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GTA IV: the most expensive Production Game ever?

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346w 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."
 

Why GTA IV is Next-Gen Gaming

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346w 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...
 

Grand Theft Auto IV: Don't believe the Press!

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346w ago - The Telegraph headline is "Grand Theft Auto IV: Violence flares after launch" and they know the cause: A 23-year-old was repeatedly stabbed in Croydon, south London as he walked past 100 people queuing to buy the controversial game, in which players rob and murder their way through the criminal underworld.

The Mail, as ever, don't pull their punches with "Teenager stabbed in queue at midnight launch of ultra violent video game Grand Theft Auto IV". They too know what happened: A man was stabbed last night while queueing to buy one of the first copies of a controversial new video game.

The BBC report the stabbing but make no mention of any game.

The Press association, which many journalists will use as their source, headline with "Police hunt video game attacker" and say: Police are hunting a hooded man who stabbed a passer-by as he waited to buy a new edition of a notoriously violent computer game.

So you can see already that they have different stories. Was the victim in the queue or walking past? Perhaps the local paper can clear this up for us.

So to the Croydon Guardian who have the best headline yet: "Grand Theft slaughter". And they have a new slant on the victim: Queues of people waiting outside...
 

GTA IV Online for PS3 is down!

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347w ago - If you are a proud owner of Grand Theft Auto IV on the PS3, then you might not be so proud to know that the online multi-player mode is down. Or, at least it appears to be so for PS3 patrons.

Numerous players have received errors upon attempting to connect; this blogger included has not been able to get the multi-player to work.

An error message pops up: "Cannot connect to game provider, please try again." Hopefully, Rockstar can get things running soon. Wouldn't want to upset the GTA IV crowd, if you know what we mean.

In the meantime, get back to the single player game. We'll keep you posted as we find out more.
 

GTA IV to come to PC this November?

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347w ago - With the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV upon us, many Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners are more than ready to get started on the title, but will PC gamers have something to look forward to this November?

According to German video games retailer citydisc.ch, a PC version of GTA IV will be released on November 30 of this year.

Back in January, the same rumor began circulating that Rockstar would release a PC version, but in October. That rumor cited retail plans.

Previous titles of the Grand Theft Auto series have taken between six to eight months to arrive on the PC after debuting on console, which makes a November release plausible.

Grand Theft Auto IV heads onto both the Xbox 360 and PS3 Tuesday. Rockstar Games has yet to confirm if the game will ever see the light of day on PC.
 
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