Viewing news posted in September 2005

Official Site Updated!

01
Oct
2005
By Chris | 1st Oct 2005 at 10:56 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 9 Comments
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Just had an email from Rockstar letting us know the official LCS website has been updated. There's loads more information on there now and new screenshots, downloads and audio.
And the long awaited second trailer is now online. Make sure you watch that.

There's also a page on the new multiplayer game modes we found out about earlier. Get Stretch and Liberty City Survivor are there, along with one we haven't heard about so far called Protection Racket. It seems that teams will be swapping between attacking and defending roles each round. Once the attackers have reached the defenders base, they must destroy the four limo's parked inside, after accomplishing that, the roles reverse and a new round begins.

There are 13 new screenshots on the site which I have added to our Gallery.

Two new teaser sites have also been launched, they are Bathtub Gin Still which we already knew about and Electron Zone Radio.

Some useful links:
Official website, WindowsMediaPlayer Trailer, QuickTime Trailer

*UPDATE* IGN have also put up a multiplayer preview plus new screens

Liberty City Stories is MULTIPLAYER!

01
Oct
2005
By Chris | 1st Oct 2005 at 10:32 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 5 Comments
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That's right, Liberty City Stories will be the first console GTA game to properly feature a multiplayer mode.

The game will support up to six players at any one time, each game takes place on one of the islands. There will be seven game modes, two of which, 1UP got to play with.

Liberty City Survivor (you'll remember the GTA3 radio ad) is basically a Deathmatch. It can be played solo or team, and obviously the player/team with the most kills (or frags if you're an FPS gamer) is the winner.

Another game mode is Get Stretched, this is a version of Capture the Flag, except you'll be stealing the other teams' limousine!

They both contain a multitude of power ups that you might expect from a multiplayer game. These include mega damage, bullet-proof, radar invisibility etc.

We can assume from the article that these multiplayer modes will only be playable in Ad-hoc mode (with people nearby). It's not actually confirmed though so hopefully Rockstar will explain more at some point.

See 1UP.com's Multiplayer Preview for the full story.
And the 7 screens and 2 new artworks

TotalVideoGames Preview and new screenshots

30
Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 30th Sep 2005 at 01:31 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 9 Comments
European gaming website Totalvideogames have just posted their preview for Liberty City Stories which they got to play earlier this month. The only new thing from the preview is that Liberty City Stories will feature more radio stations than GTA3 and of course a wide variety of licensed songs which should be announced later next month. There are also 3 new screenshots with one showing Toni jumping through the air on a Sanchez. Also check out the other screenshots which are at a staggering 960x554 resolution!

IGN hands-on and screenshots

29
Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 29th Sep 2005 at 03:55 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
IGN have just put up their Hands-On Preview for Liberty City Stories. They discuss some of the missions they got to play and their overall impressions.

In fact, most of everything in LCS looks downright impressive. At the very least, it looks just as good as GTA: San Andreas on the PS2. At its best, though, LCS looks better due to improved environmental effects and other graphical flourishes. Water in LCS looks more lifelike than in GTA: San Andreas, for example, and vehicle reflections lend LCS a layer of polish missing from previous GTA games.


Read the rest of the article here and check out the new screenshots. More online previews are promised later this week by several gaming websites.

1UP.com Preview and new screens

29
Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 29th Sep 2005 at 02:42 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 5 Comments
Earlier this week <a href="http://www.1up.com" target="_blank">1UP.com</a> did a <a href="http://www.1up.com/d...4131&#38;did=1" target="_blank">preview</a> on the weapons in Liberty City Stories. A few minutes ago they put up another <a href="http://www.1up.com/d...4193&#38;did=1" target="_blank">preview</a> where they got to play the game on a developer kit. They say that Rockstar tells them that there will be a 20 second load when you start up the game, a 12-14 second load when you switch between the three islands in the game, and a couple seconds when you enter and exit buildings. There are also <a href="http://www.1up.com/d...ia?cId=3137613" target="_blank">6 new screenshots</a> available. (Yes, that is a plane with a open door)

Links: <a href="http://www.1up.com/d...4193&#38;did=1" target="_blank">1UP preview</a> and <a href="http://www.1up.com/d...ia?cId=3137613" target="_blank">new screenshots</a>

27 Unwatermarked Screenshots

27
Sep
2005
By Chris | 27th Sep 2005 at 17:19 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 2 Comments
All the screenshots you recently saw over at IGN and Gamespy have been shown on gaming website Spong, free of their watermarks.

