Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Features for PS3

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Give us ambient challenges, and drug-dealing

Aside from improved controls and a proper checkpoint system, there are other more interesting things we'd like GTA 5 to borrow from its predecessors. No doubt lots of people would like to see the game pinching the MotionScan technology used for LA Noire, but we're not so bothered about that. Those ultra-realistic faces work in a comparatively straight affair like Noire, but the satirical GTA could easily get away with the slightly more stylised look adopted by both the last game and Red Dead Redemption. As it stands, it looks as if the tech may make it in after all: the casting ads supposedly demanded headshot photos to accompany all applications, and it's hard to know why this would be important if the actors are only being commissioned for voiceover work.

If we're talking about features from older Rockstar games, we'd rather the devs pinched a couple of others: the drug-dealing mini-game from the wonderful GTA: Chinatown Wars. Even after we finished the main game, we spent ages zipping about the city, selling our illegal wares; an expanded take on this could be a major time sink. The original Dope Wars, on which the mode was based, was as addictive as the substances you were supposed to be selling, and this could be as equally compelling. Think online leaderboards, with worldwide glory for the most successful pushers. If Rockstar can work out a way of fitting the mechanics into the game's multiplayer modes, so much the better.

Finally, we'd also like the next GTA 5 to pinch the ambient challenges from Red Dead Redemption. They were an excellent way to encourage players to explore their environment, and they had a neat difficulty curve - starting off with simple feats, and eventually daring you to take down grizzly bears with nothing but a toothpick (well, a knife). For all the flak its taken over the years, GTA 4's in-game mobile phone was an impressive accomplishment; the big problem was that it tried to force you into doing things. The ambient challenges in Red Dead appealed to your gamer's ego, offering neat rewards for your persistence. GTA 5 would do well to copy this approach.

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Salman@ xenospider

I definatley have to agree with you. Here is a link for video game lovers
Posted 02:34 on 26 October 2011
xenospider's Avatar


that sounds so frecking awesome :D i just hope that the are more missions and alot more vehicles and more wepons and it would be good if they set it in/ around europe or london
Posted 17:24 on 25 October 2011
SexyJams's Avatar


Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Completely agree with each of your points.

I'm looking forward to seeing the GTA V trailer on 2nd November quite a lot. Rockstar do great advertising.
Posted 15:57 on 25 October 2011
MrGloomy's Avatar


I think Saints Row: The third seems to be going in the direction I'd like to see GTA go...not so much as direction, but bat-sh*t crazy.

I'd personally like it go ever-so-slightly sci-fi. Nothing crazy but something that predicts society and technology in the next 10-20 years. How will cars be by then, mobile phones, social networking, I think there could be quite a few parody gems to be had and it would allow Rockstar to demonstrate a grounded sense of imagination.

Bugger it, I want spaceships, aliens and city-wide chaos. I wonder if District 9 would work as a GTA styled game? Living with and around 'Prawns', do odd jobs and quests for or against the 'Prawns'...sorry, my mind is wondering ;)
Posted 15:37 on 25 October 2011
altaranga's Avatar


I like your style jtorry.
Posted 13:14 on 25 October 2011
Wido's Avatar


Revelant to this I suppose.

Finished GTA IV yesterday, and I really do hope R* doesn't have the following and slight adjustments:

- No Mobile Phone
- Make the 'calling a taxi' more responsive
- Less responsive of the Police. When no Police are around, you still get cops after you, even without eye witnesses! I hope eye witnesses become a good part of the next game, as it would add to the game.

- More side mission variety
- Adpot a health regen feature, so it cuts out the many stops to 'Cluckin Bell'
Posted 15:35 on 17 July 2011
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munkee@ 87Sarah

Thats a very good point. It would actually be really interesting to play as a girl. I'd be down with that.
Posted 22:14 on 13 July 2011
87Sarah's Avatar


Guyderman made very good points about the little glitches in the game. I've noticed it's pretty poor myself too.

All I want is the option to play as a girl pleaaaaaase! *bats eyelashes*
Posted 12:35 on 13 July 2011
scaz2244's Avatar


missing a crucial thing what makes gta that much better than the rest and thats the soundtrack gta 4s soundtrack wasnt too bad but had nothing on vice citys soundtrack and sanandreas
Posted 11:50 on 13 July 2011
player_222's Avatar


2.better graphics
3.more shot wounds and blood
4.diffrent guns could grab someone and make him/her your shield
6.bigger world/city
i need those please :)
Posted 10:24 on 13 July 2011
Chaza_snake's Avatar


planes need to be back in, and alot more options to customise yourself
Posted 10:00 on 13 July 2011
kiwi_kronic's Avatar


Definately more side missions, also the drug running idea is great. Scarface on the ps2 was an awesome game for this and if they could incorporate something like that it would be awesome
Posted 05:15 on 13 July 2011
Wido's Avatar


I actually liked the driving in GTA IV, once you get use to it. I do hope they improve on that by not making it as too realistic, but getting chased in a taxi with your car battered. I love the physics in that.

I second what Lee said, but not shoving it up your arse. More like blast the fecking thing into orbit! TRY RINGING ME NOW LITTLE JACOB & ROMAN!

Have more variety in side missions and real time events. RDR was perfect in that department.
Posted 23:43 on 12 July 2011
Batmamerc's Avatar


I cant stop ahhhhh,
More safehouses and let me decorate them sim style with my own choice of furniture.
NO Kinect or Move support at all.
Posted 19:22 on 12 July 2011
Batmamerc's Avatar


More gore like Manhunt but with option to not have it like CoD MW2 Airport level.
Ok I'll be quiet now.
Posted 19:20 on 12 July 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/04/2008
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 808 78
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