GTA IV Preview From Official PlayStation Magazine UK

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By Chris | 27th Apr 2007 at 16:57 GMT in GTA IV | 41 Comments
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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TM™ 27th April, 2007 @ 17:02 - Permalink
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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Chris 27th April, 2007 @ 17:05 - Permalink
No it won't be featured. Hence why it's been left out of the game. Learn to read ;)
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TM™ 27th April, 2007 @ 17:10 - Permalink
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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Ciaran 27th April, 2007 @ 17:23 - Permalink
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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CroScorpion 27th April, 2007 @ 18:16 - Permalink
This is very big info!
And one question: Will GTA4 will be able to play on PC?
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DareDevilX 27th April, 2007 @ 18:19 - Permalink
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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Mpilk901 27th April, 2007 @ 19:22 - Permalink

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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The Bossman 27th April, 2007 @ 20:51 - Permalink
When's the exact launch date of the OPM magazine? I'll buy it when I see it.
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Jace 27th April, 2007 @ 21:09 - Permalink
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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Chris 27th April, 2007 @ 21:31 - Permalink

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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Red_91 27th April, 2007 @ 21:41 - Permalink

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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Jace 27th April, 2007 @ 21:43 - Permalink
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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Red_91 27th April, 2007 @ 21:49 - Permalink

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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PhoenixGTA 27th April, 2007 @ 23:14 - Permalink
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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Jared 27th April, 2007 @ 23:49 - Permalink
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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Artur 28th April, 2007 @ 00:27 - Permalink
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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Harwood Butcher 28th April, 2007 @ 00:35 - Permalink

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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Artur 28th April, 2007 @ 01:21 - Permalink
Hehe, yeah that always ends up well. Especially all the swearing CJ did. :P
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glitch 28th April, 2007 @ 06:52 - Permalink

[*]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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Mpilk901 28th April, 2007 @ 08:21 - Permalink
No parachute? :( Rockstar is turning into Microsoft.
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Red_91 28th April, 2007 @ 08:25 - Permalink

[*]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.


Maybe its like when your in a rough area when you have a gun no one runs away but when you are in a business/commerce area people will start to run away.
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rehan751 28th April, 2007 @ 10:00 - Permalink

Dan Houser stated that no one has attempted to recreate a location of this size, and with so much detail, ever before.


Previously you stated that GTA IV's scale is slightly smaller than San Andreas
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HCK George 28th April, 2007 @ 10:54 - Permalink
Im glad they said "hardly any" old characters will be back that means there a possibility that some will be back.
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Chris 28th April, 2007 @ 11:32 - Permalink

Dan Houser stated that no one has attempted to recreate a location of this size, and with so much detail, ever before.


Previously you stated that GTA IV's scale is slightly smaller than San Andreas

Yes and this is still true. SA didn't have a lot of detail to it is point we're making. While Liberty City is incredible more detailed than any other GTA game.
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EvoLuTioN 28th April, 2007 @ 13:51 - Permalink

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


Cool !! no more loading screens !! that used to be soo bugging!!

wow good to see the cell phone feature

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


First they took away planes now paracute!! aAaAaaAaaAAHHH!!!!
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The Bossman 28th April, 2007 @ 14:35 - Permalink

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...


Thanks, I'll have a look on their website now. :)
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tilly 28th April, 2007 @ 18:36 - Permalink
Maybe they could use the sixaxis for lockpicking or something like that for a mission. maybe like something that was in the warriors.

and if they say you cant base jump off of the empire state... I will find a way...
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MrLlamaLlama 28th April, 2007 @ 19:02 - Permalink

Maybe they could use the sixaxis for lockpicking or something like that for a mission. maybe like something that was in the warriors.

and if they say you cant base jump off of the empire state... I will find a way...

