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Sony, Microsoft put spin on GTA IV sales

As expected, Grand Theft Auto IV is selling very well to both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers. The latest chapter in the series has enticed both Microsoft and Sony to stand up on their soap boxes to proclaim the success of GTA IV on their respective platforms.

SCEA SVP of marketing Peter Dille said, “Grand Theft Auto fans who love the game grew up on PlayStation and we believe that rich heritage will be a deciding factor for many gamers at retail.”

Although the exact breakdown over the two platforms is still unknown, GTA IV definitely helps sell PlayStation 3 consoles.

“From our position, the launch of GTA IV has been tremendous in driving traffic to our stores, as well as providing a vigorous lift in PS3 console sales over this time last week,” said Bob McKenzie, SVP merchandising at GameStop Corp. “We attribute the growth to a huge fan base of PS2 owners who see this title as the trigger for the PS3 upgrade they've been planning.”

Wedbush Morgan industry analyst Michael Pachter agreed, saying, “There is a huge installed base of loyal PlayStation 2 owners who have been looking for a reason to upgrade, and they have strong previous ties to the Grand Theft Auto franchise on PlayStation platforms.”

Sony may be happy to report that GTA IV is pushing sales of its console, Microsoft still has the leg up on install base and attach rate. Aaron Greenberg, director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, told Next-Gen, “What we've heard anecdotally from our retail partners is that the Xbox 360 version of the game is outselling the PS3 version by a margin of two-to-one.... That mirrors what we saw with pre-orders, but it continues to hold true at retail, at least for the first couple of days. It's a great sign.”

Sony commented that its own findings run contrary to Microsoft’s claims, but didn’t offer any hard numbers.

Greenberg also refrained from giving figures, opting to wait for NPD Group’s findings, though added that GTA IV should also have a positive effect on Xbox 360 sales as well. “The fact that we know that we're outselling [the PS3 version] two-to-one on the game is a pretty good sign that a lot of those games are going with a new console out the door,” he said.

Across the pond, UK industry monitor ChartTrack has the Xbox 360 version selling 335,000 copies and the PS3 274,000 units in the first 24 hours of GTA IV’s launch, according to MCV. The combined sale of 609,000 copies on day one make GTA IV now the fastest-selling game its first day in the UK.



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Must be missing something...
By Blight AC on 5/5/2008 8:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'm really surprised at the amount of draw this game series has. I dunno.. after GTA2 I pretty much felt I had squeezed every bit of playability I could out of blowing stuff up, stealing cars and just the general wickedness you could do (running over hookers and getting you money back is only fun for so long).

I liked Crackdown though, as it added an element to this type of gameplay with the Superpowers that added a nice twist to the gameplay.

I'm not here to rain on the GTA parade though, there are a lot of folks who love the game, so I wonder, what was the main draw for you to get GTA4? What am I missing?




RE: Must be missing something...
By xsilver on 5/5/2008 9:04:08 AM , Rating: 2
I think a key element to this game is how at any time you can just do what you want. I know a few people that love this game but never got around to clocking it. This just leads me to believe that people like to just load up the game and roam around shooting stuff, carjacking etc while moving the story very slowly. Totally opposite idea to a heavily directed 6-8 hour fps.

Plus I think the demographic it caters to (late teens) were not late teens when the last game was released so it always appears "fresh"


RE: Must be missing something...
By bearxor on 5/5/08, Rating: -1
RE: Must be missing something...
By FITCamaro on 5/5/2008 9:29:40 AM , Rating: 3
Well theres a ton to do. In addition to the main plot line theres cop missions, jobs you can do for friends, and the dating stuff which reveals more about the main character.

Then the multiplayer is fantastic. Do you know how awesome it is to shoot your best friend with a rocket as he's driving straight at you in a car full speed, only to blow him up seconds before his car runs you down? Me and my friend were rolling laughing on the floor. I forgot that you can drive through telephones....


RE: Must be missing something...
By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 9:38:18 AM , Rating: 2
How do you get the MP going on this? Was going to give that a whirl with a buddy last night but it dumped us straight into the SP mode and we couldn't figure out how to make it go MP. We even had him sign on to the X-Box before loading the game.


RE: Must be missing something...
By Drew327 on 5/5/2008 9:59:00 AM , Rating: 2
It is accessed from within the single player game. Pull up your cell phone in the game and the main menu on the phone has a Multiplayer option.


