Grand Theft Auto IV Release Date: April 29, 2008!

by Joey deVilla on January 24, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV protagonist and logo.

Mark April 29, 2008 on your calendar: that’s the day when Grand Theft Auto IV hits the shelves.

Here are some facts about the game that I’ve gleaned from the MTV.com articles ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ Details Unloaded In Lengthy Private Demo At Developer’s Headquarters and ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ Developer Talks Delay, Violence And Whether There Will Be Another ‘Hot Coffee’:

  • “You can’t get fat anymore.” You can, however, get drunk, which makes the controls less reliable and the camera wobbly.
  • The game’s look is pretty close to that of the trailers.
  • “You can take a taxi anywhere on the map.”
  • You have a cell phone and you can hit an internet cafe to surf the web.
  • “There may be bums lying in front of a car on the street.” Some enemies may be playing dead (a la BioShock.)
  • “Someone other than you might be getting chased by the police.” (I don’t think this is new; you see things like in the previous edition, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.)
  • Load times are short.
  • There’s a new physics model that makes character motion more natural.
  • Line-of-sight is such that you can see buildings ten blocks away.
  • Taxis and car services are now things you can hail, just like real taxis and car services. As with real life, cab rides cost money, and you can look out the window and see scenery pass by. You can pay more money to have the cabbie drive recklessly or to skip the ride sequence and auto-magically appear at your destination.
  • Cars have GPS; the expensive ones have GPSs that talk.
  • Police cars have police computers which you can use to find suspects.
  • When police witness you committing a crime, a circle appears on your mini-map. That’s the area for which you are in trouble. Leave that area, and you’re home free. Having a shootout with the cops makes that circle bigger.
  • The game has a new targeting system: using the left trigger activates a zoomed-in “free-aim” mode a la Gears of War.
  • New dynamic car chases feature special events that are triggered under specific conditions. “These events won’t happen in completely predictable ways, and players won’t see them every time.”
  • If you have to repeat a mission, the game may vary the dialogue to keep you from being bored by repetition. You can also “warp right back to the start of a mission” rather than have to drive back to the start point.
  • There isn’t going to be a “Hot Coffee”, they say. There will be dates, however.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 waiting badly for GTA IV!! February 17, 2008 at 1:27 am

MAN I WANT TO PLAY GTA IV SO BADLY!
in internet cafes, can you surf the real net or just the game verson??

2 natalie May 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm

the missions are WAY to easy.

3 THE PROGRAMER May 14, 2008 at 12:46 am

YA BITCHAS GTA4 ROCKS YOU CAN DO CHEATS ON TTHE CELLIE OR ON THE INTERNET WICH SO FAR JUST SEEMS IN GME BUT I DONT HAVE HIGH SPEED SO I DONT HAVE AN INTERNET HOOKED UP.
WHEN PLAYING GO TO THE INTER. CAFE AND TYPE IN http://WWW.WHATTHEYDONOTWANTYOUTOKNOW.COM
AND HERES A FEW CELL CHEATS:
HEALTH AND GUNS:GTA-555-0100
NRG900:MBK-555-0100
POLICE CHOPPER:FLY-555-0100
GOT MORE IF ANYONE NEEDS THEM HIT ME UP…..

4 THE PROGRAMER May 14, 2008 at 12:51 am

RIGHT NOW IM AT THE PART WHERE YOU FAKE GAY TO KILL DUDE MOST STARTING MISSIONS ARE PRETTY EASY BUT THEY SHOULD GET HARDER
I KNOW STEALING CARS FOR THE ROID RAGER AND GETTING TOP DOLLAR CAN BE TRICKY THE BEST WAY IS TO SET WAY POINT TO PAINT AND SPRAY AS SOON AS YOU STEAL THEM AND GO STRAIGHT THERE YOU WILL FIX IT AND LOOSE THE PIGGIES.ALL AND ALL THIS GAME DOES KICK ASS.

5 THE PROGRAMMER May 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm

This game is by far one of the best games to come out in all of 2008. The graphics look extraordinaily real and the facial expressions are uncanny. All in all the developers at rockstar did a great job with this game and if they keep up their programming and creative skills the way they are we are sure to see more blockbuster hits like this in the future.

6 tommy July 10, 2008 at 9:53 pm

well this game is freaking sweet. its so much fun and its pretty lenghty. i like how you have to make choices in the game about who to kill or who to keep as a friend. the endind is fun and no matter what choice you pick you gett screwed over lol. but its a sweet game overall.

7 laksh November 30, 2008 at 5:03 am

hi I want to ash that GTA4 will launch in PC or not if when will it will launch give me your answer at my orkut E-mail ID lakshsabharwal@yahoo.com.

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