Rockstar Hints At Next Grand Theft Auto Game

October 28, 2009

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GTA4.Net noticed this “ad” in the Episodes from Liberty City instruction manual that, reading between the lines (or around the torn out part, anyway) seems to tease where the series is headed next. And maybe when.

The ad, apparently for a fake movie, declares “Liberty City, It’s Over!” implying, naturally, that we’re all done here. “Next stop,” it says, and that portion appears to be torn out, except for the word “Seagull.” I think it looks like the name of a hotel, but who knows.

To the left of that is “Opens March Everywhere,” and your guess is as good as mine as to what that means. But Rockstar knows what it’s doing here, it’s getting people to talk, and we’ve taken the bait.


Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

May 29, 2009

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In contrast to Grand Theft Auto IV’s seedy biker gang expansion The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony is said to focus on the glitzy “high-end night life” of Liberty City. The second Xbox 360 exclusive episode will put players in the role of Luis Lopez, confirming previous rumors, as his part-time hoodlum duties are supplemented by full-time work for nightclub impresario Tony “Gay Tony” Prince.

According to the official announcement, “players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.”

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is slated to release on Xbox Live this Fall for $19.99 USD or 1600 Microsoft Point. I had no interest in the Lost and the Damned, but this could be promising.

Source: Kotaku.com


Top 10 Video Games of 2008

December 9, 2008

(1)  Grand Theft Auto 4 – Xbox 360 & PC

GTA 4 has all of the makings for game of the year: blood, sex, violence, destruction, death, and prostitutes.  For any fans of the gangster/mob genre there is no greater storyline than an Eastern European coming to America to do right  and getting dragged back into the underworld of crime.  Niko Bellic was a great character that encompassed the raw emotion that none of the previous GTA characters were able to.  The missions were far more diverse and the recreation of NYC was very well done.  GTA 4 is a must have for any gamer.

(2)  Gears of War 2 – Xbox 360

This heavily anticipated sequel does everything right, again.  The level design in GOW 2 is far more expansive and bigger and better than the original.  There’s brutal executions, more blood and gore, and a much more detailed plot delving into a lot of the backstories of Dom and Marcus.  Add in the addictive Horde mode and a highly replayable Multiplayer mode and you’ve got one of the best games of the year.

(3)  World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – PC

The 2nd expansion to WoW opens up a new continent, caps the levels to 80, adds addictive achievements, new raid dungeons and gear, and improved battlegrounds.  Surely that will be enough to keep WoW fans please for the rest of ’08 and well into ’09.  Blizzard has its hands full with some big franchise sequels coming out next year but World of Warcraft has become its flagship series.

(4)  Metal Gear Solid 4 – PS3

Snake is back..and old.  Metal Gear Solid 4 takes place in the future and has an aging Snake as its protaganist.  The cinematic cut scenes in this series has always made this franchise feel like playing your own movie, and with the amount of them in MGS 4 you feel like you are watching a movie.  Fortunately it’s a good one.  MGS 4 is probably going to come to the Xbox 360 in ’09 but for ’08 it was the only reason to buy a Playstation 3.

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Xbox Live 2.0

November 20, 2008

So by now Xbox 360 fans have had a chance to download and play around with the new Xbox Live update. This is Microsoft’s first major firmware update for the system and totally redesigns the user interface into a more flashy and streamlined version. The new Xbox experience kicks off with a cool intro video and then you select an avatar. It took me a while to scroll through the choices before picking an avatar that looked like me but thats not much of a complaint as I’m sure the developers at Microsoft just couldn’t come up with someone quite as charming and sexy as myself.

Next you are taken to the welcome screen which is pretty much useless but you can make sure it doesn’t show up again. Then you’re taken to the main menu screen and can browse through the new menus. It will definitely take some time to get used to these changes but hopefully they will be for the better. I noticed when you start out the system you are taken to the main menu of xbox live instead of your game starting up immediately. Not really a fan of that. I dont like when you press the guide button on your controller that the new interface comes up in the middle of the screen. Before it would come up on the left and you could still see whats going on the screen so if youre watching a movie and need to check your messages or friends list the pop up wasnt intrusive. Now that it comes up in the middle of the screen you are blocked from seeing whats going on until you exit out of it which is a real annoyance. I havent dived into the Netflix thing yet but if for those of you that don’t have a netflix account the feature is no good to you, so only a collection of us will be able to use it. Other than that, it seems to be a nice new change that will surely grow on people as they get used to it.

– Also USA Today revealed the first details on the new Downloadable Content for Grand Theft Auto 4. It will feature Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City’s biker gang The Lost as the main character instead of Niko Bellic. The episode, titled The Lost and Damned, requires players to have the full version of the Mature-rated GTA IV (ages 17 and older) and an Xbox Live membership to download.

“Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background,” says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. “I can’t go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City.”

Lost and Damned for Grand Theft Auto 4 will be released on February 17 and there is no price point set yet, but expect it to fall between $15-20.


Saints Row 2 Review

November 1, 2008

Didn’t get your fix of open world killing simulation from Grand Theft Auto 4 earlier this year? Well Saints Row 2 will surely drive it home til you never want to think about jacking another car or shooting a pedestrian again. Saints Row 2 is the sequel to the Xbox’s first real open world game, Saints Row, as the GTA franchise was exclusive to Playstation at the time. Now with this sequel the developer’s have taken everything they could learn from the last 2 GTA’s and its emulators to give you a more thorough and updated gaming experience.

If Grand Theft Auto is The Godfather, Saints Row 2 is a Leslie Nielsen parody. The game is very tongue in cheek and takes away all of the self importance of Rockstar’s franchise to create something more cartoony and edgy. You can shoot enemies with septic waste, film your own version of COPS, bang hookers using a mini game which requires you to find the G-spot, and of course kill rival gangs and reclaim your spot as the King of Stillwater. Saint’s Row 2 major strongpoint is its story. The character dialog, voice overs, and plot are all entertaining and very well done. Unfortunately its when the cut scenes stop that the game loses its steam.

This is no Grand Theft Auto 4 in the controls or visual departments. Changing weapons in the middle of a fight is a chore, the aim system is completely lackluster, and the graphics are just not impressive by any standard. The soundtrack pales in comparison to GTA, as do the car’s, and weapons. When you drive down the street of Stillwater, the traffic is nowhere near the depth of GTA 4’s NYC replica, and the detail is pretty bland. The True Crime series had more detailed cities on the PS2 than this game can manage with a next gen system. Piss off a gang and an endless parade of gang members come after you, unfortunately they all look the same with very bulky movements. I noticed a lot of clipping and the framerate slowing down at various times.

This map system isnt nearly as good as GTA, and the in-game cell phone doesnt offer you as many feaures either. Although its nice to have it from the get go in Saints Row 2. I really can’t suggest you buy this game unless you really are craving something similar to GTA 4. For the casual fan, I think a rental will suffice as you’ll probably be able to beat the story in a few days. They say Saints Row 3 is in development, let’s hope its not released in the same year as a GTA game because that severly taints an experience thats just too similar, but unfortunately not similar enough in the parts where it matters.

6/10