The information in the OPSM2 Germany article on San Andreas has been translated and this is what it said:
[*] Some parts of missions will take place in the countryside outside of the 3 cities.
[*] The game story will be tripled in length.
[*] If you get too fat, those that give you missions have the ability to tell you to get in better shape before starting a certain mission.
[*] The HUD (heads up display) will be similar to GTA III's and Vice City's.
[*] Orange Grove is the name of one of the towns/suburbs that's where the Orange Grove Families come from.
[*] There will be less pop-up of distant objects. Houses can be seen from far away.
[*] Groups of trees will be rendered as a group from distance. If you get closer, they'll be rendered seperately. Because of this, a bigger draw distance is possible.
[*] The magazine claims that the animations will be even better than in Vice City.
[*] The goal of the programmers is to achieve a constant frame rate of 30 frames per second. But, in extreme situations when there are lots of cars and pedestrians on the screen, the magazine says that the game still has some slowdown issues.
[*] The textures will be photographed ones as well as self-drawn ones.
[*] The camera will automatically zoom behind CJ at the press of a button. Then you can aim freely with the analog stick. But as an alternative to that, there will also be the aiming-aid.
[*] The number of licensed music tracks in SA will have tripled.
[*] The game is now about 80% finished (probably a month ago).
[*] Even the dual-layer DVD is actually too small for the game. Due to new compression techniques for the PlayStation 2, the game barely fits on it.
I have updated the San Andreas Information page and it now has all the info that we were told by articles in recent magazines.
Also if you remember we posted about how Rockstar have launched a teaser site on the 1st of July for each GTA game, will we see one today? so far nothing has been said.
I added these earlier this week but forgot to post about them, anyway the German version of OPSM2 has some screens which most of them we have seen before. There is one new one and also a fake map of the game.
How do we know it's fake? Well Rockstar said that Los Santos is a small part in the lower right of the map, in the screen in OPSM2 De it is right in the center and is the same size as the other islands.
Well fortunately there was hardly any downtime when we moved servers and nothing was lost.
During the little downtime there was, I bought some more bandwidth and it is now double what we had before. This was desperately needed as we were almost using up our limit every month, mainly because of the download database.
I bought this using money I had made off the advertisements so I would like to thank everyone who clicked on them.
It is actually mainly the Amazon (main site), Google and AdHearus (forums) ads that are making money so I may think about removing some other ads and concentrate on using those three.
Currently we have Amazon ads displayed on the main site and these get money if you buy something after clicking them and Google and Adhearus ads on the forums which make money for each unique click so i may replace the other ads (Alienware etc.) on the main site with these.
You will notice I have repositioned the ads and I think it looks better and people have also said they like it better, so just click once a day and you can do your bit to help the site.
Oh yeah the more bandwidth means we can have more mods so email me if you have a something for me to add to the database
I've updated the magazine scans page to include the screens from OPSM2 AUS and PSM USA
Notice: Expected Downtime
There is going to be some downtime in the next day or so, I have been told by my host that "your site is growing very popular and is making the server slow" so they are moving the site to another server which isn't any slower and if anything should be faster, what it does mean is that I have to change the nameservers which takes anthing from 12-72 hours, hopefully not that long though.
Also if any stuff is lost it will mean I have to re-upload everything which will take a while but that shouldn't happen either.
This is all from GTAGaming
In PSM (United States version), an unofficial Playstation 2 Magazine they have some new screens (being posted soon) and some new info which is below
- On the game map Los Santos is only a tiny bit in the lower right corner.
- You can wear a lot of new clothes.
- Dual wield multiple gun types.
- More mini games.
- Vehicles get rusty and dirty as time goes by.
- Carl's customizations include: Hairstyle, Physique, Weight, Driveing Skills, Clothes, Possessions, Weapon Skills, Chracter, Relationships, Gang.
- The art team has snuck in plenty of special pictures and messages for fans.
- For the first time in a series the game will adjust its diffculty if the player becomes stuck. Rockstar assures that that the adjustments will be minimal and almost invisible to the players, so the missions won't become a breeze.
- At least once every couple of days your characer has to eat. If you skip meals he will be come weak, and if you feed him too much he gets slow and then gets fat. There is a wide selection of places to eat... so what you eat counts as well. Strength will effect his punches, but bulk up at the gym too much and he will loose speed...
- San Andreas has its own version of Hollywood called Vinewood.
- When the OGF fell from power, the new rival gangs The Flats and The Ballas moved in.
- Brian Johnson is CJ's 10 year old brother that died in an accident and the reason he went to Liberty City prison for five years.
- The Johnson family is in disarray as Carl and Kendl can't get along with Sweet.
- Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Polaski know CJ from when he was in juvenile hall, and now they harass him in SA.
- Cesar, a new Latino character wearing baggy slacks, an undershirt, tattoos, and a buzzcut has been confirmed.
- Old Reece is CJ's old barber that still gives him haircuts anytime he comes in.
