Viewing news posted in November 2008

GTA IV PC not delayed in India

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Dec
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By Chris | 1st Dec 2008 at 03:23 GMT in GTA IV | 6 Comments
Turns out reports of the PC version of GTA IV being delayed in India were wrong, so fans can look forward to playing the game with the rest of us on 3rd December. TheANGRYPixel says:

So yes, the game is coming out on December 3rd, as originally planned and yes, it will be available at the previously mentioned low, low price of INR 499, so there’s really no excuse not to buy one copy for playing and one NRFB copy for a keepsake, like someone I know is planning to do.

Look at that price tag, so cheap it's pretty much asking everyone to buy a copy. See you guys in game in a few days time!

Source: theangrypixel

GTA IV PC DRM FAQ

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 28th Nov 2008 at 20:55 GMT in GTA IV | 11 Comments
Rockstar have recently answered a lot of questions regarding the methods of copy protection used on upcoming copies of GTA IV for the PC, resulting in a rather lengthy FAQ. Rockstar have confirmed the game will make use of SecuROM Digital Rights Management software. I won't post the whole thing here because it's an absolutely massive document, but here's a choice quote from the FAQ - a long list of all the software which you'll need just to play the game:

Initial activation requires internet connection; Online play requires log-in to Games for Windows - LIVE and Rockstar Games Social Club (13+ to register); retail version requires disc in drive to play (unlimited installations for retail discs in most countries); software installations required including Sony DADC SecuROM, Adobe Flash, DirectX, and Microsoft's .NET Framework, Games for Windows - LIVE, and Internet Explorer.

All your questions about the copy protection, install limits and other such requirements will almost definitely be answered in the FAQ, so be sure to read it all if you do have concerns.

Software with copy protection methods like this are often referred to as being "DRM infested" is often viewed in a very negative light, and you can read about some of the controversy over it on Wikipedia, though you can understand why companies like R* feel the need to use it. As long as you're playing a legal copy you'll have nothing to worry about, except the fact that there is third party software running in the background. At least if you have a boxed retail copy there's no activation/install limits.
We're bracing ourselves for a shitstorm of negative comments regardless. Feel free to fire away in our forums with your opinion on this.

Indian GTA IV PC release delayed

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 28th Nov 2008 at 03:52 GMT in GTA IV | 5 Comments
Bad news for Indian gamers today... following the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, e-Xpress Interactive, the official Rockstar / 2K distributor in the country has decided to postpone GTA IV's PC release indefinitely. Speaking to gaming blog theANGRYpixel, e-Xpress said:

it would be insensitive (not to mention, asking for trouble) if the game is put on shelves less than a week after what is one of the worst terrorist incidents India has ever seen.

Grand Theft Auto games are incredibly popular in India, and we can back that up just by looking at our visitor statistics, with the country now ranked 4th in the world. Easy to see why when you realise just how cheap games are in India - GTA IV was going to set a record as the cheapest price worldwide for a AAA title:

this couldn't have come at a worse time for e-Xpress, considering the fact that the Indian launch of GTA IV PC is a spectacular record, marking the first time in the history of Indian game sales that a brand-new AAA title will be available for the cheapest price worldwide, selling for a scant INR 499, when the usual going rate for a new title averages between INR 999 (~ US $20) and INR 1299 (~ US $26).

Let's hope the game does eventually get released in India so the fans don't remain game-less for too long.

Thanks to GTA4.net for the heads up.

San Andreas Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Nov
2008
By Switch Designs | 27th Nov 2008 at 19:03 GMT in San Andreas | 12 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone from Switch Designs and Thegtaplace.com. This mod will turn your flatbed truck into a Thankgiving day parade float. The flatbed comes with 3 different floats in one vehicle and they can be found driving around the outside of the Los Santos airport.
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You can download the mod here!

New GTA IV PC multiplayer previews and screenshots

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 26th Nov 2008 at 01:58 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
Many of the big gaming websites are beginning to publish their previews of GTA IV PC's multiplayer functionality. The aforementioned functionality is practically the same as the console versions, but with player limits increased to 32, and the addition of a much sought after server browser. The websites recently got to play multiplayer matches against Rockstar employees from their various studios, unfortunately they never got to test out the server browser since R* were setting up all the matches for them. Sites that currently have their previews up are:
Nothing new in any of them really, but you may like to read them, especially if you don't own a console version and haven't actually played multiplayer GTA IV yet.

1UP also added 8 brand new screenshots of GTA IV PC. You can check them out in the linked gallery.

GTA IV PC video editing tutorial

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 26th Nov 2008 at 01:43 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment
GameTrailers have posted three new videos of GTA IV PC made using the in-game video editor. One of them is an exclusive tutorial on using the video editor itself:


The other two are Super Niko and Get Sprunk.