So I've uploaded all 27 of them to our database after no sign of R* sending us them, most of them feature the weapons and vehicles in Liberty City.

Feast your eyes over these lovely Screenshots


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1UP.com Preview and new screenshots!

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Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 27th Sep 2005 at 12:17 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
1UP.com have just put up their preview for Liberty City Stories telling us even more about the weapons in the game. The highlight of the preview is that cameras (that were seen in San Andreas) will make a return. So that most likely means we will be able to take screenshots of our own. There are also 10 new sceenshots as well as one new artwork image.

Links: 1UP.com and new screenshots .

What do you think of this new preview? Tell us about it in the news comments!

GameSpy Preview

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Sep
2005
By Chris | 24th Sep 2005 at 11:00 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 8 Comments
Another huge gaming website, GameSpy, have put up a preview focusing on transport and getting around Liberty City. They also have some very nice screenshots of ferries and notable places in the city.

We'll most likely have all the unwatermarked screenshots later this week for you.

Liberty City Stories Weapons

24
Sep
2005
By Chris | 24th Sep 2005 at 08:57 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 4 Comments
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Leading gaming site IGN have posted up a nice article about the weapons you'll be using in Liberty City, there are also some nice new screenshots, including some showing of the HUD which is similar to San Andreas'.

The weapons featured in the article include:
  • Chisel
  • Hockey stick
  • Katana
  • Pistol
  • Semi-automatic shotgun
  • M4
  • Flamethrower
  • Minigun
Check out the full article and new screenshots at IGN.

8 New LCS Screenshots

21
Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 21st Sep 2005 at 12:18 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 3 Comments
Rockstar have sent us the 8 new screenshots recently shown in an IGN preview of Liberty City Stories, these are all crystal clear unwatermarked screenshots which we've added to our screenshots page


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View the rest on our LCS screenshots page.

IGN gives info on characters and new screens!

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Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 17th Sep 2005 at 14:12 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
IGN has recently putten up another preview for Liberty City Stories. It includes alot of info on new characters to be seen in the game along with 8 new screenshots. We will be adding them to our database once we recieve the unwatermarked versions from Rockstar.

Links: IGN's "The Players" and screenshots.

Rockstar "Bullying" Jack T. and Some Previews

15
Sep
2005
By Chris | 15th Sep 2005 at 15:21 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 3 Comments
Possibly one of the most amusing emails from Jack Thompson has arisen, and let's face it he does send out the most preposterous, ironic, and hypocritical emails you've ever seen. TheInquirer say he's sent out 4 more emails but it doesn't say what they were about, I don't think anybody takes him seriously anyway so it makes no difference.

Anyway, this time he's found the little mention of himself on the Official LCS Site where he is being portrayed as a sexual pervert complaining about the Internet and such. Jack is now crying his eyes out claiming Rockstar are bullying him. (we laughed as well).
Wake up and smell the coffee, Jack. You asked for it.

On a more serious note there are some previews of LCS that have surfaced with some much higher resolution screenshots than we have seen before. Check out Gamespy with the high res screenshots and 1up with a nice preview, oh and there's also a preview at EuroGamer we didn't mention.

Kikizo Preview and UK release date

13
Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 13th Sep 2005 at 18:19 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
Gaming website <a href="http://games.kikizo....>Kikizo.com</a> recently had the opportunity to preview Liberty City Stories on one of Rockstar's developer's kits. From what I have read, they are very impressed and is certainly a great preview to read.

Some interesting bits from the preview:

• The main areas of Liberty City (Portland, Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale) will be just as recognizable as GTA3, but have some tweaks: different short cuts, alleys, buildings, and some interiors have been thrown in for good measure too.
• Character customization is not as extensive as in San Andreas, more akin to that seen in Vice City, with certain outfits required for specific missions.
• The ferries system will work much the same way as the subway and the El-Train system.
• Quite a high level of detail on buildings.


