Viewing news posted in June 2009

Chinatown Wars headed to the PSP

By Chris | 22nd Jun 2009 at 13:24 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 12 Comments
Rockstar Games have just announced that they will be bringing Chinatown Wars to the PSP. From the press release:

New York, NY – June 22, 2009 – Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is pleased to announce that one of the highest-rated handheld games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, will be making its way to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system. Developed by the award-winning studio Rockstar Leeds, in conjunction with series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be available at retail on UMD® and digitally from the PlayStation®Network in North America and Europe this fall.

"We're proud to extend this truly unique handheld Grand Theft Auto experience to PSP and offer a downloadable version of Chinatown Wars for PSP®go," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "Rockstar Leeds has shown incredible talent in creating games that raise the bar in terms of depth and innovation on portables, and with Chinatown Wars we have a rich, fast-paced, and incredibly addictive entry into the series."

"Rockstar's work with the GTA series has been an enormous part of the success of PlayStation platforms," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We're excited to welcome the critically acclaimed Chinatown Wars to the outstanding line-up of great games headed to the PSP platform this fall."

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars follows the story of Huang Lee, a young Triad who travels to Liberty City after the mysterious death of his father. Within the game, players will navigate their way through the streets as they uncover the truth behind an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate, delivering the unprecedented amount of depth that has become a true trademark of the franchise. Specifically built for the PSP platform with upscaled widescreen graphics, enhanced lighting and animation; and including all-new story missions; this version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will take full advantage of the power of the PSP system.

GTA IV PC patch released

By Chris | 19th Jun 2009 at 13:21 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
Looks like Rockstar have released a small game update for the PC version of GTA IV. Next time you log on to Games for Windows LIVE you'll be prompted to download it. The update includes everything from the previous patches, so if you don't already have the patch you'll only need to install this one, not all of them.

Rockstar haven't yet added this to the official site yet, so we're not sure of the exact details of what it does. However, some players are reporting performance increases with an extra 5 fps, sometimes even more. Guess it all depends on your setup. Let us know in the comments how the patch effects your game. We'll post full details of the changelog once Rockstar put it up.

UPDATE: It's simply a maintenance update:

Maintenance Update:
* -Resource management adjustments based on the operating system detected.

As an aside: Both ATi and nVidia this week released updates to their graphics card drivers. These can of course also help give you better performing games, so it's recommended you upgrade these as well.
Links: ATi Catalyst 9.6 or nVidia 186.18 for the latest drivers.

EDIT: Local mirror of the patch here: download patch

Play TLAD with Busta Rhymes

By Chris | 2nd Jun 2009 at 03:18 GMT in GTA IV | 5 Comments
Following on from the previous announcement about The Lost and Damned weekend, Rockstar have also announced that you also have the chance to play a session of TLAD with rapper Busta Rhymes. Tomorrow night (2nd June) from 7:00 to 9:00 PM EST, if you're online, look out for the gamer tag BustaRhymes GWF.

Log on to Xbox LIVE® on Tuesday June 2nd from 7:00 until 9:00 PM EST with your copy of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned to take part in a special Game With Fame event featuring the one and only Busta Rhymes. The electrifying rapper will be taking on all comers who dare to challenge him at The Lost and Damned's online multiplayer gameplay modes. Just log on at the date and time listed above, and look for the gamertag BustaRhymes GWF (*note space between BustaRhymes and GwF) to find him online and throw down the gauntlet.

Busta appears in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned on radio station The Beat 102.7; you can hear him phone in as a special guest caller on Funkmaster Flex's in-game radio show, and hear Flex spin his new single "Respect My Conglomerate." Busta also appears on DJ Green Lantern's in-game radio show with his original song produced exclusively for Grand Theft Auto IV, "Where's My Money."

Source: Official GTA IV website

The Lost And Damned Xbox Live Weekend

By Chris | 2nd Jun 2009 at 03:13 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
Rockstar have announced an upcoming weekend of festivities for The Lost and Damned. From the 5th to the 7th June anyone who downloads a TLAD gamer picture and then either plays a GTA IV multiplayer game or downloads TLAD itself will be entered to win some great prizes, as detailed below.

All weekend, from Friday June 5th through Sunday June 7th - anyone who downloads the free "Lost and Damned Registration Gamer Picture" and then either plays a Grand Theft Auto IV multiplayer session or downloads the Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned game add-on content on Xbox LIVE® will be automatically entered to win a Grand Prize entertainment system worth over $3,100 or a range of other prizes including Best Buy gift cards, Microsoft Points and free Xbox LIVE Subscriptions. See official rules here.

Full range of sweepstakes prizing as follows:

1 Grand Prize
A Samsung - 52" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV (Model: LN52A580 | SKU: 8794049)
B&W Panorama Sound Bar
Monster Cable - Ultra Series 1000 4' HDMI A/V Cable (Model: U3 V1000 HDMI-4 | SKU: 8473546)

3 First Runners-Up
$1000 Best Buy gift card

6 Second Runners-Up
$500 Best Buy gift card
4000 Microsoft Points

12 Third Runners-Up
12 Month Xbox LIVE Subscription

Source: Official GTA IV website

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