Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Preview for Xbox 360

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But not everything in GTAIV is in your face impressive. There are loads of little touches (Rockstar claims it has made thousands of changes for GTAIV) that help add to a sense that you are a part of a living, breathing world. For example, while you're driving and listening to the radio (all the music is place holder while Rockstar sorts out licensing issues) interference will scratch the radio signal just before your mobile rings. It's a simple yet brilliant touch, and just one example of why GTAIV looks so impressive.

While you're driving, PlayboyX explains the background to the mission. He wants to impress a powerful Arab who has embarked on a building project in Liberty City. The Mafia, however, isn't happy, and has taken control of the building site in order to prevent construction. To curry favour with the Arab, PlayboyX wants you to storm in and kill everyone. Simple.

Back to the rooftop (you following?). Sniping the lookouts from a rooftop building is, we're told, just one way of approaching the mission. If we had wanted we could have taken Niko on a Commando-style blast-em-up and shot our way in, or taken out the spotters from the ground. But we're not interested in that. We're interested in doing a clean, professional job, Leon style.

Niko steadies himself and zooms in on the spotters. Our handy Rockstar demo guy swiftly and precisely takes all three out, sparsely positioned on cranes overlooking the building site. One of them tumbles from a crane onto the roof of a car below. Cue delirious praise from PlayboyX through a radio headset. It's time for Niko to cock his shotgun, make his way down the building and aim squarely for the Mafia.

It's here that we're given the clearest indication of how combat will work in GTAIV. As we predicted in our GSI on the Move Up, Ladies trailer, GTA IV indeed features a cover system, which, we're happy to report, looks stunning, and is the change to the core GTA gameplay mechanic we're most excited about.

As in previous games, you have a targeting reticule and can switch targets at will, allowing for strafing and locking on. When targeting, clicking up on the right analogue stick moves the targeting reticule to your enemy's head, and clicking down lowers it. To get into cover you press the right bumper. It's context sensitive, so depending on your distance from and the type of cover, Niko will do a different move. For example, if you're a couple of metres from cover and press the right bumper, Niko will do a Thierry Henry-style knee slide and seamlessly slam his back into whatever is keeping the bullets from penetrating his skin. If you're right next to the cover, however, he'll simply crouch down. Put that in your chainsaw and smoke it Marcus Fenix.

As in Gears of War and what seems like a million games since, GTAIV also features blind firing. Here, Niko swings his arms up and over or around to the side, depending on the cover, and fires off rounds from whatever gun he has equipped. I'm told the blind fire is quite useful - indeed it looks like the enemy AI isn't quite up to coping with it. Here the targeting reticule is merely a guide - the bullets will spray wildly and inaccurately.

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looks amazing
Posted 00:11 on 24 April 2008
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It should be the same, if anything, better on the xbox cause xbox live is awesome :D
Posted 00:03 on 24 April 2008
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to ps3ftw(sad eluded dimwit person ftwbtwlol)
the 360 discs can hold 8.5Gb of data, which btw is absoloutely plenty, also since u are reading this you have probably read alot about this game, also discovering that the game is identical on both consoles...

Also u clearly display a profound lack of knowledge regarding game technology, if it fits on both discs technologies fine (which it does) why would it be better on the ps3 because it has 50Gb discs?? Oh dear, some people are very very stupid indeed..

Yes, the game is indeed going to be absoloutely awesome, and it will be so on both consoles. end of.
Posted 12:31 on 16 April 2008
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This game is going to be so darn awesome...
I'm going to buy a PS3 specifically for GTAIV :D
Posted 00:43 on 16 April 2008
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ps3 has blu-ray (50gb) and so technically it should be better than xbox 360(5 gb disks) but i thinkit will be the same. by the way how is microsoft going to put such a large game onto a 5gb stabdard disk or will they have multiple. and even some people say they will downlo0ad it from xbox live?!?!
Posted 15:01 on 13 April 2008
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I havent pre oredered it but im going to keep to mu tradition...bunking a day off work and wait 1st at the queue at asda 8.30am when the dvd section opens!:drool: :drool: :drool: Thats how i got san andreas! The funny thing bout that release day was the amount of under age kids with there parents! PMSL! :lol: :lol:
Posted 20:23 on 05 April 2008
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i cant w8 only 20 odd more days1
Posted 17:27 on 05 April 2008
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san andreas is better? Are you crazy? Yes you care
Posted 02:04 on 02 April 2008
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there should be one were you can go around the whole world and do millons off missions for deiffernt gangs then if it dos not fit in one disk tere could be several off differant countrys now that is somin to think about
Posted 18:55 on 20 March 2008
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san andreas is better
Posted 18:52 on 20 March 2008
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gta crazy

the bad thing is that you cant pilot planes only helicopter rocketstar say that it will make the game more interesting i think san andreas is be better because its bigger you can fly planes and helicopter you can ahve big foot in it and many other gllitchs and cheats so san andreas is better except for graphics off course
Posted 18:51 on 20 March 2008
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cnt wait 2 play dat game it will b amazing wat gangs r there?
Posted 16:41 on 03 March 2008
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dey r gonna be da sme on both consoles rockstar confirmed nun is gonna b better den da other tnx!!!!
Posted 14:06 on 27 February 2008
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If GTA 4 comes in PS3 in Indonesia, I will buy PS3 and GTA 4 game no matter how much should i pay for it.
Posted 03:00 on 25 February 2008
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It will run better on Xbox 360, they have been the bigger input with licenses etc and creating the game, the only reason there has been a wait for the game is because Sony didnt want it released on just the Xbox as the PS3 version was still being developed, hence more sales for the 360. Can't wait :)
Posted 17:02 on 19 February 2008

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 29/04/2008
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 372 11
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