Kikizo also says that the streets of Liberty City appeared to be a little quieter than GTA3. They were also highly impressed with the loading times. View the preview <a href="http://games.kikizo....lank">here</a>.

On a side not, <a href="http://www.pro-g.co....Pro-G.co.uk</a> says that the UK release date for Liberty City Stories has now been confirmed. That it will be in stores Friday October 28th.

Links: <a href="http://games.kikizo...."_blank">Kikizo Preview</a> and <a href="http://www.pro-g.co....Pro-G.co.uk</a>

4 New Screens

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Sep
2005
By Chris | 12th Sep 2005 at 19:20 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
GamesRadar have posted an article on their site. There's no new info but four new screenshots.
GamesRadar have earned themselves a reputation for stating incorrect facts, and they've done it once again in this preview, mistakingly thinking that Toni was the owner of St. Marks Bistro.

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Check out all the LCS Screenshots.

GTALCS Trailer Music

12
Sep
2005
By Chris | 12th Sep 2005 at 16:42 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
Ever since the trailer for LCS was released I've seen numerous forum threads asking what the name of the song is in the trailer, so I emailed Rockstar the other day and got a response from them today.

Hey Chris,

The name of the song is "A Dark March" by Danger Mouse.

Webmaster@R*

So they're you are, little bit of pointless but requested info for you.

Official LCS Site Update! Release Date Revealed

10
Sep
2005
By Chris | 10th Sep 2005 at 00:30 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 8 Comments
Rockstar just emailed us to say the official site for Liberty City Stories has just been updated with screens and teaser videos.

The official site contains "emails" with information on characters and new screens, and also the trailer to feast your eyes on. The game will be released in North America on October 25th.

Expect a huge overhaul of LCS content on The GTA Place over the weekend. We've added all the Screenshots to the site. At the official site you can view the trailer in either Windows Media or QuickTime.
Tomorrow we'll be updating all our content pages with much more comprehensive stuff.

Also check out the hilarious teaser sites at C.U.N.T, AmmuNation.net, PauliesRevue, Lips106
FreeCoq is still not used, neither is bathtubginstill, and NewMarketingReadThis is parked on the AmmuNation site.

The official Grand Theft Auto website has also been updated with a nice new shiny flash intro with links to all the GTA games, very nice indeed.

Oh and finally, IGN have a little preview with some new screenshots which we'll have for you soon.

OPS2 Australian Mag Info

09
Sep
2005
By Chris | 9th Sep 2005 at 13:45 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 3 Comments
Official Playstation 2 Magazine Australia, the magazine that sparked a debate over whether Shoreside Vale had been expanded has some more information for you to cast your eyes over.
Back in June it was reported that the Shoreside Vale district had been expanded, and again in this issue they claim "a mystery land mass" can be seen from Portland. Bearing in mind they're getting the same preview as everyone else but nobody else seems to be reporting this.
A new character will be in Liberty City, Vincenzo Cilli, a mob boss working under the Leone family will be dishing out missions to you early in the game.
Popular radio station Chatterbox FM is set to return, presumably with Lazlow as the host, at least I'm hoping so, also The Liberty Jam, a new station will be blaring in your ears.
The Porter Tunnel that connected the trio of islands in GTA3 will apparently not feature in this game, apparently ferry workers are angry that building a tunnel will put them out of a job (evidently it did as GTA3 saw no ferries).

So that's all the info, no new screens. We'll update you when we receive anything else worth knowing.

Thanks to GTAportable for the info.

More Possible Teaser Sites

06
Sep
2005
By Chris | 6th Sep 2005 at 10:54 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
You might remember about 3 weeks ago I discovered the possible teaser sites by researching domains owned by Rockstar. Well it turns out they've registered some more, Neil has found the following domains all on Rockstar's servers.
  • Ammunation.net - This was the name of the gun store in all GTA games.
  • CitizensUnitedNegatingTechnology.com and .org - I've already explained the rudeness of this domain, or it's acronym anyway, (C.U.N.T)
  • FreeCoq - Who knows what will go here, something humourous I would imagine. Also note that coq is French for cock (as in the bird not the phallic synonym) so Rockstar could easily do something with the pun here.
  • Lips106FM.com - The name of one of the confirmed radio stations that also appeared in GTA3, I personally don't think Rockstar will use this, they never used WCTR.org for the San Andreas radio station.
  • NewMarketingReadThis.com - This could be to do with Love Media, the internet was starting to get huge back in 1998 so it's probably the start of something new for them.
  • PauliesRevue.net - This is the name of Sex Club Seven before Lugi arrived on the scene. You'll get missions from JD O' Toole who owns this place.
So there we have all the domains, the other domain we didn't list was bathtubginstill.com, as this isn't in the same server location as the aforementioned domains, it also displays a file not found error message.

