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Grand Theft Auto IV: First impressions, screens from trailer

By Casey Lynch Mar 30, 2007, 7:05 GMT

Grand Theft Auto IV: First impressions, screens from trailer

Updated impressions, trailer link and first screens!

Rockstar revealed the first details of "Grand Theft Auto IV" in a minute long trailer, now dubbed "Things Will Be Different," which you can view here now.

As far as the setting of GTA IV, so much for speculation about Tokyo, or an entire state for that matter.

It looks like Grand Theft Auto is going back to New York, or the next best thing -Liberty City, Rockstar's version of the Big Apple.

After making road trips to Miami, LA, Frisco and Vegas, it appears Rockstar Games' notorious blockbuster series is going back to Liberty City, which will most likely be an updated version of the the same city we all tromped through in 2001's series breakthrough hit Grand Theft Auto III.

The "Things Will Be Different" trailer begins with quick flashes of Liberty City's best impression of NYC - the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Times Square — all in crystal clear, crisp high-def resolution.

The trailer closes with a depiction of a man that will probably be the main character of the game, an olive-skinned man speaking in what sounded like a Russian accent: "Life is complicated," he says. "I killed people, smuggled people, sold people. Perhaps here things will be different."

The unidentified man with the Russian accent - well probably be getting to know him really well come October.

The unidentified man with the Russian accent - we'll probably be getting to know him really well come October.

Rockstar wouldn’t comment on the identity of the man or the role he will play in the game but said, "We would like to let the trailer speak for itself. However, we can confirm that all footage in the trailer 'Things Will Be Different' was captured directly from 720p gameplay running real time in our RAGE engine on a next-gen gaming console."

The trailer gave no indication of how GTA IV will play compared to others, though there's talk that there may be a greater multiplayer focus given the "different" theme - that, and the series' development team recent interest with multiplayer in the PSP ports.

Looking at the ads and even building titles around Liberty City, its evident the games sarcastic social commentary will remain intact. New York's MetLife building is the GetaLife building, a movie poster for a fictional film reads "I Slept With Your Mom," there's ME TV theater advertising performances of "All About Me," while a Burger Spot ad on a building slings a five-pattied burger called the Heart Stopper.  

More trailers are expected before the release of "GTA IV" on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on October 16, 2007 and in Europe on October 19, 2007.

Here's the first screens from the trailer:

A New York, ahem, Liberty City sunset.

A New York, ahem, Liberty City sunset.

Five-patty Heart Stopper from Burger Shot, anyone?

Five-patty Heart Stopper from Burger Shot, anyone?

Maybe therell be renegade stock broker missions?

Maybe there'll be renegade stock broker missions?

The Chrysler building? Maybe not.

The Chrysler building? Maybe not.



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