Viewing news posted in October 2009

The Ballad of Gay Tony out now!

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By Chris | 29th Oct 2009 at 13:54 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
IPB ImageGrand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is now available, it can be obtained in two ways. Firstly via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 1600 Points ($19.99 / £12.15). The second way is to purchase Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which also includes The Lost and Damned, for $39.99 (£34.99).

Hope you're all enjoying the game by now!

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Possible GTA V hint in EfLC manual?

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 28th Oct 2009 at 20:29 GMT in GTA IV | 63 Comments
Fans who have pre-ordered Episodes from Liberty City have been receiving their copies, some fans spotted something interesting on page 13 of the manual. "Liberty City, It's over! Next stop". Take a look at this:

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It's a small, not particularly detailed picture, so we can't really tell much from it. Yet. What do you think?

Credit to DigiShine on GTAForums for the scan.

The Ballad of Gay Tony reviews are in!

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2009
By Chris | 28th Oct 2009 at 17:57 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
The big gaming sites are all putting up their reviews of The Ballad of Gay Tony this evening. As you can see below it's done great, check out some of the reviews now online:

Meet Luis Lopez

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 28th Oct 2009 at 17:52 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
Rockstar have now released the last video for The Ballad of Gay Tony before it is released tomorrow. Meet Luis:

GTA Episodes from Liberty City Multiplayer Events

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By Chris | 28th Oct 2009 at 17:51 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
This weekend some special events are taking place to celebrate the launch of Episodes from Liberty City.

To celebrate tomorrow's launch of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City (in stores on disc for Xbox 360 this Thursday), featuring the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony, this weekend on Xbox LIVE will be chock full of special events to log on, join and play the most intense Grand Theft Auto multiplayer modes ever. And to ensure every fan can participate in these exclusive events, Xbox LIVE multiplayer will be absolutely FREE ALL WEEKEND for non-Gold LIVE members playing Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

From Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st, you can sign on to Xbox LIVE and face off in Liberty City with multiplayer action against players from Rockstar North and against Henry Santos Jeter from the legendary latin megaband Aventura (and host of The Ballad of Gay Tony's Santiago Mix on San Juan Sounds) as part of this special Episodes from Liberty City Xbox LIVE Weekend.

You can see the full schedule over at the R* Newswire.

See you all online!

Two more TBoGT gameplay videos from IGN

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 28th Oct 2009 at 14:08 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
IGN are still pumping out those Ballad of Gay Tony gameplay videos. Check out these two new ones, "A City Under Seige" and "Nitro Makes Everything Better."


2 new Ballad of Gay Tony screenshots

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 27th Oct 2009 at 14:27 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
Rockstar have released a couple of new screenshots from The Ballad of Gay Tony. Check them out below.

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See more in our gallery.

TBoGT base jumping montage from IGN

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 27th Oct 2009 at 14:22 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
IGN is continuing its releasing of The Ballad of Gay Tony gameplay videos up until the game's release. This one features base jumping.

TBoGT in-game TV: Princess Robot Bubblegum

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 27th Oct 2009 at 14:19 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
Here's a quick preview of some of the new in-game TV content appearing in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Chinatown Wars for PSP now available worldwide

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 24th Oct 2009 at 15:13 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 1 Comment
IPB ImageAs many of you are no doubt aware, the PSP version of Chinatown Wars is now available worldwide, having been released in stores across North America on Tuesday, and then yesterday in the rest of the world.

Just like it's DS counterpart, the PSP version has also been very highly rated by critics. It is currently Gamespot's highest rated PSP game of all time. It's 9.5/10 rating surpasses that of both Liberty City Stories (8.6) and Vice City Stories (8.4) - so if you were a fan of those, you're sure to love Chinatown Wars.

"At first glance, Chinatown Wars could be mistaken for a return to the Grand Theft Auto series' humble 2D beginnings. The action is viewed from a more or less top-down perspective, and of course you still spend much of your time driving stolen cars and causing trouble with firearms. But the similarities between this superb PSP game and its '90s progenitors pretty much end there. Chinatown Wars actually has more in common with GTAs III and IV than it does with earlier games, and, remarkably, it even adds to and improves on the formula that made those games so successful. That's a bold statement for sure, but Chinatown Wars really is that good... It's also one of the best GTA games yet."

Gamespot didn't really have that much to say of any flaws, apart from the fact some of the DS minigames don't play as well on the PSP (which we expected), and some camera issues.

