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GTA IV Trailer Released, Slows Sites 127

Mr_Congeniality writes "The much-anticipated trailer for the next chapter in the Grand Theft Auto series has been released. Rockstar's servers, including the one that hosts Rockstar's homepage, was completely overloaded with traffic last night as a result. Users desperately flocking to other websites like GTANet and GTA4.net, but even these websites were overloaded by the interest level. If these sites are still slow, try GameTrailers or GameVideos as an alternative. For analysis of the video, CVG has ten things you may have missed, while 1up's editors offer their opinions on what they saw."
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GTA IV Trailer Released, Slows Sites

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  • by djupedal ( 584558 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @09:42AM (#18542435)
    Yes / No ~ I am willing to help test Slashdot's New Server Overloading System.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by 4D6963 ( 933028 )

      Yes / No ~ I am willing to help test Slashdot's New Server Overloading System.

      I, for one, welcome our new.. server overload.. erm.. system..

  • Hopefully... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Mizled ( 1000175 )
    Hopefully this game will be similar to Vice City and not like San Andreas...being a thug/gangsta riding a bicycle just isn't my style.
    • You are just lazy. ;-)
    • Agreed. I completed GTA3 and Vice City, but have yet to get far in San Andreas. Vice City was stylish, with a seedy underbelly, and there was a lot of unexpected humour. San Andreas was just seedy, and the foul language was the last straw.

      I still load VC up from time to time, but SA has been consigned to the shelves.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Floritard ( 1058660 )
      You ride a bicycle for only about the first hour of a game that is anywhere from 50 to 100+ hours long, depending on how much you can appreciate a game that is larger than any that came before it and manages to blend seemlessly numerous gameplay genres like few companies have ever accomplished. Do you avoid Mario games because you don't appreciate the Italian-american experience? No wait you liked playing Vice City. I had some real tolerant friends that didn't like the "thug" aspects of San Andreas either.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Mizled ( 1000175 )

        Your trolling but sure...I'll bite...atleast you didn't do "Anonymous Post"

        Your calling me a racist cause I didn't like being a thug/gangsta in a game? Come on! What race am I being racist against? Mexicans (Latinos), African Americans, Whites? Please tell, as far as I know more than one race can be considered "thug or gangsta".

        My opinion on a game is nothing but that *my opinion*. I can't believe your getting this worked up over this. Jeez dude go outside.

        The hip-hop gangsta style isn't my thing so

        • by Mizled ( 1000175 )
          Correction...Vice City* Why did I say Miami Vice? >_>
          • I dug the whole '80s style of both Vice City games as well, but San Andreas I liked just as much. If anything, the whole 'thug life' thing only lasted for the first fifth of the game, leaving you to see other locations before coming back. There's something for everybody in that game, and the control scheme is just about perfect.
        • I'm honestly not trolling. I know people who won't play San Andreas b/c they say they don't like the "thug" aspect. I know what they were referring to when they said it, but if what you mean by "thug" is just a garden variety criminal of any color then my question to you is why were you even playing a GTA game in the first place? They all start out that way -- bottom feeding criminal to eventual crime boss. What is it about the early 90's, southern California setting that makes this game less acceptable tha
          • by Mizled ( 1000175 )

            When I was refering to the word "thug" I was refering to ghetto living..talk like dis cuz it's cool yo cuz dis how I be...ghetto yo. Bitch I bust a cap in you wit my 45. Dressing like you came straight out of a 50 cent video or right out of jail after being convicted of robbery.

            The above posters are right I played 30min of the game and quit playing. I don't like to listen to people talk like that and then the missions were riding around on a bike doing graffiti.

            Yes, In Vice City Tommy Vercetti was a bo

            • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

              by Floritard ( 1058660 )
              I particularly enjoyed the desert missions just outside of las venturas in the last third of the game. I actually wished there was more of them, the desert was my favorite setting. If you keep playing, you leave the las angeles-ish ghetto and go on to a san fransisco-ish and las vegas-ish city each with a very particulary feel to them. Then there's the desert surrounding vegas and the coutry surrounding the other cities. You actually become a sort of fish out of water at that point and converse with a diver
      • While I'm not who you are replying to, yes I have no interest in playing GTA:SA because I have no desire at all to pretend to be a black gansta. I have no "appreciation" for that culture.
      • I stopped playing san andreas because it was retarded. If i wanted to play the sims, I'd have done so. Though i guess it was more like, The Sims: Thuglife. Dont get me wrong, I'm not adverse to the character-building style of gameplay. I've dumped years down RPG's.
        It just has no business in a game like GTA. We're talking about a game franchise where murder and wholesale destruction are standing orders. Why the fuck would I want little "touches of reality?" Reality and charging through hordes of pedestri
        • I have played a lot of games. A whole lot, on all kinds of consoles past and present. I don't like RPG games myself, don't like the Sims. I like action games. SA is one of the best ever in that regard. And I can't really think of any other games that managed to maintain their wow factor throughout a 50+ hour experience. I really can't think of any games where every now and then it dawns on me that I haven't actually progressed anywhere story-wise in the last 45 minutes but yet realize I've been having loads
    • I spent a couple of months in the summer in California, and had many chances to ride around on a cheap bike in the Palo Alto/Menlo Park region. I have a lot of good memories of those excursions; I guess I should apologize: that part of SA was targeted at me specifically.
    • by Xtravar ( 725372 )
      It's not even that. San Andreas was just SO expansive that it got boring. It was just too open-ended and lacked focus.

