At Bloody Last Special: GTA 4, For PC

I miss you, DMA.

Yes, it’s actually coming out, on November 18th (or 21st in Europe). On one hand, it’s a shame, as it kills a good conspiracy theory in the head – though now does make me wonder why they haven’t given us Bully yet. On the other hand, it’s awesome, as it’s GTA4… on the PC. It’s genuinely a lovely game and it makes me a tad depressed I bought a year’s worth of Gold Membership for the 360 so I could play it multiplayer, and now I’m just going to play it on the PC instead.

That’ll teach me, eh?


  1. cqdemal says:

    *insert one million smileys here*

  2. THX-1138 says:

    Wonder if there will be a Multi Theft Auto for this one, I mean, the existing multiplayer is good, but MTA:SA had a level editor and some of the most fun races I’ve ever played.

  3. Rob Lang says:

    I’ve just written off December and booked a divorce for January. Expect to see stories of ‘Man found dead in front of PC’.

  4. Diogo Ribeiro says:

    I was hoping for Bully but I guess I can’t be disappointed GTAIV is coming to the PC :)

  5. Abe says:

    I suspect they didn’t port Bully because Bully didn’t make enough money.

    The PC has become the trade paperback of the games industry.

  6. caramelcarrot says:

    So how are they going to do the new analog driving on keyboard?

  7. Zâv says:

    I’ll be disappointed if Left 4 Dead doesn’t hold my interest for more than two weeks. Not that this isn’t good news; I just have priorities.

  8. Adam Hepton says:

    Bully was ace, but noone bought it. Except me, who bought it on PS2 first and then on Wii just for the extra bits. /me is a loser.

  9. Irish Al says:


    Not to mention the new cover system with WASD – mouse …

  10. Nero says:

    Good to finally have a date on this one.

  11. lukasz says:

    Wonder whether it will be released via steam? All GTA games are on it so *fingers crossed*

  12. CrashT says:

    I have to ask because it’s been bugging me recently, but am I possibly the only person who simply gets bored of the GTA games very quickly?

  13. mooey poo says:

    It won’t be as good as Trackmania.

  14. Dexton says:

    Finally the PC games 2008 draught looks like it is going to end. WAR next month, Fallout 3 after that then GTA4 after that. Like buses.

    @CrashT I got bored of GTA3 and San Andreas very quickly but I still remember Vice City as one of my favourite PC games. Lets see how the missions and the story hold up in GTA4, the sandbox stuff I get bored of pretty quickly.

  15. RichPowers says:

    Wowowow Vice City is on Steam for $9.99! Why the hell didn’t I know this sooner!? *throws more money Valve’s way* Washed-out colors and 80s music, here I come!

  16. Irish Al says:

    @Crash T

    Not at all, they are very much a love ’em/hate ’em thing I think. What I love most about them is the modelling of a real, working city environments, which is unsurpassed in gaming. GTA even more so since it finally, finally has a modern graphics engine. The missions are pretty much the same old same old, I just do them to unlock cars and new areas and then I go sandboxing.

  17. CrashT says:

    Irish AI:
    The sandbox element generally never holds much appeal for me, at least not in terms of just going off and doing what I want. I played Crackdown and that seemed to do the whole thing better, if only because each time I went off and caused chaos I was actually gaining something as a character, so that the next time I could cause even more chaos.

    I enjoyed GTA3 because there was often several different ways to complete each mission but the more story-centric subsequent GTA games have become, the more restricted the mission requirements are and the less interesting they become.

  18. Leeks! says:

    Personally, I really liked the missions in IV. They had the emotional coherence of a modern epic crime film like Heat or the Departed. It’s the first GTA I can remember playing because I wanted to see what happened next, and not just to unlock new areas.

  19. Jim says:

    I’m a total sucker for physics and realistic damage models, so GTA4 is my favourite so far, sure it’s not as fun when doing the missions, but smashing in to a sidewalk full of bins, boxes and phone booths in slow motion is amazing. I am hoping the PC version will offer more camera control as well as replays like the other 3D GTA’s.

  20. Nimic says:

    The second half of 2008 could be a fantastic, erm, second half of a year, for PC gaming. GTA4, Spore, L4D, etc.

  21. Pavel says:

    Stalker Clear Sky, Witcher EE, FarCry 2, GTA4, Left4Dead…

    Yeah, PC is dead alright.

