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OPSM2 Germany Info

01
Jul
2004
By Chris | 1st Jul 2004 at 17:55 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
The information in the OPSM2 Germany article on San Andreas has been translated and this is what it said:

[*] Some parts of missions will take place in the countryside outside of the 3 cities.

[*] The game story will be tripled in length.

[*] If you get too fat, those that give you missions have the ability to tell you to get in better shape before starting a certain mission.

[*] The HUD (heads up display) will be similar to GTA III's and Vice City's.

[*] Orange Grove is the name of one of the towns/suburbs that's where the Orange Grove Families come from.

[*] There will be less pop-up of distant objects. Houses can be seen from far away.

[*] Groups of trees will be rendered as a group from distance. If you get closer, they'll be rendered seperately. Because of this, a bigger draw distance is possible.

[*] The magazine claims that the animations will be even better than in Vice City.

[*] The goal of the programmers is to achieve a constant frame rate of 30 frames per second. But, in extreme situations when there are lots of cars and pedestrians on the screen, the magazine says that the game still has some slowdown issues.

[*] The textures will be photographed ones as well as self-drawn ones.

[*] The camera will automatically zoom behind CJ at the press of a button. Then you can aim freely with the analog stick. But as an alternative to that, there will also be the aiming-aid.

[*] The number of licensed music tracks in SA will have tripled.

[*] The game is now about 80% finished (probably a month ago).

[*] Even the dual-layer DVD is actually too small for the game. Due to new compression techniques for the PlayStation 2, the game barely fits on it.


Thanks to Planet GTA for the info, and -NeMo- from GTA Forums for the translation in this topic

IGN San Andreas Overload

01
Jul
2004
By Chris | 1st Jul 2004 at 17:34 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
IGN have posted an article summing up most of the stuff we know about San Andreas in a Q&A style.
It's still good to read even though there is no new info

Link: IGN San Andreas Overload Article
Source: GTAGaming

Updated Info page and teaser site today?

01
Jul
2004
By Chris | 1st Jul 2004 at 13:01 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
I have updated the San Andreas Information page and it now has all the info that we were told by articles in recent magazines.

Also if you remember we posted about how Rockstar have launched a teaser site on the 1st of July for each GTA game, will we see one today? so far nothing has been said.

OPSM2 Germany Screens

01
Jul
2004
By Chris | 1st Jul 2004 at 12:54 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
I added these earlier this week but forgot to post about them, anyway the German version of OPSM2 has some screens which most of them we have seen before. There is one new one and also a fake map of the game.
How do we know it's fake? Well Rockstar said that Los Santos is a small part in the lower right of the map, in the screen in OPSM2 De it is right in the center and is the same size as the other islands.

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Click Here for the Scans

Don Salvatore not in SA?

29
Jun
2004
By Chris | 29th Jun 2004 at 18:31 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
If you look on Frank Vincent's homepage you will notice that the text that said he would be returning in San Andreas has been removed
Could this mean he is not going to appear in San Andreas? or could it just be Rockstar wanting to keep it a secret?

Source: GTA-SanAndreas.com

Scans page updates and downtime

23
Jun
2004
By Chris | 23rd Jun 2004 at 19:19 GMT in San Andreas | 2 Comments
I've updated the magazine scans page to include the screens from OPSM2 AUS and PSM USA

Notice: Expected Downtime
There is going to be some downtime in the next day or so, I have been told by my host that "your site is growing very popular and is making the server slow" so they are moving the site to another server which isn't any slower and if anything should be faster, what it does mean is that I have to change the nameservers which takes anthing from 12-72 hours, hopefully not that long though.
Also if any stuff is lost it will mean I have to re-upload everything which will take a while but that shouldn't happen either.

US PSM has some screens and new info

22
Jun
2004
By Chris | 22nd Jun 2004 at 19:46 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
This is all from GTAGaming

In PSM (United States version), an unofficial Playstation 2 Magazine they have some new screens (being posted soon) and some new info which is below