Rockstar Social Club gets a revamp

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 25th Nov 2008 at 14:46 GMT in General | 3 Comments
Rockstar's Social Club has received a nice new update today. A new design and nicknames have been added to the website. The friends system and a message wall will be added in the future.

Rockstar Nicknames are our way of bridging the gap between Xbox 360® / Games for Windows® users and PLAYSTATION®3 users. Now, one unified Rockstar ID will enable you to interact with Friends regardless of which systems you all play on. Start by choosing a Rockstar Nickname to represent yourself. Pick the one you want before someone else does!

This will be used as your primary display name in many areas around Social Club. Note that platform-specific areas such as game stats will continue to use your LIVE® Gamertag or PLAYSTATION®Network ID; however, many new areas such as the forthcoming Social Club TV (coming with the release of Grand Theft Auto IV for PC on December 2nd) and Message Wall (coming soon) will use Rockstar Nicknames so that you and your friends can find and interact with each other regardless of which systems you own or play on.

Read more about friends, nicknames and Social Club 1.1.

Multi Theft Auto goes open source

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 24th Nov 2008 at 17:10 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments
The team of people working on Multi Theft Auto, the popular modification that brought multiplayer functionality to GTA III, Vice City and most recently, San Andreas, have announced that it has now become an open source project.

After over 11000 revisions since 2004, contributions by over 16 world-wide developers, 1554 files and well over 550.000 lines of mostly C/C++ code, we have made the decision to re-launch Multi Theft Auto as an open-source project.

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By open sourcing our project, we are encouraging anyone who is willing to participate in this project, to participate. For that reason, we are not "just" offering our source code: we have also opened our bug tracker and will be offering public access to our nightly build system that will be compiling a build every day (and has been long used for testing purposes). This way, any developer will be able to run the latest revisions, file bugs or submit patches.

Some may be concerned with us seemingly throwing our code and all its secrets out on the streets. Remember that, as we have seen in the past, a proper and solid multiplayer modification needs a lot more than just memory addresses and offsets. We hope that developers will be attracted towards contributing to our project, which is fairly straightforward and has an already established user base, instead of starting from scratch.

Exciting news for those of you who still enjoy playing a bit of San Andreas multiplayer, and also those of you who are interested in contributing code to the project. The MTA Team are utilising the services of Google Code to house all development, other facilities are available via the MTA community page.

No new release yet of course, the latest currently available is Developer Preview 2.3, and you can download that version here.

You can read more about MTA going open source over at MultiTheftAuto.com.

GTA IV now available for pre-purchase via Steam

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Nov
2008
By chris82 | 22nd Nov 2008 at 17:52 GMT in GTA IV | 0 Comments
Just a small update to the previous announcement that GTA IV will be sold via Steam, an online game distribution service. It is now possible to pre-purchase GTA IV and if you do so, you will get Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for free! If you already own Vice City on Steam, you will be able to give your free copy to a friend, possibly as a way to get them into the series.

The game hasn't been available for pre-purchase very long and it's already high on the top-sellers list. (Click 'Top Sellers')

First screenshots of The Lost and Damned released

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 20th Nov 2008 at 17:49 GMT in GTA IV | 33 Comments
Rockstar have officially announced the downloadable content now by way of a press release. The press release gives a few more details in addition to what had been disclosed to USA Today earlier.

The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music - all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of Grand Theft Auto.

Not your typical run of the mill DLC here, seems like R* are packing quite a lot of stuff into this. The press release also confirms a 17th February release date, and states pricing information and more details will be announced "soon".

Rockstar released alongside this the first screenshots of episode 1 of the downloadable content, The Lost and Damned. Of course it's running on the same game engine so no improved graphics or anything to look at. Also released was the logo for the episode, click that thumbnail for a stupidly high resolution version.

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GTA IV DLC announced: "The Lost and Damned"

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 20th Nov 2008 at 09:37 GMT in GTA IV | 10 Comments
An exclusive USA Today article has finally revealed some details about the upcoming downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV. The episode will be called "The Lost and Damned" and will be released (presumably worldwide) on 17th February 2009. You'll be playing as Johnny Klebitz, and if you recognise the name, it's probably because you do meet him in single player a couple of times during the game, after which he is never seen again.

This new episode, available Feb. 17 via download exclusively for those who own the Xbox 360 version (no price yet), stars Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City biker gang The Lost.

"Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background," says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. "I can't go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City."

The episode, titled The Lost and Damned, requires players to have the full version of the Mature-rated GTA IV (ages 17 and older) and an Xbox Live membership to download. It's likely to carry an M rating, too.

