GTA IV release day is here

GTA IV has officially been released! I went to a midnight launch in a small Melbourne store.  I arrived at 11:30pm and there was only 4 people there. I went to get some food and when I returned 15 minutes later, there was a line with 25 people. Once the clock hit midnight, the line moved rather quickly and I had my pre-order soon after 12. I played until around 4am and then I went to sleep since I had an 8:30am class that I couldn’t miss.  I heard that some other stores in Melbourne gave out prizes and had lines with 150 or more people.  I just wanted to get GTA IV home as quickly as possible.

7 new GTA2 maps by Lantyz

  1. Island Hopper – A rather large map consisting of three islands and a gang system.
  2. Tower Arena – A small map in which players start on a tower to prevent spawn killing.
  3. SWAT – A map with a maximum wanted level of 4.
  4. The Rock – A tiny map consisting of a large rock.
  5. Scavenger – A small map with only rocket launchers; each giving you only one rocket.
  6. Capture the Van – A map in which all players try to steal a car and bring it to their crusher to earn points.
  7. Fortress – A map in which all players try to be the only one inside the fortress to earn the most points.

Download from the GTA2 Multiplayer Map page

IGN previews GTA IV multiplayer

GTA IV: Live Free or Die Online
Run wild with 16 people and bring Liberty City to its knees.

Free mode

You begin in a standoff with the other players. Everyone spawns in a circle and there is, at least the first time you play Free Mode, a brief moment of surprise when no one does a damn thing. This lasts a few seconds before someone takes out a gun and shoots their neighbor in the face. But this standoff isn’t just to start the killing (and jump people around the city with their first respawn); it also allows players to talk about what they want to do in Free Mode.

source: IGN

GTA IV reviews by OXM and Xbox World 360


Two more publications have reviewed the next installment of Grand Theft Auto, (which is only a week away from release), both of which have given the game amazing and near-perfect scores. First up was the U.S. version of Official Xbox Magazine (OXM) , the review was obviously favorable. The final verdict was a 9.5/10 . Their conclusion:

  • + Wounderful environment with gajillions of great things to do.
  • + Multiplayer is a deep, terrific addition to the series.
  • – Would be even better with a little editing: it starts slowly, has a few too many “filler” missions.

Xbox World 360 (U.K.) scored the game a 98%/100% , which is said to be their highest score ever given. Their conclusion:

  • + Oscar-worthy dialogue
  • + unfeasibly rich game world
  • + inspired mission design

Both reviews have quite a few mission and story details, and even include achievement details, Easter-egg details, and more. Be sure to check them out whenever you see them at your local shop.

GTA IV multiplayer preview

Rockstar recently held a GTAIV multiplayer event at the Microsoft offices in Sydney and were very keen to show off their modes for GTAIV Multiplayer, so let’s get into it.

There were only six or eight of us nosey nerds at the event that day. We each sat down to our own Xbox 360 which were linked via Xbox Live to each other. At first I thought we were connected locally which goes to show how well the net code of GTAIV stood up.

They got to try 3 multiplayer modes: Death Match, Race and Cops N’ Crooks.

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