      Exercising in the gym to look better, buying sunglasses to raise 'charisma', picking up your girlfriend(s) for dates, ... it wanted to be an RPG or the Sims.

      Shit, I just want to kill someone and steal their car.
    • Please God let them have a better camera system for this one. The one in SA on the PC was terrible. I cannot believe they let that crap out, and people still loved the game.
  • From the website... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Mizled ( 1000175 )

    Platform: PlayStation®3, Xbox 360(TM)

    Where's the PC game release on this one? The GTA series was originally for the PC. Oh well.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Same as it was for all the 3d versions of GTA, about 6-8 months behind the console versions.
  • PR (Score:3, Informative)

    by nacturation ( 646836 ) <nacturation @ g m ail.com> on Friday March 30, 2007 @09:54AM (#18542579) Journal
    Looks like the PR boffins have been doing their homework [isabelwang.com] lately.
  • Cultural reference (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2007 @09:58AM (#18542639)
    One thing many people missed is the reference to the movie Koyaanisqatsi. The music was taken from the original movie score, by Philip Glass, and the 'fast-motion' scenes are a direct reference to scenes from the movie.

    Also, much of the movie was shot in, you guessed it, New York.
    • The phrase "Life is complicated" is also a play on the trilogy.

      I can't believe I'm such a sucker for Glass that I'm exciting about running over hookers now...
    • Kewl! Phillip Glass is one of my favorite modern composers...

      In his biography, he wrote how he always felt he was a composer for theater (and evidently films). I guess he now composes for video games. Woot Philip!!
    • by Perseid ( 660451 )
      Indeed. Not only that but you see a poster for a Kronos watch. Most of Philip Glass's work is played by the Kronos Quartet.
    • Knock Knock!
      Who's there?
      Knock Knock!
      Who's there?
      Knock Knock!
      Who's there!?
      Knock Knock!
      Who's there!?
      Knock Knock!
      WHO'S THERE!?

      Philip Glass. ;)
    • by Hatta ( 162192 )
      If you want to check out this movie, which is highly recommended, get yourself an account at mvgroup.org. You'll be glad you did.
  • now show me some gameplay, I don't need GTA III mechanics again. And please tweak the combat system so I feel like there is some level of control during up close fights instead of just random luck.
    • With respect to firearms targeting, perhaps the developers should take a look at Scarface: The World is Yours (TWiY hereafter; whose develoeprs, in turn, might have been inspired by Everything or Nothing). Quite simply: when you lock onto somebody, you have the option of refining your aimpoint while retaining that lock. The Crackdown team took it a bit further: an arm hit will make someone drop their weapon, and they'll either try and recover it or pull their backup; shoot someone in the leg, and they'll
  • No ghetto blasting gangsta or slick mobster this time. Looks like a modern day game played out with a eastern european/russian hitman. The graphics look absolutely stunning like something out of a movie. Cars looks like Forza models. People actual look like people not some rectagular blocks of old GTA games. Shadowing, sunsets, cloud cover, you name it all in this thing. I wonder if rain is coming?

    I will HAVE to buy an XBOX360 to play this game. Noone is forcing me to but damn this thing comes out on my bi
    • by benzapp ( 464105 )
      Are they not going to release a version for the PC at the same time? I thought console exclusivity was finished...
    • I know it's too late in development for it, but, please, Rockstar, let me enter properties in the game world -- any property -- and commit various acts of terror or distruction or just make dynamic missions.

      Yeah, it looks good, but I want it to actually PLAY like a next gene title.
  • Here's the Torrent (Score:2, Informative)

    by dalmiroy2k ( 768278 )
    Here's the torrent (no registration required). Please seed the file when the download it's complete so you may help others getting it fast.

    http://www.mininova.org/get/640860 [mininova.org]

    • by Aladrin ( 926209 )
      Probably should have actually tried the torrent first before karma-whoring. It's a gameupdates.org torrent and won't let you download from mininova. You have to register at gameupdates.org.
  • Sounds dull (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2007 @10:19AM (#18542883)
    What kind of a game is Greater Toronto Area?
  • YouTube link (Score:4, Informative)

    by chalkyj ( 927554 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @10:21AM (#18542911)
  • Interesting (Score:3, Informative)

    by The-Bus ( 138060 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @10:26AM (#18542989)
    I haven't played this series since Vice City and I'm glad that we finally get a modern, more stylized version of it. The voiceover seems to point at some Russian/Eastern European immigrant moving up the ranks in American crime. It's reminiscent of the beginning in movies like The Godfather or Scarface where you see the world through the eyes of a newcomer.

