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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Launch

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the grand-theft-dating-simulator dept.

Games 419

The first of this year's AAA titles has launched, and the first reviews are in. Gamespot, IGN, and OPM all have looks at the game, and it sounds great. If you want to keep track of the pool-shooting race track driving everything-under-one-roof extravaganza, the GameRankings page is available as well. When you play the game this week make sure and tune in to WCTR News to catch Anchorman Richard Burns, TV's Wil Wheaton. More seriously, reviews aren't the only thing the developers are looking for. Commentary regarding Take Two Interactive's slipping stock is available on CNN Money's Game Over.

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419 comments

Awesome! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634631)

I'm planning to run out to the store and steal it as soon as soon as I can, even if I don't own a Playstation 2.

And TV's Wil Wheaton? Excuse me! I think you mean Slashdot's Wil Wheaton [slashdot.org] ! Is he the first Slashdotter to do voicework for GTA?

Re:Awesome! (0, Troll)

Orgazmus (761208) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634643)

Why dont you just download it?
It has been online for a while :)

Re:Awesome! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634708)

No! Piracy is bad and wrong and sends you to hell. Stealing, however, is just fine.

Re:Awesome! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634751)

But, but... Piracy IS stealing!!

Re:Awesome! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634818)

> > No! Piracy is bad and wrong and sends you to hell. Stealing, however, is just fine.

> But, but... Piracy IS stealing!!

Technically yes, but only at sea, and even then only without a commission from a recognized sovereign nation.

+5 Funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634986)

"A pirate is one who robs or plunders at sea without a commission from a recognized sovereign nation. Pirates usually target other ships, but have also attacked targets on shore. These acts are known as piracy."

- from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/piracy

Mod parent up: +5 Funny!

Re:Awesome! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634826)

But, but... Piracy IS stealing!!

Yes. But do it like Robin Hood. Steal and give it to the poor (i.e. me) :)

Re:Awesome! (2, Funny)

jr87 (653146) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634783)

no he meant fark's Wil Wheaton :-P

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634869)

Where is the ASCII Goatse? I was told I would see an ASCII Goatse if I came to this Internet Page.

Re:Awesome! (3, Insightful)

Krypto420 (652140) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634879)

I'm planning to run out to the store and steal it as soon as soon as I can, even if I don't own a Playstation 2.

Why don't you just steal one of those while your at it? Sheesh!

Re:Awesome! (0, Redundant)

B1-66ER (794265) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634906)

Heheh

Re:Awesome! (4, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635014)

When you play the game this week make sure and tune in to WCTR News to catch Anchorman Richard Burns, TV's Wil Wheaton.

Dick Burns? Maybe Wil's spent too much time, uh, recovering health.

Re:Awesome! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635081)

Dick Burns? Maybe Wil's spent too much time, uh, recovering health.

You mean recovering from his penile burns?

New Features (3, Funny)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634635)

San Andreas introduces a host of new features that including eating food to survive...

Finally!

Re:New Features (2, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634667)

Eating food to survive? Did they get a bunch of ex-DIKU mud coders for this one or something?

At any rate, I've never played a GTA game. Is this one different enough to pay full price for, or would I get substantially the same gaming experience buying GTA3 or Vice City for less money?

Re:New Features (3, Interesting)

spoonyfork (23307) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634763)

Anti-social behavior aside, GTA3 is one of the best console games I've ever played. Stike that. I think the anti-social content in GTA3 makes it one of the best console games in recent history. It is truly a classic. You owe it to yourself to barrow a copy and drive around for a bit.

Vice City, while enjoyable, is just a variation on the theme. GTA is the rilla.

Re:New Features (5, Funny)

smclean (521851) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634951)

In diku muds you don't really die if you don't eat, you just lose the ability to regenerate your hit, movement, and mana points. Same with thirst.

God, did I really just bother pointing that out?

Re:New Features (2, Insightful)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634966)

Just wait 6 months. They'll release the $20 version. I can wait to get that one! (besides, despite getting to the end of GTA3, I've barely gotten ANYWHERE in GTA:VC...)

Re:New Features (1)

JavaLord (680960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634702)

San Andreas introduces a host of new features that including eating food to survive...

