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13Dec/08

Rockstar Games Social Club Weekend

Play Midnight Club Los Angeles and Grand Theft Auto IV online all weekend to challenge Rockstar at their own games and then go to Rockstar Games Social Club for chances to compete for limited-edition Rockstar gear and prizes. Here's a full run-down of all the events.

Take on some of the folks who helped bring you Midnight Club Los Angeles and Grand Theft Auto IV. Each day, Rockstars will be logging on to throw down the online multiplayer gauntlet per the following schedule:

Friday Dec 12th, 6-9 PM EST: GTA IV 360/PS3
Saturday Dec 13th, 12-4 PM EST: GTA IV PC
Sunday Dec 14th, 4-7 PM EST: Midnight Club Los Angeles 360/PS3

Check out the Social Club for a full list of Rockstar Gamertags and PSN IDs for each day so you'll know who to look for.

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13Dec/08

GTA IV PC patch is here

Microsoft finally approved Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV PC patch. You can get the 32.6MB update by starting your game, logging into LIVE and selecting to update when prompted.

Reported changes:

  • A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.
  • Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays.
  • Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice.
  • Fix for ATI 1900 shadows.
  • Overall savings to memory.
  • Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors.
  • Multiplayer character settings are preserved.
  • Support for DirectInput controllers.
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12Dec/08

Lost and Damned screenshots on xbox.com

Some new screenshots of XBOX 360 GTA IV episode one "Lost and Damned" have been posted on XBOX.com.

12Dec/08

NVIDIA beta video card drivers

NVIDIA has released GeForce 180.84 Beta driver revision 3. These drivers should increase GTA IV PC performance on NVIDIA cards but they are beta, so they haven't been fully tested.

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11Dec/08

PC Authority ties GTA IV and Saints Row 2

Australian PC Authority tied GTA IV and Saints Row 2  as #1 console game of 2008.

A tough call, this one. GTAIV is undoubtedly the more technically proficient title, and one that absolutely drips character and cohesive story line. But Saints Row 2 drips playability, does more with the "sandbox" concept, and lets you play as a morbidly obese transvestite in charge of a sewage truck gone amuck. GTAIV would win the Oscar, but we feel Saints Row 2 would probably edge it out for a Most Popular Logie award, and on that basis, we're stuck between the two.

  1. GTA IV and Saints Row 2 (PS3/360)
  2. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
  3. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)
  4. De Blob (Wii)
  5. Braid (360)
11Dec/08

ATI video card driver – Catalyst 8.12 is out

ATI has released Catalyst 8.12. It might slightly improve GTA IV PC performance and fix texture problems on some ATI cards. Please post results in the comments.

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9Dec/08

GTA IV named No. 1 game of the year by TIME

TIME Magazine gave GTA IV the number one position on their 2008, Game of the Year, top 10 list.

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, 360, PC)
  2. Braid (360)
  3. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
  4. Rock Band 2 (360, PS3)
  5. Gears of War 2 (360)
  6. Dead Space (360, PS3, PC)
  7. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii, 360, PS3, DS, PSP)
  8. Hunted Forever (free Flash)
  9. Fieldrunners (iPhone)
  10. Spore (PC)

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6Dec/08

1UP interview with Chinatown Wars developer

We've tried to make this game a much more arcadey experience. We wanted to have nearly all of the gameplay play out onscreen in a visceral way. Taking the cops out in any way you can, fit this goal perfectly. It feels really cool to ram another car into a tree, or if you're good enough, force it over a ramp and into the sea. While playing, some of the guys here have managed to bail out of their car whilst jumping a ramp, having the car blow up a police helicopter in midair -- these are the kind of moments game designers and players alike love.

Read the full interview here: 1UP interview with Gordon Hall

GTA: Chinatown Wars will be a Nintendo DS exlcusive and is currently scheduled to be released in Q2 2009 (before the end of April).

6Dec/08

New NVIDIA drivers and GTA IV PC patch info

NVIDIA recommends that you update your system with the GeForce v180.84 driver for the best experience on Grand Theft Auto IV.

ATI plans to release Catalyst 8.12 on December 10th.

Rockstar Toronto posted on GTAForums.com about the patch:

Patch Is On The Way
We are working on making a patch available in the next few days. Since Grand Theft Auto IV is a Games For Windows – Live game the patch must be certified by Microsoft before release. The patch is already at Microsoft and we expect a speedy approval. The patch contains a variety of fixes including:

A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.

Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays

Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice

Fix for ATI 1900 shadows

Overall savings to memory

Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors

Multiplayer character settings are preserved

Support for DirectInput controllers. Note: The current hack way of supporting these controllers may not work with the improved functionality. So we recommend you remove the hack before upgrading to the patch.

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6Dec/08

The Lost and Damned will premiere on Spike TV

Today, Rockstar Games and Spike TV announced that "Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned" will world premiere at the 2008 Video Game Awards, live Sunday December 14 at 9:00pm, ET (tape delay on West Coast).

Available exclusively on Xbox LIVE worldwide on February 17, 2009, "Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned "requires players to have the full version of "Grand Theft Auto IV" for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.

Source: Spike TV

According to a product listing by Gamestop the DLC will cost $19.99 USD.