PlanetGrandTheftAuto.com says that
the Dutch magazine Power Unlimited and the Australian Official PlayStation 2 Magazine have confirmed the following details:
zeppelincheetah at PlanetGrandTheftAuto.com points out a pattern of teaser sites launching on the first of July.
July 1st, 2001 - The Liberty Tree - Rockstar's initial teaser site for GTA III.
July 1st, 2002 - Kent Paul's Nostalgia Zone - Rockstar's teaser site for Vice City.
July 1st, 2004 - ??? - Rockstar's teaser site for San Andreas.
Let's hope something happens on July 1st.
Sorry we're a bit late with the scans but a magazine we have over in Holland, Power Unlimited, have some new screens
You can see more scans on the <a href="http://www.thegtaplace.com/index.php?page=sascans">Magazine Scans</a> page.
I will translate the captions on the screens for you:
Screen 1 = "Wait a sec. OMG, I kicked my accelator off my bike.. "
Screen 2 = "Ok gentlemen. Your trunk is clean, you can goooooooooooooo!"
Screen 3 = "That's old, a pick-up like this. We got CD's for ages."
Also confirmed in the mag is that San Andreas will unfortunately not be online, Dan Houser said this:
"We have a lot of script writers working on GTA, and they use so many scenarios to build the story - it's impossible to do that in an online game, that problem has not been solved,"
Today we have part 2 of Gamespy's San Andreas features. It contains information on music, features an E3
It seems that Frank Vincent, voice actor for Salvatore Leone in GTA3 will be returning in SA according to his website.
"...look forward to Frank lending his voice once again as Don Salvatore Leone in the sequel to Rock Star's Grand Theft Auto III."
Salvatore was the don for the Mafia in GTA3 so could this mean the return of the Mafia in San Andreas? Maybe.
Thanks to GTAGaming for the info.
If you have a look at the comments on the last news I posted (about the new screens) you will notice we talked about how cops wouldnt normally jump onto the back of moving cars
Well then I had a thought. Remember Terminator 2?
It was made in 1991, so thats the early 1990's like San Andreas, its set in LA, like Los Santos in San Andreas.
Now roughly 1 hour through the movie we see the T-1000 running after Arnie, John and Sarah in their car, he runs at unhuman-like speeds and catches up then lunges forward and morphs his arms into some metal things and holds on to the car.
I just thought that this screen below portrays exactly that, its a cop hanging on the back of a moving car, just like the T-1000
I will go and scan through T2 now and try to capture a screen of it for the benefit of those who havent seen it. You should remember the film anyway, I was only 8 when i first saw it and i remember it vividly.
OPSM2 UK has 15 new screens! and bundles more info on Rockstars latest awe inspiring game.
Some things we can see in the screens are police bikes, Carl popping a wheelie on his pedal bike, crowded streets and other miscellaneous things like someone holding on to the back of a car getting dragged along
I decided that rather than putting all these scans with the screenshots I would create a seperate page just for magazine scans. The scans are thanks to Dale Massey
The following information is from PlanetGrandTheftAuto and it lists the main new info which was shown in OPSM2 UK magazine
CarlJohnson, a new member on our forums submitted us a new wallpaper exclusive to the site. I've added it to the Wallpapers Page
here it is
Rockstar Games kindly sent out all the big fansites 'gift packs' with some stickers and a San Andreas t-shirt in them. Most people who got sent this recieved them 4 days ago on June 1st.
Unfortunately nobody was home when it was delivered to me (becuase we were all away for a few days) so now I have to get it redelivered from the post office where they are holding it
Here are a couple of pics of the stuff, first one is the stuff just after i got it out the package, second one shows the t-shirt and stickers spread out
The stickers are :
Rockstar Games - Yellow, Rockstar North - Dark Blue, Rockstar San Diego - Purple, Rockstar Toronto - Red, Rockstar Vancouver - Green, Rockstar Vienna - Light Blue
I will do an annotated picture of it later so i dont get asked loads of questions about what stuff is from where and what was free etc. (the games weren't free)
I found these 4 images yesterday, they were submitted to GTAWH:
<a href="http://www.thegtaplace.com/image.php?img=sanandreas/fanart/boxfake1.jpg"><IMG src="http://www.thegtaplace.com/images/sanandreas/fanart/boxfake1_th.jpg"></a> <a href="http://www.thegtaplace.com/image.php?img=sanandreas/fanart/boxfake2.jpg"><IMG src="http://www.thegtaplace.com/images/sanandreas/fanart/boxfake2_th.jpg"></a> <a href="http://www.thegtaplace.com/image.php?img=sanandreas/fanart/discfake1.jpg"><IMG src="http://www.thegtaplace.com/images/sanandreas/fanart/discfake1_th.jpg"></a> <a href="http://www.thegtaplace.com/image.php?img=sanandreas/fanart/setfake1.jpg"><IMG src="http://www.thegtaplace.com/images/sanandreas/fanart/setfake1_th.jpg"></a>
They are really nice!
Chris: Just added these images to the Fanart page.