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Official PC and Xbox Site Sections

30
Apr
2005
By Chris | 30th Apr 2005 at 09:20 GMT in San Andreas | 7 Comments
Rockstar have let us know about the official sites for the PC and Xbox versions of San Andreas.

To coincide with the launch Rockstar have released some brand new screenshots for the PC version, plus the very first screens of the Xbox version. In addition to this, we also received a new fansite exclusive screenshot.

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To see all the screenshots, head over to the PC Screenshots and Xbox Screenshots pages.

IGN have also posted a small preview on the Xbox version along with a couple of screens.

Update: PC System Requirements

23
Apr
2005
By Chris | 23rd Apr 2005 at 01:19 GMT in San Andreas | 15 Comments
I just received an email a few minutes ago from Chris Faylor from Gaming-Age, we reported about their article in an earlier news post.
They listed the minimum system requirements in the article, and I also mentioned in my post that they got the release date wrong... tut tut.
Well Chris emailed me with this:

Hey Chris,

Just wanted to let you know that the minimum specs posted alongside
our preview came straight from Rockstar. They also sent along some
recommended specs, in case you're interested. And yea, looks like we
goofed on the release date, I'll work on getting that fixed.

Minimum:
1GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon Processor
256 MB of RAM
8 speed DVD-ROM Drive
3.6 GB of free Hard Disk space for a minimal install
64 MB Video Card with DirectX 9 compatible drivers ("GeForce3" or better)
DirectX 9 compatible Stereo Sound Card
Keyboard
Mouse

Recommended:
Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP processor (or better)
384(+) MB of RAM
16 speed DVD-ROM drive
4.7 GB of free Hard Disk space for a full install
128(+) MB Video Card with DirectX 9 compatible drivers ("GeForce4" or better)
DirectX 9 compatible Surround Sound Card
Game pad with twin axis analog controls (USB or Joystick Port)
Keyboard
Mouse

-Chris
--
Gaming Age Online


So we're the first fansite to have these specs, and they look a pretty logical increase in technology from Vice City so I'm quite sure these are real. I've put them on the System Requirements page for easier viewing.
If you haven't got the recommended hardware then I recommend you get it in order to heighten your gaming experience!

Screenshot Assets

22
Apr
2005
By Chris | 22nd Apr 2005 at 18:09 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
Rockstar Games' Webmaster has kindly sent us the assets that the gaming sites received earlier this week.
The good thing is these are incredibly high quality, unwatermarked version. And when I say incredibly high quality I do mean that.
The images are up to 1920x1200 and weigh in at over 1.5MB a piece, so these aren't for those of you still on dialup.

Chech out our San Andreas PC Screenshots page to see them all.

Magazine Previews

22
Apr
2005
By Chris | 22nd Apr 2005 at 10:35 GMT in San Andreas | 2 Comments
Various European magazines have now been published which contain previews for San Andreas on PC/Xbox. First of all there is the Dutch Xbox Magazine which contains 19 screenshots. Here is some of the new info translated by Jelmer:

*  Like the upcoming PC version and even the PS2 version, the Xbox version has almost no loading times other than the beginning after you load a game.
* The framerate was noticably more stable than the PS2 version when the Dutch Xbox Magazine guys saw the game.
* The Xbox version will feature sharper textures than the PS2. Whether or not it will have the highest resolution textures that the PC will have it yet to be seen.
* The Xbox will feature a reworked lighting system rather than keep the PS2's version.
* It's no surprise that custom soundtracks are back, so you can put in your own music CD's and play them in-game on your own radio station.
* The Xbox version will feature a replay mode just like previous PC versions.
* The magazine mentioned that the two player cooperative mode will return in the Xbox version.

Thanks to this GTAForums topic for the info.

Secondly we have Italian magazine GMC - Giochi per il mio computer with a PC preview, no new information although they mention something about widescreen being available, GTA3 and VC had this so no suprise there. There are also some screens in the magazine.
Thanks to GTA-Series and this GTAForums topic for info/scans.