By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 10:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
That's intuitive... Ok, well at least now I know how it's done. Thanks a lot!


RE: Must be missing something...
By xsilver on 5/5/2008 9:38:57 AM , Rating: 2
well, the wierd thing is that if you hear a conversation about this game rather than it be something like:
"you know on mission 5, the one where you have to protect that guy.... that was cool"

instead it will be:
"hey you know, if you stack up a blockade of cars on xx road and then shoot 8 guys wearing red in a row, a helicopter tries to come and shoot you... and then if you shoot the heli with an AK, a tank will come... and then..."

it has nothing to do with the story of the game but for some reason that kind of stuff is all the buzz they can generate. I guess that way what they do is try to feed as much stuff like that into it as possible and let people think they've found an "easter egg" because I too think the story is a bit bland and repetitive.


By omnicronx on 5/5/2008 9:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
I have to admit, I never played more than 1 or 2 missions for the first 3 GTA games(1,2,3), it was not until Vice City that I actually played the the missions. The ability to come in at anytime and play is never a bad thing, just look at the wii, from my perspective that is their main selling point beyond the controller.


RE: Must be missing something...
By Drew327 on 5/5/2008 10:02:42 AM , Rating: 3
The story in GTA4 is incredible so far. I have put maybe 12 hours into the game; the most recent mission which had myself and a few others robbing a bank, and then trying to escape was really fun. Escaping down the streets, some alleys, into the subway, running down the subway tracks and coming back up onto the street at a later point- all while involved in Matrix-like firefights...

The voice acting is unbelievable and the characters are really compelling. If anyone can understand a word that Little Jacob is saying I'll be impressed.


RE: Must be missing something...
By wempa on 5/5/2008 12:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just about loading it up to run around and cause chaos. For me, GTA 3 and Vice City were like that and they got boring pretty fast. GTA San Andreas really raised the bar with amount of things you could do. Pick up the strategy guide for GTA SA and you'll be blown away by just how much content is in the game. I was addicted to that game for a good 6 months. The big appeal of the game is that when you get frustrated with the story missions, you just go find something else to do ..... races, schools, gambling, dating, mini-games, odd jobs, challenges, etc. There is just so much to do. I was still finding new things on GTA SA even after a year or so of playing. Of course, running around creating chaos provides good stress relief as well ! :)


RE: Must be missing something...
By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 3:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
Thats usually the problem of why these games do not get everyones attention. They see the outer shell of "its chaos, guns, and prostitues" but they forget it is a game that causes you to think.

You cant simply run around mashing buttons and expect to win, you have to actually plan a strategy. How else do you expect to survive with military helicopters chasing you.


RE: Must be missing something...
By FITCamaro on 5/5/2008 3:46:27 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
How else do you expect to survive with military helicopters chasing you.


Blow them up with rocket launchers. :)


By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 4:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Man, I havent gotten one yet! Cant purchase them in the gun shops yet. :(
I am in manhatten now, just started doing missions for that crooked cop. I mostly have been working with steroids junky, he pays way more than anyone else just to steal those cars. I had $30,000 mostly from his missions, until I kept dying on Elisabetta's mission. The one where you raid the old hospital and then have to escape, cops kept killing me and I lost about $10,000 from hospital visits and purchasing new guns and armor. So upsetting.


By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 3:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
Thats usually the problem of why these games do not get everyones attention. They see the outer shell of "its chaos, guns, and prostitues" but they forget it is a game that causes you to think.

You cant simply run around mashing buttons and expect to win, you have to actually plan a strategy. How else do you expect to survive with military helicopters chasing you.


RE: Must be missing something...
By jRaskell on 5/5/2008 1:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
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For me, that ability is worthless. I play the game to play the game. Loading it up just to run around and do nothing seems like a large waste of time.


Are you trying to imply that time spent on other games isn't a large waste of time? Any sense of accomplishment ANY game may instill upon you is illusory at best.

Oh, and loading it up just to run around and do anything (not nothing as you incorrectly imply) is just as much playing the game to play the game, as you claim to do yourself.


By Blight AC on 5/7/2008 9:37:28 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I did enjoy that with the previous version of GTA that I have. But I can only do that for so long. It's the Sandbox game, that gives you a world to play in as you want.

