The trailer for Grand Theft Auto 4 is only a few minuutes long, but it has resulted in hundreds of hours of speculation. Each frame of the teaser for the upcoming PS3 and 360 game has been poured over like the pages of a holy tome. Check it out yourself:
The editors of some of the top gaming magazines and websites took a look at it and posted their speculations here.
My observations on the trailer: The time-lapse photography of Liberty City in the trailer suggest that the passage of time may be one of the major themes of the game. I'm hoping (and speculating) that GTA 4 may take place over a long period of time, and that time might be a key component to game play.
Imagine if building your crime empire took 30 years, and during that time, you could watch whole neighborhoods grow, flourish and die, with your actions affecting their development. That way, the game could have the epic scope we expect from a GTA game without a huge geographic area, and the too-big map of the last game.
If I turn out to be right, I will declare myself winning psychic of the internet.