Viewing news posted in August 2005

IMDB updates site and Take-Two conference

30
Aug
2005
By Adriaan | 30th Aug 2005 at 13:42 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
The Internet Movie Database has updated their page recently for Liberty City Stories. So far it only lists 1 one of the actors doing a voice. That is of course Frank Vincent who is the voice of Salvatore Leone. Also on the page is a little plot summary for the game:

The year is 1998 and Toni Cipriani has been laying low for a while now. Salvatore Leone requires his services and takes him under his wings, Toni must work his way to the top to become Capo. However, gangsters and other Families stand in his path to the top.


Also, Take-Two released a press release yesterday saying that the 3rd quarter results will now be discussed on September 7, 2005. Not only do they discuss their financial results, but also current and upcoming games by the company. There is a good chance that they will be talking about Liberty City Stories (maybe a release date) and I will keep you informed if anything "interesting" comes from that.

A huge thanks to saintdave for the heads up

Huge Boxart

28
Aug
2005
By Chris | 28th Aug 2005 at 20:48 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
Adriaan got in contact with Rockstar a couple of days ago and they've provided us with an unwatermarked, uncompressed version of the Liberty City Stories box art.
It measures 1149x1988 and was over 1.2mb, I've compressed it a little bit with a barely any loss in quality which has lowered the filesize down to just over 500kb.

Click here to see the full box art.

Games Master UK LCS Preview

25
Aug
2005
By Chris | 25th Aug 2005 at 20:55 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
Posted ImageUK general gaming magazine Games Master has a nice preview of Liberty City Stories. A few facts are now confirmed and several other pieces of information are nicely rounded up.
Maria is also confirmed as the blonde lady on the boxart.

The new targetting system is not apparent at first, as it's more of a tweak. You hold R1 to target an enemy and use the D-Pad to cycle through nearby threats, aiming at the highest threat first. So essentially it's the same as San Andreas, except Games Master say "it's just better at differentiating from bodies that offer a threat or none at all."

The ability to change clothes will function similar to how it did in Vice City- There will be an icon Toni can walk into and choose complete outfits as opposed to individual garments... you can see now how this game is turning out like a hybrid of GTA3, VC and SA.

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, they have a nice round-up of information we've found out from many different places before, all nicely collated below:
Toni Can: Use boats, ride bikes, change clothes, enter some buildings and move while shooting.
However, he can't swim, climb, ride push bikes, eat, fly aircraft, work out, upgrade skills.

Finally, they also have an overhead map of Portland, obviously very similar to that of GTA3's.

Thanks to gta portable for the heads up.

LCS Boxart is OFFICIAL

23
Aug
2005
By Chris | 23rd Aug 2005 at 23:55 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 4 Comments
The boxart which earlier appeared on WalMart.com but was later removed has now been added to the Take 2 website. Therefore this boxart is definitely official so it's what you should look out for in the shops.

Thanks to GTAPSP for the heads up.

More mission details on LCS

23
Aug
2005
By Adriaan | 23rd Aug 2005 at 17:36 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
The missions page for our Liberty City Stories section has been updated with 5 brand new exciting missions taken from the latest PSM!

Interestingly the missions that they got to play revealed some interesting bits. Such as that the game does infact contain boats and that you have a closet in your apartment to change clothes in.

In Vice City the save icon was a casset tape (80's), in San Andreas it was a floppy disk (early 90's) and this time round you will have to walk through a CD icon to save your game onto the PSP's memory stick.

Also the Callahan bridge that connects Portland to Staunton Island is being worked on.

People have also been asking how can it be that the targeting system in LCS is better than that of San Andreas. Well, acording to the magazine it is now much easier to lock-on, free aim, and cycle through enemies.

The magazine also mentions that several buildings now have interiors and there is no loading when going in and out.

More details are set out in point form:

• There are dozens of new vehicles never before seen in another GTA game.
• If you were killed during a mission a taxi will spawn next to the hospital to take you back to the location where you recieved that mission.
• Several shops such as "Zip" and even new ones will be seen in the game. Although it is not confirmed if you will be able to enter them.
• Including the story mode and all the side missions it will take you approxametly 80-100 hours to achieve 100%
• Controls are similar to that of the shift key on a QWERTY keyboard. For instance the triangle button can be used for 2 things. If you hold one of the shoulder buttons in and press it again, it can be used for another feature.
• Acording to the magazine the storyline takes place in 1997, rather than 1998 like other magazines said.