For me though, I like progression. It's like a guided tour through a theme park, you experience everything in a specific order, and boom, cue the closing movie, credits, thanks for playing. Like the Halo series, just long enough to make it worth the purchase for the single player game alone (or even better co-op) and I'm happy.

So, it sounds like GTA4 is an improvement over the previous versions, but it is still a sandbox world, which isn't quite for me. Like Crackdown, my last experience with a sandbox game, I played the storyline part of it, and only played a few hours after that, most of it doing some multiplayer with a friend climbing buildings in the SUV.

However, considering GTA4's sales numbers, it appears I'm in the minority here. :D


RE: Must be missing something...
By therealnickdanger on 5/5/2008 9:09:29 AM , Rating: 2
I really got into GTA1, but kinda skipped GTA2 and then played GTA3 a lot. The move to 3D along with all the radio stations, secrets, spoofs, and mayhem really drew me in. Vice City was better, but it was more of the same for me. I never beat it I don't think, just lost interest. I only played San Andreas a couple times at a buddy's house, seemed to be more of the same.

GTA4 looks intriguing to me, but I probably will never play it. After playing Crackdown, I know it won't satisfy my destructive desires. After playing Mass Effect, I know it won't compete with story or depth. On top of that, I just don't have the time.

Ninja Gaiden 2 and Fable 2 will be here soon enough...


RE: Must be missing something...
By omnicronx on 5/5/2008 9:16:07 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
After playing Crackdown, I know it won't satisfy my destructive desires. After playing Mass Effect, I know it won't compete with story or depth.
Yet I would not touch crackdown again with a 10 foot pole, and Mass Effect is a game only certain people can really get into, I was not one of them. Yet I was afraid to get GTA4 because I knew there was a possibility of not going to work the next day ;) I would recommend at least renting the game, you will not be disapointed.


RE: Must be missing something...
By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 9:44:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'll admit, mass effect is a game that I'm also not certain about. On the one hand it sounds awesome, but on another I'm usually not a big RPG fan... For instance I own Oblivion and honestly... It just hasn't gotten much play compared to most my other games.


RE: Must be missing something...
By mmntech on 5/5/2008 11:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with Oblivion. Mass Effect though is probably decent since I know from Bioware's past work that there games are pretty good at catering to a non-RPG crowd. KotOR was not an overly complex RPG, which is one of the reasons why I liked it so much.

As for GTA IV, I've never been really interested in the series. I'm not big into the mafia/street thing. Yes, I'm probably a sissy. It has been getting very good reviews but I think people calling it the best game ever might be a bit of a stretch.
I might rent this one though for the sole purpose of tracking down and killing Steve C from Opie & Anthony. He plays a burly cop in Coney Island. If you're a fan of the show, a lot of the regulars have voice cameos.


RE: Must be missing something...
By SiN on 5/5/2008 12:26:37 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, yeah its full of stuff to do, but walking around an open world like that with a sword didn't appeal to me. I just couldt stay with it. I feel they oversaturated the options to "level" and gave the game too much "open space".

And even after IGN.com and Eurogamer.net gave GTA IV a 10/10, im sure they gave Oblivion the same which spurred me to buy it. TBH i could see why graphicly, but not by gameplay. Zelda on N64 i could stay with untill the end, love that game. GTA San Andreas was great for the RPG element. Still playing though GTA IV.


RE: Must be missing something...
By bearxor on 5/5/2008 9:16:04 AM , Rating: 2
Never been a big GTA fan, but LOVED Crackdown. Here's hoping for a sequel someday!


By inperfectdarkness on 5/5/2008 9:43:10 AM , Rating: 2
i'm waiting for postal 3


RE: Must be missing something...
By vizel on 5/5/2008 2:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
I think the draw of GTA4 for someone who has played all the games is the improvements to the vibrancy of the city. Previously, there was always those moments that took you out of the game world, be it the herd of pedestrians woodenly walking a path to nowhere or the NPCs in cars having not an ounce of common sense.

In the PS2 GTA's, these things definitely got really annoying. I can't count how many times in San Andreas I'd be flying down the freeway on my bike only to have a car right in front of me decide it was a good time to switch lanes and throw me off my bike. Or if you actually felt like following traffic rules for once, the game did have traffic lights but they were more of a touch of realism and didn't really function too well (It's been a while since I played these but I remember it being a problem).

