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post Feb 28 2008, 06:18 PM
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As we've mentioned a few times in the past month or so, a number of the larger gaming sites have been treated to a hands on preview of GTA4. They've now all released articles about what they saw in the game and what they thought of it. You can read the articles at the links below. You'll find many new screenshots on our very own screenshots page.

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Read The Previews:What They Tell Us
  • Accessing the mobile phone after being wasted or busted in a mission allows you to immediately restart it.
  • In hand to hand combat, each button does a different attack, and combos are possible if they are pressed in the right order.
  • In confined areas, or in spaces close to long drops, the movement controls become less sensitive so you don't find yourself inadvertently slamming into walls or falling off rooftops.
  • Broker is the only island accessible from the start of the game, with bridges leading out of it being blocked off by police blockades, however the second area, Bohan, won't take as long to unlock as the outback did in San Andreas.
  • In higher-end sports cars, the GPS system tells you where to go in spoken words.
  • Cars are not customizable and you can't store things inside them.
  • The targetting system allows you angle up for headshots or down to shoot arms or legs (anyone who has played Crackdown will know how useful this can be).
  • There are a total of 18 radio stations.
  • There should be a Multiplayer hands-on preview next month.
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  • Pressing the Left Bumper on the Xbox 360 controller while driving brings up an aiming reticule and allows Niko to shoot out of the car.
  • The size of your 'wanted radius' (the area which you have to escape to lose the cops) increases with your wanted level.
  • Niko is a master at Krav Maga, a fighting style used in the Israeli Special Forces.
  • Insane Stunt Jumps are back.
  • You can be flung through the windshield if you crash at high speed.
  • Underwater explosions send eruptions to the surface.
  • Day/night cycle changes in natural gradients so each day looks different.
  • The frame rate is "absolutely rock solid".
  • The difference in the controls for low and high-end cars is far larger than in the previous GTAs.

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post Feb 29 2008, 10:26 PM
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You can't store things in cars? Hang on does that not contradict info that was given before about keeping stuff in your cars boot (or trunk to everyone from across the pond)

I'm not hugely disappointed about not being able to customize your car but I am fairly surprised. I though that was one of the features of San Andreas that actually worked quite well. It was cool pimping your ride in that game. You can totally tell what R*North's efforts are being angled at this time around - detail and realism rather than novelty features and gimmicks.

I remember reading a while back that R* said they weren't going to reveal too many details of the game prior to release this time around so (hopefully) the game will still be packed full of surprises at the end of April which is more than could be said for San Andreas when it was released.
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- Psy   Brand New Online Previews   Feb 28 2008, 06:18 PM
- - DuffMan   This my quick summary of the articles. I ignored t...   Feb 28 2008, 07:12 PM
|- - TwoFacedTanner   QUOTE(DuffMan @ Feb 28 2008, 01:12 PM) 13...   Feb 28 2008, 08:45 PM
- - Soliex   So, from what ive read at computerandvideogames.co...   Feb 28 2008, 07:16 PM
- - -Jack   Thanks for the summaries duffman, im so fucking ex...   Feb 28 2008, 08:25 PM
- - Dee-Oh   the scope on that sniper rifle looks b/a   Feb 28 2008, 09:53 PM
- - Merkleguy   "- Cars are not customizable and you can...   Feb 28 2008, 10:47 PM
- - Imbrium   Some very interesting bits and bobs I noticed: ...   Feb 28 2008, 10:49 PM
- - punxtr   They closed off the islands... tsk, tsk. I'll...   Feb 28 2008, 10:50 PM
- - Merkleguy   "At one point, while taking a midnight stroll...   Feb 28 2008, 11:36 PM
- - I2un N Gun   Wow out of all things People are taking cars that ...   Feb 29 2008, 12:07 AM
|- - HB~Sauce   QUOTE(I2un N Gun @ Feb 28 2008, 05:07 PM)...   Feb 29 2008, 12:24 AM
- - Canadianbacon123   QUOTE(HB~Sauce @ Feb 28 2008, 08:24 PM) 1...   Feb 29 2008, 12:51 AM
- - Imbrium   It was said by Rockstar months ago that car custom...   Feb 29 2008, 02:05 AM
|- - Merkleguy   QUOTE(Imbrium @ Feb 29 2008, 02:05 AM) 13...   Feb 29 2008, 02:44 AM
- - TwoFacedTanner   Why did they keep saying Boham? It says on the of...   Feb 29 2008, 03:37 PM
- - mooby346   I liked modding cars in SA, but it's not that ...   Feb 29 2008, 04:44 PM
- - Recruit CyanTist   QUOTE(Psy @ Feb 28 2008, 06:18 PM) 139658...   Feb 29 2008, 06:32 PM
|- - TwoFacedTanner   QUOTE(Recruit CyanTist @ Feb 29 2008, 12...   Feb 29 2008, 07:48 PM
|- - Jeff Threat   QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Feb 29 2008, 02:48...   Mar 3 2008, 06:59 PM
- - Jeff Threat   IGN had some of the best info.   Feb 29 2008, 07:29 PM
- - Niko Fira   i hope you guys arnt done reading this subject yet...   Feb 29 2008, 08:33 PM
- - calimann83   I liked customizationing my cars in SA and then lo...   Feb 29 2008, 08:46 PM
- - mobe   You can't store things in cars? Hang on does t...   Feb 29 2008, 10:26 PM
- - In Kontrol   QUOTE(HB~Sauce @ Feb 29 2008, 12:24 AM) 1...   Mar 1 2008, 01:13 PM

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