Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Features for PS3

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Tom Orry, Editor - Top Spin 4, Xbox 360 and PS3

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Top Spin 4 isn't flash and didn't arrive on a wave of hype, but it's really very good once you get the hang of the controls and timing. Part of what makes it so appealing is the smoothness of the visuals, with the unflinching frame rate helping the animations look superb. When you're in the heat of a rally with both players being forced out of position, desperately trying to reach ball after ball, there's a real sense of struggle conveyed by the virtual on-court pros. Yes, the career mode isn't the best and some of the players look downright scary, but Virtua Tennis 4 will have to be very good to unseat 2K's effort as the current tennis champion.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Forza Motorsport 3, Xbox 360

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Remember Gran Turismo 5? No, you probably don't - it was a myriad of crushing disappointments, and the uncoordinated clutter of its ridiculous menu screens was more confusing than the departure board at Clapham Junction. And what ever happened to the leaderboards, Sony?

Let's be honest, people, Forza Motorsport 3 is the superior game. I just don't understand enough about cars to get involved in the nitty-gritty of the simulation aspects, but Turn 10's product is a far more consistently enjoyable experience. The career mode gently funnels you through a slowly unravelling sense of progression, the menus are intuitive enough to make everything a cinch to access, and there's a decent cockpit view for every single car in the game. Bish bash bosh. For £5.99 (which is what Amazon was selling the Ultimate Edition for earlier in the week) I honestly don't think there's any point in buying another serious racing game on the market.

Sometimes I do feel a bit like I'm in over my head, however - it would be nice if there was sometimes a pop-up that just said "this is the car you probably want." And I'm constantly worried that if I buy a car I'll end up being given another one for free when I win a championship - similar to the kind of trepidation you get if you ever buy anything full price for the App Store.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Gears of War 2, Xbox 360

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It's been sat on my shelf, unopened, for about two years, but this week I decided to get stuck into Gears 2. Sadly, it took little over an hour before boredom reared its ugly head, and I was forced to pursue a more entertaining activity. I have a pretty low threshold for boredom when it comes to third-person shooters, and despite the testosterone, bulging muscles and shooty shooty gameplay, nothing about the game excited me. I'll stick with it though, because I enjoyed the first, and – despite my apathy towards this – I'm excited to get caught up in the buzz of the third game. I know there are some fairly epic set pieces to look forward to, so I'll see it through to the end regardless. Hopefully this time next week I'll have changed my tune.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Civilization V, PC

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I've destroyed the French - you can thank me later. It's not really the first time. Generally I play the role of a peaceful Bismarck but it seems like in every incarnation of the Civ series they're just begging for me to roll out the troops. I tell them, "Look, Napoleon. I'm not trading you my nation's supply of cows for zilch" and the guy starts waving around a gun like a giant human baby. Classic Leon. Don't ask what happened when I accidentally refused to trade maps one time. Funny how a combination of livestock and a few hours of Civ can turn into The Most Dangerous Game. Can't we all just get along, guys?

Tom Pearson. Video Producer - VVVVVV, PC

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Viridian, Violet, Victoria, Vermilion, Vitellary and Verdigris, are unquestionably my favourite colours of the rainbow. Coincidentally they also happen to be the names of the crew members in the indie title VVVVVV. Gameplay in V world is compromised of the usual walk left and right, however there is no jump. Instead a switch of gravity will propel you to great heights, and you'll spend the majority of your time upside down. While the game can be tough and will definitely get you thinking that the challenges are impossible, it's always forgiving. Not by way of puzzles and platforming (because they are a total brain ache) but by checkpoints. Checkpoints are thrown about like breadcrumbs and you never spawn too far away to feel scalded by the puzzles. Ultimately what I really want to mention about Vx6, where the game's true beauty lies and what I believe to be its greatest asset, is its array of tracks. Wonderfully composed, the game's chip tune composer Magnus Pålsson should have named each file victory.mp3. The game's OST named PPPPPP, is definitely worth a listen.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Street Pass Quest, 3DS

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Since the kerfuffle of launch day, I've spent surprisingly little time on my 3DS. However, that changed this week when I suddenly remembered the existence of StreetPass Mii Plaza. EA held a big showcase event on Wednesday, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to gather a few recruits for StreetPass Quest. Lo and behold, within an hour of turning up I had assembled a crack team of avatars, distilled from the crème de la crème of the UK's gaming press. Unfortunately, the cream of the UK's gaming press turned out to be utterly crap when it comes to battling ghosts, so I had to hire a bunch of cats to do the job instead. You can draw your own conclusions from this troubling tale...

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draytone

Black Ops multiplayer and Fifa11... oh and I had a go at F12010 online but pretty much gave up after the first 2 corners.
Posted 13:26 on 11 April 2011
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dudester

The force unleashed 2 terrible game!
Started dragon age 2 after picking it up for just over a tenner this weekend.
Mass effect 2 just starting it again.
enslaved can't seem to get into it at the mo.
Posted 11:42 on 11 April 2011
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dazzadavie

Haven't gotten much gaming time the past few weeks but I have play a little bit of:
NFS:Shift (1) It can feel like a bit of grind but the racing is enjoyable.

Dead Rising 2 still trying to get 1000g's in it very time consuming.
Posted 11:05 on 11 April 2011
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dav2612

Spent most of the week decorating the house but got all the work done so I could play all weekend. The gaming time was dominated by 2 games:

The Sims 3 - throughly addictive

Motorstorm Apocalypse - absolutely stunning. And brilliant online too.
Posted 09:42 on 11 April 2011
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EverTheOptimist

Friend lent me Crysis 2 yesterday so I'm occupied with that and Shift 2. Put in an hour yesterday and it looks like it'll be a great experience.
Posted 09:23 on 11 April 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Metal Gear Online and Red Dead Redemption.