- On the game map Los Santos is only a tiny bit in the lower right corner.
- You can wear a lot of new clothes.
- Dual wield multiple gun types.
- More mini games.
- Vehicles get rusty and dirty as time goes by.
- Carl's customizations include: Hairstyle, Physique, Weight, Driveing Skills, Clothes, Possessions, Weapon Skills, Chracter, Relationships, Gang.
- The art team has snuck in plenty of special pictures and messages for fans.
- For the first time in a series the game will adjust its diffculty if the player becomes stuck. Rockstar assures that that the adjustments will be minimal and almost invisible to the players, so the missions won't become a breeze.
- At least once every couple of days your characer has to eat. If you skip meals he will be come weak, and if you feed him too much he gets slow and then gets fat. There is a wide selection of places to eat... so what you eat counts as well. Strength will effect his punches, but bulk up at the gym too much and he will loose speed...
- San Andreas has its own version of Hollywood called Vinewood.
- When the OGF fell from power, the new rival gangs The Flats and The Ballas moved in.
- Brian Johnson is CJ's 10 year old brother that died in an accident and the reason he went to Liberty City prison for five years.
- The Johnson family is in disarray as Carl and Kendl can't get along with Sweet.
- Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Polaski know CJ from when he was in juvenile hall, and now they harass him in SA.
- Cesar, a new Latino character wearing baggy slacks, an undershirt, tattoos, and a buzzcut has been confirmed.
- Old Reece is CJ's old barber that still gives him haircuts anytime he comes in.

Power Unlimited & OPSM 2 Austrialia Confirmed Info

22
Jun
2004
By Chris | 22nd Jun 2004 at 19:35 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
PlanetGrandTheftAuto.com says that
the Dutch magazine Power Unlimited and the Australian Official PlayStation 2 Magazine have confirmed the following details:
  • "Menace" is a mission name (from "Menace II Society).
  • "Reece's Hair Facial Studio" is one of the barbershops. The barber's name is "Old Reece."
  • 35%-50% Increased Polygon Count over Vice City
  • St. Brutus Motel is one of the buildings in Los Santos.
  • Dan Houser said, "It's the third part in a loosely held together trilogy that started in 2001, that went to the mid '80s and has now come to the early '90s.".
  • Cars accumulate dirt.
  • Tractors are confirmed.
  • Real-time reflections on some floors, puddles, etc.

Teaser Site on July 1st?

22
Jun
2004
By Chris | 22nd Jun 2004 at 19:27 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
zeppelincheetah at PlanetGrandTheftAuto.com points out a pattern of teaser sites launching on the first of July.



July 1st, 2001 - The Liberty Tree - Rockstar's initial teaser site for GTA III.

July 1st, 2002 - Kent Paul's Nostalgia Zone - Rockstar's teaser site for Vice City.

July 1st, 2004 - ??? - Rockstar's teaser site for San Andreas.



Let's hope something happens on July 1st.

Power Unlimed Scans San Andreas

22
Jun
2004
By Dennis | 22nd Jun 2004 at 19:20 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
Sorry we're a bit late with the scans but a magazine we have over in Holland, Power Unlimited, have some new screens

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You can see more scans on the <a href="http://www.thegtapla...scans">Magazine Scans</a> page.

I will translate the captions on the screens for you:
Screen 1 = "Wait a sec. OMG, I kicked my accelator off my bike.. :huh: "
Screen 2 = "Ok gentlemen. Your trunk is clean, you can goooooooooooooo!"
Screen 3 = "That's old, a pick-up like this. We got CD's for ages."

Also confirmed in the mag is that San Andreas will unfortunately not be online, Dan Houser said this:

"We have a lot of script writers working on GTA, and they use so many scenarios to build the story - it's impossible to do that in an online game, that problem has not been solved,"

Another Fanart

19
Jun
2004
By Chris | 19th Jun 2004 at 15:05 GMT in San Andreas | 2 Comments
Captain Cody has made a cool fanart which looks pretty realistic, I've added it to the fan art page with the others.

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No other related news to post at the moment unfortunately.

Gamespy feature part 2

17
Jun
2004
By Chris | 17th Jun 2004 at 18:26 GMT in San Andreas | 1 Comment
Today we have part 2 of Gamespy's San Andreas features. It contains information on music, features an E3

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Gamespy Feature part 2

Gamespy feature part 1

16
Jun
2004
By Chris | 16th Jun 2004 at 20:29 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
Gamespy have started a series of features on San Andreas, theres no new info but is has a nice summary of the info so far, part 2 will be released tomorrow.

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Source: Codename: SA

Salvatore Leone to return in SA?

16
Jun
2004
By Chris | 16th Jun 2004 at 20:12 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
It seems that Frank Vincent, voice actor for Salvatore Leone in GTA3 will be returning in SA according to his website.

"...look forward to Frank lending his voice once again as Don Salvatore Leone in the sequel to Rock Star's Grand Theft Auto III."
-- FrankVincent.com


Salvatore was the don for the Mafia in GTA3 so could this mean the return of the Mafia in San Andreas? Maybe.

Thanks to GTAGaming for the info.