Thanks to GTAPortable for the heads up.

Official LCS Boxart

23
Aug
2005
By Chris | 23rd Aug 2005 at 11:32 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
Looks like WalMart have made a bit of a mistake here, probably unknowingly it has to be said. But they've unveiled what looks to be the official boxart for Liberty City Stories.

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As you can see the boxart pictures Salvatore Leone and Ray Machowski. Along with the yet unnamed girl and another character, there's also a bike (possibly the Freeway?) and what looks to be the police helicopter (the ones we saw in GTA3).
Anyway we've updated the artwork page for the game, hopefully Rockstar will send us the high resolution boxart soon, as they did for San Andreas.

Thanks to TheDude500 for finding this.
Source: Wal*Mart

Official Site Update Soon

20
Aug
2005
By Chris | 20th Aug 2005 at 21:15 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
Rockstar's latest Broadcast mailing list where a trailer for The Warriors was announced, plus the judging panel for Rockstar Upload was sent out this morning. But more pertinent to this news post was the announcement that the launch of the official LCS site is "coming soon."
So in the coming weeks we'll hopefully see some new media, stay tuned for more updates next week.

On a sidenote it seems Amazon.com have reduced the price of the Sony PSP value pack to 9.99. Presumably this is to make way for more expensive new consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360. But it's certainly a good time to buy a PSP in time for Liberty City Stories.

PSM Reveal More

19
Aug
2005
By Chris | 19th Aug 2005 at 23:35 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
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Not only did PSM confirm snow that we posted about earlier, but also a whole lot more!

A new method of travelling between islands in the game is introduced - Ferries. Presumably this will be similar to the airport in San Andreas, where you purchase a ticket before appearing at your destination.

Police helicopters will return, in the style we saw in GTA3, unfortunately not flyable though. Having said that the article does mention there are "dozens of new vehicles", one of them being a sports car "new to the GTA world". We also learn that holding down the PSP's shoulder buttons will enable you to use the other buttons to do other things, a great way to overcome the lack of controls in my opinion.

The game apparently starts with Vinnie (the character from GTA Advance) bringing you to the exact same safehouse used by Claude in GTA3. The islands are the same as in GTA3, though you may be getting to Staunton Island quite rapidly, judging by some of the mission descriptions written in the mag.

The GTA LCS scans page has been updated with some low quality scans, we'll hopefully have better ones soon!

Thanks to GTAPortable for the news.

Snow In Liberty City

19
Aug
2005
By Chris | 19th Aug 2005 at 10:25 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
Unofficial U.S Playstation Magazine PSM are saying that Liberty City Stories will indeed have snow as a weather effect, this was rumoured months ago after it was noticed in the background of a screenshot, however due to the poor quality it was debatable whether it was snow or not.

"This weather effect is actually new to the GTA universe, not just Liberty City. The one thing to keep in mind is that it will actually affect the driving physics, as the roads become more slippery."

PSM also claim to have actually played the played the game which could mean that many other magazines are also getting similar previews. Finally, they say that the only loading times are starting up (obviously) and travelling between islands.

PSM Issue 102 goes on sale early Sepetember
Thanks to GTAPSP for the heads up.

GTA LCS Font

18
Aug
2005
By Chris | 18th Aug 2005 at 02:02 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 4 Comments
With the lack of any exciting news as of late I've been digging around for any news on Liberty City Stories I could find.
You'll remember on Saturday I found the possible teaser sites. Well a few hours ago I used WTF and uploaded the LCS logo to see if it would know the font. And, to my pleasant suprise it did. The font used to write Liberty City Stories is called Aachen Bold.

We're the first GTA fansite to have the font available for download- and here's a little image showing you for proof (real logo is on top):

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Click this link to Download the LCS font.

On a sidenote some sites with countdowns to LCS claim it to be available on September 1st to coincide with the European release of Sony's PSP console. This is untrue and an October release is much more expectable, an exact date it not yet known.

Hopefully with this freely available we will start seeing a bit more fan art to hype up the game!

