Grand Theft Auto IV04.29.08   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: Trina Calderon
Tags: , Entertainment, Grand Theft Auto IV, PS3, Video Games, xbox
The most highly anticipated video game of the year is finally in stores worldwide today. Thatâ€™s right, Rock Star Games has released the latest and greatest in the saga of criminal gaming behavior â€“ Grand Theft Auto IV. Itâ€™s available for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, and is now a Multiplayer game (up to 16 players – 15 game modes). The game is still rated M (Mature) and has reached a visual level of realism that you have never seen before in a video game. It runs on Rock Starâ€™s game engine, R.A.G.E., which has many unprecedented characteristics such as real reflections in glass, cars, or water, more detailed road and building textures, and it uses Euphoria â€“ an animation package created by Natural Motion, which uses Dynamic Motion Synthesis (DMS) technology. This is the most awesome breakthrough for GTA IV gamers â€“ characters in the game are now animated in a way you have never seen in a video game before. They can hang off the back of vehicles or helicopters, step off and up onto curbs, and even react realistically when hit by gunfire â€“ like if a character is shot in the leg, he will limp. The way a character walks even changes when the terrain does.
The success of GTA has always been attributed to the fact that this is an â€œopen worldâ€ game â€“ meaning the location is vast and can be explored in depth by the player. The location this time is Liberty City, and the main character, Niko Bellic, is an eastern European immigrant who has come to America in search of a better lifeâ€¦only to find out that Liberty City is not the place to pursue the American dream. GTA IV takes a stronger turn towards storytelling also, although the storyline is a lot less linear than before. It is possible to do more than one mission at a time, and some missions take place over several days â€“ which brings up the cellphone. Yes, Niko uses his cell to receive calls and make calls to help set up his missions. He could be waiting for days for phone calls to move forward on a mission, and in the meantime, he can go on datesâ€¦or frequent strip clubs. So, if you love cappinâ€™ fools, stealinâ€™ rides, and hanginâ€™ with hoâ€™sâ€¦today is your lucky day.