Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3
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Released on 16/10/2009
In 1997 Scottish games developer DMA Design released the first Grand Theft Auto on PC and PlayStation. A top-down, free-roaming crime-‘em up, GTA gained controversy and acclaim in equal amounts for its violent gangster gameplay, car-jacking focus and superbly risqué soundtrack.
A decade later, the now renamed Rockstar Games is responsible for changing the face of gaming. PS2 Grand Theft Auto III gave gamers a fully 3D playground in which to explore, play, and affect utter mayhem, and each new GTA on PS2, Xbox and PSP has upped the size, scale, style and sheer attitude, cementing the series as one of the iconic gaming brands of its time.
Now Rockstar return with the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Experience a new story, fresh missions and gaze upon Liberty City in high definition glory in Grand Theft Auto IV, all set to be one of the year’s biggest and best releases.
What does the American Dream mean today? For Niko Bellic, fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity.
As they slip into debt and are dragged into a criminal underworld by Grand Theft Auto IV's series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't.
Welcome back to Liberty City. Welcome to Grand Theft Auto IV .
With Duke Nukem Forever finally getting a 6th May release date, it's only fitting that another long-awaited game should be touching down around the same time. A leaked trailer for the amazing LA Noire has suggested Rockstar's latest will be showing up in stores around 17th May.
According to Eurogamer, it's not clear at the moment whether this date refers to a global launch or is purely when Americans can expect to play the game. Either way, it's hard to see a European launch tagging a long too far behind it.
LA Noire was first unveiled way back in 2005, so we've waited long enough to get our hands on this intriguing game. Set in the 1940s, Rockstar's game sees you signing up with the Los Angeles Police Department and tackling crimes, via shooting and racing around in cars, of course, but also through interrogating suspects - a system that depends upon the game's amazing motion-capture that records every nuance of an actor's performance and processes it into the game.
With a huge script and a brilliant setting, this should be just the ticket for anyone who's finished Red Dead Redemption and is itching for a bit more Rockstar brilliance. LA Noire will be available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
From GTA to Red Dead Redemption and now L.A. Noire, super-publisher Rockstar has specialised in games so cinematic that they should come with popcorn. Now it seems that the company might be eyeing a future on the big screen.
Details have surfaced that the company has registered a trademark for a spin-off called Rockstar Films, and also owns two internet domains under the same title.
The Rockstar Films trademark covers re-recorded video discs and other pre-recorded digital and electronic media in the field of live action programs, motion pictures, or animation featuring entertainment, namely, action, adventure, dramatic, comedic, children's and documentary themes./p>
It has long been suggested that the publisher would make a move into movies, but in 2008 Rockstar quashed rumours that it was preparing a Grand Theft Auto movie. However, the publisher has dabbled in Hollywood, hiring director John Hillcoat (The Road) to put together a short film called The Man from Blackwater using footage from Red Dead Redemption.
There's nothing like a bit of the old multiplayer, is there. From those early days of playing four-player Goldeneye on the N64 to travelling in guilds in World of Warcraft, there's just something about gaming with friends - whether you've met them or not!
Those of you who've played multiplayer will know that, every now and then, something truly memorable will occur. So here's a few of our very own memorable multiplayer moments - including some we'd rather forget. Still, at least we have chicken...
Jamie - Builder of Digital Dreamscapes:
When playing GTA race online multiplayer, my mate was being a bit cocky about how good he was.
Helicopters had been chosen as the vehicle class for this particular race, and it was pretty near the finishing line as most other players were now watching either him or his opponent. The other guy steamed towards him... tilted his helicopter to the side as he did a fly by and sliced my mates helicopter in half, mid air.
Cue every other player on the game belly laughing down their mics as my mate's chopper span hopelessly to its doom.
Carl - Design Doodler
I have spent many hours playing Halo Reach - over 350 to be exact! And I would estimate that about 20 of those hours have been spent apologising to my fellow Care Bears after I have accidently betrayed them! Yes, I'm part of a clan, and yes, we're called the Care Bears. That's right, laugh it up!
The most memorable of these unfortunate events is when I managed to take out our entire team of five with a single well placed, or rather badly placed, grenade. Reflection was the map and capture the flag was the game type. As always I ran for the shotgun on red ramp - if you don't know where I mean then learn your call outs! After the initial scurry for power weapons we all met up on the flag. With three of the enemy team dead and weeping in the headsets we grabbed the flag, and that's when it went very wrong!
I saw one of the remaining blues running down over the window stairs and threw a frag grenade, just as a teammate walked across my path. The grenade bounce off his back and landed at my feet. At this precise moment another Care Bear spotted the same blue Spartan and fired a rocket. The grenade blast that just took down all of our shields sent the rocket off course - it went straight up, hit the ceiling above red flag spawn and wiped out all of us. Leaving one bewildered blue Spartan staring at all five dead Bears.
Needless to say I wasn't the most popular Bear of the bunch after that. See you on the playing field!
Ali - Queen of the Internet:
My favourite multiplayer moments were in Gears of War 3. I regularly played Horde Mode with three friends and was definitely the cannon fodder of the group. We would choose the map with the river running through the centre and all hold our regular points around one of the houses. My section was the garden.
For levels 1-9 I was pretty competent at ducking behind rocks to fire from cover and using the trucks to shield me from explosions. Around level 10, though, the calls over the headset would be less "Are we secure?" "Yes", and more "Where is Ali?" "She's here, here, here, a little bit over here too".
However, nothing can beat the time we set the mortar off in the doorway of the house we were hiding in rather than outside of the house where the enemies were. Brilliant :S
Glenn - Mad Mod
Starcraft II. Qualification game for season 6, hoping to get promoted to Gold Division. Terran vs Zerg (TVZ).
I was at about 140 supply, going for a Bio/Mech build. I had tried to go for a timing push, just as my Siege Tanks got +2 Attack. The Zerg was transitioning from Roach/Speedling (Lings with the Speed upgrade to Muta(Mutalisks)/Speedling) and I was lucky enough to kill the third in the transition, Wiping the Roaches and Speedlings in the process.
Leaving with around 3 Medivacs, 5 Siege tanks and approx 30 Marines, and I felt pretty confident as I healed up, and advanced on the natural.
Out of metaphorically nowhere, approx 12 Mutas approached. I hadn't expected any Mutas out at this point, however I leapt to action tapping keys in a frenzy of concern as I stimmed my marines and went on the offensive, victory felt certain and the heady heights of Gold loomed BUT and in my haste I pressed the wrong hotkey and ordered my siege tanks to attack my Marines instead of my Marines to attack the Mutas.
Devastated I GG'd as he nuked my siege line and hit my SCV's square in the face L
Note to self: Scan more, don't order your Siege tanks to attack your own troops.
Note to others: Demuslim is a boss
Sound familiar? Feel free to share your own multiplayer memories with us in the comment boxes below!
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