Posts Tagged ‘grand-theft-auto-iv’

Release Dates Aplenty

September 19, 2008

This past week, due to school, I was unable to frequently post, causing me to miss out on some big release date announcements. While I have been shifting from class to class, most people have been finding out when SackBoy will be running, jumping, and sacking into our hearts. The complete mini-rundown is below.

Mirror’s Edge: EA’s parkour-esque, free-running spectacular will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11th. It is rumored that the PC release date has been delayed, considering that it was conveniently left out. A demo for the game will be out before launch, and PS3 owners can expect exclusive DLC, which is a relief compared to the next announcement.

Grand Theft Auto IV (360 DLC): Microsoft confirmed that the “exclusive episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV will be available on Xbox 360 starting fall 2008.” Fall has already started, so we might be continuing Niko Bellic’s epic adventure soon.

LittleBigPlanet: Anxious gamers will finally be able to make their own SackBoys and levels on October 21st. The game that might convince me to buy a PS3 is out in almost a month; I better start scraping some cash together.

Prince of Persia: On December 2nd, the cel-shaded, AI-redefining chapter in the Prince of Persia series will be in stores. The game will be out on 360, PS3, and PC, alongside a DS counterpart, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King.

Wii Music: The game that brought us all ear aches at E3 2008 will be flying onto shelves and into the homes of North American five-year-olds, on October 20th. If you want your games to be more like toys, Wii Music might be for you!

EA’s Bid Deadline For Take-Two Will Not Be Extended

August 19, 2008

Electronic Arts’ $2 billion offer for Take-Two Interactive has come to an end, and the deadline wasn’t extended. Right now, EA’s John Riccitiello and T2’s Strauss Zelnick are talking things over, and it’s unknown how the situation will progress. Michael Pachter, of Wedbush Morgan Securities, said that no matter what, “A deal is going to get done.”

Stories like this prove that the gaming industry isn’t a land of happiness where everyone involved gets to play games all day, every day; it’s a business. EA needs T2 to compete with gaming behemoth Activision Blizzard, but, like I said, this is a business.

EA, of course, wants to offer less money, considering that they can no longer combine forces for the holiday season, a time when most revenue is accumulated, and because T2’s shares have fallen 4%. On the other hand, T2 wants a better offer due to their list of valuable upcoming games (in their opinion). A deal will eventually happen, but I predict it will be next year since EA will not be able to take advantage of Grand Theft Auto IV’s estimated high sales this holiday.

Via Reuters

Thai Teenager Kills Cab Driver

August 4, 2008

An 18-year-old teenager confessed to robbing and murdering a taxi cab driver. The teen admitted that he was a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series and that it caused him commit the crime. Chief investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak claims, “He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game.” The 54-year-old cab driver died from stab wounds.  

During questioning, police found no evidence of mental problems, but one can only imagine if he was using the video game as an excuse. The alleged murderer claimed he did not want to kill the driver, but he reacted when he fought back. He was finally arrested after he was seen backing out of a street. Currently, the high school student is pending further investigation and a trial, but if found guilty, he will be sentenced to death by lethal injection.

Jack Thompson, attorney and activist, is an avid Grand Theft Auto hater. Most gamers hate Thompson because of his outrageous and sometimes completely incorrect comments. He is currently going through disbarment proceedings after making slanderous false statements. While I do agree that his previous actions are deserving of a disbarment, I believe this is one area where he’d be right. A young man plays a game, that’s meant to be entertainment, and loves it so much that he wants to act it out. These behaviors are just morbid and shameful to the gaming industry. I have fun playing Grand Theft Auto IV, but once you turn it into a reality, there’s no more fun.

Thai distributors are discontinuing sales of the game, because of this terrible situation. Sakchai Chotikachinda, sales and marketing director of New Era Interactive Media, said that they “are sending out requests to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves.” I’m not surprised by this, and I feel it’s an appropriate reaction. My deepest condolences for the family of the cab driver.

via Reuters

GTA IV DLC Might Take a While

June 30, 2008

I have some potentially bad news for all GTA IV owners who are anticipating the quick release of DLC. There could be quite a delay before it actually comes out. Michael Hollick, voice and motion capture actor of Niko Bellic, was featured on ign’s weekly podcast, GameScoop. Daemon Hatfield from the IGN Nintendo team asked “So, there’s episodic content coming for GTA IV; have you already recorded those parts, or do you have to go back and hit those?” Hollick replied “I have not. Yeah, I have not. I’m not sure exactly, you know, what is involved or if Niko’s involved or anything like that.”

This doesn’t mean that DLC won’t be out soon, because no one, except for Rockstar, knows what content is going to be released. If Niko isn’t involved in the DLC then this would all be disregarded. Perhaps a new weapons or vehicle pack will be released. I think we can all rest assured that Rockstar will deliver with what’s to come.