Good suggestion tilly, that'd be awesome...
And i'm sure you will...
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Artur 28th April, 2007 @ 19:59 - Permalink
Well I doubt the peds will start screaming to the cops that you have a gun once they see you. After all, in previous games gang members walked around with guns and as long as they didn't use them the cops wouldn't come after them. Plus guns are legal if you have a license down in the US so I'm pretty sure they'll react more scared when you actually aim the gun at them. Something they could say when they only see the gun could be: "Nice gun." or "Point that gun at me and I'll pull out mine." Lol, just some random ideas. R* will definitely have something better. :P

Edit: Whoops, didn't see the second page here and I meant to reply to the last post on the first page. The one about peds reacting to guns and the one ps3 player replied to as well. Nice idea about the rough and business area ps3 player.
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Red_91 28th April, 2007 @ 20:24 - Permalink

Maybe they could use the sixaxis for lockpicking or something like that for a mission. maybe like something that was in the warriors.

and if they say you cant base jump off of the empire state... I will find a way...


Hacking is used in SC Double agent with the Sixaxis but it will be hard for R* to do something really different with the SIXAXIS, maybe they could use it for hydraulics in the game but Im not sure, they'll think of something.

Edit: Whoops, didn't see the second page here and I meant to reply to the last post on the first page. The one about peds reacting to guns and the one ps3 player replied to as well. Nice idea about the rough and business area ps3 player.


Thx man but I don't think that it will be incorporated in the game, I just think the cops are going to get more harder on you.
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Mpilk901 29th April, 2007 @ 17:15 - Permalink

Hacking is used in SC Double agent with the Sixaxis but it will be hard for R* to do something really different with the SIXAXIS, maybe they could use it for hydraulics in the game but Im not sure, they'll think of something.


How would they be used for hydraulics?
Oh, while I'm asking about six axis.. Is it actually any good for racing games? Couldn't they have an option in the menu to turn it off for cars or something?
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Red_91 29th April, 2007 @ 17:43 - Permalink

Hacking is used in SC Double agent with the Sixaxis but it will be hard for R* to do something really different with the SIXAXIS, maybe they could use it for hydraulics in the game but Im not sure, they'll think of something.


How would they be used for hydraulics?
Oh, while I'm asking about six axis.. Is it actually any good for racing games? Couldn't they have an option in the menu to turn it off for cars or something?


You can turn the motion sensing off any time you want. So that ain't a problem.

It would be used in hydraulisc so when you tilt to the left the car tilts to the left and so on......
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Spaz The Great 30th April, 2007 @ 18:40 - Permalink

Hacking is used in SC Double agent with the Sixaxis but it will be hard for R* to do something really different with the SIXAXIS, maybe they could use it for hydraulics in the game but Im not sure, they'll think of something.


How would they be used for hydraulics?
Oh, while I'm asking about six axis.. Is it actually any good for racing games? Couldn't they have an option in the menu to turn it off for cars or something?


You can turn the motion sensing off any time you want. So that ain't a problem.

It would be used in hydraulisc so when you tilt to the left the car tilts to the left and so on......


If that was the case I wouldn't ever use hydraulics. I don't want to have to keep my hand perfectly still while trying to drive.

Some cool stuff, going to read the scans now.
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Red_91 30th April, 2007 @ 20:02 - Permalink

Hacking is used in SC Double agent with the Sixaxis but it will be hard for R* to do something really different with the SIXAXIS, maybe they could use it for hydraulics in the game but Im not sure, they'll think of something.


How would they be used for hydraulics?
Oh, while I'm asking about six axis.. Is it actually any good for racing games? Couldn't they have an option in the menu to turn it off for cars or something?


You can turn the motion sensing off any time you want. So that ain't a problem.

It would be used in hydraulisc so when you tilt to the left the car tilts to the left and so on......


If that was the case I wouldn't ever use hydraulics. I don't want to have to keep my hand perfectly still while trying to drive.

Some cool stuff, going to read the scans now.


