: Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: April 1st

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Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: April 1st

It's like...Rockstar can read my mind.

So clearly, this week's biggest bit of gaming news was the revelation of Grand Theft Auto IV. As soon as 6PM EST struck, people frantically began searching for the trailer, seeing as how Rockstar's website crashed almost immediately. The game being set back in a new and improved version of Liberty City (that is realistically based on NYC) didn't surprise me, because I had figured that much from the start - I even said so in one of my forum posts. What surprised me the most was that the main character would be a Russian.

In the past, as much as I enjoyed previous GTA games, I could never really relate to any of the characters. But this GTA has completely struck a chord with me like no other GTA has in the past. First off, the game is clearly based on New York City; they've gone as far as model our actual city streets, buildings, landmarks, and so forth. So now I have a Grand Theft Auto game that'll allow me to explore a rendition of my home, and on top of that gives me a character I can relate to. I'm a Russian in New York City, so GTAIV is definitely going to feel a lot more personal than the past games for me.

I like how Rockstar has also captured the attire, fitting our character with the status-quo black, with white striped, Adidas windbreakers. I can sort of feel where the game is going to go in direction; possibly that the Russian mafia tracks down our character, and he becomes entangled in the whole ordeal all over again. Anyways, I noticed that our character crosses the Brooklyn Bridge, which indicates that Rockstar rendered other parts of NYC, and not just Manhattan. Typically GTA games have always had two or three sections to unlock, so here's hoping that we get to see Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Or, GTAIV can go in the direction of the original Grand Theft Auto, and feature Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas all in one game, with all of the cities being realistically modeled after their respective counterparts. Though I doubt that Rockstar would do that for just one game, so we're more likely to see just one enormous Liberty City. Then we have a potentially immense online experience to look forward to, which is every bit as exciting. With the downsized E3 limited to only the press, hopefully we get to give GTAIV a whirl this July, as Rockstar has never publicly displayed a GTA game at E3 in the past.


Last week I ranted about Sony not securing enough exclusives for the PS3. This week, something else began to bug me about the PS3, but in Japan. I'm sort of tired of seeing the PS3 perform so poorly in Japan. I seriously cannot believe how terrible the release list is for the PS3 overseas. Americans and Europeans are receiving a steady stream of content, and yet the PS3's release list for Japan is pretty much nil. It's pretty pathetic, and a little depressing.

Gundam Musou has shown that Japanese gamers want a PlayStation 3; they just want some software to justify its purchase. I'm really hoping that over the next few weeks we see some announcements and have that game list bulk up, because the way it's looking now, there are a total of 4 games expected to come out from tomorrow to mid-June, that's scary.

4/1/2007 Arnold Katayev

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