magazine and website editor's recently, asking them their thoughts and opinions on where the Houser brother's and Rockstar North might go next with the 11-year-old series, after the launch of GTA: Chinatown Wars (DS) and the GTA IV DLC episodes early in 2009. And whether or not they thought GTA might be losing its 'edge'.

While most editors were sanguine about the latest outing in the series, NGamer editor Nick Ellis, did stick his neck on the line (Rockstar's PR department are fearsome!) and suggest that GTA IV was, at times, predictable and not really that edgy.

"It was always going to be about shooting up rivals and driving very fast around a large city," said Ellis. "There was nothing overtly controversial in the main game, and running over pedestrians rapidly gets boring, especially when you're busted for the umpteenth time."

Hype, substance, the future...

SPOnG.com's editor Tim Smith made the point that Rockstar is guilty, if anything, of over-promising, telling T3: "Take-Two's hype machine, fuelled brilliantly with hot air from the mainstream media [and] the collusion of the gaming press, lead to expectations far outstretching the reality."

In terms of the future of the GTA franchise, from a technical point of view, game designer Daniel Boutros opines: "If GTA 4 executed narrative AI; arguably the next major industry design innovation to come, that would've been the design leap proportional to that which GTA 3 achieved with the open-world structure that pretty much changed the entire business, much like Streetfighter 2 did way, way back in the day."

And what of future Grand Theft Auto storylines, settings and characters?

"In all likelihood, they'll mimic the Vice City to San Andreas leap of last-generation," thinks PSM3 editor Dan Dawkins, "since PS3 offers huge scope to 'reinvent' both locations."

Though Dawkins would rather see Rockstar take the game to London and "make a decent post-modern Guy Ritchie style gangster game, without the hammy east-end feel of Sony's OK'ish, but flawed, Getaway games."

NGamer's Nick Ellis wants the next GTA set in London, but heading back to Victorian times and dropping "all that laboured playing pool/getting drunk/going bowling with your mates stuff."

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Where'd you find that mate?

By the way, It's not news on the next location. It's simply peoples thoughts on which the next location should be.

Pretty true, though. The edge has very truly gone. I'm hoping the DLC will bring back a bit of the "edge" that Rockstar had executed so well previously.

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I definately agree that GTA is going downhill. I guess after the San Andreas hype that lasted about 4 years, we we're expecting "TEH BEST GAME EVA" when what we got was a game that was just trying to fit into the current gaming generation instead of actually making it as well as San Andreas was. We got a smaller map, less weapons... And we drop back into Liberty for about the 3rd time... And now Chinatown Wars? I don't mean to be ungreatful but I honestly think that they are making it just to scrape some money out of the DS owners pockets. Next they'll be thinking of ways to make money from the Wii or something. And let's think about the patern that maybe is emerging... Rockstar deal with Microsoft, then they deal with Nintendo... Maybe Sony are next in line for the 'exclusives'...

I just think Rockstar should maybe think of something else... Or go back to making Lemmings :P

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Saints Row 2 is the answer. I have it and its great

but all the missions are the same.....go to a place and kill ppl

San Andreas is the best most funnest game on the planet still

The missions are fun like flying planes and blowing up stuff.......COUNTRY SIDE AND DESERT....MOUNTAIN

I hope R* dont screw up on the next GTA

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I agree GTA is going downhill, but not that much, slowly but surely its going 2 end, i say, in 2019 the last ever GTA game is released, it cant go on for ever, ideas will run out, sales will fall & will come repetative, lets enjoy why will still have :(

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I agree GTA is going downhill, but not that much, slowly but surely its going 2 end, i say, in 2019 the last ever GTA game is released, it cant go on for ever, ideas will run out, sales will fall & will come repetative, lets enjoy why will still have :(

Welcome to the gaming industry.

Honestly though, if R* felt that there was no scope for any future GTA game at any point, they wouldn't release it. That's EA's job.

Oh and lol at that being 'news', it's simply 1 man's random, badly thought out speculation.

