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  (Source: Kotaku)
Grand Theft Auto IV is the top story on all accounts, even for Jack Thompson

GTA IV on PS3 vs. Xbox 360
For those fortunate enough to own both consoles, the question burning on many minds is which version to buy. Surely the hardcore fan already owns his or her copy of the game, but those waiting for a definitive answer on which version is superior likely won’t find the decision easy to make. Comparison videos show that both versions appear almost identical, while other hands on give slight edge to the PlayStation 3 version. Perhaps the best answer is to just buy whichever one your friends have so that you can play online with them.

GTA IV Xbox 360 DLC This Summer?
One big factor Microsoft was counting on was that gamers would choose an Xbox 360 over a PlayStation 3 because its platform’s version of GTA IV would come with the promise of exclusive DLC. That downloads may arrive sooner than expected. According to comments made by GTA’s infamous radio show host Lazlo, the Xbox 360 could see the DLC as soon as this summer, while also adding that the PS3 might receive something of its own too.

GTA IV Freezing on Some Consoles
While the majority of gamers who have picked up Grand Theft Auto IV are reporting nothing but an exceptional gaming experience, not all is perfect. Some are reporting the game is freezing during early cutscenes, where the game’s visuals will refuse to advance while the audio continues. Rockstar support acknowledged this problem, which apparently affects both PS3 and Xbox 360 version, but is more common on 60GB PS3 consoles. Rockstar has yet to officially address this issue.

Jack Thompson Owns Grand Theft Auto IV
It’s unknown if it’s in his possession solely for the purpose of spreading misinformation about the game, but he’s got his hands on a copy of GTA IV.

Duke Nukem Forever Seen by Outside Eyes
Even though it’s still the butt of many vapourware jokes, 3DRealms assures everyone that Duke Nuken Forever is still a real product in development. To help prove this, the developer invited Shacknews to view actual gameplay of DNF running on actual computer hardware, showing gameplay scenarios, mechanics, and environments. “We actually got to see...environmental puzzles and interactivity, a host of finished weapons, the existence of an in-game forklift, and plenty of heads and arms being blown off,” wrote Shacknews owner Steve “sCary” Gibson. “We both confidently agree that after seeing this demonstration, Duke Nukem Forever is looking great, and will easily stand apart from the crowd in both visual and gameplay styles.”

Converter Allows PS2 Guitars on PS3
The whole business of guitar incompatibility for Rock Band on PlayStation 3 is a difficult point for gamers. Thankfully, accessory maker The Ant Commandos has released a converter which will allow PS2 Guitar Hero guitars to work correctly on the PlayStation 3, be it on Guitar Hero III or Rock Band. The handy accessory retails for $19.99.

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GTA IV 360
By FITCamaro on 4/30/2008 9:58:41 AM , Rating: 2
Picked up my copy yesterday. Played it last night and so far its amazing. The controls feel about the same but the experience feels completely different. As for performance, I've got an Elite and while I don't know if it buffers anything on the hard drive (there is no optional install that you actually choose), the game plays beautifully. When going fast in a car I don't notice any pop in even with a 6 star wanted level and the cops after me.

PS - If you want an easy 6 star wanted level at the beginning of the game, try to cross the bridge to a still locked part of the city. The second you cross the concrete barriers with two cops standing there, you get it. Good luck escaping. I did but ended up dying when my car exploded just after I dove out. But the explosion was so pretty....

RE: GTA IV 360
By therealnickdanger on 4/30/2008 10:02:48 AM , Rating: 2
Teamxbox game this game a perfect 10/10 - they didn't even give that to any other games... is it really that good? From the videos I've seen, I can't comprehend how they gave the graphics a 9.8/10. WTF?

RE: GTA IV 360
By FITCamaro on 4/30/2008 10:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly the graphics aren't even a factor in this game being good. The graphics could be the same as last generations GTA games and it would still be amazing. They only add to the immersion but yes they are incredible.

And be sure to pick up a hooker, chose the $70 option, and look through the windshield. They've "improved" things...

RE: GTA IV 360
By B3an on 5/1/2008 12:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
I've played the GTA on my 360, and tested my friends version on my PS3. Both on my 30" Dell 3008 because of it's superior colour reproduction and 2560x1600 res that handles non-native resolutions very well.

The PS3 version seems to be rendered at a lower res... like they are doing a Halo3, rendering it at something like 640p... there is less popup on the PS3 though, buts its not exactly bad on 360 to begin with, still way better than any previous GTA. Frame rates seemed very similar on both, with both suffering very slight slow downs, but nothing big. 360 seems to have better depth of field blur, but i've noticed this is normally the case as the PS3's geforce 7 based GPU just cant handle this task as well.

I prefer the 360 version because of the cleaner graphics, 360 controller design (no finger slipping off the trigger button when driving!), and exclusive content.