They don't mean new to gaming right? I can think of plenty of old RPG's that made you do this (the Early ultima's come to mind). What also comes to mind, is how annoying this was. No matter with GTA, all the fun in GTA is in putting in cheatcodes and randomly playing in the virtual crime sandbox. :)

Re:New Features (1)

Tenareth (17013) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635067)

Before one of my kids stepped on my Vice City CD, I actually had finished all but one event (The top level race), and had 3 tanks in different garages. It was a blast to be able to just run in, grab a tank and kill everything in your path.

Once you get the first tank, it's painfully easy to get more :)

Re:New Features (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634768)

What next? Have to run around the corner to pee? What does eating matter to a game like this? Pointless.

look 4 the "Hold on, I have to take a shit" patch (5, Funny)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634844)

n/t

Re:New Features (1)

oni (41625) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634849)

What does eating matter to a game like this?

I guess it's just something else to do to pass the time. You know, depth.

Re:New Features (2, Informative)

qlippoth (446729) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634898)

Taken from gamefaqs.com:

if you eat too much, you get fat. Eat too little, you go gaunt and lose stamina. Work out a lot early in the game to build up some nice guns and just go back every once in a while. Treadmills and the Stationary Bike remove fat and impove stamina, while a bench and dumbells just increase muscle. More muscle, more stamina, and less fat are all very good things. Work out in gyms and in dojos to improve your fighting,running,and biking abilities.

Re:New Features (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634926)

I guess it's just something else to do to pass the time. You know, depth.

So you are saying that they couldn't program enough depth in the game (as in missions, story line, etc) itself? Maybe they need to add an arcade in the game which the character can play on when the player is bored of the story line. I heard Dance Dance Revolution is good.

Re:New Features (1)

oni (41625) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635016)

So you are saying that they couldn't program enough depth in the game (as in missions, story line, etc) itself?

yeah, but lots of games have "just missions" I guess Rock Star is trying something new. I've never played any of the GTA games, I'm just saying that I'm not going to knock it until I try it.

Anyway, don't worry. I'm sure there is a cheat code in there that will let you turn it off.

Re:New Features (1)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634913)

"What next? Have to run around the corner to pee?"

Yes, but in this game if you pee on another guy's territory, "gangstas" will be on your ass so fast... it's a strategy game, you see?

Re:New Features (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634977)

Ah, I didnt realise it was gay porn.

DOOT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634638)

OMFG have you seen the GTA3:SA trailer it's like slow and it's telling you all the stuff you did in the first two then the music kicks in and and the gangster guy comes out and gets a gun the city is on fire and GG is like fuck this im gonna go beat up a whore and HE HAS SEX WITH ONE THE BEATS HER UP TO GET HIS MONEY BACK with angels singing and he lands on the good guys and that annoying prostitute lady is like GO GET EM TIGER! SOME CRAPPY STOCK MUSIC IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~`1 and theres less polys but rawkin bumb mappings you can view this on a special ps2 disk that comes with EB games store.

By Staos.

Gay as hell. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634639)

That shit sucks you fag.

cool! i wanna be a crip! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634640)

mmm gay dick and poo

Good indeed (0)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634641)

And it's already getting rave reviews from customers over here [amazon.com] .

Re:Good indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634665)

Yeah and Amazon reviews are always a great measure of how good something is. Nobody has ever abused that rating system.

Re:Good indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635053)

Yeah, and like ebgames.com [ebgames.com] they would never allow reviews before the game is even released.

Re:Good indeed (3, Insightful)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634831)

And it's already getting rave reviews from customers over here.

On Amazon, it almost certainly got numerous rave 'reviews' months before the code was actually completed.

fp (1)

kahuna720 (56586) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634642)

fp

ah but (-1, Offtopic)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634646)

ah but, think of all those features your car wont have if you're in the US: slashdot article on it [slashdot.org] :-P

Shoot a hooker! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634648)

First dead hooker post!

Which month is it? (5, Interesting)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634649)

It's the end of October, and you think that 'GTA 3.2' is the first of the year's AAA titles?

Meh.