Of course the graphics help this game with realism, but it's all the little things that add up to create this compelling game world. Honestly I have yet to go on a rampage or go looking for the hookers in this game after 10-15 hours of playing it. Maybe I already was tired of just randomly blowing stuff up (I spent a majority of time in GTA doing that), or maybe with all the things to do between missions now its less of an appeal.


RE: Must be missing something...
By hemmy on 5/8/2008 5:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
GTA didn't even get good until AFTER GTA2 (aka the 3rd one)


By bearxor on 5/5/2008 8:39:04 AM , Rating: 1
"Sony commented that its own findings run contrary to Microsoft’s claims, but didn’t offer any hard numbers."

I decided to pick it up this weekend. It took me 2 Best Buy's and a Target to find it. Both Best Buy's were cleared out of 360 copies but had plenty of PS3 copies, including some Collectors Editions. The Target had about 5 360 copies and around 30 PS3 copies, but still had some 360 Collectors Edition.

Overall, the game is meh. Never been a GTA fan at all, but i looked at everything R* was doing for 4 and it seemed like they put a lot of work in to it and that it would at least try something new from the previous games in the series, but it doesn't. It's still same 'ol GTA wrapped in a prettier bow. Will likely be the first and only game in the series I actually buy.




By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 9:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
That's why I did a rental, $60 is a bit much for me to put down on a blind buy for a series I'm not all that sure about. Over all I like the driving in the game, so far I can't gotten to do much fighting or anything like that, honestly i'm not enjoying the date mission much thus far. I'm glad I decided to stick to my original plan of just buy Mario Kart and give GTA a try on a rental. I'm happier owning Mario Kart right now, I know it's going to get a lot of play.


By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 11:47:00 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm glad I decided to stick to my original plan of just buy Mario Kart and give GTA a try on a rental. I'm happier owning Mario Kart right now, I know it's going to get a lot of play.

I know every game is liked based on opinion but based on my opinion I laughed at this.
GTA is on a whole new playing field than Mario anything.
quote:
$60 is a bit much for me to put down on a blind buy for a series I'm not all that sure about.

At least 9mil have been sold so far so do you think its just "any regular game"? There is something for everyone to enjoy about this series.
quote:
Over all I like the driving in the game, so far I can't gotten to do much fighting or anything like that,

Don't worry, that is the way R* setup the game, they ease you into the heavy stuff. Simply put, they will first give you a knife > bat > pistol > shotgun > etc.
quote:
honestly i'm not enjoying the date mission much thus far.

Just know the date missions will play a big part later on in the game.

The best thing about this game is choice, you always have choices to make based on your wants. You dont have to go on dates with Michelle if you dont want to. Oh and taking her to the strip club does nothing, she doesnt even make a comment. Just remember there are some people you dont want to kill as they will be there for you till the end. Once you get about 20% deep in the game it gets really juicy.


By FITCamaro on 5/5/2008 12:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Once you get about 20% deep in the game it gets really juicy.


I like them juicy........oh sorry what were we talking about?


By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 2:09:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I know every game is liked based on opinion but based on my opinion I laughed at this.


I guess this is all a matter of opion... Personally I find mario kart battles far more gratifying... Hell, yesterday I was gaming with a buddy that really is into the whole GTA series... We decided to start "light" with mario kart, ended up spending several hours on internet battles and never really touched GTA.

quote:
At least 9mil have been sold so far so do you think its just "any regular game"? There is something for everyone to enjoy about this series.


Uuuuh, I'm failing to see how this makes GTA any less of a blind buy for me. Different people like different styles of games. I wasn't sure if GTA would appeal to me despite it's popularty. Before renting 4 I'd only seen a little of Vice City being played and I wasn't all that into what I saw. This is kind of like Halo 3 sold 300M on just one platform... Impressive, obviously not your everyday game... But that doesn't mean everyone is going to like it.

quote:
Don't worry, that is the way R* setup the game, they ease you into the heavy stuff. Simply put, they will first give you a knife > bat > pistol > shotgun > etc.


They still need a good hook to keep me going... So far I'm not all that hooked... Despite the fact that GTA is a rental I still find my self mario karting more and forcing my self to GTA since I rented it. Not saying it's bad, just that the entertainment value isn't there for me.

quote:
Just know the date missions will play a big part later on in the game.