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How is GTA slowly getting worse? Some features were taken out of IV because the size of the city was too small for them to be included, 2 minutes flying in an aeroplane and you'll be from 1 side of the map to the other. If the next game has a bigger map, which should happen anyway IMO, it's pretty likely the crazy stuff from SA will return.

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Where next for Rockstar's mighty GTA?

Anyone for some action on the streets of Victorian London?

Friday at 13:14 GMT | Tell us what you think [ 0 comments ]

Where next for GTA?

Zoom

<>

In December's inevitable 2008 retrospectives, GTA IV will no doubt be heralded as the greatest game of 2008. Yet at the same time, for some hardcore gamers, Rockstar's magnum opus has become a victim of its own success.

T3.com polled a number of games magazine and website editor's recently, asking them their thoughts and opinions on where the Houser brother's and Rockstar North might go next with the 11-year-old series, after the launch of GTA: Chinatown Wars (DS) and the GTA IV DLC episodes early in 2009. And whether or not they thought GTA might be losing its 'edge'.

While most editors were sanguine about the latest outing in the series, NGamer editor Nick Ellis, did stick his neck on the line (Rockstar's PR department are fearsome!) and suggest that GTA IV was, at times, predictable and not really that edgy.

"It was always going to be about shooting up rivals and driving very fast around a large city," said Ellis. "There was nothing overtly controversial in the main game, and running over pedestrians rapidly gets boring, especially when you're busted for the umpteenth time."

Hype, substance, the future...

SPOnG.com's editor Tim Smith made the point that Rockstar is guilty, if anything, of over-promising, telling T3: "Take-Two's hype machine, fuelled brilliantly with hot air from the mainstream media [and] the collusion of the gaming press, lead to expectations far outstretching the reality."

In terms of the future of the GTA franchise, from a technical point of view, game designer Daniel Boutros opines: "If GTA 4 executed narrative AI; arguably the next major industry design innovation to come, that would've been the design leap proportional to that which GTA 3 achieved with the open-world structure that pretty much changed the entire business, much like Streetfighter 2 did way, way back in the day."

And what of future Grand Theft Auto storylines, settings and characters?

"In all likelihood, they'll mimic the Vice City to San Andreas leap of last-generation," thinks PSM3 editor Dan Dawkins, "since PS3 offers huge scope to 'reinvent' both locations."

Though Dawkins would rather see Rockstar take the game to London and "make a decent post-modern Guy Ritchie style gangster game, without the hammy east-end feel of Sony's OK'ish, but flawed, Getaway games."

NGamer's Nick Ellis wants the next GTA set in London, but heading back to Victorian times and dropping "all that laboured playing pool/getting drunk/going bowling with your mates stuff."

Bold: Lol? No one hasn't commented on it? I Guess this all explains 1 man's random, badly thought out speculation. The truth is GTA IV has become better than San Andreas, and will be soon when it comes out on PC. San Andreas was great, and has been like that for what... 5 years? Maybe it's time for a new game to rise and take over San Andreas, and most likely, that's going to be GTA IV.

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Hmmm London in victorian times. Well you cant deny that London wasnt a dangerous place back in those days, what with jack the ripper, all the highway robbers, raggamuffins and scoundrels.

Seriously though i would like to see a modern London in the next GTA, but not solely cliched east end, cockney, gangster theme, one because its been done so many times before, and two because London has far more to offer in terms of organised crime. For example theres; Yardies, Eastern European/Russian mobs, Turkish mafia, Vietnamese mobs, Triads, Tamils (Sri Lanken Mafia), Football Hooligan Firms and many more.

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And guys, if you think Grand Theft Auto is going downhill, that is now a thing of the past. Grand Theft Auto IV created the spark that reinvigorated the Grand Theft Auto series. And in case that spark has disappeared, it will reappear again in the form of Grand Theft Auto V. Grand Theft Auto will last until at least 2022, as Rockstar are not idiots, they are the best video gaming company in the world.

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