Finally German magazine Offizielles XBox Magazin has information and screenshots on the Xbox version. The Xbox version will apparently be more of a port of the PC version, rather than the PS2 version as GTA3 and VC were. Information from the magazine includes:

* A replay mode will exist, just like in the PC version, allowing you to replay the last 30 seconds of your game, save the replay, and play it later.
* The two player mode will exist for the Xbox. (not for the PC however)
* The textures will be of higher quality.
* The number of polygons objects are composed of has been greatly increased.
* With the right ministick you will be able to spin the camera around your character or vehicle.
* It will be possible to have an MP3 radio station in the Xbox version, similarly to the PC version.

Thanks to GTASanAndreas.net and GTA-SanAndreas.de for the info, this GTAForums topic contains scans

PC System Requirements

22
Apr
2005
By Chris | 22nd Apr 2005 at 09:59 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
We told you yesterday about various websites with previews expected to be put up soon. Gaming-Age have now placed their article online with some interesting stuff. While it gives us no new informaton on the game in particular, they do manage to get the release date wrong, stating June 17th, 10 days after as stated by Rockstar. This is probably a simple typo, however, they also tell us the PC system requrements.

1 GHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, 8x DVD-ROM, 3.6 GB of free hard disk space, a 64 MB video card with Direct X 9 compatible drivers, a Direct X 9 compatible stereo sound card, keyboard, mouse, and Windows 2000 or higher.

Rockstar still haven't released these specs so we are taking these as predicted rather than the actual ones. It is possible though that the editor got a look at the box and may have noted down all the requirements.

Links to websites we told you about yesterday that have now published their article: Worth Playing

New San Andreas PC Previews

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Apr
2005
By Chris | 21st Apr 2005 at 12:53 GMT in San Andreas | 3 Comments
Rockstar have given us a heads up with a list of smaller gaming sites who are putting up San Andreas PC previews in the coming days, some of those websites already have. Rockstar seem to have invited representitives from all the gaming sites and treated to them to the same preview, as they all talk about much the same things.

Game Revolution's Article has nothing that differ's from previous articles. They mention they can't wait for the mod community to get their hands on it, and they do make a nice bulleted list of the PC enhancements which I shall echo here:

* Polished Graphics and New Visual Effects take full advantage of more powerful hardware, offering even more impressive visuals.
* An MP3 Radio Station and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound deliver an immersive aural experience and allow the player to customize the radio of San Andreas.
* Relive incredible action sequences, an Instant Replay feature repeats the last 30 seconds of gameplay complete with cinematic camera effects.
* The customizable PC version supports Player Modifications, giving players the opportunity to create their own world within San Andreas.


GameZone's and Adrenaline Vault's articles are also similar to others, with the same screenshots you've no doubt already seen, although AVault did put up the high resolution ones which we will be able to show you later this week. AVault also suggest that the replay mode has had a few revisions mde to it. They say:

It is now possible to replay your insane trick jumps, killing sprees, or showdowns with the fuzz with 4 stars via a camera control

We can also see the return of being able to save your stats to an html file.

Other sites we are told to expect previews from are Gaming-Age, Worth Playing, Game Daily and Games Domain

Three San Andreas PC Updates

20
Apr
2005
By Chris | 20th Apr 2005 at 08:13 GMT in San Andreas | 0 Comments
That's right we've got 3 updates for you on the PC version of San Andreas. One each from Gamespy, Gamespot and IGN. Whilst all articles pretty much divulge the same information, it's worth checking out all three.

GameSpy: This article mentions the game's story for the benefit of those who've been living under a rock the past year, but also makes known the differences and upgraded features San Andreas will receive on the PC version, such as improved draw distance, and mp3 radio. There are also a few more screens for you to cast your eyes over.

GameSpot: This article is much the same in that it doesn't contain any new information. It does however, focus a lot on the new features such as the replay mode and the MP3 radio station which can now fetch random intro's and outro's from the standard radio stations. IIt also talks about the keyboard controls and the improved graphical qualities.

IGN: A few screens here to look at, other than that the article concentrate's on the improvements made to textures and draw distance etc. plus how stunningly quick loading times are.

We'll have all the nice, unwatermarked screenshots for you soon, thanks to Rockstar for the heads up.

Elvis Cheat

16
Apr
2005
By Chris | 16th Apr 2005 at 16:50 GMT in San Andreas | 4 Comments
For once we have a new cheat not discovered by edisoncarter, this one was released by Rockstar Games themselves.

Elvis Is Alive:

Hundreds of Elvis impersonators roam the streets.





Enjoy it!

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