October 28, 2009
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.
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.