I'm glad there's a point... I just wish they'd walk you through the "missions" more quickly... I would have had more fun actually participating in the knife fight before the date then on the date. If I want to have fun on a date I'll go out on a real one, thanks.


By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 3:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
Well I would compare GTA to a movie and partially real life. Its not like all of the old GTA's where you could walk into any alley and find a rocket launcher, or beat up any random person and get away with it.

If you think there arent any cops around and you shoot someone, other people will call the cops on you if they have a cell phone.

quote:
I just wish they'd walk you through the "missions" more quickly...

I am not sure I understand what you mean by "walk you through".

The main difference I can see between the two is Mario never really requires an attention span past pressing 1 directional button and holding (usually action)1 button to run/drive/sprint/etc, whereas GTA actually takes SOME brain usage.

Like I said its like a movie and you have to follow the plot while playing.


By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 3:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
The go to your cousin and save his butt mission was drive there then watch a cut sceen... I'd perfer that be interactive and they just shuttle you through the dates with a cut sceen instead if you really feel you want the story...

Honestly, GTA isn't any more movie like than any other game. Honestly I would argue that a I would perfer to see a halo movie over a GTA movie any day of the week.


By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 3:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, sorry I missed your comments about mario requiring zero brain power... I'm not going to pretend like you have to be super smart, but you do need to stradegize a little in the game. You need to know when to use your various "power ups" so they'll be most effective at screwing up your opponent, it also helps to know the track etc. As far as GTA, I'll admit I haven't played much, but to be perfectly honest I haven't run into any situation that required more thinking than mario kart... Hell, I've been stealing cars in front of the popo most of the time and always manage to out run them...

Once I ramed a police car up onto a small steep hill using a semi-truck (there goes the realizm) and I still managed to hop out of the slow moving semi, steal a faster car and basically just drive away.... At one point the police decided to set up a road block on the freeway as a stradegy to catch me (I guess) so I just avoided the freeway. Drove right past many a cop with no issues in the car I used to escape them not more than 5 minutes ago.

Again, I'm not saying GTA sucks. Obviously it's a huge franchise with a huge following which speaks to the general quality of the game. But then again it's also not uber realistic still nor is it any more cinimatic than anyother game I've seen. It's fun, I just happen to have more fun with Mario Kart. To each their own right?


By FITCamaro on 5/5/2008 3:53:44 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah I'm kind of missing all the randomly placed weapons, health packs, armor, and wanted level reducers.

And its hard to even fire a weapon this time around without getting in trouble. I got a two star wanted level for shooting one of the pigeons. Must have been a member of PETA.

I'd love to kill whoever coded the brakes though. I can understand it taking 500 feet to slow down in the rain. But it shouldn't take that long when its dry in a sports car. Modern day, real life sports cars can do 60-0 in 100 feet or so. 100-0 in about 150 feet or so. Seems each car handles differently but they all brake just as shitty as the next.


By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 4:00:27 PM , Rating: 2
The handling is a little touchy to me, but honestly I don't expect much more from any video game driving senario. I guess firing a wepond must be almost hard coded to make sure you get into trouble... Because I have yet to get into trouble for traffic violations... This includes driving up on the board walk to get to the bowling ally and using the sidewalk as an "extra lane" to get around a police car stopped at an intersection.


By AlphaVirus on 5/6/2008 10:47:34 AM , Rating: 2
The best way I found to handle braking is sometimes applying both brakes. The main problem I had is for the sports cars while racing, you have to hit some of those corners at really high speeds.

I am also starting to wonder if the streets are different for different parts of town. I can hit a corner going pretty fast in the Times Square area and I can actually make it compared to being in the Bronx area where I have to slow down to a halt to turn sometimes.


By 9nails on 5/5/2008 12:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm happier owning Mario Kart right now, I know it's going to get a lot of play.


Lucky you! I can find GTA4, which I'm not very interested in, but I cannot find Mario Kart, or Wii Wheel accessories, anywhere!


This sure will stir the fanboys
By powerincarnate on 5/5/08, Rating: 0
By michal1980 on 5/5/2008 8:18:05 AM , Rating: 2
Expect thats M$ talk.

the talk from other numbers is that the general balance is about 55:45 in favor of the 360.