Sounds very interesting! The article goes on to say that in the original game, Niko did cross paths with The Lost several times, however in this, Niko only has a bit part. Dan Houser says:

"The story is not directly impacted by decisions you took in the main game," he says. But "tons of details and mysteries from the main story get explained, so it will add a lot of color to the main story."


Remember this is just the first of two episodes which will reportedly add hours of gameplay time. As quoted above there's no price set yet, we'll update you when we get confirmation on that but it's likely not going to be known until much nearer release. But there is a quote from Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter which says he:

[...] expects a $20 price and says Rockstar could sell 2 million to 3 million downloads. "I see episodic content as a natural progression of the quality of downloadable content."


Source: USA Today

Official GTA IV PC website launches

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 19th Nov 2008 at 02:08 GMT in GTA IV | 9 Comments
Rockstar have launched the PC section of the official GTA IV website. The screenshot gallery features two brand new ones which we've added to our gallery, click the thumbnails below for the full versions.

The main bulk of the update is the announcement of R* Social Club TV. This is where all your video clip creations made using the video editor will be uploaded. The updated GTA IV website has a whole page detailing the features of the video editor, as well as 4 sample video clips and 9 screenshots of the editor's interface.

So check out all the links in this post for all the information you need. Also, here are those two new screenshots.


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GTA IV to be available via Steam, plus 8 new screenshots

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 19th Nov 2008 at 02:01 GMT in GTA IV | 2 Comments
Good news for gamers wanting to quickly acquire Grand Theft Auto IV legally over the Internet without the hassle of going to a store, the game is to be sold via Steam. The game's page on the Steam website gives the 'unlock date' as being the same as in store release dates, December 2nd and December 3rd for the US and Europe respectively.

Additionally, eight new screenshots were added to the Steam website, we've uploaded these to our own GTA IV PC screenshot gallery, go there or click the thumbs below to see the full screenshots.


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New Chinatown Wars information

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 17th Nov 2008 at 16:14 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 12 Comments
Spanish magazine Hispana has an array of new details regarding GTA Chinatown Wars. This is the same magazine that gave us details that the map would comprise of something similar to GTA IV - Dukes, Bohan, Broker, and Algonquin would be included, but Alderney would be left out. More details have arisen today following further translations of the magazine.

  • Camera can swivel 360 degrees
  • Trains will pass overhead in the city, cars will circle, pedestrians will be walking, etc.
  • GPS seen on the touch screen while you move through the city
  • PDA allows you to gain access to the map with more details as well as the goals of missions
  • You can mark points that you want and the GPS will always tell you the shortest legal route to the destination with yellow or blue arrows
  • New discoveries (such as gas stations) are added to the map
  • Top screen brings you all the action, while the lower screen will let you control elements like the PDA, GPS, the radio, access to the people on the map, or using Motolov cocktails and grenades.
  • Drugs have a big importance in the game
  • Drug system can be compared to Drugwars
  • You have to control the stock of drugs, buy them in one neighborhood and sell them in another - Good way to make money in the game
  • You are given a map so that you know what people demand and at what prices
  • Like other GTA games, in Chinatown Wars, you can catch a taxi - whistle into the microphone so the taxi will stop

On a related note that I forgot to mention in the GTA IV DLC delay news, Chinatown Wars has in fact been delayed as well and will not be out in time for Christmas. Instead, we can expect to see it released by the first half of the fiscal year, which ends in April.

Our Chinatown Wars section is now open. You can now browse the latest news, features, screenshots and artwork.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Thanks Evo for the heads up.

GTA IV nominated for eight Video Game Awards

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 13th Nov 2008 at 20:43 GMT in GTA IV | 13 Comments
Grand Theft Auto IV has been nominated for eight, yes, 8, SPIKE TV Video Game Awards. Of the 25 categories, GTA IV has been nominated in the following:
  • Game of the Year
  • Best Performance By A Human Male (both Jason Zumwalt (Roman) and Michael Hollick (Niko) are nominees)
  • Best PS3 Game
  • Best Xbox 360 Game
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Action Adventure Game
  • Big Name in The Game Male (Ricky Gervais)
  • Studio of the Year (Rockstar North, for their work on Grand Theft Auto IV)
The sixth annual Video Game Awards will be broadcast live on 14th December, Spike TV Sunday, at 9:00pm ET/PT from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA.

Link: Spike

GTA IV DLC delayed until 2009?

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 12th Nov 2008 at 00:53 GMT in GTA IV | 3 Comments
Posted ImageIt seems everyone missed a bit of news that broke last week regarding downloadable content for GTA IV on the Xbox 360. As you were probably aware, a tentative release date for the DLC was before the end of 2008. According to the Gamespot article that brought this up, Microsoft said last month that the content would be ready before December 31 - nothing like leaving things til the last minute, though I'm not sure they meant actually releasing it then. Rockstar's Creative VP Dan Houser recently gave an interview to Variety, and the following is an excerpt from that, regarding the downloadable content.

