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RockStar Social Club now open for Registration

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333w ago - The RockStar Social club is now open for registration. If you register before the 29th April you will be entered into a competition where you can win a portrait of yourself made by RockStar in the art-style of Grand Theft Auto.

Anyone will be able to sign up with their Xbox Gamertag and/or a PlayStation Network ID. The site will be launched along with GTA IV on April 29 and will feature all of the statistical leaderboards that gamers have come to expect, and combines them with performance-based competitions and awards.

To quote: Today, April 17th, we are pleased to announce that the Rockstar Social Club is now open for pre-registration. The Rockstar Social Club will be open for business upon the release of Grand Theft Auto IV April 29th. It will also extend the experience of forthcoming Rockstar Games titles.

More than just a standard gaming site, the Rockstar Social Club will combine incredibly detailed, diverse and sometimes amusing leaderboards and player statistics, and combine them with performance-based competitions and awards for players of all skill levels.

Pre-registration for the Rockstar Social Club is free for anyone, and players will be able to link it to their Xbox Live Gamertag and/or PlayStation Network ID. Grand Theft Auto IV, our premiere game on the Rockstar...
 

Rockstar Screws Microsoft on GTA IV?

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334w 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...
 

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

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334w 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
 

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

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335w 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:




 

Manhunt 2 wins battle for release

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337w ago - The ban on controversial video game Manhunt 2 in the UK has been lifted and the game will now go on sale.

The Video Appeals Committee upheld an earlier decision that the game could be sold, following a nine-month battle between makers Rockstar and UK censors.

The British Board of Film Classification had taken the fight to ban the game to the High Court, saying the game "went too far".

An edited version of the title will be released with an 18 certificate.

The game was first banned in June 2007 and an edited version of the game was later rejected by the BBFC.

David Cooke, director of the BBFC said: "As I have said previously, we never take rejection decisions lightly, and they always involve a complex balance of considerations.

"We twice rejected Manhunt 2, and then pursued a judicial review challenge, because we considered, after exceptionally thorough examination, that it posed a real potential harm risk.

"However, the Video Appeals Committee has again exercised its independent scrutiny. It is now clear, in the light of this decision, and our legal advice, that we have no alternative but to issue an 18 certificate to the game."

Developers Rockstar Games has always maintained that the content of Manhunt 2 is no different...
 
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