Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Preview for Xbox 360

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So you steal a car (what else?) and start mowing down people and generally causing a bit of a ruck in order to attract some attention. It's not long before the cops come calling. Niko rams into the cop car, gets out, uses his own car as cover and starts blind firing with a pistol. Then, once all of the cops have left their vehicles, our demo dude makes Niko sprint towards a cop car, jumps inside, and speeds off.

We've only accumulated a couple of stars worth of attention, so it's a fairly simple escape out of the search area. But we're told that the police can become incredibly difficult to dodge. They will communicate with each other over police radio (you'll hear them talking about specific streets), set up road blocks and combine to force you to a halt. They will also readjust their search depending on where you were last spotted. So, if they see you while you're trying to get away the search radius will restart from that position. In all, it looks like Rockstar have tried to create a more realistic getaway experience then ever before, one that's based on line of sight and feels like a game of cat and mouse.

Once we've escaped we're given a glimpse of the police database. You simply type in the name of the person you're after and it will cycle through hundreds of faces, eventually returning a selection of results. You pick the right one, in this case Lyle Rivas, and get his address. You mark it on your sat-nav and head towards the mark on the mini-map, smashing multiple posts and destroying fire hydrants along the way.

Niko arrives and, predictably, Lyle does a runner. Here we witnessed a known bug where the mission will fail one out of four times, but don't worry, Rockstar's on it. Incidentally, if you do fail a mission Niko will receive a text message which lets him give it another go. You jump in the cop car, put the sirens on (to smooth the journey so to speak) and give chase. Here we're given a look at how driving and shooting at the same time works in GTAIV. In a first for the series you can smash the near side window, lean out and shoot forwards while in a car, aiming with the right analogue stick. Luckily Niko has an Uzi at his disposal, and goes straight for Lyle's tyres. The car crashes to a halt and Lyle makes a run for it. He doesn't get far.

Back with the speedboat and our demo comes to an inevitable conclusion as we park up on a beach area. Here we find a random computer-controlled resident of the city sitting on a bench reading a paper and minding his own business. Perhaps he highlights Rockstar's most impressive achievement with taking Liberty City into next-gen territory on the PS3 and Xbox 360 - that is to create the most atmospheric video game sandbox we've ever seen. We just can't wait to try it out for ourselves.

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VeNoM's Avatar


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: 395 23
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