Last one to the party (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634653)

Why is slashdot always the last to come out with news like this?

How long have we known that this game would be out on Oct. 26?

The editors should go looking for news instead of waiting for it to come to them.

Rally Driving? (5, Funny)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634669)

catch Anchorman Richard Burns

So we can finally drive world rally championship cars in GTA?

Re:Rally Driving? (1)

SavoWood (650474) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634961)

And I just spent my last mod points yesterday on a "Funny" posting when I could have created a whole new "Clever" moderation for this post. ;-)

Chances are I won't see mod points again for a few days, and by then, someone will realize who Richard Burns is and mod this "Insightful".

Damnitman...cursing the day...

Old news (-1, Offtopic)

russint (793669) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634670)

Re:Old news (1, Insightful)

d_jedi (773213) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634715)

Thanks for the link!
piracy@rockstar.com you go..

Re:Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634806)

Thanks for the link!
piracy@rockstar.com you go..

You're not the police and not here to help As5croft and Bush go after those "evil pirates". Mind your own business, facist.

Re:Old news (1, Insightful)

hollismb (817357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634963)

You're the dumbass that posted a link to a pirated game torrent on slashdot. You asked for it.

Re:Old news (2, Insightful)

Holi (250190) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635000)

Why shouldn't he report blatant piracy to the copyright owner.

I believe it's called "civic duty", something that has been long forgotten.

Re:Old news (1)

Manuscript Replica (307437) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634749)

that's vice city, retard

Anchorman Dick Burns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634672)

Umm... that's a urinary tract infection or worse, Wil. As a smart banker once said: do you trust your wife?

Study? (5, Funny)

Grayden (137336) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634698)

GTA: San Andreas, Halo 2, and Half-Life 2 all coming out within a short span?

Man my GPA is screwed.

I'm special (-1, Offtopic)

wicka_wicka (679279) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634709)

I'm probably the only person that doesn't care at all about GTA. The game is worthless.

Australia? (3, Interesting)

Pan T. Hose (707794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634710)

Is it legal to release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with its crime and violence apotheosis in Australia [slashdot.org] ? I hope so, but does anyone know any formal decisions and rationale?

Re:Australia? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635076)

I meta-mod as Unfair anyone who mods up Pan T Hose for any reason. Is it not obvious by now that this guy is a worthless troll? Why do some people feel the need to help build up someone's trolling account?

Not to mention... (1)

Johnny Fusion (658094) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634721)

Today G4/Tech Tv [g4techtv.com] is having a "GTA: San Adreas Day"

This is the one day I am glad Leo [leoville.com] is gone... if he weren't I'd be praying he takes a sick-day.

Where did I put that Bring Back Leo Petition... [petitiononline.com]

Hmm... (5, Insightful)

Sheetrock (152993) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634745)

Although I'm probably going to be right out there with the rest of you picking this up, am I the only one that's a bit concerned about seeing all the parents buying the game for their kids?

Supposedly the ESRB stuff is supposed to stop retailers from selling the game to people under 18, but I know that many parents don't have the time or the willpower to look into what media their children consume. And I know this series gets pretty bad, with things like picking up prostitutes, car theft, and massacre being rewarded in what some have termed a "pornography of violence".

As fun as the game is, maybe this is something that should be hidden behind the counter or maybe only sold in adult venues/online. We all know where to find it, and we're old enough not to be profoundly affected by murder simulations, but apparently there are still a bunch of chuckleheads out there that are completely unable to determine what's appropriate for their kids. And society pays the price.

I sure can't wait to play it, though.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634899)

If parents are buying it for their kids, what difference is putting it in adult-only venues going to make exactly?