Terminator 2 references

12
Jun
2004
By Chris | 12th Jun 2004 at 16:03 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
If you have a look at the comments on the last news I posted (about the new screens) you will notice we talked about how cops wouldnt normally jump onto the back of moving cars

Well then I had a thought. Remember Terminator 2?
It was made in 1991, so thats the early 1990's like San Andreas, its set in LA, like Los Santos in San Andreas.
Now roughly 1 hour through the movie we see the T-1000 running after Arnie, John and Sarah in their car, he runs at unhuman-like speeds and catches up then lunges forward and morphs his arms into some metal things and holds on to the car.

I just thought that this screen below portrays exactly that, its a cop hanging on the back of a moving car, just like the T-1000
I will go and scan through T2 now and try to capture a screen of it for the benefit of those who havent seen it. You should remember the film anyway, I was only 8 when i first saw it and i remember it vividly.

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New GTASA Screens and Info

11
Jun
2004
By Chris | 11th Jun 2004 at 19:57 GMT in San Andreas | 8 Comments
OPSM2 UK has 15 new screens! and bundles more info on Rockstars latest awe inspiring game.

Some things we can see in the screens are police bikes, Carl popping a wheelie on his pedal bike, crowded streets and other miscellaneous things like someone holding on to the back of a car getting dragged along

I decided that rather than putting all these scans with the screenshots I would create a seperate page just for magazine scans. The scans are thanks to Dale Massey
Click Here to see the magazine scans

The following information is from PlanetGrandTheftAuto and it lists the main new info which was shown in OPSM2 UK magazine



[*] swimming in the game won't be a big part, but you can climb out of your car window if you go into water
[*] wheelies can be performed with bikes
[*] to pedal a bike, repeatedly tap (X)
[*] For the game's opening, you arrive from Liberty City at the airport where Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Polaski (two corrupt cops) pick you up. Instead of taking you home, they drop you off in a rival gang territory where you must get the BMX bike and get away.
[*] "Car-jacking has an even more sinister and threatening vibe than before."
[*] "The only loading times in GTA:SA are slight pauses when entering buildings."
[*] different hair styles that people on the streets will make remarks about
[*] People will treat you by the way you dress and look.
[*] The game will be five times the size of Vice City.
[*] Compared to Vice City, draw distance has doubled in urban areas and is four times as far as in rural areas.
[*] Tumbleweed is present in the desert.
[*] The auto-target system has been improved in that targets are green (healthy), yellow (below average health) and red (near death).
[*] The "Well-Stacked Pizza Place" restaurant returns from Vice City.
[*] The cops are very reminiscent of the California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) and ride on motorcycles.
[*] Cops can hold on to the back of your car to try to catch you.
[*] LSPD (Los Santos Police Department) helicopters are present and look like the Maverick helicopter from Vice City.
[*] more cars and pedestrians on the screen at the same time
[*] The game is so big that it needs a dual-layer DVD (in case you want to learn).
[*] Police helicopters can aim their blades near the ground to stop your car or cut you up.

New SA Wallpaper

09
Jun
2004
By Chris | 9th Jun 2004 at 20:10 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
CarlJohnson, a new member on our forums submitted us a new wallpaper exclusive to the site. I've added it to the Wallpapers Page

here it is
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Rockstar send out fansite giftpack

05
Jun
2004
By Chris | 5th Jun 2004 at 16:20 GMT in San Andreas | 11 Comments
Rockstar Games kindly sent out all the big fansites 'gift packs' with some stickers and a San Andreas t-shirt in them. Most people who got sent this recieved them 4 days ago on June 1st.
Unfortunately nobody was home when it was delivered to me (becuase we were all away for a few days) so now I have to get it redelivered from the post office where they are holding it :rolleyes:

Here are a couple of pics of the stuff, first one is the stuff just after i got it out the package, second one shows the t-shirt and stickers spread out

1. The free stuff just out the package
2. The stuff spread out

Thanks Rockstar :thumbsup:

The stickers are :
Rockstar Games - Yellow, Rockstar North - Dark Blue, Rockstar San Diego - Purple, Rockstar Toronto - Red, Rockstar Vancouver - Green, Rockstar Vienna - Light Blue

Click here to see My Collection of stuff from Rockstar

I will do an annotated picture of it later so i dont get asked loads of questions about what stuff is from where and what was free etc. (the games weren't free)

Fake Screen

05
Jun
2004
By Chris | 5th Jun 2004 at 16:05 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
I recieved this fake screen in an email a couple of days ago, it was sent to lots of gta fansites but the creator is unknown

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San Andreas Fake Disc and Box

01
Jun
2004
By Dennis | 1st Jun 2004 at 20:16 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments

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