Variety: On another topic, I have to ask you about the "GTA IV" downloadable content you're doing. Do you still expect that to come out this year?

DH: I'm not sure. It's going well. But we don’t know a date. We hope to be announcing that in the next few weeks. We're still figuring out a few things. We're more focused on quality than dates, always have been. But the development is going really good. It's shaping up to be something we're very proud of. That was our goal

Variety: Do you think you'll talk at all about what the DLC will be and how it will fit into "GTA IV's" story?

DH: We want to give people a rough idea so their expectations are roughly in line. We don't want them to imagine it's this enormous thing that it can never be...

Doing a big digital launch is something we've never done before. It's virgin territory, but at the same time, we feel very exposed because there's no case history. No one ever came out with major DLC for a major game like this before.

It's new territory for everybody. We're making it up a little bit as we go along. That's always fun, but it makes you nervous.

Good to hear they're focused on quality, which is always the case with Rockstar. The main point of the interview is discussing GTA IV's release in Japan, if you're interested (and it is actually quite interesting reading about the challenges R* face when releasing the GTA games there) you can read it in full over at Variety.

GTA IV PC hands-on preview from Eurogamer

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 11th Nov 2008 at 02:05 GMT in GTA IV | 3 Comments
In case you've missed any recent hands-on previews of Grand Theft Auto IV, you may like to check out Eurogamer's. There's no new information to be read but it goes in to detail about the video editing, filters and a couple of other new features.

Worth the read if you've missed any of last week's previews.

Rockstar confirm GTA IV PC delay

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 8th Nov 2008 at 12:52 GMT in GTA IV | 12 Comments
Rockstar Games yesterday confirmed the delay in releasing Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC. The important date for you to know is now 2nd December in the USA, and 3rd December in Europe.

In other news, some people have been receiving their 100% Key to the City. the7th_number over at PlanetGTA got his, as did GuruAskew at GTAForums, you can see pictures in both their topics. Have you received your key? If you have, post over in our forums.

Kikizo's GTA IV PC hands-on preview

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 5th Nov 2008 at 11:18 GMT in GTA IV | 10 Comments
Popular gaming website Kikizo have today published their Grand Theft Auto IV hands-on preview for the PC version. Well known for putting a hell of a lot of detail into their previews, Kikizo have once again written a great preview, cramming in all the details learned from their hands-on. Unfortunately though there's not really anything new to report. IGN's preview already covered the basics, while yesterday's preview by SPOnG focused on the powerful replay editor - something which Kikizo also talks a lot about, as well as all the enhanced graphical capabilities.
One minor new detail regarding the video editor is the fact it can output videos at 720p, 1080p, as well as (presumably) a fairly low 'Web' resolution. Unfortunately it can only render WMV files, though Kikizo weren't able to test how well the rendering worked as the functionality was not available in the build they played.

The article is worth the read, so head over to Kikizo and check it out.

United States Presidential Election

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Nov
2008
By Switch Designs | 5th Nov 2008 at 02:27 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments

It's the United States Presidential Election day and with that in mind I decided to turn the vote over to the GTA community to see how they would vote for who would be the next president of the United States. To vote just download the Vote Van of the president you would like to vote for. Who ever gets the most downloads wins.

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Vote for Obama here!

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Vote for McCain here!

GTA IV PC preview by SPOnG

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Nov
2008
By Chris | 4th Nov 2008 at 19:06 GMT in GTA IV | 3 Comments
SPOnG have today released their preview of the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV. Not really any new details worth mentioning here, however, they do quite in-depth about the new in-game video editor and how addictive it can be, in fact that's almost all they seem to talk about!

I'll quote a few paragraphs from the detailed preview so you can get a jist of what they're talking about...

Cameras have various settings – you can either choose from a list of preset views (a side or chest shot following Niko for example) or a custom camera where you can have some form of control over the angle.

Using the ‘target’ setting you can even focus your viewpoint on any character that’s present in the area, so you can change from a close up of Niko unloading a shotgun into a cop to a bird’s eye view following said cop flying backwards.

Using multiple markers in the seek bar, you can even have a dynamic swooping camera; you just need to have two different locations and angles set, apply a Movement type and the editor automatically does the work for you.

If this is something you're interested in then you should definitely read the whole two-page preview over at SPOnG.

Happy Halloween

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Nov
2008
By Switch Designs | 1st Nov 2008 at 08:03 GMT in GTA IV | 8 Comments

It's Oct 31st 2008 and Halloween is not over till I sleep! With that in mind I give you the Pumpkin Grenades. Have a great holiday from Switch Designs and The GTA Place.
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