Re:Hmm... (4, Insightful)

Maestro4k (707634) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634902)

  • Although I'm probably going to be right out there with the rest of you picking this up, am I the only one that's a bit concerned about seeing all the parents buying the game for their kids?
No you're not, I've seen the game and even as an adult find the level of language in this one to be disturbing. I'm not easily offended either, but the constant amount of cussing gets old fast. Even a lot of the NPC comments you hear going about the game world are more cuss-filled than in the last two GTA games. Perhaps it's authentic, but this is a case where I'd have liked a less-cussing option myself. I only saw it for a few hours and was already thinking that the mute button looked like a great idea.
  • Supposedly the ESRB stuff is supposed to stop retailers from selling the game to people under 18, but I know that many parents don't have the time or the willpower to look into what media their children consume. And I know this series gets pretty bad, with things like picking up prostitutes, car theft, and massacre being rewarded in what some have termed a "pornography of violence".
Well the ESRB is working as it should in that case. If parents aren't willing to check into the game before they buy it for the kid, it's certainly not the ESRB or Rockstar's fault. You have to blame the parent there, it doesn't take much time to look at the package and see M (Mature) on it, then flip it over to see the sub warnings (which I'm sure include violence, adult language, adult situations, etc.) I worked at a Wal-mart for a few years in Electronics and I'd always point out that a game was Mature to parents in case they didn't realize it. Some parents didn't know about the ratings system (which is amazing as it's posted on every freaking game case at Wal-mart) and when they asked what it meant and found out they'd put it back and tell the kids they had to pick something else. Some would say "I know, I don't care" and buy the game for their 6yo. (Quite literally I saw someone buy Vice City for their 6yo.)

But in any case there's a recent article that was in Computer Gaming World or Electronic Gaming Monthly one where they sent a young-looking 15yo kid into several stores to try to buy M rated games to see what happened. (They showed a picture of him, he looked about 12.) Some stores sold him M rated games without even blinking, others refused from the start. Unfortunately a lot of stores and/or employees don't even try to enforce the ESRB, providing fuel to the anti-gaming camp. :(

Re:Hmm... (1)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634908)

At some point people have to be responsible for their actions and realize that a game is just a game. A better question is if those who are buying and playing the game are more predisposed to violence than those who are not?

But it's damn tempting to squeeze in between those lanes of traffic just ahead, and to strafe those slackers in the minivan...

Re:Hmm... (3, Insightful)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634928)

This is exactly how the system should work. This way, parents make the choice about what their kids watch/read/play, and it's up to them to decide how informed a choice this should be. I think plenty of "parenting" is already done by the government and industry in stopping sales to minors, there shouldn't be any regulation on a parent purchasing a game for their child.

Re:Hmm... (3, Insightful)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634985)

No, I'm sure all kinds of conservatives are way overworked about parents letting their kids have this game. But they're also overworked about them telling their kids the truth about drugs, sex, etc., and yet wouldn't have any problem with them allowing their children to see The Godfather or the like.

If parents do their job passing their values in context and without sugar coating, then they can trust their children to make them, if not 'proud' then at least not ashamed. If parents simply say don't do this or that without addressing why they might want to in the first place, they're just asking for trouble.

"Behind the Counter" is definitely not the solution - games get the MA rating merely for language in today's world. How is that worse then, say, American Pie's PG-13 completely irresponsible attitude towards teenage sex? At least Fast Times at Ridgemont High showed some negatives. Of course, it had to cut out a frontal shot of a penis to not get an XXX rating. Heaven forbid girls see one before their wedding night!

Re:Hmm... (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634998)

Show me proof by someone that isn't biased towards banning any video game that is more adult than barny and that shows a trend of people who play video games are more violent. People being idiots and doing stupid stuff does not count. I and many people I know have been playing First Person Shooters since before we were 10 and have turned out better adjusted than many "normal" people I know. When you get that proof let me know and in the mean time quite trying to take away something that I like to do.

Sure I know the difference betweent a frag and killing someone in real life. People who are fraged come back. You won't.

Re:Hmm... (3, Insightful)

Osty (16825) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635046)

I know that many parents don't have the time or the willpower to look into what media their children consume.
As fun as the game is, maybe this is something that should be hidden behind the counter or maybe only sold in adult venues/online.

Because some parents can't be bothered to take an active role in their childrens' lives, we should increase the nanny state and "hide" items like GTA? I'm sorry, but no. Besides, you said it yourself that parents are buying this, so what would hiding it serve? All the parents know is that little Billy wants "Grand Theft Auto: Something Or Other", and they're just going to ask the store clerk for "that Grand Theft thing". Hidden behind the counter or not, the parent is still going to buy it.

