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"Play" Germany publishes LCS preview.

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Jun
2005
By Adriaan | 21st Jun 2005 at 14:03 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 6 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...laygermany.jpg" width="150" height="211" border="1" align="right">A magazine called "Play" from Germany got to see a exclusive preview for Liberty City Stories at the Take 2 Interactive booth at E3 this May. From all the magazine previews seen so far, this has got to be the best preview with the greatest info. Our friends at <a href="http://www.gtalcs.co...>GTALCS.com</a> have the article translated from German to English. I read the article and below you can find the info that stood out:


• R1 targets enemies. The player can use the d-pad to change between
them.
• Enemies are marked with a red dot, while on pursuit this helps alot. (something similar to the Driver games)
• As we know, the HUD will not be filling up the screen and is semi-transparent to ensure a good view.
• Streets are still the same, but the "image" has changed a bit, due to the new time setting.
• Some of the buildings that were seen in GTA3 aren't in Liberty City Stories, cause remember its three years back.
• Alot has changed, people wear different clothes and act differently than the pedestrians from GTA3.
• R* did try and delete most of the constant pop-ups and fog.
• Mirror and particle effects can be seen in the game due to the high resolution display.
• Michael Madsen will return to voice Toni, like in GTA3. Several characters from GTA3 can be seen in Liberty City Stories.
• Hidden packages, stunt-bonuses and a in-game radio are back. The article mentions being able to play your own music from the PSP's memory stick.
• Amunation stores will make a return(what is GTA without guns?) and the article mentions that you can buy alot of "old" guns. Ranging from a typical 9mm to a MP.

As far as the graphics go, LCS looks a bit better than GTA 3, however in the OPS2 Australia article they mentioned that the PSP only has 90% of the PS2's graphics and prosessing power, but alot has improved in GTA and game developing over the past 4 years.

Liberty city Stories has new ideas and improvements from previous GTA's. However Rockstar will be bringing back some of the old features. Like bicycles driving through Liberty City, or Toni that will be able to change clothes, just like CJ could. Not to forget that the player can decide what he wants to wear, he can make make Toni wear a sport
t-shirt or a tuxedo.

This will most certainly be a unique game on its own. If you want to read the full translation visit <a href="http://www.gtalcs.co...>GTALCS.com</a>, translation is thanks to vALKYR

OPS2 Australia and GTA LCS map info

21
Jun
2005
By Adriaan | 21st Jun 2005 at 13:59 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...2australia.jpg" width="150" height="192" border="1" align="left">The Official Playstaion 2 Magazine in Australia was released a few days ago and it pretty much had the same info from all the other magazines we saw the last few days. However, these journalists were lucky enough to pause the game and see the in-game map.

What they are telling us is that the map is basically the same as Liberty City from GTA3, but Shoreside Vale this time round is almost twice as big! It curls up to be above Stanton Island on the map.

Also a few more details are that there is a casino in St Marks owned by the Leone's, JD O'Tolle works for the Sindacco family (from GTA:SA). Finally a few more confirmations on Gameplay are that Toni will be able to change clothes, shoot out tires and bail on moving vehicles.

Acording to this great preview(doesnt contain any new screenshots) Michael Madsen might not even voice Toni Cipriani (the main character). We quote :
<em>"While Rockstar were not able to confrim that
Madsen would return to reprise his role it is said
that high callbre voice-acting is a huge priority for
Liberty City Stories"</em>

Next we have info about the improvements made to suit the PSP. The radar that can be seen on the bottom left corner of older GTA's are included. However, to fit the small PSP screen, the radar will be semi transparent. Which means you can see through it onto the road or everywhere in the game.

Acording to the magazine there won't be any helicopters or planes, but hey thats the words from the magazine, not the words from R*.

Finally the last quote shows that GTA LCS will have the most features from previous GTA's, if not even more!!

<em>"We are pleased to tell you that Rockstar have recreated
every aspect of GTA3's near limitless playground.
But rather then pat itself on the back and ship the game,
Rockstar decided this acheivment wasnt enough, it wanted to
cram as much of hit einnovations from Vice City and San Andreas
into LCS as possible"</em>

<em> Thanks to Josh from GTA-PSP.net</em>

GTA Liberty City Stories updates

13
Jun
2005
By Adriaan | 13th Jun 2005 at 14:20 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 6 Comments
<img src="http://www.thegtapla...ns/th/opm9.jpg" width="150" height="105" border="1" align="left"> • Vehicles in the game have been redesigned to fit the 1998 era.• Thanks to the PSP's wide screen more could be displayed in-game.• Familiar GTA3 locations, like Salvatore Leone's mansion, are seen everywhere.• The missions will be subtly shorter to suit handheld gaming tastes.

OPS2: "What about multiplayer?Dan Houser: "We're still obsessed with the single player at this point."OPS2:" Can we ask about Aerial transport...?"Dan Houser: "I don't think we have it. Motorbikes are our big thing at this point. That required certain workings on the map, and to do the other stuff [planes] would require more... it would end up..."

Then Dan Houser stopped his sentence! Also I have been getting a few emails asking if the game is going to come out for either the PS2 or PS3. Well, I can confirm that GTA LCS will come out exclusively only for the Sony PSP. Any more questions? <a href="mailto:Adriaan@thegtaplace.com" target="_blank">Email me!</a>

GTA Liberty City Stories revealed!

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Jun
2005
By Adriaan | 10th Jun 2005 at 20:55 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 5 Comments
<img src="http://www.thegtapla...ns/th/opm8.jpg" width="150" height="105" border="1" align="left">In the latest issue of the Official Playstation2 Magazine in the UK they have released the first info about the game. You will play as Tony Cipriani in the year 1998 in Liberty City. The game kicks of where Tony returns to the city after he laid low for a while. Below we outline some of the stuf that we know so far:



► You will be able to drive bikes in the game!
► Rockstar are unsure if they will be able to keep flight in the in game, due to technical limitations.
► You may be able to run your own MP3s off the PSP's MemoryStick Duo.
► Salvatore will be returning in the game and you will be working for him.
► Luigi's club is now run by JD O'Toole, a triad pervert.
► Hidden Packages, Stunt Jumps and Rampages will be hidden in all new locations.
► Some buildings have been altered from 2001's GTA III to better represent the era.
► It looks like Luigi's Club has been renamed to "Paulie's Revue Pad" for the new era.
► Several old faces can be seen including Misty, Joey's girlfriend from GTA3 and Salvatore.

Also we got the magazine scans! Twelve screenshots taken direct from the PSP! Click here to view them! Don't forget to check out our missions page where we already have info on 2 of the many missions featured in the game.

UPDATE: I just remembered that Tony owned a restaurant on Little Italy(which was later renamed to Saint Mark's due to the game Mafia) in GTA 3.

Related: Edgeforums, GTA-PSP.net

Pre-order GTA Liberty City Stories today!

10
Jun
2005
By Adriaan | 10th Jun 2005 at 14:00 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
<img src="http://gta-psp.net/i...ehouse_lcs.gif" width="133" height="120" border="1" align="left"> <a href="http://rockstarwareh...rehouse.com</a> recently updated their website allowing you to pre-order GTA Liberty City Stories. It is not known yet when the official launch date will be, all that is know is that it will be released shortly after the European launch of the Sony PSP on September 1st.
<a href="http://www.rockstarg...="_blank">Click here</a> to pre-order the game from Rockstarwarehouse

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