Well you don't have to have them perfectly still you have to tilt about 30 degress before the motion sensing kicks in,
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Spaz The Great 1st May, 2007 @ 04:12 - Permalink
Wow, it's even less useful than I originally thought. No point having motion sensing that isn't even very sensitive.

Read the scans, and it is all rather nice stuff. They are doing some superb stuff. I'm itching to play this game so badly. NEED A CONSOLE >.<
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Red_91 1st May, 2007 @ 16:36 - Permalink

Wow, it's even less useful than I originally thought. No point having motion sensing that isn't even very sensitive.

Read the scans, and it is all rather nice stuff. They are doing some superb stuff. I'm itching to play this game so badly. NEED A CONSOLE >.<


Well if you don't like motion sensing buy a 360, you can get the exclusive episodic content aswell.
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Spaz The Great 1st May, 2007 @ 21:21 - Permalink

Wow, it's even less useful than I originally thought. No point having motion sensing that isn't even very sensitive.

Read the scans, and it is all rather nice stuff. They are doing some superb stuff. I'm itching to play this game so badly. NEED A CONSOLE >.<


Well if you don't like motion sensing buy a 360, you can get the exclusive episodic content aswell.


It isn't motion sensing against, remember, I 500% support the Wii. It's weak motion sensing((atleast 30 degree tilt before it does something?)), and out-dated technology used as a gimmick.

I'd prefer to get it for PS3, for the sole reason that I've always played GTA with a Playstation controller and it's what I'm use to. It's the easiest to me. The Xbox controller is way different, and I HATE GTA with a keyboard. Yes, I'm willing to spend the extra money so I have the controller I'm use to. But to me it doesn't matter anyways because they are both just consoles to me.
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tilly 2nd May, 2007 @ 01:15 - Permalink

Well I doubt the peds will start screaming to the cops that you have a gun once they see you. After all, in previous games gang members walked around with guns and as long as they didn't use them the cops wouldn't come after them. Plus guns are legal if you have a license down in the US so I'm pretty sure they'll react more scared when you actually aim the gun at them. Something they could say when they only see the gun could be: "Nice gun." or "Point that gun at me and I'll pull out mine." Lol, just some random ideas. R* will definitely have something better. :P


Ummm... its illegal to have a weapon in public or anywhere else unless you are at a gun certified, enclosed area (gun range, shooting ranch.) If anyone saw anyone with a gun here they would most likely run away. unless there in the deep ghetto, which guns are still illegal. it is only okay to have it at your HOUSE if you have a license.
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Spaz The Great 2nd May, 2007 @ 02:30 - Permalink

Well I doubt the peds will start screaming to the cops that you have a gun once they see you. After all, in previous games gang members walked around with guns and as long as they didn't use them the cops wouldn't come after them. Plus guns are legal if you have a license down in the US so I'm pretty sure they'll react more scared when you actually aim the gun at them. Something they could say when they only see the gun could be: "Nice gun." or "Point that gun at me and I'll pull out mine." Lol, just some random ideas. R* will definitely have something better. :P


Ummm... its illegal to have a weapon in public or anywhere else unless you are at a gun certified, enclosed area (gun range, shooting ranch.) If anyone saw anyone with a gun here they would most likely run away. unless there in the deep ghetto, which guns are still illegal. it is only okay to have it at your HOUSE if you have a license.


Unless you have a concealed weapons permit. In which you're allowed to have concealed weapons on you.
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tilly 2nd May, 2007 @ 03:08 - Permalink
yeah but you cant be just a regular pedestrian to have that permit. you gotta be a cop, fbi, etc...
so that pretty much rules out the point of his statement. no need to get technical and exact.
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Spaz The Great 2nd May, 2007 @ 03:19 - Permalink

yeah but you cant be just a regular pedestrian to have that permit. you gotta be a cop, fbi, etc...
so that pretty much rules out the point of his statement. no need to get technical and exact.


Um, I'm rather certain you just have to have a clean record and pass a test and such.....

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