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GTA IV: the most expensive Production Game ever?

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335w ago - Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies revealed in an interview that the recently released Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, X360) had a budget of roughly $100 million, marking the title as the most costly development of any game to date.

GTA IV's massive budget pins the title above the previous front-runner Shenmue, released for the Dreamcast in 2000 and costing an unprecedented $70 million to produce.

"It's like making a theatre production, a few movies and an album all to fit into one package," Benzies told the Times Online.

Benzies also noted that about 1,000 people pitched in on the game's development. Beyond the expected tasks of programming and design, Rockstar also set up time-lapse cameras on New York rooftops to capture the correct intensity of the rain, and took over 100,000 photographs on location to piece together Liberty City.

"We're constantly competing against ourselves," says Benzies. "If something isn't exactly right, it comes out of the game or gets fixed."
 

EchoChrome Full Version arrives tomorrow via PSN!

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335w ago - The US PlayStaion Blog has revealed that the full version of EchoChrome will be available to download this THURSDAY, MAY 1 on the PlayStation Store for the PS3 and via the PC Store for the PSP.

Both versions will be available for $9.99.

To quote: There are 56 unique levels on the PS3 version, as well as 56 completely different levels on the PSP version (112 levels overall), so no matter if you are sitting at home or on the go, there are plenty of puzzles for you to wrap your brain around.
 

Why GTA IV is Next-Gen Gaming

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335w ago - You can't ignore the hype and don't pretend not to care. In a few days you'll find out if the most talked-up game of this generation really was worth all the attention it's been receiving since its 2006 unveiling.

We're playing through GTA IV right now, and we're convinced Rockstar's sequel is not only up to the incredible amount of hype (well, most of it), but it's going to be one of the greatest examples of what a so-called 'next-gen' game should be. For the nit-pickers out there, maybe the headline should have read 'Why GTA IV is current-gen'. But that doesn't sound right.

Anyway, it's taken a few years into this current generation to see it, but here's why we think the latest Grand Theft Auto ticks all the boxes of a triple-A game in 2008.

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The first entry on our list is also the most obvious; GTA IV simply stomps the competition in terms of scope and scale. The first thing anyone looks for in a 'next-gen' experience is to be impressed technically, and so far Rockstar's sequel has dropped our jaw more than any game in the last few years.

Every time we've played number IV at Rockstar's plush offices, we've poked around the game world looking for the invisible walls and limits of the massively-detailed, content-filled city. Flying in a helicopter over the blinking...
 

Four Cops buy GTA IV while news and Police Union condemn it

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335w ago - KBC ran a story today in which it looked at whether GTA IV could spur violence against real cops. Eugene Blagmond, of the Fraternal Order of Police, claimed the game will desensitize people to the real mayhem that's going on out on the streets and said that the glorification of killing of any police officer is just wrong.

However, the report also noted that 4 police officers went to purchase the game in the space of just one hour while they were filming at a retailer.

To quote: It's jammed full of sex, drugs, and lots of blood-soaked violence, and it's flying off store shelves.

"It's a good game, man. You get to run over cops, kill people, run them over," one man buying the game on Tuesday said.

For some people, that is a disturbing sign of the times. One of the groups lining up in criticizing the game is Philadelphia's police union. It's expected to be the hottest-selling video game ever, and it was the reason hundreds lined up at midnight to buy the shoot 'em up thriller, chock full of sex and violence.

"The glorification of killing of any police officer is just wrong. I mean, it desensitizes people to the real mayhem that's going on out on the streets, and we already have a real problem with people not valuing human life," said Eugene Blagmond, of the Fraternal...
 

Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Video Interview

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335w ago - Spyro's 10 year anniversary comes with a new game containing both new features and unlikely companions.

Check out the video interview below:

Enjoy!




 
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