Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Preview for Xbox 360

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Back to the assault on the Mafia. Just before you start shooting 'em up we noticed another of those nice little touches. Depending on your distance from a vehicle, if the radio is playing you'll hear it. Move close and the sound gets louder. Move away and it slowly fades out. And, get this, if you fancy a booming hard rock soundtrack to accompany the on-foot carnage, you can whip out your mobile, tune in to a thrash metal station and have it play on loudspeaker. Nice.

The combat itself looks fluid and fun, and not particularly heavy on the strategy. It's a case of moving from cover to cover, chucking grenades and letting rip with the shotgun at anyone foolish enough to rush you. There's lots of action, lots of goons to take down and plenty of exploding barrels to add to the carnage. The job-based on-foot sections of GTAIV look like being extremely action intensive.

Our demo now skips to a mission late in the game. Niko is with Rey, a Mafia-type character friend of his who has been helping him search for "that special someone". Niko didn't come to Liberty City just because his cousin Roman promised him a better life. Niko has his own, personal motive. He wants to find "that special someone" we're told (Rockstar won't elaborate on this), and Rey has been helping him do it.

He brings Niko to see Phil Bell, a big-cheese Mafia gangster. A cut-scene kicks in which is ripped straight out of the Analyse This script book. "The thing?" "What thing?" "You know the thing, with the thing." "Oh the thing. Yeah what about it." "Badda beep badda boop." Turns out the Triads want to offload some heroin they believe is cursed, and, since Rey has turned down the job, Phil offers it to you. Off you trot.

On the way another nice little touch catches our eye. Cars have sat-navs, as you'd expect, which explains how Niko is able to set waypoints on the main map and have directions appear in the main HUD mini-map. But that's not all. In certain "better" vehicles, if you strain hard enough, you'll be able to hear a sexy female sat-nav voice tell you to turn left, or turn right, in lovely, dulcet tones.

Eventually Niko gets to where he needs to be. It's night now (Rockstar's demo dude was able to change the time of day at will to show off the game's lighting and weather effects). The moon is high in the sky and is casting shadows on the ground. There's what seems like a million stars looming overhead. But Niko hasn't got time for all of that. He's concentrating on stealing a truck filled with heroin from an army of Triads.

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VeNoM

looks amazing
Posted 00:11 on 24 April 2008
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max

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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Dave

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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Superstormj

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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ps3ftw

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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RaZoR_GTX

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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-Jazz-123

i cant w8 only 20 odd more days1
Posted 17:27 on 05 April 2008
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bob

san andreas is better? Are you crazy? Yes you care
Posted 02:04 on 02 April 2008
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Anonymous

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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michael

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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MaCkO

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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Razor

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: 160 5
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