RE: This sure will stir the fanboys
By FITCamaro on 5/5/2008 8:22:04 AM , Rating: 2
I don't really care what version you buy. The game is awesome either way. All I know is that I'm damn impressed by the game. It runs flawlessly for me on the 360 with no framerate hitches in single player and has only bogged down a little in multiplayer when we had a rockets only match going with 6 people(quite fun btw). Still haven't seen what happens with a full 16 people though.

I'm not sure whether its actually caching anything on the hard drive for the 360 but I do know that I don't even notice the disc drive (or the console) even when driving around with the radio off. And when driving fast I don't notice any pop in nor is the disc reading like crazy like it was in Mass Effect.


RE: This sure will stir the fanboys
By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 8:32:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know anand said the game seemed to play slowly, but I rented it out on the 360 (still have it) and frankely I don't think it plays slowly at all. Walking scenes are a bit slow, but that's to be expected when you're walking around.

as fard as the game it's self, idk... I never played a GTA game before, and I'm rather luke warm on this one. I was pretty good with it up to this first date business... The girl was ok with me picking her up in a stolen car, ok with me running every street light between her appartment and the amusment park, but when I decide to drive to the bowling alley (up on the boardwalk) she get's all testy... I tell you, some girls just make no sense at all!


RE: This sure will stir the fanboys
By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 11:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The girl was ok with me picking her up in a stolen car, ok with me running every street light between her appartment and the amusment park, but when I decide to drive to the bowling alley (up on the boardwalk) she get's all testy... I tell you, some girls just make no sense at all!

Whatever you do, if you are trying to make a good impression on her just dont shoot your gun in the car. She will avoid you for like 2 (real life) days.
Also I noticed she gets grumpy if you play the games too slow (darts, bowling, etc).


RE: This sure will stir the fanboys
By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 1:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
See... In mario kart wii you just throw red turtle shells at the girls, much simpler ;)


RE: This sure will stir the fanboys
By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 3:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
Well you can shoot shells in GTA also.


By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 3:16:18 PM , Rating: 2
The red turtle kind are kart & bike seeking though...


By omnicronx on 5/5/2008 8:41:16 AM , Rating: 1
*glances at VGchartz*.. 18 million to 12 million is not 2:1.... Even when you take the install base into consideration the 360 is still outselling the ps3 by around 50% if those 2:1 sales are actually true.


RE: This sure will stir the fanboys
By wempa on 5/5/2008 8:41:21 AM , Rating: 2
I think most people will just say you're an idiot !

Who cares if the fan boy talk will start ? The game is helping out BOTH systems a lot and it's one hell of a game. Let's leave it at that.


By jvillaro on 5/5/2008 12:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh! And for what I've read, the PS3 version is very flawed for some reason. And it's MP is better on XBOX Live.


By cmdrdredd on 5/5/2008 7:32:23 PM , Rating: 1
You actually believe that the Xbox360 is getting a Blu-Ray ad on and you believe the 360 is not inferior? Let me tell you something, the 360 never will, not ever in its history be able to decode and process Uncompressed PCM, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD MA from HD movies.


?
By VitalyTheUnknown on 5/5/2008 8:00:08 AM , Rating: 2
"GTA IV now the fastest-selling game its first day in the UK"
I am trying hard to improve my English. Please, don't do this to me.




RE: ?
By xsilver on 5/5/2008 8:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to improve your english, GTA4 should be your dictionary. :)


RE: ?
By VitalyTheUnknown on 5/5/2008 9:28:46 AM , Rating: 2
To tell you the truth I started from Shakespeare's language courses and now slipped to "Da Ali G" jargon. Why? For the reason that it is the only true alphabet that internet revolves around.


RE: ?
By omnicronx on 5/5/2008 9:41:49 AM , Rating: 2
Is it cause I is black?


RE: ?
By SiN on 5/5/2008 11:57:47 AM , Rating: 2
I think dailytech readers are not familiar with that line.
They probably associate Sacha Baron Cohen more with his character Borat rather than Ali G.

Borat - "in my country we have bear that dance."
Activist - "thats cruel to the bear man"
Borat - "no no! We put him on hot plate and he dance."

i hear he is making a Bruice movie now in australia or america. For anyone that has a dislike for Sacha Baron Cohen and his comic taste i think you should do a lot more reaserch who he is, and where he gets his materials from. His comedy style is a lot more intelligent than initial face value and has a lot of depth, insight into the dark side of human nature.