RE: GTA IV 360
By gramboh on 5/1/2008 1:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
With your 3008WFP how are you handling the signal? Are you doing 1:1 pixel mapping with the image just in the centre of the screen or are you doing aspect ratio scaling?

RE: GTA IV 360
By vatossan on 5/1/2008 12:45:49 PM , Rating: 1
640p PS3


RE: GTA IV 360
By MozeeToby on 4/30/2008 10:31:40 AM , Rating: 2
The graphics are actually pretty awesome when you're driving especially when combined with the new collision physics system (throwing the e-brake and skidding into a lightpole and watching the rear window shatter from the impact is just awesome). The story is ground breaking, the voice acting is superb. Not just "good for a game" but actually good.

Playing the game feels like the people at rockstar got a bunch of gamers together and asked, "what don't you like now that we can do better?". Everything from being able to aim during drive-by's to the new way the wanted system works is an improvement over previous generations.

People aren't exagerating when they say that GTA4 might be the best video game ever made. Time will tell, but it definately has the potential from what I've played so far.

RE: GTA IV 360
By T4RTER S4UCE on 4/30/2008 4:47:56 PM , Rating: 1
Ya, IGN gave it the first ever 10/10

RE: GTA IV 360
By Maasracer on 5/1/2008 2:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
You mean IGN's first ever 10 or they were the first of all these 10 reviews?

IGN gave Soulcalibur and Ocarina 10s. Those are two that pop into my head, maybe there's more.

RE: GTA IV 360
By darkpaw on 5/1/2008 8:59:41 AM , Rating: 2
Wasn't their first, but they said it was the first once since 1999 in the review.

RE: GTA IV 360
By whirabomber on 5/1/2008 12:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see why GTA IV got a 10/10. I've played games that got lower scores that were a lot more fun. GTA IV fences the user into one section, limited weapons, and the player can't drive and shoot. The only inovation really added was the "relationships."

I haven't found a lot of things to do that aren't mission related (jumps - whoopty doo). I' would have believed a 9.2-.6 but not a 10. Saints Row is more fun despite the few problems with it.

On a side note, my 60GB PS3 didn't have any issues other than shading issues and a few graphical glitches.

RE: GTA IV 360
By Brandon Hill on 4/30/2008 10:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
Mine is coming in today for my PS3. I can't wait to play it -- I haven't been this excited about a game in a while. All the hype had better measure up!

RE: GTA IV 360
By AlphaVirus on 4/30/2008 5:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
This is actually the only game I have ever been excited about. Not even Vice City or San Andreas made me excited, I just looked at them as another itteration.

GTA4 has taken gaming to another level. The size of the city is freaking HUGE, I got lost last night just cruising around and listening to the radio stations. I was driving around and testing the GPS system (Turn left, 100 meters turn right). The radio stations have new songs that are currently playing on the radio and hell even the "Talk-Radio" is classic. I would discuss but you have to experience it for yourself.

I love mowing down the people because they will try to escape and boy they can run fast. I pulled one lady out of her car, pushed her down and let her run (was showing the wife the graphics and gameplay). While running she began screaming "I'm about to get my box cutter" I lol'd when they fight back.

Surpringly the only weapon I have got was the knife, I tried to disarm a cop but they jumped me and killed me. The new police tracking system is cool also, based on how many criminal stars you have is what determines how difficult it is to escape. 1-2 stars you can simply hightail a few blocks and escape. 5-6 stars, you better be ready to start a war with those helicopters, they will hunt you down like a rat.

I have the PS3 version and the grame froze for 2 seconds during a cutscene and the audio continued. It fixed itself and kept going. I also love how there are 0 load times, you simply walk through the doors of stores, house, etc and it is already loaded. I really dont care for DLC as there seems to already be plenty to do in the city to stay busy. The cabaret is pretty fun to visit in the start since its free.

RE: GTA IV 360
By leexgx on 4/30/2008 8:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
getting this for the PS3 very soon (mostly for my brother thought but should be fun), hopefully the loading times are less on the PS3 due to it been pre loaded onto the hard disk

RE: GTA IV 360
By Major HooHaa on 4/30/2008 8:38:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't own either console, but my brother has got it for the XBOX 360. Seems pretty good, with so many nods to the previous games. "This bit of road reminds me of that bit in GTA3.. ect."

I must admit that it's getting harder to defend the GTA series now. G.T.A. 1,3 and Vice City were fun. While I didn't like GTA 2 and San Andreas so much. In fact I stopped playing San Andreas fairly early on. Personally I will reserve judgement and also wait to see if this latest installment returns to its spiritual home on the P.C.*

I think I am also slightly uncomftable that my younger sister (19) has been playing GTA 4. With issues such as the walls of the main characters flat, being plastered with posters of women in their underwear.

It's just not right. But then she did used to play GTA San Andreas as well.

*I get on much better with a keyboard and mouse with this type of game.

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