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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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By thebrown13 on 4/30/2008 12:27:21 PM , Rating: -1
The controls are unintuitive and terrible. Why are we still pressing triggers to go forward and back in a vehicle? Why is throwing a soda can through a window a hard process? Why is bowling a crapshoot because the control mechanism is so bad?

Wow, good job with getting every detail right, except for the ones that count.




RE: Rant
By rdeegvainl on 4/30/2008 12:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't have any problem at all with any of those things. Why are you such a horrible gamer?


RE: Rant
By thebrown13 on 4/30/2008 12:41:34 PM , Rating: 1
Ha, nice one. I'm definitely not a bad gamer. I just don't have the time to spend learning bad controls.


RE: Rant
By oneils on 4/30/2008 1:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
You can switch the control configuration to "Classic." This will make the "X" button accelerate, and the square button brake.

I find that much easier when driving. L1 is still hand brake.


RE: Rant
By thebrown13 on 4/30/2008 1:44:20 PM , Rating: 1
Why wouldn't it just use the same analog stick you use to steer to go forward and backward? The entire game control system is plagued with bad decisions like that.


RE: Rant
By FITCamaro on 4/30/2008 3:34:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why wouldn't it just use the same analog stick you use to steer to go forward and backward?


Because you need to be able to accelerate and fully turn at the same time....

Running is different than driving. There isn't a driving game out there that puts acceleration/braking and turning on a single analog stick. Because it wouldn't work.

Any more ideas?


RE: Rant
By thebrown13 on 4/30/2008 4:12:44 PM , Rating: 1
Halo 3. The controls couldn't be easier.


RE: Rant
By T4RTER S4UCE on 4/30/2008 4:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
If it had Halos driving mechanic then I would expect drive-bys to be very awkward.


RE: Rant
By FITCamaro on 4/30/2008 5:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
Since when is Halo 3 a driving game?


RE: Rant
By thebrown13 on 4/30/2008 5:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
Has almost as much driving as GTA.


RE: Rant
By FITCamaro on 4/30/2008 3:37:08 PM , Rating: 2
About the only thing I'll give you is that I could not for the life of me find a soda can to pick up and throw through the window. I ended up shooting it.


RE: Rant
By darkpaw on 4/30/2008 3:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
I found some cans, but they keep disappearing out of my hand. That was really annoying. Ended up beating up a yuppie for his coffee cup and throwing that, but it just bounced. So I punched the window out and that worked.

I do agree, the throwing mechanism could use a lot of work.


RE: Rant
By BMFPitt on 4/30/2008 4:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
I found one, but threw it at the wrong window (to the right of it,) which is apparently made of some alien plexiglass material that doesn't shatter, but allows the can to pass through and fall on the floor.


RE: Rant
By FITCamaro on 4/30/2008 5:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why but thats hilarious.


RE: Rant
By piroroadkill on 5/1/2008 4:25:30 AM , Rating: 1
You lick balls, I never had a problem with it


RE: Rant
By piroroadkill on 5/1/2008 4:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
However I do agree that the controls aren't perfect, but as far as I'm concerned they still did a good job of what they had; one real complaint with the controls I have is melee combat seems stunningly clunky, you feel like a retard when you're trying to beat people up


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