Viewing news posted in August 2005

GTA LVS 0.1a First Release

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Aug
2005
By Chris | 31st Aug 2005 at 21:29 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
Posted ImageThe LVS Team have released the first public DevShot of their intuitive idea to bring Liberty City and Vice City into San Andreas.

The download is comparatively tiny compared to some other total conversions, with this one at under 5mb, even users on dialup can download it relatively quickly.

Download GTA LVS and post in our forums and let everyone know how it plays. Bearing in mind it is as of yet only 10% complete.

San Andreas Updates

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Aug
2005
By Chris | 28th Aug 2005 at 11:55 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
News on the GTA front is rather scarce at the moment, so I've been looking around seeing if I could find anything interesting to post.
First of all news from the MTA team from their dev blog. The suprise that was promised for MTA blue has been revealed. Now when playing MTA you'll be able to speak to the people your playing with, using the new "robust in-game voice communication system." Bringing more interactivity to the online experience.

Second update is for the downloads database, I haven't been adding many files over the last couple of weeks as I've been busy doing other more important things, I'll try and get a lot more files uploaded in the coming weeks.
One of the useful tools we've uploaded recently is Steve M's map viewer, which allows you to pan over the maps of the 3 games in the GTA3 trilogy. Very useful for taking screenshots of the landscapes or if you're working on a mod and need to see where to place it and how it looks.

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"Wichita" Stunt Video

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Aug
2005
By Gerard | 21st Aug 2005 at 18:00 GMT in San Andreas | 20 Comments
After three arduous months of stunting and editing, our official stunter, Ghostchild has finally released his latest video entitled "Wichita". The video marks a new age in stunting. As people got tired of seeing stunters jump from ground to roof by hitting some bike hooked up to a poll, Ghostchild took upon the task of finding a new way to stunt. After months of trying in Vice City he had no luck, but then San Andreas were released. And many of you may remember those air acrobatics stunts, that were in many of the stunt videos recorded on Play Station 2? Well, Ghostchild took it one step further. He has now completed the video showing you what he came up with. The video contains the best air acrobatics stunts to date and one great editing job.

Ghostchild says:

"It's my best video to date. I've never used that much time on editing a video, but the result made it worth it. I'm very pleased with the fact that I managed to find some what of a new way to stunt, although I wasn't the first one to do air acrobatics stunts, I think I took it one step further introducing some new techniques and such. I hope air acrobatics stunts will get more populare by time and new tecniques will be discovered. I've allready got one or two more so I know there is a wide area to explore. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it."

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Also, if you would like to check out Ghostchild's previous stunt videos be sure to download Draw Dead and Gasoline. We've recently made a forum specially for stunting in GTA. Remember that registration is free and only takes a short time, so join now and get posting!

New Zealand Rating Remains Unchanged

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Aug
2005
By Chris | 19th Aug 2005 at 10:48 GMT in San Andreas | 2 Comments
Scoop.co.nz have reported that The Office of Film and Literature Classification have not changed the rating of the modified version of San Andreas (without Hot Coffee) and it is still rated R18.
Now what you see here is a rating system working well, like the European rating system.

“Although the modified game has also received an R18 classification, it was important that we examined the game in light of the new content” said Mr Hastings. “When we classify a game or any other publication we need to examine all its elements before making a decision. We could only be sure that the classification was appropriate once we had done that” he said. The new classification applies only to copies of the game with the ‘Hot Coffee’ modification activated.

“Because the game was already restricted to adults, the new content has not created the need for a higher classification as it has in some other countries. The sex scenes, while not explicit, have reinforced the adult nature of the game” said Mr Hastings.

Having said that the modified game is unlikely to be offered for sale as it violates certain copyrights.

Clean 'M' Rated San Andreas This Month?

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Aug
2005
By Chris | 16th Aug 2005 at 00:34 GMT in San Andreas | 5 Comments
According to this Gamespot article a clean M rated version will be in stores on August 22nd. The clean version will be rated M (again) but will be minus the Hot Coffee clothed pixel porn.
At the moment this version seems to be only available for Xbox, as there are no PS2 or PC versions apparent, such is their policy to not sell AO rated games. There is no official word from Rockstar on this yet. Gamespot officials apparently only state release dates when they are confident that's when it's going to sell- where they've obtained the info from is unknown, seems strange when they admit to not having an official statement from Rockstar.

