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Grand Theft Auto IV to rock videogames this Tuesday

Even though it’s not the holiday season, this week will have some of the biggest releases of 2008. On the high-def console side, you have Grand Theft Auto IV – which from early impressions is already in the running for game of the year. The requisite Mario Kart iteration for Wii is already on store shelves, each packed with the free-floating Wii Wheel accessory.

PC

  • Baseball Mogul 2009
  • Great War Nations: The Spartans
  • Iron Man

Xbox 360

  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Iron Man

PlayStation 3

  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Iron Man

PlayStation 2

  • Iron Man
  • SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

PSP

  • Iron Man
  • SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

Wii

  • Iron Man
  • Mario Kart Wii

DS

  • Brain Voyage
  • Iron Man
  • Let’s Pilates!
  • Let’s Yoga!
  • Toy Shop


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Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By Enigmatic on 4/28/2008 10:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
I did expect GTA IV to be getting approximately 89-95 average score range. But honestly I was expecting a prettier yet same-old GTA experience. I've enjoyed all the GTA games but I haven't finished any to completion, and was not too excited about this release. GTA IV seems to buck the trend by finally offering a polished combat system and what seems to be a great online mode, despite the fact that sales would not have suffered one bit had they not included it.

Achievements and DLC would sway me towards the 360 version, but either way I congratulate Rockstar on tearing up Metacritic and releasing what reviewers are saying is the best game of this console generation thus far.




RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By FITCamaro on 4/28/2008 11:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm excited about the possibility of entire downloadable cities in the 360 version. It would be awesome to be able to drive from one to the next.


RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By FITCamaro on 4/29/2008 1:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
Picked up my copy at 10:05 this morning at Circuit City. Even got a free $10 gift card that I used to pick up the Collector's Edition of Top Gun which was on sale. A true classic.


RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By ATC on 4/29/2008 3:00:05 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still deciding which version to get (360 or PS3). It's a tough one for me.

Over the last few hours I've read quite a few reviews and videos and the consensus so far breaks it down as follows:

Graphics: It appears somewhat superior on the PS3. No frame drops or frame popping at all and generally very fluid. Also more Anti-Aliasing applied on the PS3 version. IGN has a head to head and it finally got uploaded to Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqDVLa2bnLQ)

Control: About the same except for the sixaxis showing a positive during certain parts of the game, such as flying the heli and weapon reloading.

Online: 360 there for sure unless most of your friends are PS3 users.

I've played all the previous GTAs offline so I'm not sure if the online is critical to me but then again, it might just be the difference this time around.


RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By darkpaw on 4/29/2008 9:21:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yah, choice was tough for me too. I would have liked the better graphics of the PS3 and the downloadable content, but MS made a very shrewd move buying the exclusive rights. When I first heard that I thought $50M just for exclusive downloadable content rights was obscene, but I think they'll make a lot of sales based on that.

I'll probably end up buying the 360 version just due to the DC (and I am a person that has no bought a single download for any of the three consoles).


RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By edhe on 4/29/2008 9:22:29 AM , Rating: 1
PS3 is at 630p, compared the the 360's 720p ( www.eurogamer.net ). They're both pretty much the same after that. 360 smoother with more accurate colours, the ps3 has a little less popup thanks to the mandatory install.

Control - over at @ www.kotaku.com you can see some feedback on the sixaxis controls basically ruining those sections of the game. And how anyone can (in reference to above) prefer the ps-design of controller over the 360's ergonomic lines is a mystery to me.

Online - choose the system your friends are on.


RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By robinthakur on 4/29/2008 12:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, yes that seems like a very accurate, balanced comparison of the two versions...if your Steve Balmer.

The PS3 version runs far smoother at the end of the day with hardly any framerate drops compared to the 360 version which can get choppy. I found the framerate changes on GTA3 ruined the games for me making them remind me that they were running on ancient hardware, so this would definitely make me go for the PS3 version over anything else.

Colours are different on the 360 version (notice not necessarily *better* but different) and the fact that you're referencing feedback in the comments section of Kotaku allows you to pretty much pick and choose an opinion to support.

The 360's clearly better than the dire original Xbox's design is ok but nothing special as far as controllers go. If they'd concentrated more on getting a proper working d-pad rather than ergonomics then I might like it more...How can so many companies still get dpad's wrong when Nintendo perfected it back when the SNES came out!! Dreamcast (minor flaws, too squishy), PSP (just pure garbage with varying responsiveness) ps1, ps2, ps3 (the dpad is crap for fighting games, pure and simple) Xbox 1, xbox 360, they all either suck in functionality or suck in terms of positioning!!!

I'm sure the 6-axis controls absolutely ruin GTA4, it must just be so unplayable... Ignoring the fact that everybody knows the game was developed for the PS3 from the ground up, this is just blatant fanboi-ism and if you're used to a style of controller you'll probably grow to prefer it.

As somebody else here noted, I've never played a GTA game for more than a few days before I got bored/motion sick and never finished one, so DLC is not really of interest to me, i'll just get the version which runs better, i.e. the PS3 version. The fact that the console running it will do said task nearly silently is also important to me; and I certainly don't use Xbox Live aka "yet another subscription service which should be free"


RE: Impressed by GTA IV Reviews
By hduser on 4/29/2008 12:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
I was torn too. I ended up getting the 360 version because of DLC and I'm an achievement whore at the moment. I may end up renting or getting the PS3 version somewhere down the road.


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