If you really want to "think of the children," consider mandatory parenting classes for expecting families, free or low-cost birth control and abortions and sterilizations available to all, and incentives for sterilization ("You want an increase on your welfare check/a free country club membership/a large tax cut/a new car? Go get a vasectomy or tubaligation."). It's not my responsibility to parent the children of folks who should never have had kids in the first place, and I should not be punished for their inteptitude either (okay, hiding GTA behind a counter isn't much "punishment", but where do we stop?). That whole crap about taking a village to raise a child [east-harlem.com] is bullshit. It takes two parents that care what their children are doing, and are not afraid to punish them as necessary. Anything less, and those people should never have had children in the first place.

Best holiday season in gaming history (4, Insightful)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634750)

This is shaping up to be the best holiday season in gaming history, from a breadth of titles standpoint. Tons of great games for all kinds of systems (some which have been in development forever).

Halo 2
Metroid Prime 2
GTA: San Andreas
Half-Life 2
World of Warcraft

I've been playing for years, and this is the first holiday season I can truely say "Where am I going to find the time/money for all the good games?" Other years we've had one or two blockbusters, but this years there's a ton.

don't forget... (2, Informative)

MarcoAtWork (28889) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634847)

Knights of the Old Republic 2 (which, together with San Andreas and Halo 2) is one of the games I've been looking forward the most to.

I have to say that this year there are way better games coming out for consoles than for PCs, at least from a single player perspective.

Re:Best holiday season in gaming history (1)

hollismb (817357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634907)

Ghost Recon 2 comes out November 30th-ish too. Definitely on my must-have list.

Re:Best holiday season in gaming history (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634957)

I would have to agree. Never have I been anticipating this many good games...

Some games I plan on buying for sure:

GTA: San Andreas
Half-Life 2
World of Warcraft
Sid Meier's Pirates [atari.com] (Remake of the classic pirates!)

Re:Best holiday season in gaming history (1)

bludstone (103539) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635029)

You forgot to list the new Prince of Persia game.

Probably the 2nd most underrated game of 2003, after Beyond Good and Evil, which if you havnt played I suggest picking it up ASAP. I think its only 20$ new and a very _very_ brilliant game. (both titles made by the same folks, btw)

First AAA title? (4, Insightful)

chamblah (774997) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634753)

I don't think that GTA:SA is the first AAA title of the year(it is October).

A few titles immediately come to mind are Doom 3, Unreal Tournament 2004 and even Sims 2.

If you are meaning fist AAA title to come out for the console, you might be right. I don't follow console releases very closely. But I think that Fable probably fits into that area.

Please keep in mind that there are games that are released on the PC & Mac as well. Consoles are not the only gaming market out there.

Re:First AAA title? (1)

Maul (83993) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634871)

What constitutes AAA titles?

I think FF:CC, Four Swords Adventures, and Tales of Symphonia for the Cube are awesome. Doom 3 and Farcry for the PC both kick ass too.

Re:First AAA title? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634922)

Consoles are not the only gaming market out there.

If you go by sales, they might as well be.

Re:First AAA title? (1)

Bluejay42 (234007) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635058)

Doom 3 was definitely a AAA title for PC.

Madden 2005 and ESPN NFL 2K5 are considered some of the best console games ever (definitely AAA).

Burnout 3, a console game released last month, received incredible reviews.

GameRankings.com [gamerankings.com]

Halo 2 and Gran Turismo 4 are the next 2 anticipated killer console games for 2005.

Los Angeles - Compton (LAC) Add-on on its way! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634756)

If you think this is great, you should see the LAC Add-on, it offers simultaneous multiple weapons firing (two handed gang bang drive by style) and many other goodies! Due out in April (a buddy of mine is a designer at Rockstar Games).

But...? (-1, Offtopic)

BabyJaysus (808429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634760)

In the great scheme of things, this is all quite unimportant. The real question is the following:

Does it run on Linux?

Re:But...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634888)

How many PS2 games are you running on your Linux box?

Re:But...? (1)

gral (697468) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634889)

It's possible...

http://www.pcsx2.net/index.php

yay (4, Insightful)

ColonBlow (120356) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634794)

I got tired boning and killing the same old hookers.

