Our Pledge To You: We will not stop being interested in Grand Theft Auto IV until it's safely buried in our console.
Check out GameStop and Rockstar's collaboration commercial. Witty, awesome and over a minute of game footage!
Our lovable cousins across the pond in Great Britain have seen fit to grant Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV a rating, clearing the game for UK release. There was some doubt after the drama over the rating for Rockstar's Manhunt 2. The game will be rated for over 18, so sorry, tiny British children. You'll have to shoot bobbies and nick lorries elsewhere.
"I say," The Queen Mum did not say. "When this videogame is released, Prince Harry and I will have a jolly good time bustin' caps and eating crumpet!" She did not add with a delightfully quaint accent.
Computerandvideogames: 'GTA IV' Gets British Rating
Rockstar and Amazon are teaming up to bring make purchasing Grand Theft Auto IV's music is easier, better and awesomer.
Players will have the chance to download the songs they hear. A new technology called "ZiT" uses the game's cell phone. Players dial a number on their in-game phone to receive a text message detailing the artist and track title of the jam they dig. Then, an e-mail will then be sent with a link to an Amazon.com playlist which features the favored tracks. The DRM-free tracks will cost a little less than a buck.
We can only hope spoken word tracks of the games talk-radio stations will be available somewhere.
Okay, where do I send my resume to get a job as a videogame analyst? Surely I could handle the pressure of predicting that Grand Theft Auto IV will sell a lot of copies. Janco Partners' Mike Hickey predicts GTA IV will sell 5.8 million units in its first week. Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter says the game will ship six million in its first week and could sell more than nine million during Take-Two's fiscal year, which ends on October 31.
Also of note: Pachter predicts 360 sales will outstrip PS3 sales two-to-one and that the game will single-gamedly make Take-Two profitable for the year:
"We think that GTA IV will generate around $450 million of the company's expected $1,073 million publishing revenue this year, and will generate an operating profit of around 30%, or $135 million. At the high end of company guidance, Take-Two will generate operating income of around $130 million, meaning that the game is responsible for 103% of overall company operating profit."
Rockstar is launching a social club: The Rockstar Social Club, a website tied to GTA IV and its release this April, is going live to corresond with the release of the game on April 29th.
GTA IV, the first game featured on the Rockstar Social Club, has features beyond multiplayer leaderboards, including:
Excitement over the imminent release of Grand Theft Auto IV is rapidly approaching a fever pitch, and today's revelation, leaked pictures supposedly showing the map-insert for GTA 4, is sure to heat things up.
You can text your way into a trip to New York and the chance to win $10,000. GameStop is running a promotion on their web site that allows everyone to guess where Niko left his lock box in Liberty City. If you can text the right answer to GameStop, and you're one of four names that they draw from the pool of winners, you get a trip to New York (Liberty) City, plus hotel for two nights, two GTA gift bags, and $250 in spending cash.
A limited-edition run of XBox 360 consoles with Grand Theft Auto IV art painted on the case using auto quality paint looks really amazing, but, sorry, you can't have one. There are only 500 out there, and they're part of the marketing for the game, which will come out on April 29th. In addition, a briefcase filled with peripherals for the game on the 360 is out there, but you can't buy that, either.
Of course, just because you can't get them in the stores doesn't mean that they won't be on eBay or some such. Take a look around and see. In the meantime, though, we've included pictures. Just so you can drool.
Xbox World 360 magazine is doing a huge spread on GTA IV in the upcoming issue and word from the accompanying podcast is that their diggin' the multi-player modes. It's huge, the framerate is really good, and they compare the lighting and general look of the game to Gears.
Difficulty in the driving has been ratcheted up and in the podcast they note that the combat is really improved, saying the game series has normally been a jack of all trades, and master of none, but GTA IV is a master of them all. Plus it's just awesome that you can pull out your cell phone at any time and hop into a multi-player game.
So, things are still looking good for GTA IV. Hopefully all this hype will turn out to be true without building us up too high.
Rockstar has released 20 new Grand Theft Auto IV images this morning, as well as info on two new radio stations and the word on the final GTA 4 trailer!
The trailer will come out on Thursday and is entitled: "Good Lord, What Are You Doing" aka "Everyone's a Rat."
The radio stations:
The Spanish version of PSM got their hands on the multiplayer for GTA 4 and it's looking very sweet. There are 15 multiplayer game modes and PSM Spain had an opportunity to play some of them. This is very exciting, in case you didn't know.
* Multiplayer supports up to 16 players
* Fully customizable characters. User can alter race, sex, hair, clothing etc.
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Former 50 Cent and Eminem turntablist Green Lantern will be a DJ in Grand Theft Auto IV.
"Somebody within my camp said that they were interested in doing some stuff. We sat down and it ended up like a whole radio show,” Lantern told King Magazine. “This particular show, there's a little bit of budget involved. It's not the normal licensed-out music. When you jump in the car, you're going to be able to hear a whole Green Lantern radio show filled with nothing but exclusive music I produced for the game. I think it's the first time that's ever been done."
Lantern will showcase new music from the likes of Styles P and Uncle Murda, as well as Maino's song "Getaway Driver."
But as long as they are giving DJs spots in the game’s radio station, why not give the great Rick Dees a platform to relaunch his smash hits “Disco Duck,” "Get Nekkid," and "Eat My Shorts" to the masses?
Planetgrandtheftauto.com: King Magazine Reveals DJ For GTA IV
Analysts are saying that Grand Theft Auto IV's April 29 release could interfere with the May 2 release of the Iron Man film as the demographics overlap.
Film industry folks blamed the Halo 3 release last fall for a slump in ticket sales. Halo 3 raked in $300 million in it's first week and due to the fact that GTA IV is multi-platform and more people now own a next-gen console, some are saying the new trek back to Liberty City will be even more lucrative.
If you've been paying attention, you should know that Rockstar is saying the game will take 100 hours to finish. So, if you buy it at 12:01am on April 29 and play it through without stopping, you could make the 4:15am screening of Iron Man on Saturday, May 3. So, we're not expecting the opening weekend to be effected at all here at TheFeed.
next-gen.biz: GTA IV May Carjack Iron Man Ticket Sales
Rockstar told videogamer.com that Grand Theft Auto IV will take 100 hours to play all the way through. "If you're not in a rush and you answer the phone when it rings it'll take about 100 hours to complete", they were told. "It's harder to distinguish between main and side missions - there are loads of both. But there are more main missions than side missions. It's not as clear cut as it used to be because of the phone."
We love this, not only because we were always kind of annoyed at how linear GTAs have been, but because it means there are tons of extras and little side plots that you can choose to follow or ignore.
The GTA IV release date has not been pushed back again yet. It's currently April 29, 2008 and stands a good chance of staying there.
videogamer.com: GTA 4 will take roughly 100 hours to finish
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