1Up On GTAIV: Same Technical Quirks As Predecessors
Ever since Grand Theft Auto III on the PS2, the series has been known for two things: 1. unbelievable gameplay and 2. small technical issues that are often more comical than debilitating. Evidently, according to the latest GTAIV preview from 1Up, this trend continues with the next installment in the critically acclaimed franchise.
Most of you realize by now that GTA titles aren't the most graphically impressive productions around. This is partly due to the fact that each one has to produce an immense environment, and for that, Rockstar has to cut back on the detail and clarity. The frame rate can also dip a bit during hectic action, and all of this - including the "filmlike, graininess" - is present in GTAIV. Here's a snippet from the preview:
“There’s some long-distance graphical fade-in as well as some street-level hazards that appear only after you hit them. Traffic will be nonexistent one second, then three cars deep when you rotate the camera back around, and then completely disappear when your wanted level gets to two or three stars (which is oh-so-fun when you desperately need a getaway vehicle).”
Long-time fans probably expected this from GTAIV; the technical shortcomings are almost trademark traits by now. However, don't think Rockstar hasn't worked to improve on them somewhat-
"But even these problems have been ‘upgraded’ in a sense for GTA4: An artistic application of filters hides some of the uglier character models, there’s more types of cars to choose from, and overall, the feel of the city trumps any of the shortcomings we’re familiar with by now."
This is about what we were expecting, and what we were hoping for. With the vastness and intricacy of the city in GTAIV, we didn't expect the most amazing visual display, nor did we think we'd avoid every last technical glitch or quirk. We can live with those, especially because we GTA fans are used to them...and also because the gameplay, once again, should be awesome.
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
4/16/2008 Ben Dutka