GTA

Despite some people’s best efforts to get the game banned before release we got up early today and got to the local game shop a couple of minutes before it opened, to buy the new Grand Theft Auto. The queue was massive. Four whole people were there as well as us. Games aren’t really all that big round here despite three video game stores in this tiny town. To put that in perspective let me tell you that there’s only two shoe shops, no bookshop and no stationers. So anyway, we were the fifth in the queue and the other four were also buying GTA4. However we were the first ones to buy it without buying the strategy guide too. What is the point of that? It’s like buying the script to a movie when you buy the film and only watching each scene when you’ve read that part of the script.

Gotta feel sorry for PS3 owners though. Apparantly the game regularly freezes in the opening cutscene for owners of the 60 gigabyte PS3. After all the fanboys spent months shouting their mouths off about how the game would be best on their console, the poor bastards can’t even play the first mission. I suppose life would even out if the Xbox fanboys (who went on and on about how online multiplayer would be best on their console) couldn’t get online, and sure enough, that’s what happened…but again, only to some PS3 owners. I can’t help but wonder if Rockstar did it on purpose to apologise to the people that bought Bully: Scholarship Edition on Xbox 360 and were faced with similar problems.

We’ve been playing around with the game for most of the day and so far it’s great. Not revolutionary, but fun. Sure, there are a few tiny glitches that have occurred but you kind of forgive them cause they’re so small and the game is so massive as always. We’ve been taking it slow and enjoying a mix of exploration, missions and pastimes (wining and dining new friends, watching tv and ordering korean brides on the web) so that we get the best experience of the game that we can. Niko (an ex Serbian soldier) is a likable main character so far, to the point that you don’t really want to get him in the sort of trouble that previous characters got into. He’s seen enough in the war to all but break him, and the streets of Liberty City are anything but kind.

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33 thoughts on “GTA

  1. In this version you can choose your actions at certain moments too, good or bad deeds, so it's upto how you play. I like Niko.

  2. Pretty much, though it depends how you play the game. If you've never played the games the main character has to be someone who can logically do the crazy ass driving and shooting and still stay sane. The past three have been a lowlife criminal, a mafia enforcer and a stereotypical Boyz In The Hood style gang member.By bringing a soldier in the game makes more sense in a way. This is a character whose life has been stripped slowly away from him in the war. He came to America for a new start, away from the memories of gunfire and explosions. The fact that the sleaze of the city is dragging him down to a worse place than the war ever did is played as tragic rather than glorified (as certain politicians would have us believe). He's an arrogant, never give up type, but as parts of his past are revealed you kind of understand why.Of course for every player who gets the character and appreciates the story there will be a hundred or so who're just in it for the violence and action, skipping all the cutscenes. The freedom of the games allow you to kill anyone and the majority of players do just that, going on killing sprees round the streets. Of course the new mercy option in some story missions helps keep the character's humanity.One last thing, I'm only assuming Serbian because they mention that as the language. The actual country is always referred to as the old country or something.

  3. Glad you got the game.. :up: sounds really cool although I'm probably one of the people that would go on random killing sprees just for the heck of it..

  4. No Rose, but it's not open yet so all I have to go on is the in-game tv, of which we've watched little. So far I know of Gervais and another comedian.

  5. I don't do online gaming so can't comment on whether it's good or not. Seems like, no matter the age rating, I always end up with some foul mouthed (by my standards) american kid ruining my game.Killing sprees are great fun sometimes, but the strength of this game lies in all the options to do something other than that. GTA's grown up a little bit at least. Thankfully the humour is still half playground, half topical satire.The other comedian we've seen so far is Katt Williams. We also caught a cabaret act with a magician and a singer. :D.Gameplay is old school GTA but with a much better sense of immersion Mart. Little additions to the existing gameplay elements like having a residents only parking space replacing the garage in your first safehouse, or ignoring a call for help and having to pick the caller up from the hospital later and wait for him to call again, or the sleep mode on the phone which stops story missions being activated by phonecalls so you can mess around for a bit. It all just feels more player friendly.

  6. [slightly ontopic again]I just read the reveiws in the paper today. Apparently there were around 100 people in line outside a game store Monday midnight, and the game has an average score of 100 (of 100 possible). Sounds like you're in for a treat :D. [/finished]

  7. Well I found the website to order them, but can't use it yet. You have to complete a mission to unlock online dating so maybe I just need to wait with this too.The GTA games always get high reviews, despite their problems. This improvements made are good but I wouldn't call it a 100% game.

  8. Well I found the website to order them, but can't use it yet. You have to complete a mission to unlock online dating so maybe I just need to wait with this too.The GTA games always get high reviews, despite their problems. The improvements made are good but I wouldn't call it a 100% game.

  9. Damn, you're lucky to have a copy… It's May 1st (Labor Day), so I got the day off and it would've been so sweet to play all day with some beers and pizza. Instead I'm forced out in the rain to watch the parades. Fair enough though, it's an important day, but… You get the picture.What I really don't like about game retailers here in Oslo is that they always manage to import so few copies of the big games. This may very well be part of a marketing launch plan, but I highly doubt it. The hype around this game is so massive here in Norway now because it's sold out everywhere. Stupid stuff.

  10. If the stores in Oslo will take so long to order it, can you buy it somewhere else online? Play.com is pretty good, usually.

  11. If the stores in Oslo will take so long to order it, can you buy it somewhere else online? Play.com is pretty good, usually.

  12. Dunno if Play has a Norwegian site. Always pre-order the big games. Over here at least, you get free stuff with them.

  13. We can order from the British one, you know… I've ordered several stuff from there. The great thing is that they pack each thing seperately which is great for us living in Norway because then we don't have to pay extra VAT and customs fee (unless the cost is more than NOK 250) :D.

  14. w00t! I've reserved a copy of the game in the town where mom and pop lives, so gonna go there tomorrow to get proper home-cooked food and GTA IV. :hat:

  15. I am tempted to buy GTA, but i always wait till everyone else is bored and buy it cheap! Guess its mulitplayer, is it any good online?

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