I was watching Back To The Future III earlier, the one which is set in the same time period RDR is set. Made me instantly want to play it again. Glad i did.
Posted 20:03 on 10 April 2011
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IndoorHeroes

Real Racing 2 on iPad annnnnnnnd Garage Band on iPad... which isn't strictly a game but I get just as much a sense of reward. Actually its kind of like a puzzle game. Only you can't lose. Best £2.99 anyone can ever spend.
Posted 19:08 on 10 April 2011
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squidman@ FantasyMeister

100 hours? Looks like I probably won't be getting the 1000 on that in time for Forza 4, then.

Congratulations, though, that's some serious investment!
Posted 18:29 on 10 April 2011
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FantasyMeister@ squidman

No idea, sorry Martin, not sure if my total gametime is tracked anywhere. I'd guess pure racing you're looking at over 100 hours, but include pfaffing around, auctions, trading, driving around courses the wrong way and I'd put a rough guess of 300 hours + played so far.

I think I have roughly 10 hours of gameplay before I hit 1000/1000 but a great deal depends on how many times I have to rewind on one drift lap :)
Posted 18:12 on 10 April 2011
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Clockpunk

Dishwasher: Vampire Smile. Wow. Why the exclusivity of this title isn't being touted much more is beyond me. I've read posts from a number of people saying the game pushed them over into finally buying a 360, and having completed one of the campaigns (of two), I can see they won't regret their decision.

The ever-present Test Drive Unlimited 2. The release of preorder cars has added a number that are beautiful to both admire and drive. Lamentably, it means all the kiddies who can't race will be bashing people in more Veyron Supersports, but... well... the newly added Caterham is just so much fun, I don't even care!

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. Wido persuaded me to join him in a mp session, and now I have to finish the campaign I never quite got round to completing. MP is fun, except for the rampant horse killing, which *should* result in a three-day ban from the servers...

I almost purchased Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit when I saw it for a £15 deal of the week, but alas it was preowned, so no Online Pass. :(
Posted 17:50 on 10 April 2011
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CheekyLee

A whooooooooooooole lotta Borderlands, which I am now cursing myself for not having played more of sooner. However, all is good because Jeni is playing it with me, which makes it 1000% greaterer!
Posted 17:43 on 10 April 2011
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squidman@ FantasyMeister

How many hours did/will it take you to get 1000/1000 in Forza 3?
Posted 17:17 on 10 April 2011
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FantasyMeister

Forza III dominated the week as usual, 43 races to go until I finish getting gold in every single event, and 1 dreaded drifting lap until I get 1000/1000 cheevos and sling Forza onto the 'completed pile'. Couple of more days of obsessive gaming and it'll be done. Again, a bargain, I've been playing it on and off for 18 months since release and still enjoy it.

In between my marathon Forza III sessions:

Brutal Legend got a look in for a couple of hours. Easily the most novel opening in any videogame, ever, and the idea with the menus is great until you realise that they're not as fast as you'd like them to be. It shows promise of great depth, but I've also discovered a couple of either what seem like bugs or I'm just pushing the wrong buttons, bit of a downer that. So it's on the 'to get to pile'.

World of Keflings - Daughter Number One popped over last weekend and as Sniper: Ghost Warrior's allure has worn off for her a bit we browsed XBLA and snapped this up for 400 MS. She loves it, I love it, bargain. Most confusingly with digitally distributed products, there's no pile involved, it just sits there taking up a little chunk of my HDD storage, along with plenty of other digitally distributed products that I've forgotten I bought ages ago. I like my touchy feely stacks of physical games still, mainly because I can gaze at them and see exactly how much fun I can have just by reaching out and grabbing one.

Mafia II also got the 'see if it's any good before I decide which pile it goes on' treatment. Again, the opening is pretty good with a totally unexpected level. Then you're in a 1940s style GTA:IV and, well, it doesn't shine like GTA:IV, it just tries very hard to copy it. It's on the 'to get to pile' now.

I also added 3 games to my 'still in shrinkwrap because I know roughly how they'll play and I'll open them when I'm in the mood pile' - Crackdown 2 (I played the demo ages ago), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (I played the demo ages ago), and, whilst popping into ASDA for a loaf of bread and having a crazy moment, Crysis 2. They'd run out of limited editions, and were selling the basic edition for the same £39.97 price. Hence, crazy moment. I wish there was a pill to cure those "I WANT IT NOW" moments.

On the FM Fun Scale™, my week was an 8/10.
Posted 15:29 on 10 April 2011
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Neon-Soldier32@ thompo555

Yeah, but what you have to remember is, that I've got Crysis and Crysis has me and one day we'll live on the fat o' the land.
Posted 14:10 on 10 April 2011
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thompo555@ Neon-Soldier32

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Getting to the end of it's life with me, not because I'm gonna take up round the back of the farm house and shoot it like Candy's dog

Are you then suggesting that there will be a new puppy soon (Crysis 3) and that one single man will kill all of Crysis 3 by petting it too hard? Ending up strangling Candies wife and being shot through the head by his best friend.. My god.. Nobody tell the news papers!


This week has consisted in me playing Shift 2, brilliant game! Now to try and tame my Lambo!

This is my old lambo. I have a fully souped up one of these in matte blue :D
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Posted 14:00 on 10 April 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/04/2008
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 424
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