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Rockstar Screws Microsoft on GTA IV?

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350w ago - We published an article a few weeks back called Microsoft in GTA IV Panic in which we detailed how the industry giant was stressing about the number of PS3 consoles the release of GTA IV would ship over Xbox 360s.

We argued that this was evident in the way Microsoft had gone about marketing the Xbox 360 version of the game. We also pointed out how Sony had, it appeared, done very little in response (you'll have to read it for the full explanation).

Now we know why.

As you have no doubt read, it has come to light that a new version of the PS3 will be made available in time for the launch of GTA IV. It is the 40GB model of the console, but it comes bundled with GTA IV. This is a big, big deal. Especially as the package doesn't cost any more money than the unbundled version of the console.

The deal is only officially announced for a UK release, but we've been given the tip-off that Australia will receive the deal too... in fact we've heard unconfirmed reports that some retailers are already promoting it. And if it is making it all the way to little 'ol Oz, then it should hit every other major territory as well.

This is a massive blow for Microsoft, who has already lowered the Xbox 360's price point in Europe, and paid US$50 million for downloadable content...
 

Wanna be a rock icon?

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350w ago - Now you can become a rock icon and be part of an upcoming Guitar Hero game as a playable character. All you need to do is to record a video of yourself playing your favorite air guitar tune or a session of Guitar Hero 3 and send this in before June 13th.

The winner of the competition will be flown to L.A. for a motion capture session where your best moves will be recorded for future use in an upcoming Guitar Hero game.

There are also many other prizes for the runners up including a chance to hang out with the icelandic band "The Answer" during the recording of their next album.

"Simply grab a tennis racket, cricket bat or whatever you have lying around and video yourself rocking out to the track of your choice and upload it for a shot at glory in our weekly video montage. None other than Motorhead legend Lemmy (we're not worthy) will then be selecting the most soul-shattering performance.So strap on your Air-Gibson and show Lemmy what you've got. Extra points will be awarded for mojo and the depth of your gnarlyness, but remember - a true Rock Legend plays it from the heart."

Don't miss your chance to immortality and sign up for the competition through the link at the top.
 

First GTA IV review: removed at the advice of legal counsel

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351w ago - Rockstar's lawyers really don't waste time. Following the posting of what claimed to be the world's first GTA IV review yesterday, all that's now left of the piece is a smoking hole and the rather curt message, "This site has been removed at the advice of legal council."

The exclusive for this has to be locked up tighter than Alyona Ivanovna's pawn chest, so it's hardly surprising.

We're going to add something to the great list of certainties in life, actually:

-Death
-Taxes
-You can't beat the Internet
-You will get a call from Rockstar's lawyers
 

Nyko ships PS3 Rock Band/GH III compatible guitar

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351w ago - Joystiq reports Nyko is now shipping to retailers its Rock Band/Guitar Hero III compatible Front Man wireless guitar for PS3.

The third party controller is $60, which is the same price some retailers charge for first party controllers.

The Front Man guitar works up to 25 ft and allegedly gets 80 hours of play time, it also uses a "stomp box" to switch between the two rival rhythm games. It's great that the guitar is compatible with both games unlike the first party controllers, but isn't the whole point of a third party peripheral to be much less expensive than first party?

Oh well, we had no complaints about the controller when we got some hands-on time with it at GDC. The Front Man seems like an alternative for those who need another ax quick and a first party controller isn't at the store .
 

Everyone's A Rat single player takes over 56 hours to finish!

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352w ago - Rockstar has given Grand Theft Auto 4 a simultaneous worldwide release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles on April 29th, 2008. The latest trailer showing CGI and in-game footage was revealed today.

Want to know how many hours of gameplay are in the action-adventure game? Jeronimo Barrera, a senior developer at Rockstar, says it takes testers playing 4 hours a day "a good 2 weeks to get through the whole single-player game." So if they are playing a full week that's about 56 hours total!

Take a look at the "Everyone's A Rat" trailer below:




 
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