    Here's the direct download link for the 720P WMV file [gametrailers.com]. Or, you can see it on YouTube [youtube.com] as well.
    • here [youtube.com] from VideoSift [videosift.com].
    • The voiceover seems to point at some Russian/Eastern European immigrant moving up the ranks in American crime.

      Interesting... I cannot help but wonder if one of the people you might do jobs for in this game will be anything like Balalaika [wikipedia.org].
      (Although, as I've said, a Black Lagoon game, probably based on the Everything or Nothing mechanics, would rock in its own right)

    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by Goaway ( 82658 )
      "More stylized"? I don't think that word means what you think it does.
  • Can anybody please set up a torrent and post a link here in the comments for one of the high-res files?
  • Or at least the landmarks are. The Cyclone is spot-on. Mapping the virtual streets to NYC's actual layout would be even cooler. Let's hope. It would be awesome to scream down my street in Brooklyn in a ferrari.
    • Rockstart doesn't use actual locations, their cities are all parodies of real cities. I haven't played the game, but I believe the True Crime games actually use the real maps of the cities in which they take place.
  • "The music, in case your wondering, is a piece from minimalist composer Philip Glass, who created the music for Koyaanisqatsi."
    Wow your smart CVG! Here's to hopping every knows what's wrong w/ above sentence.
  • The best thing, to me, about the game that the trailer shows is that its set in a real world location, that is going to increase the immersion so much more no matter how good the visuals are. I wonder how closely they are going to replicate New York, as no doubt the game world will be huge. It would be positively awesome if i could use my real world knowledge of the city to find places and things in the game. And who knows, maybe they will include some of the suburbs, so I can take a leisurely Sunday drive
    • It's still Liberty City. Notice how the ship behind the russian/eastern european guy had "Platypus, Liberty City" painted on it. Not to mention the "liberteen" newspaper and the "LCPD" car in the Times Square-ish area. Shocking they are using real-world buildings, but they aren't going to full-on remplicate NYC.
      • Yeah that is a disappointment that they aren't going to any real world names, im guessing it partly has to do with the legal issue of obtaining the rights to use it, which would probably be impossible as im sure the city of new york wouldnt want to be associated with a game like GTA. However it i would still be very happy if they could replicate the layout of the city as close as possible as it looks like they are going to at least partially from what the trailer shows.
        • im guessing it partly has to do with the legal issue of obtaining the rights to use it, which would probably be impossible as im sure the city of new york wouldnt want to be associated with a game like GTA.

          They wouldn't need anyone's permission to set the game in NYC if they wanted to; it's not like the city itself is copyrighted or its name trademarked. Using a fictional city simply allows for a greater degree of creative flexibility. It's how they've always done GTA.

      • More than likely the supposed real-world buildings will all have "hilarious" names like Horney Island, the Crappler Building, Ball Street, and don't forget the statue that has welcomed immigrants to Liberty City for over 200 years, the Statue of Cuntery.
  • I wonder if all the late night advertising for the trailer was worth it. There is no way anyone sat there thru the whole 30 minute spot and watched the timer tick down.

    The hype for the trailer was a bit of a let down. It has given me second thoughts about the game too. Is it really going to be worth the price of a 360?
    • Re:30 min Spots (Score:4, Insightful)

      by cybereal ( 621599 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @03:52PM (#18548187) Homepage

      The hype for the trailer was a bit of a let down. It has given me second thoughts about the game too. Is it really going to be worth the price of a 360?

      No. Of course one game is never actually going to be worth the cost of an entire video game system, and appropriate accessories. However, couple it with some Gears of War, Assassin's Creed, Blue Dragon, etc. and I believe you have a strong argument for the system.

      On one hand you can't justify a system for a single game, but, on the other hand you have so much more to consider with the 360 than just this little rehash.

  • I have to admit to having become a bit of a Ludite with regards to all of the new home entertainment, high def TV, LCD, plasma, buzzword, blah blah blah... offerings that have come out over the last few years. I never understood the fascination with watching sports in high definition, or watching the latest sitcom or TV drama in ultra clarity. But now that I have seen the graphics in that trailer, I understand why somebody would want to buy a high definition television... and a new console system. Grrrrr

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