Link: GTA Chinatown Wars PSP review

IGN's "Caught with Your Pants Down" mission preview

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2009
By Chris | 24th Oct 2009 at 15:04 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
Yesterday IGN posted a couple of new videos from The Ballad of Gay Tony. The first video shows the cutscene from the mission "Caught with Your Pants Down", while the second video shows gameplay from the mission. Obviously if you don't want this particular mission spoiled, don't watch the videos!


You can read details of the mission over at IGN.

TBOGT gameplay videos on IGN

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 23rd Oct 2009 at 02:03 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
IGN have posted a couple of Ballad of Gay Tony videos tonight, both featuring actual gameplay from the game. The first video is an explosion montage, featuring explosions, obviously.


The second video shows off some of the nightlife:

TBOGT base jumping video + more multiplayer updates

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 23rd Oct 2009 at 01:52 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
Rockstar has released a new video showing off base jumping in multiplayer free mode. Check it out below.

"Use parachutes to take part in Multiplayer BASE Jumping throughout Liberty City. Find the 9 BASE jump marker locations scattered throughout the city in Free Mode and hit Right Button to warp you (and anyone else with you in Multiplayer) to the top of the building. Clean, successful and well-executed BASE skydiving jumps will be tracked by time and other statistics that you'll be able track and compare with Friends at Rockstar Games Social Club."


Additionally, more multiplayer details have been given on Race and GTA Race modes, with 3 new screenshots:


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Link: TBOGT multiplayer

The Ballad of Gay Tony Soundtrack Details

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 21st Oct 2009 at 21:45 GMT in GTA IV | 4 Comments
IPB ImageThe official website for The Ballad of Gay Tony has been updated with details about the soundtrack. The page has audio previews for five of the in-game radio stations plus an exclusive "bonus" station, Vice City FM, only available on the Episodes from Liberty City disc. Listen below:



Chinatown Wars Music - Part Four

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 19th Oct 2009 at 18:32 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 0 Comments
Part four of Rockstar's Chinatown Wars PSP audio preview is now available, listen to Turntables on the Hudson below.


"Kicking off ten years ago as one of New York's first late-night outdoor parties, Turntables on the Hudson are still going seriously strong thanks to their sophisticated blend of hip-hop, house and funk, peppered with latin sounds, afrobeat and even European gypsy vibes. Check out the audio player below for a snippet from their radio station, exclusive to Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for PSP."


Chinatown Wars for the PSP is released tomorrow in North America, and will be available from October 23rd in Europe.

The Ballad of Gay Tony on GameTrailers TV

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 16th Oct 2009 at 12:45 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
The latest episode of GameTrailers TV aired today and featured exclusive new footage of The Ballad of Gay Tony. You can watch it online below or at GameTrailers.com in HD. The episode also contains an interview with Rockstar's Jeronimo Barrera.


Rockstar also made a small update to the official site last night, adding 2 new screenshots plus more details on the nightlife.

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New EFLC video - FIZZ TV Presents: The Nightlife of Liberty City

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 15th Oct 2009 at 18:18 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
Rockstar have released a new video for Episodes from Liberty City. "Go behind the scenes with FIZZ TV as celebrities party it up in the latest video from Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, featuring The Ballad of Gay Tony."


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The Ballad of Gay Tony multiplayer details

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 14th Oct 2009 at 22:46 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
Rockstar have updated the official site with details of updated multiplayer modes (which you can read about below) as well as 10 brand new screenshots.

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Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch have the following features added:
  • health and armor bonuses for ending kill streaks, as well as money
  • Make an extra $25 for every assisted kill. You can also earn money for ending other players' kill streaks.
  • New locations, vehicles and weapons (including the parachute) are also available.
Race and GTA Race information and screenshots will be coming soon, as will a video showing it all off.

10 new Ballad of Gay Tony screenshots

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 13th Oct 2009 at 12:18 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
Rockstar have released 10 new screenshots of The Ballad of Gay Tony.

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See more in our screenshot gallery.

More Chinatown Wars music - Tortoise

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Oct
2009
By Chris | 13th Oct 2009 at 00:12 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 1 Comment
Rockstar have posted another audio preview for the PSP version of Chinatown Wars.

Part three of our music reveals from the exclusive soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for PSP delivers the genre-leaping instrumental rock sounds of Tortoise.