Having said all this Rockstar may never use them, we'll just have to wait.

8 More Digital LCS Screenshots

05
Sep
2005
By Chris | 5th Sep 2005 at 18:56 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 2 Comments
Thanks to the latest issue of PSM, and it's supplementary DVD. We now have eight more Liberty City Stories Screenshots, you've probably seen them before in magazines but these ones are digital quality.

Check out the Screenshots page to see them.

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Thanks to Freddy50000 for getting them off the DVD.

YourPSP.com LCS info

04
Sep
2005
By Adriaan | 4th Sep 2005 at 01:35 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 1 Comment
While I was registering my PSP at YourPSP.com I came across the Liberty City Stories section finding 3 low-quality digital screenshots and various bits of information. It also lists the game as an October 2005 release.

&bull; An outstanding technical achievement, Liberty City Stories pushes the PSP to it absolute limit, resetting the publics understanding and expectations of what is possible on a hand held gaming system.
&bull; See Liberty City like never before. Experience a whole new adventure in the three classic boroughs: Portland, Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale. Dripping with nostalgia, each neigbourhood has been meticulously created for the PSP with <b>all new businesses, pedestrians and adventures.</b>
&bull; An all-new cinematic adventure that follows Toni Cipriani's return to Liberty City, his involvement with the Leone's, and their bitter turf war against the Sindacco family, the police force and the Mayors office.
&bull; Freedom to play the game your way-play through the varied missions, or interact freely with the sprawling city.
&bull; Drive the best vehicles from the Grand Theft Auto universe. Get on two wheels with the debut of motorcycles in Liberty City, <b>jack new cars</b>, trucks and other vehicles while they cruise the streets.
&bull; Lookin' Sharp! For the first time <b>different outfits</b> have been made available to the player in Liberty City.
&bull; Amazing 3D visuals on the PSP due to <b>enhanced draw distance, new lighting and shading models, as well as real-time reflections</b>.


If you like digital screenshots, rather than bad looking scans, then visit the Liberty City Stories section of YourPSP.com

Our site will be updated soon with more digital screenshots.

UPDATE: The link goes to the South African Mirror of YourPSP.com because the page is no longer available on mirrors for other locales, for example on the UK mirror the page has been taken down for some unknown reason.

First Official Screenshots

01
Sep
2005
By Chris | 1st Sep 2005 at 18:24 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 0 Comments
A few gaming websites (Gamer.nl and ToTheGame.com) have leaked what are seemingly digital quality screenshots of Liberty City Stories, while they aren't new, they are much better quality than magazine scans we have seen.

Both websites have been asked by Rockstar to remove the screens so it looks like they've made a mistake by showing us them.
Luckily thanks to flying_fox we have them all for you to see on our LCS Screenshots page.

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Europe/Australasia PSP Release

01
Sep
2005
By Chris | 1st Sep 2005 at 13:49 GMT in Liberty City Stories | 7 Comments
Posted ImageJust a quick reminder to everyone that Sony have released their PSP across Europe and Australasia. A PSP will set you back around £179.99/€249.99 depending on what you purchase.
Many retailers and e-tailers have already sold out of their initial stock quota as it's in such high demand. Though at the time of posting, huge online shops such as Amazon.co.uk still have stock. Buying a PSP there along with Liberty City Stories will cost you just over £208 which is actually pretty good, probably at least a £10 saving on any high street price.

Tonight we also have the possibility of an official site update, still no word from Rockstar but today would be an apt time to coincide with the PSP release.
On a slightly related note last week saw the North American release of the PSP's 2.00 update.

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