RE: ?
By omnicronx on 5/5/2008 1:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think dailytech readers are not familiar with that line. They probably associate Sacha Baron Cohen more with his character Borat rather than Ali G.
Its true, Borat was actually a charactor who regularly appared on the Ali G show, and was briefly in Ali G in da house, in which he had an argument with Ali G (himself) ;)


presale
By omnicronx on 5/5/2008 8:37:26 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sony commented that its own findings run contrary to Microsoft’s claims, but didn’t offer any hard numbers.
Presales at the local BB near me were close to 3-1 in favor of the 360. I personally bought the ps3 version because I am used to the controls, but so far it seems the numbers don't lie, regarldess of what Sony is saying. Sony needs to get those GTA4+PS3 bundles in stores quick, that may entice many of those legacy ps2 users to upgrade.




RE: presale
By AlphaVirus on 5/5/2008 11:48:09 AM , Rating: 2
I went to MicroCenter the day of GTA release and saw the PS3 bundles, there were about 6 next to the cash register.


For all of the previous commenters
By hallc224 on 5/5/2008 2:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you guys bother to take the time to even put a comment on here. I mean most of the comments are from someone who hasn't even played all the games in this series. I for one have played every one of the GTA games. Even GTA Advanced on Gameboy advanced. That is dedication. I think the programmers at Rockstar repeatedly knock it out of the park with these games. If you actually spent time playing the game you would see exactly how in depth it is. Now I know that running over hookers and shooting people is not everyone's idea of fun. There are all sorts of missions to run.
I have 2 more comments about the article.
1. I'd expect the XBOX 360 to outsell the PS3 with this title. I just think there are more XBOX's out there than PS3's.
2. I am a little upset that they wouldn't release this game for PS2. I mean they still make all the EA sports games for PS2 but not GTA4, but hey, Sony must not be idiots, because I still went out and bought a PS3 just to play this game.




By Hiawa23 on 5/5/2008 3:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
2. I am a little upset that they wouldn't release this game for PS2. I mean they still make all the EA sports games for PS2 but not GTA4, but hey, Sony must not be idiots, because I still went out and bought a PS3 just to play this game.

The PS2 has 3 GTA games, & wow, they would seriously have to downgrade the game to run on the PS2, which would mean they would probably have to have 2 teams. Just wouldn't seem worth it to me. The PS2 has had it's day...

If they were going to put it on the PS2, might as well, put it on the Wii, too.


A great game
By ATC on 5/5/2008 9:49:10 AM , Rating: 2
I played the original GTA and then Vice City on the PS2, and now this.

This is such a great game. The attention to detail is excellent. Game play is fantastic even if the graphics aren't earth shattering.

Surprisingly, I found myself attached to Nico's cousin. He's like your loser cousin but you're blood relatives so you kinda like him and want to help him. It's amazing how easily the game draws you into its environment.

This title will boost the already going-strong gaming industry for sure, whether it's on the PS3 or the 360.




By 9nails on 5/5/2008 12:48:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think in a mixed platform environment that GTA4 is selling consoles to the tune that they're (Sony) suggesting. GTA4 might have it's millions of fans, but I don't think that it has console system selling power. The fact that its available for both big console systems means that the shopper needs to weigh a few more factors and probably some exclusives before plunking down their hard earned cash on a PS3 system.

Now, Final Fantasy (if it's still a PS3 exclusive - I haven't checked) might that that fan base to drive PS3 system sales.




By timmiser on 5/5/2008 5:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
GTA IV definitely helps sell PlayStation 3 consoles


I don't understand how GTA IV could be helping to sell PS3 consoles moreso than any other system. I would think an exclusive PS3 game would such as Motorstorm or Gran Turismo might, but not one that is available on all platforms.




ahem...
By herrdoktor330 on 5/5/2008 9:37:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not to be king nerd or anything... but the place GTA debuted was on PC. Not Playstation. I played this game on my Pentium 100. And I expect to play GTA4 on my gaming PC.

I guess I'm just salty because I'm going to have to wait in despiration to see this awesome game be released to it's original home... if it ever comes back home again.

If anyone from Rockstar is reading: Please bring our favorite game back home to the PC. Please?




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