Often referred to as 'post-rock', this Chicago-based outfit was one of the very first bands to fearlessly incorporate hip-hop, techno, dub and drum'n'bass into modern guitar-based rock'n'roll in the late 1980's, earning them worldwide acclaim. Influential to this day, Tortoise's most recent album is the critically acclaimed Beacons of Ancestorship. Check out the audio player below for a snippet from their station in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for PSP.

Chinatown Wars PSP trailer

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By Chris | 9th Oct 2009 at 02:56 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 0 Comments
Rockstar have released the first trailer for the PSP version of Chinatown Wars, check it out below. The game it set for release on October 20th.


You may also be interested to know that IGN have posted an in-depth Chinatown Wars Q&A.

Episodes from Liberty City trailer 2: "There's Always a Girl"

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2009
By Chris | 7th Oct 2009 at 18:25 GMT in GTA IV | 4 Comments
The second trailer for Episodes from Liberty City featuring both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony is now live. The trailer is entitled "There's Always a Girl", the song featured is "The Look" by Roxette.

The Ballad of Gay Tony achievements

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2009
By Chris | 5th Oct 2009 at 16:09 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
Grand Theft Auto IV received an Xbox 360 title update today which adds 10 new achievements to the game. The achievements are worth a total of 250 points and bring the game's total to 1500. All the new additions are of course for The Ballad of Gay Tony.

TBoGT: Gone Down - 5
Complete all base jumps. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Diamonds Forever - 5
Complete the Trinity. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Four Play - 10
Hit a flag with a golf ball four times. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Bear Fight - 15
Win the L.C. Cage Fighters championship. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Catch the Bus - 15
Dance perfectly in both Tony's nightclubs. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Snow Queen - 20
Complete 25 drug wars. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Adrenaline Junkie - 25
Freefall for the longest possible time. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Maestro - 30
Finish the Ballad. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Past the Velvet Rope - 45
Score 80% or above in all missions. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)

TBoGT: Gold Star - 80
Score 100% in all missions. (The Ballad of Gay Tony)


Thanks to Xbox360Achievements.org for this.

6 new Ballad of Gay Tony screenshots

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2009
By Chris | 3rd Oct 2009 at 12:56 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
Rockstar have added 6 new screenshots to the official Ballad of Gay Tony website. Check them out below.

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Link: Ballad of Gay Tony screenshot gallery

MTA: SA v1.0.1 released

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2009
By Chris | 2nd Oct 2009 at 18:32 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
The Multi Theft Auto team have released an update to version 1.0 of their modification that allows you to play GTA San Andreas multiplayer over the Internet.

All users and server owners are encouraged to upgrade to Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas v1.0.1, fixes are outlined by the team below:

Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas v1.0.1 is focused on fixing some high priority client and server crashes, resolving compatibility issues and improving cross-platform compatibility (including support for running on Mac OS X) for the dedicated server, while fixing some various major bugs within the client and resources package.

This release is backwards compatible with our previous release (v1.0). This means that you can use the new v1.0.1 client to connect to v1.0 servers, however we still encourage server owners to upgrade to the latest version due to the number of issues that were fixed in this release.


Links: Download MTASA v1.0.1 | MultiTheftAuto.com

The Ballad of Gay Tony Vehicles

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2009
By Chris | 2nd Oct 2009 at 13:13 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
Rockstar has added a page about some of the new vehicles you'll be finding in The Ballad of Gay Tony. They've also added 5 new screenshots of said vehicles.


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Link: The Ballad of Gay Tony - vehicles

New Trailer: Armando and Henrique

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2009
By Chris | 1st Oct 2009 at 21:52 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
IGN has posted a new trailer for the upcoming Episodes From Liberty City pack, which features footage from both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony - the latter introducing us to Armando Torres and Henrique Bardas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDGIZo1javw

"Armando and Henrique are two of Luis Lopez's oldest friends. They grew up together, went to school together, and got in a lot of trouble together. Henrique isn't too bright, but he's big, tough, dependable and knows how to use a gun. Armando's a little guy who talks a big game, and considers himself the brains of the operation - not difficult given his partner in crime. Armando, in particular, resents Luis for getting out of the neighborhood and above his station, but Henrique and Armando remain fiercely loyal to Luis and always have his back.

Luis can call on his friends whenever he needs weapons and vehicles, or back-up on certain missions. Armand and Henrique are always around to engage in other activities, whether it's visiting the clubs, hitting some bars or heading to the driving range for some golf."

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