Not just more of the same (5, Informative)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634825)

I've played it, and at first expected it to be just more beating the crap out of random passerby and screaming "Git' out tha car, byotch!" at the screen.

Fortunately, it isn't - I found the main game much more interesting than the previous two, so it'll probably have a longer play-life for me.

I have to admit being surprised that they've managed to keep it mostly fresh - it seems like people can't make a sequel without fucking up the mojo these days.

Cool! (2, Insightful)

d_jedi (773213) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634827)

Too bad it'll be several months till I'll be able to play it.. damn PS2 only releases!

GTA Source (4, Interesting)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634845)

I love the GTA series, and I keep thinking that it could be the next 'doom' if rockstar would open up the .exe source code for modders. Even if it was something older like GTA3, there is no end to what could be done with a game like this by the mod community.

Re:GTA Source (3, Interesting)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634896)

Well they might, but not for a while. San Andreas is technically GTA 3.2. They use the same GTA 3 engine. Think of Vice City and San Andreas as large expansion packs. Possibly when GTA 4 comes out on the new consoles with a new engine, they might open up the old code, since by then it won't be a big issue.

Re:GTA Source (2, Funny)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634934)

You could have GTA3:Grand Forks! And you replace the fast cars with tractors and cows! Think about it - you could be a "cattle rustler".

Re:GTA Source (3, Informative)

okayplayer (670828) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634935)

Those crazy modder don't need our help...

Multi-Theft Auto http://www.mtavc.com/ [mtavc.com]

So go play your online GTA and stop bugging us to change the opus that has been created.

Actually I've spent a couple of good hours on MTAVC and have enjoyed it... Personally I think the GTA series is what it is because of the stories. They work well with 1 "hero/villan" not with 40,000 of them running around causing chaos.

Started playing last night...best GTA ever! (3, Informative)

Flagellan (463714) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634862)

My local Game Stop started handing out pre-ordered copies last night. Well, I haven't had much sleep but I can lucidly say this game rocks! Huge environment, many many sub-games, really too much to take in overnight...maybe even over a week. Now if Bungie could just hurry up with Halo 2 and Valve with Half-Life 2...my year would be complete. Job...what job?

Wake me when the PC version ships... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10634865)

ZZZzzzz...

The mall was insane last night... (4, Interesting)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634938)

Happened to be in the local mall last night to find out GameStop and EBX were going to start selling at 8pm that night. There were roughly 3000 people waiting online between the two stores. I love GTA but yeesh, you think people would have better things to do, considering I walked right in this morning and picked up a copy.

Wait time for line losers= 5 hours

Wait time for me=5 minutes

Re:The mall was insane last night... (1)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635086)

Huh; must not be too many options where you live. I only waited 15 minutes, and there maybe 100 people tops. But this is at one store in one mall in Pittsburgh; I have no idea how the other store in the mall did or any of the other hundreds of stores around here.

Play time before you played = 5 hours; and that's only because I have a job and couldn't stay up all night. Of course, I work from home and snuck some in at lunch, but don't tell anyone!

Eating? (1, Funny)

KenwoodTrueX (825304) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634941)

LOL, you have to eat? Whats next, having to go the bathroom?=) AH MY BLADDER METER IS FULL!

Free Flat Screen HERE! [freeflatscreens.com]

PC version release date? (1)

TheFrood (163934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634975)

Can someone throw a bone to us non-console folks and tell us when the PC version is due out?

TheFrood

Re:PC version release date? (1)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635082)

Probably around the same time Rockstar has released the other two titles. Usually May of the year after. All things staying the same, I would venture a safe guess GTA:SA for PC will be released May 2005. Cheer up! It's only seven months away.

Goddamn Job! (2, Funny)

glowimperial (705397) | more than 9 years ago | (#10634982)

My roommate is playing this right now. And I am working what may be a 16 hour day. By the time I get home the controller is gonna be stuck to her hand and I won't get to play until she passes out from exhaustion.

Re:Goddamn Job! (3, Funny)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635092)

...I won't get to play until she passes out from exhaustion.