Lazlow to Return in Liberty City Stories

17
Aug
2005
By Chris | 17th Aug 2005 at 19:37 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
One would assume that the legend that is Lazlow will return in Liberty City Stories. I certainly hope he does anyway. You should remember him from GTA3's Chatterbox radio station, plus his contributions on V-Rock in Vice City and once again lending his vocal talents for a short stint on WCTR on San Andreas.

Adriaan emailed Lazlow out of curiosity to see what he would say, he replied with this statement:

thanks for the email bro. i wish i could answer your question, but i've been given some free tshirts to keep quiet.

So Rockstar want him to keep quiet, not sure about you but I'm taking that answer as "Yes I will be in LCS but I can't tell you about it."

We'll keep you posted when we get an official word from someone.

Source: GTAPortable

GTA LCS Teaser Sites?

13
Aug
2005
By Chris | 13th Aug 2005 at 21:21 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
We have some possibly exciting news for you! At least NO other GTA sites have posted about this yet so it's exclusive here.

Whilst I was bored the other day I thought I'd check a few WHOIS records on some of Rockstar's domains to see if they'd registered anymore that we don't yet know about. To my suprise I found some domains registered during the month of June that could be teaser sites for Liberty City Stories.

Now it may not mean anything at all, Rockstar have quite a few domains that they never used for anything (gloryholethemepark.com and dariusfontaine.com are two examples), so these may never be used.

The domains I managed to find were:
BathtubGinStill.com
CitizensUnitedNegatingTechnology.com (and .org)

It was the final domain there that made me laugh, let me spell it out for you. Citizens United Negating Technology (C.U.N.T). Made it clearer for you?

At the moment we don't know if/when these domains will be used, or what they're for. I haven't been able to get in contact with Rockstar about them yet as our email server seems to be playing up. Hopefully we'll have some official info soon.

OPM2 Dutch info and screenshot

08
Aug
2005
By Adriaan | 8th Aug 2005 at 15:55 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
<img src="http://thegtaplace.c...hseptember.gif" align="left" border="1" height="213" width="150">The latest issue of the Official Playstation 2 Magazine (Dutch) has a long article with no new screenshots unfortunately. (seen below). A very long article, but no new info unfortunately. They mention that they saw the game at this year's E3 in Los Angeles inside one of the busses at the Take 2 booth, and that the PSP was connected to a Computer. They claim that the size of Liberty City is still the same as GTA3, which means that the <a href="http://www.thegtapla...ank">claims</a> from OPS2 Australia could be false about the map increase. Further on in the article they talk about the missions, with the longest mission taking just 2 and a half minutes.

As we know, Toni will be working for the Leone family, but they're saying it wouldn't be a suprise if he occasionaly helps other gangs for money. Speaking of gang members, South Side Hoods, the Yardies, and the Cartel will all be back in Liberty City. Every gang has its own territory in Liberty City Stories and owns its own vehicles and clothes. For example, as in GTA3, The Yakuza drive around in expensive cars and dress impeccably.

Again, another article claiming the release date will be between October-November. One would assume an end-of-October release as is the tradition.

Liberty City Stories news update

04
Aug
2005
By Adriaan | 4th Aug 2005 at 20:02 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 4 Comments
There has been a few Liberty City Stories previews in recent magazines and here are some of the new info from it:

&bull; One magazine confirmed an October release date
&bull; No accessible interiors during gameplay
&bull; 80-100 hours of gameplay
&bull; Several sets of clothes
&bull; Shoreside Vale expanded
&bull; Can't swim, just drown like in GTA III
&bull; The targeting system is based on an improved version of the San Andreas scheme. "The best we've had so far," says Todd Zuniga from Rockstar.
&bull; New vehicles and weapons are planned (maybe just new in Liberty City and not entirely new vehicles)
&bull; Motorcycles, dirt bikes and scooters are included
&bull; Stats like muscle, fat etc. won't be in the game (this could mean no eating feature or even gyms)

Interestingly, in the latest issue of PSM they had a bit to say about downloadable content:

"To sweeten the deal even more, GTA Liberty City Stories will support downloadable content."


We'll follow this matter and update you as soon as we receive more info on it.

GTAPortable.com has posted some new scans from the latest magazine publications. We are hoping to get proper ones soon from Rockstar and a official site update could come anytime during this month of August....

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