Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Preview for Xbox 360

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There's no time for subtlety either. Niko storms in with a rocket launcher, blind firing at anything daring to move. Again, lots of carnage, lots of explosions. The ground is on fire and Niko caps a Triad in the leg, forcing him to the floor. The poor unfortunate soul catches fire, rolls around in agony and eventually dies. Ouch.

The truck starts to move and looks like it's getting away. Niko runs after it and grabs the rear bumper. Here you have to tap A (on the Xbox 360 pad, we assume it will be X on a PS3 pad) to climb to the roof of the truck as it swerves and speeds its way towards a getaway point. This sequence, we're told, was in the recent trailer, and was inaccurately described by forum posters as not in-game. It is.

Niko rolls around the top of the truck as the driver desperately tries to force him off. You need to control Niko in order to keep him there. Eventually you make your way to the passenger seat, jump in and kill the driver - you don't control Niko when he does this. You bring the truck under control, call Phil and let him know the heroin is in your hands. He tells Niko to drive it towards an old mansion, which you do of course. Niko, after all, needs the money.

Time is jumped forward again, this time to 9.45am (one real-life minute equals half-an-hour in-game) and a speed boat is spawned. Niko is going to take a boat trip in order to see Liberty City in all its glory. We take in the Statue of Happiness (the Statue of Liberty), speed under the Broker Bridge (Brooklyn Bridge) and generally get a sense of the scale of the city. The game will include four boroughs, Dukes (Queens), Algonquin (Manhattan), Bohan (Bronx) and Broker (Brooklyn). It will also include Alderney (New Jersey), which is more of a state. In all it takes us a good few minutes to get from one end of Liberty City to the other on the speed boat. We're told that if you're not in a rush players will easily spend 100 hours getting everything the game has to offer, and that it's about as long as San Andreas or Vice City. And that's not including the confirmed two batches of episodic content, which Microsoft has an exclusive deal to keep only on Xbox 360 (sorry PS3 owners). Nor does it include the multiplayer side of things, which Rockstar is keeping quiet on until March. But what we can say for certain is that GTAIV, like its predecessors, will be a game that will reward effort. If you want to put the time in and engage in exploring, side quests and other non-main storyline stuff, you'll get your money's worth.

This is a first look, and as such, firm opinion is difficult. From a distance GTAIV looks superb, and, now that Rockstar has implemented subtle tweaks to the combat, looks like a great deal of fun to boot. But it's still classic GTA. This is an evolution of the genre, not a revolution. While Rockstar has dismantled all the parts and examined them in great detail, you'll still spend loads of time stealing cars, escaping cops and engaging in bloody murder. It's the first true next-gen GTA game and as such is perhaps more of a refinement than an overhaul.

It's also GTA grown up. The graphics are certainly improved (we're not sure the character models are the best we've ever seen, or the face textures) and more realistic. Niko's mobile, his gateway to the world, means he's never far from a call and a new job (littered about the city will be an Internet cafe chain called Twat, a sort of Liberty City information gateway). We're told GTAIV is the most sophisticated and opportunistic GTA world ever created, and much of that is to do with the phone. It has a camera you can actually use, a diary, a memo system and, hush hush, it'll be the device through which you channel the multiplayer portion of the game. Interesting.

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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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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: 182 2
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