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Psy
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
Kikizo
  • 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.
Team Xbox
  • 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.
1up
  • 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.
CVG
  • 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.
FuddMan
This my quick summary of the articles. I ignored the details of the actual missions because I didn't want to spoil it for myself....

Kikizo
- 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, Boham, 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.

Team Xbox
- 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.

1up
- 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.

CVG
- 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.

The IGN preview was shit so I didn't pull anything from there, and I didn't add this into the original post because, as I said, I ignored the missions, so it's not a full summary...
Soliex
So, from what ive read at computerandvideogames.com (the only website Vanguard didnt block) They revealed a new mission, I think, and said the police chopper has a minigun. Also, you can shoot the pilots out of the sky with the sniper rifle, even through glass. Your wanted stars turn grey when your "hidden" from the police.

Not a whole lot of new info, anything from the other websites?



EDIT*

"- Cars are not customizable and you can't store things inside them."


Booooo!!!!
CutThatCity
Thanks for the summaries duffman, im so fucking exited.
TwoFacedTanner
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Team Xbox

- Niko is a master at Krav Maga, a fighting style used in the Israeli Special Forces.



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Thats pretty cool stuff.

DiO
the scope on that sniper rifle looks b/a
Merkleguy
"- Cars are not customizable and you can't store things inside them."

What the f*ck, i am sooo disappointed in that even buying a new pairs or rims or tinting the windows is not alowwed that is BS.

Im too mad to think about anythign else
I Made Your Mom In GMod
Some very interesting bits and bobs I noticed:

"When necessary, headlights can also be put on full beam or dipped (but can't be turned off)."

"When further damage is done, the car is likely to have smoke bellowing from it, and the physical properties of the smoke behave just as realistically at varying speeds, even if it means it rushes back into the camera. The same goes for the smoke coming out of the window when someone is smoking in the car! If you crash, the driver and any passengers will jolt forwards due to their momentum. A particularly nasty crash might bend the wheels out of shape, which will constantly skew the direction you drive in. Car deaths are also spectacular. At one point we were in a bulky Securicor-style vehicle and after a pile-up the vehicle ended up on its side. Pressing Y to exit, Niko climbed out of the 'top' of the van where the passenger door was and jumped to safety. About ten seconds later, the impact of the exploding van sent Niko to the ground leaving our ears ringing - similar to the ringing sound effect in Half-Life 2."

"...there are parking spaces outside safe-houses, where you can store vehicles..."

"A nice touch is that Niko takes a crash helmet and puts it on when getting on a bike and leaves it next to the bike when getting off."

"Dropped weapons and other items have a yellow halo around them (The mission markers are now yellow arrows floating in the air, pointing at the floor, not cylinders like in the previous games)."

"We finally get to number 1006 and hit the intercom."

"...not least of all accidentally triggering car alarms."

"...even at the same time on two unique days, things can look very different."

"...any car can be broken into with a quick elbow through the window (followed by a hot-wiring animation that can be sped up by tapping on the triggers or shoulder buttons)."

"I watched one characters' tie brush over a table as he sat down, not through it."

"...we were told that the GPS system is completely law abiding meaning that it won't send you careering headfirst into traffic down one-way streets."

"...It's also customisable to a degree, with different ring-tones available..." (Talking about the mobile phone).

"Driving head-on into a lamp-post will leave an unmistakably lamp-post-shaped dent in the bonnet."

"At one point, while taking a midnight stroll through Liberty City's quite breathtaking spin on Times Square, we spot a man hunched over the open bonnet of his car, quizzically looking at the broken motor. Being the helpful citizens that we are, we push him to one side and try to hotfoot it with his automobile, but naturally his concerns weren't just a superfluous animation as the car fails to start and we climb out with rose-blushed cheeks."

It's small things like these that make the game for me.
Hardcore Ottoman
They closed off the islands... tsk, tsk.

I'll have to read this myself personally though.
Merkleguy
"At one point, while taking a midnight stroll through Liberty City's quite breathtaking spin on Times Square, we spot a man hunched over the open bonnet of his car, quizzically looking at the broken motor. Being the helpful citizens that we are, we push him to one side and try to hotfoot it with his automobile, but naturally his concerns weren't just a superfluous animation as the car fails to start and we climb out with rose-blushed cheeks."

But not customizable DAMN IT :@
ConQueSteD
Wow out of all things People are taking cars that cant be customized more harsh than expected.
that was one of my least worries.
HB~Sauce
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Wow out of all things People are taking cars that cant be customized more harsh than expected.
that was one of my least worries.


Agreed, this isn't Need For Speed underground. Plus I didn't like it in San Andreas, you would spend money on a random vehicle and you drive for two blocks and you end up flipping the bitch.
Canadianbacon123
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QUOTE(I2un N Gun @ Feb 28 2008, 05:07 PM) [snapback]1396650[/snapback]
Wow out of all things People are taking cars that cant be customized more harsh than expected.
that was one of my least worries.


