Viewing news posted in September 2008

Rumour: GTAIV PS3 trophies soon

By Chris | 1st Oct 2008 at 18:19 GMT in GTA IV | 8 Comments

Rumour has it that a trophy patch for the PS3 version of GTA IV is coming soon, and a few PS3 sites have managed to get their hands on the list of what you'll be able to get. The list is actually the same as the Xbox 360 achievements as most people assumed it would be should a patch come forth, with the addition of a platinum trophy for "Taking A Liberty".

See the full list on our GTAIV trophies page, which we'll update soon with the proper icons. Still no word on an exact date for if/when these will be available.


New GTA IV PC details

By Chris | 30th Sep 2008 at 16:43 GMT in GTA IV | 3 Comments

Italian magazine The Game Machine have brought to light some minor new details on the PC version of GTA IV:

  • The replay editor can record, save and edit the last 30 seconds of the game. Once you have saved your video, you can open another piece of internal software in order to change the point of view and add special effects. The montage editor allows you to edit various replays into a single sequence, add audio tracks from the official soundtrack of the game and add effects like transition from a sequence to another. You can then upload and publish your videos to the Rockstar Social Club to share them with the world.
  • The GPS map has been improved. You can now point and click with the mouse on a specific location and make notes or add images to personalize it.
  • Improved streaming will be possible with the power of todays processors. If you have seen cars on the road that matched the car you are driving, this has been somewhat fixed. More pedestrians and vehicles will be visible.

Thanks to for the news.

Jack Thompson officially disbarred

By chris82 | 25th Sep 2008 at 20:47 GMT in General | 29 Comments


Over a year ago, Florida Judge Dava Tunis recommended permanent disbarment for Jack Thompson. Today, the case reached a pivotal point: Jack Thompson is officially disbarred, effective 30 days from now.

Jack Thompson has also been ordered to reimburse the Florida Bar with fees amounting to nearly ,000!

The Court approves the corrected referee's report and John Bruce Thompson is permanently disbarred, effective thirty days from the date of this order so that respondent can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients. If respondent notifies the Court in writing that he is no longer practicing and does not need the thirty days to protect existing clients, this Court will enter an order making the permanent disbarment effective immediately. Respondent shall accept no new business from the date this order is filed.

Read the full story at Kotaku!

Your chance to play against GTA IV developers on Xbox Live

By Chris | 19th Sep 2008 at 16:44 GMT in GTA IV | 1 Comment

If you saw the news we posted yesterday regarding the Social Club giveaway, there's a bit more to add to the story. A press release from Take2 today announced that you also have a chance to play against members from the GTA IV development team!

New York, NY – September 19, 2008 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Microsoft proudly present the Grand Theft Auto IV LIVE Weekend exclusively on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network beginning Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28 in the United States and Canada. This special weekend will be open to Xbox LIVE Gold members of the Xbox LIVE community.

Gamers who register for Play & Win will automatically be entered into a drawing to win exclusive prize packages just for playing with friends on Xbox LIVE. Prize packages for Play & Win include select Rockstar gear and an entry into the Grand Prize Package drawing. The Grand Prize Package includes, but is not limited to, an Xbox 360® Elite console, a 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription card, as well as 4,000 Microsoft Points!

Register for the sweepstakes online at before the close of the entry period on September 28, 2008, at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT or register via Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 by downloading the free Grand Theft Auto IV LIVE Weekend Gamer Picture before the close of the entry period.

Players can test their skills by jumping into multiplayer matchmaking to go toe-to-toe with the actual Grand Theft Auto IV development team. Members of the team will be online between 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 26 to play with fans.

Good luck to all those eligible. Playing against some of the team members was a great thing that I and some of the other fan site webmasters got to experience shortly before the game was released back in April, now you too can have that same opportunity.

New Chinatown Wars Details Emerge

By rockstarrem | 19th Sep 2008 at 16:19 GMT in Chinatown Wars | 4 Comments

Kotaku has some new details on the upcoming GTA game "Chinatown Wars" for the Nintendo DS being released sometime this winter.

To clear up all confusion, Kotaku has confirmed this is a "real" GTA game, not a minigame of any sort, but a full featured game being released on the DS. It will feature D-Pad aiming and many features we saw in GTA IV. One including a PDA (instead of a cell phone) for a lot of interactions. The list they include is "email, contacts, map, music player, GPS, [and] stat-tracking." The stats can supposedly be uploaded to Rockstar Games Social Club website via a Wi-Fi connection to keep track of in-game progress.

Here is a list of all the features:

- True GTA game - sandbox gameplay, open-world environment, gritty crime narrative.

- M-rating

- Isometric camera angle

- Cel-shaded polygons w/ black borders

- good touch-screen implementation - "tasteful" minigames, streamlining interface

- UI based on a PDA - hub for email, contacts, map, music player, GPS, stat-tracking

- stats uploaded to Rockstar Social Club website via Wi-Fi

- finger-sized icons

- missions designed for shorter periods of play, arcade quality

- aiming with control pad, auto targeting with R button

- subtle autosteer

- if you fail a mission, you can jump back to the action sequence

- chain gun, flamethrower

- good portion of Liberty City is modeled in the game (different routes than console games)

- no probems with load times, draw-in or frame rate

- lots of pedestrians, cars, etc on screen

- Wanted system - objective is to disable police cars any way possible

- real-time weather effects, 24-hour day/night cycle

- lots of radio stations to listen to (more instrumentals than vocals)

- 800,000 lines of hand-optimized source code (hey, the people like the info, right?)

- no details yet on multiplayer/Wi-Fi features

Now most of this is considered rumor right now, but the info is taken from a November issue of Nintendo Power Magazine, so we can be pretty certain that this is the real deal.


GTA IV Xbox Live Weekend Social Club Giveaway

By Chris | 19th Sep 2008 at 02:48 GMT in GTA IV | 3 Comments

Rockstar Games have announced via the Social Club a new giveaway with some awesome prizes. As part of the Xbox Live Weekend, you could win a home entertainment system valued at ,100. Additionally, one one runner-up will receive a GTA IV-branded Xbox 360 Elite and a whole bunch of other GTA IV merchandise.

The contest is only open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older. To enter, all you have to do is simply login to your Social Club account from September 19, 2008 until the end of the LIVE Weekend on September 28, 2008.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Recommended GTA IV system requirements

By Chris | 13th Sep 2008 at 08:38 GMT in GTA IV | 50 Comments

The official Games for Windows website has added a page for GTA IV. On it they've included the recommended system requirements for the game, no minimum specs have been included though so we may have to take this with a pinch of salt for the time being. Here's what they're suggesting:

OS: Windows XP SP2

Processor: Dual core processor (Intel Pentium D or better)


Hard Drive: 18GB free hard disk space

Video Card: 512MB Direct3D 10 compatible video card or Direct3D 9 card compatible with Shader

Drive: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive

Not sure if your computer is up to the task? For some weeks now we've had a thread on the forums for just that. Will my PC run GTA IV? Here you can post your specs and read our own best estimations at the specs, and some of our more knowledgeable members will do their best to advise on any upgrades we think you may need.

Thanks GTAGaming.

EDIT: The information appears to have been removed from the Games for Windows site. The reason for this is currently unknown.