Well that all depends on what you want to play, doesn't it :D

PC and Linux versions? (1)

Muda69 (718162) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635009)

I see that GTA:SA is initially only being release on the PS2 platform. Anyone know the ETA on a PC and/or Linux version?

Come someone explain something to me? (0, Flamebait)

tsangc (177574) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635034)

When did Wil Wheaton become cool? Back when TNG ran, everyone I knew thought of him as some loser. Maybe it was the character, but Wil Wheaton was never anyone special.


Now whenever I see his name on Slashdot, I see everyone praising his hipness. Is it because he posts on Slashdot? Has a blog? Is a role model to countless nerd teenagers? I don't get it. Seriously.

hard to get excited (2, Interesting)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635066)

I played GTA3 on the PC and Vice City on the PS2 and loved them (Vice City in particular) but I'm getting a real "been there done that" vibe from this San Andreas. It sounds like they've just added more stuff to do on top of the same old shit and thrown new skins and voices onto the same old graphics engine.

There's such a thing as too much realism. I mean, who wants to eat and work out and ride a bicycle in a video game? I play games to feel like I'm doing something that I can't do in the real world, and between GTA3 and Vice City I've already done all the crazy shit that I wanted to do.

Finally, the early 90s L.A. setting isn't what I'd personally call fun. If GTA3 is comparable to The Sopranos and Vice City is like Miami Vice or Scarface, then San Andreas is like the LA gangsta scene and that wasn't fictional. Lots of young people really died in the places that movies like "Boyz in The Hood" were about. Yeah, eventually that gangsta rap stuff got to be cliche and Snoop Dogg is funny and all that but it all comes from a place where innocent people died. You can't say anything about Tony Montana is real other than there were Cuban cokeheads in Miami in the early 1980s.

The geek part of me says "ooh, shiny new game" but the rational side says "don't believe the hype."

Reaching out to Rockstar (4, Interesting)

DrXym (126579) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635071)

When you get around to porting this to the PC, please, please with a cherry on top sort out the frigging pedestrian / car behaviour.


In the previous two games you could stand still, do a 360 turn and pedestrians / cars who were visible a moment ago have been replaced with other pedestrians / cars. Such behaviour might be unavoidable in the PS2 version, but it's seriously annoying in the PC version.


There were some very dumb pathing issues too. A common thing in previous games was to stand under a bridge and watch as police etc., jumped straight off it to their deaths to get you. Or they would drive straight into the water etc.


It's amusing but it screws up some missions too. One mission had you rescuing your buddy from a scrap yard. I did that part and he followed me out. I ran across a bridge and turned around to see him fall straight into the water and drown. The pathing had him make a beeline straight for my character without checking whether he would drown in the process.


Still, GTA games are excellent, but that AI needs work.

weeeeeee (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635078)

I purchased the game last evening and played till wee hours of the morning. I love the game even though the graphics department fell short. I love that you can swim. I hate that i have to feed my character now and then lest he should lose his stamina.

I love the country-side and the fact you can outrace a car on your little BMX bicycle. I love the farm tractors and getting on the freeway (highway) with a lawnmower - that's what i just did for a good two hours - get on vehicles and drive around. There was this one place where my buddy was playing and CJ was on a hilly area and he rode the motobike straight into a advertising board and came out the other way with a "big hole" in the board - that was AWESOME!!!!

This game is pretty sweet :). Get yours today

The game is way beyond my expectations. (1)

Warlock7 (531656) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635089)

The game is great. I find it amazing that all the naysayers on this board, as usual, haven't tried it and are complaining about it without having done so. Typical and pitiful.

What was removed from the leaked copy? (2, Interesting)

DroopyStonx (683090) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635097)

I heard the retail version of this game is a dual-layer DVD.

However, the one that was "leaked" last week fits nicely on a plain ol' DVD-R. Odd thing, I've put a ton of hours into it and nothing seems missing. Textures are fine, music sounds great, and all the movies/cutscenes are there.

Does anyone happen to know exactly what the differences are?

(oh wait, I admitted to downloading a game, does that mean the moral crusaders are coming after me to mod me down?!)
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