Agreed, this isn't Need For Speed underground. Plus I didn't like it in San Andreas, you would spend money on a random vehicle and you drive for two blocks and you end up flipping the bitch.

or it would disappear when u turned around
I Made Your Mom In GMod
It was said by Rockstar months ago that car customisation will not make a comeback. Where have you guys been?
Merkleguy
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It was said by Rockstar months ago that car customisation will not make a comeback. Where have you guys been?


obviously not reading articles that mention none customisable cars.

Need for speed it is not but i loved modding my cars and they didn't dissappear that often thats a exaggeration you just gotta know where and how to keep them and drive normally.

Anyway theres a Bentley/Chrysler 300 looking whip with tinted window there so i'll just have to steal that evey day.

Also does anyone find that reading about the missions is quite boring? and that reading about how realistic the game is, is more interesting??

Merk
TwoFacedTanner
Why did they keep saying Boham?

It says on the official sit Bohan.
Hell, even Duff put Boham.
Unless he just copied it.
Then all is forgiven.
mooby346
I liked modding cars in SA, but it's not that big of a deal so I can live without it. I thought it was interesting that they mentioned you can save cars in parking spaces outside of safehouses. I'm curious to know if that means you could park like 5 different cars in five different parking spaces outside your house and it would save them all, or rather if that only just applied to like one or two parking spaces.
Sharpie Fetish
QUOTE(Psy @ Feb 28 2008, 06:18 PM) [snapback]1396587[/snapback]
[*]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.
[*]Cars are not customizable and you can't store things inside them.
[*]The size of your 'wanted radius' (the area which you have to escape to lose the cops) increases with your wanted level.


Wow this game just gets worse and worse.
Jeff Threat
IGN had some of the best info.
TwoFacedTanner
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QUOTE(Psy @ Feb 28 2008, 06:18 PM) [snapback]1396587[/snapback]
[*]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.
[*]Cars are not customizable and you can't store things inside them.
[*]The size of your 'wanted radius' (the area which you have to escape to lose the cops) increases with your wanted level.


Wow this game just gets worse and worse.


Whoa...whoa...

I have to words for you.

Come on!

C'mon!

They said car customization was out a while back. The size of the wanted radius getting larger with an increase of your wanted level makes sense. And the bridges being blocked off isn't that bad.

C'mon!
Niko Fira
i hope you guys arnt done reading this subject yet, i was just pondering while reading about the cars and what you cannot do with them, and i was thinking wait a minute, it sure would be nice riding bikes across a virtual NYC (i do it all the time) and then i was thinking to my self "i've actually heared nothing about bikes in GTAIV so i though i'de search up on it and i found this , if you look under his arm their apears to be a bike, i saw it again in another picture but couldnt get my hands on it, also while looking around i stumbled acrross this picture with vlad if you look to his left were the posters are on the wall, you can see what i think is the skating girls from vice city, am i going nuts or does anyone else notice the familiarity???
calimann83
I liked customizationing my cars in SA and then loosing them 10 minuts later. It gave me something to spend that 100million on. Then I had three cars that I worked very very hard to keep. I dont think ill miss the option that much. I doubt ill be palying the game saying " God this game sucks if only they included car customization, why lord why?'

I also dont really understand why people are so upset about not being able to store things in cars. Besides weapions, what exactly were you people plaining on storing in there?

-The bridges being blocked off: I am happy about this, I have no need to explore the whole map from the start, I think that would be a little much. I really think this adds to the game, and keeps it fun. In SA it was nice to unlock the desert and, half way thru the game, have someplace new to explore.

-police search radius: ill admet I have some concerns about this new wanted system. It seems easier to get polic attention, but with no Pay & sprays i will be harder to loose them. I just hope I can enjoy the city without running from the cops every 30 secs. but R* has never let me down before, so I will trust that they created a great game. ( has anyone herd about weither or not there will be police bribes?)
mobe
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.
In Kontrol
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QUOTE(I2un N Gun @ Feb 28 2008, 05:07 PM) [snapback]1396650[/snapback]
Wow out of all things People are taking cars that cant be customized more harsh than expected.
that was one of my least worries.


Agreed, this isn't Need For Speed underground. Plus I didn't like it in San Andreas, you would spend money on a random vehicle and you drive for two blocks and you end up flipping the bitch.


Exactly, this GTA not GTA Customization City ffs!
Jeff Threat
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QUOTE(Recruit CyanTist @ Feb 29 2008, 12:32 PM) [snapback]1396816[/snapback]
QUOTE(Psy @ Feb 28 2008, 06:18 PM) [snapback]1396587[/snapback]
[*]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.
[*]Cars are not customizable and you can't store things inside them.
[*]The size of your 'wanted radius' (the area which you have to escape to lose the cops) increases with your wanted level.


Wow this game just gets worse and worse.


Whoa...whoa...

I have to words for you.

Come on!

C'mon!

They said car customization was out a while back. The size of the wanted radius getting larger with an increase of your wanted level makes sense. And the bridges being blocked off isn't that bad.

C'mon!

Wow! Vice City memories right there with that one pic. I really hope they make an 80's GTA.
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