GTA 4 == Up iN yO gRiLL!


What will GTA 4 bring? Of course all the usual violence and thuggery which seduced the hearts of millions of gamers across the world, but is that enough? Sure, sowing my wild oats with a $2 dollar whore in the back seat of my stolen Infernus or Banshee is enriching. So is the dignified drive-by shooting at the local community center. But what really interests me is the idea of something new and innovative. GTA 3 was a titan of innovation and every release since then has either improved what was started in GTA 3 or dressed the game up in a veil of gimmickry hoping to squeeze every last cent out of the franchise. But enough about the lack of innovation *cough* San Andreas *cough fart*, what will GTA 4 have to offer?

Some of the highlights from the IGN preview:

  • Natural Motion Tech – An AI based physics system that improvises characters motions. Unlike pre-canned animations, characters will improvise things like flying out of cars and falling off buildings.
  • Cover System – A Gears of War fan’s wet dream.
  • New combat mechanics – You can now target different parts of the body. Bring on the headshots!
  • Online Play

There is, among other things, a new drive-by targeting system that allows you to aim freely and new camera mechanics which make driving more smooth and cinematic.

Overall I think the new GTA 4 has the germ of greatness. The cover system should add depth to the combat that has been lacking in previous GTA releases and Natural Motion Tech and improved camera mechanics will make the game easy on the eyes. It might be unrealistic to expect the innovation of GTA 3 but I think Rockstar will provide the next best thing; solid combat, a diverse environment, excellent graphics, and a rewarding story.


One Response to “GTA 4 == Up iN yO gRiLL!”

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Stanley

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