We'll keep you posted with updates on this.

New MTA SA Video!

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Aug
2005
By Adriaan | 13th Aug 2005 at 16:56 GMT in San Andreas | 1 Comment
The team at Multi Theft Auto has released another video for their upcoming multiplayer mod for San Andreas. Basically the video introduces a great new feature into their racing mode and I don't want to spoil the fun by telling you what it is. Check out their site to see it.

Also be sure to bookmark their devlog at MTAVC.com/blog/ where regular updates are posted. Enjoy the video!!

If you can't download the video then Read more... to find out what the new feature is.

LVS progress update

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Aug
2005
By Adriaan | 12th Aug 2005 at 19:05 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
For those of you that haven't heard about a mod called "LVS" (Liberty City, Vice City, San Andreas) yet, then I want to inform you about this amazing upcoming total conversion for San Andreas. The folks at GTA LVS are going to bring GTA3's Liberty City and the entire map of Vice City into the San Andreas engine. You will have the best of all the current 3D GTA's packed inside one game.

The current progress of the mod is at around 10 % and they are currently busy implementing Vice City. Most recent screenshots are shown below:

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What this mod is going to hold for the future is just amazing (ooh multiplayer...) and it definitely deserves a thumbsup! Posted Image

Official: No More Hot Coffee Patch

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Aug
2005
By Chris | 9th Aug 2005 at 18:59 GMT in San Andreas | 15 Comments
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Update: This patch actually causes loads of problems with various tools for San Andreas. I installed the patch to see what had been fixed and was alerted by the "gta_sa.exe has encountered an error" box, turns out all programs that somehow use the .exe no longer work, this includes the directx hook, coordinates display and even SAAC for those of you who use a joypad to play the game, probably many others no longer work but I haven't tested much else. I now have to re-install the game and suffer with numerous bugs still. Just thought I'd give everyone else who couldn't care less about the Hot Coffee a heads up on this.
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Rockstar Games have released a patch updating San Andreas to version 1.01.
The patch contains many much needed bug fixes and at the same time renders Hot Coffee mod obsolete.

Let's face it it, the Hot Coffee mod was rather over-rated. It was childish and unrealistic, so unless you're a pervert then I would urge you to get this patch solely for the bug fixes. Then again if your game doesn't suffer from any bugs you don't really need to get it. If your problem is that you can't see the dry humping anymore then you need more than a patch to sort out your problems anyway.

Check out Rockstar's official No More Hot Coffee patch website for more information and links to the downloads. We've added the patch to our downloads database, There's a seperate file for North American, European/Australian and German versions.

The readme for the patch says the following bugs are fixed:

- Issue fixed on machines where the OS has been updated (one OS installed over top of another) and has 2 registry keys that point to the users "My Documents" folder (we incorrectly used to assume the Win2000 folder, now correctly uses the last installed OS folder) - users know this as "user account period bug".
- Crash when entering advanced display options with only 32 meg of video ram (32 meg of video ram is not supported and will only allow use of 640*480 in 16 and 32 bit. At this resolution it is likely you will see the "Black Roads" LOD problem). We do NOT however disallow machines with 32 meg of video ram from running GRAND THEFT AUTO: San Andreas.
- Crash when entering advanced display options on a dual monitor machine after :- starting game on primary monitor in maximum resolution, exiting, starting again in maximum resolution on secondary monitor. Secondary monitor maximum resolution had to be greater than maximum resolution of primary monitor.
- Destroyed cars now are correct colour.
- Dirty cars now able to get clean.
- Numpad 5 key is now mappable when re-defining controls.
- Issue on all machines where certain collisions caused parts of the audio system to crash (sound effects, cutscene audio - only radio keeps going) - users know this as "Rain / Thunderstorm bug".
- Improvements to DVD streaming.
- Audio problems in interior / exterior transitions and getting in / out of cars fixed.
- Some fixes to ensure reverb is not present at certain save points.
- Improvements to dance game timings.
- Crash occuring when using "user radio files" while the frame limiter is disabled.

The patch has in fact been around for a few days but Rockstar have only posted the news on their website, so not many people know about it yet.
Links: Rockstar Games, No More Hot Coffee

Thanks to Chris from GTAProjects for bringing this to my attention.

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