  22. RichPowers says:

    Nimic, but PC gaming is dead! Can’t you see that!? ;)

  23. Simon Jones says:

    Marvellous! With luck it’ll run nice and smoothly, too. The ps3 version we have at work has a woefully low framerate…

  24. Subject 706 says:

    Can anyone who has played GTA IV tell me if it is REALLY that good? I tend to take console reviews of 10/10 with a grain of salt. A pretty huge grain.

  25. Jim says:

    Rockstar says it will feature ‘Extended Multiplayer’ I wonder if it’s the same stuff that will be in the DLC for Xbox?

    Either way, all the cash I put aside for the DLC is now going to the PC version. If people can mod this, then it’ll be amazing. I always wanted a co-op mod against zombies (That isn’t Left for Dead – I refuse to use the 4).

  26. spd from Russia says:

    come on, are there any true gamers who havent played it already? maybe those who cant afford x360? but then they prolly wont have a good enough pc to run it anyway. Thus the sales will be unimpressive and the publisher will moan and blame piracy etc…

  27. Fumarole says:

    I haven’t played it yet. Must not be a true gamer.

  28. Deuteronomy says:

    Nice troll spd.

  29. Ed says:

    I’m a member of the Multi Theft Auto team (as eAi). Regarding Multi Theft Auto for GTA IV we haven’t discussed it, but we’ll have to see. Many of us have moved on somewhat, we’ve been doing MTA since GTA 3 and it’s somewhat worn us out ;)

    That said, if it looks feasible, we may, but R* have likely made IV much harder to hack after the Hot Coffee incident…

    “spd”: I’d say I’m a ‘true gamer’. I know every GTA game back to front, both technically and otherwise. I probably know as much about how GTA works in a technical sense as anyone outside R*. I’ve invested most of my free time for the last 4 years in GTA hacking. With all that said, I haven’t played GTA4. I almost considered buying an xbox 360 but decided it just wasn’t worth it. I could afford one, but paying £250+ to play one game seems somewhat stupid – I dislike most of the other big xbox360 games – Halo, GoW etc.

    GTA:SA is the only game I’ve ever gone to the shop on day 1 and bought.

  30. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    True gamers are the ones who spend over 150 quid to play a single game? Exceedingly rich gamers, maybe!

  31. Simon Jones says:

    I think we can assuredly say that anybody who uses the term ‘true gamer’ seriously can be safely ignored.

  32. kadayi says:

    Great news. I was predicting this from the start despite the naysayers and their various wacked out conspiracies. I figured November would be the right month as well, as it will end out Take 2s financial quarter quite nicely.

  33. slang says:


    Haha, that’s a good one. Nah, really…if you’re really from Russia you would know that the only way to bring good ol GTA to the masses is giving them a (subtitled) PC version.
    Same goes for the rest of Eastern Europe btw…

  34. Geoff says:

    I always hated GTA 3 and its sequel/expansions. The controls irritated me and I just couldn’t see the great appeal in the actual gameplay. But between the gushing reviews and a couple friends telling me “don’t worry, they fixed all that”, I gave GTA 4 a shot, and I think it’s fantastic.

    It helps that I lived in NYC for four years, so I can better appreciate the amazing recreation they’ve done – seriously a work of art in itself. But the game also feels better control wise, and is more interesting and entertaining. If you can spare the time and money to give it a shot, I think it’s worth it, even if you hated GTA 3 like I did.

  35. Turin Turambar says:

    I liked GTA3.. when it was called GTA! (1)

  36. Charlie says:

    I found the characters and acting etc. in GTA4 a bit dull to be honest. Much preferred Vice City but thats not to say GTA4 was bad, just dissapointing.

    I love a good bit of sandbox but GTA4 didn’t really have anything interesting to discover or do in it. I found this with San Andreas aswell, the world was just dull. Vice City ftw!

    I’m really pleased about this though! One of the worst things about GTA4 was the horrible graphics and frame rate. So gonna have to get this! Though I’m a bit pissed off coz I will be going into GAME and trading in GTA4 for GTA4 hehe!

  37. Subject 706 says:

    Was that comment aimed at me? Rest assured, I can easily afford an Xbox 360 – but I don’t want one, since there are very few games on it that interest me. Those that do, often come out for the PC, so I get them anyway.

    Unlike some sad souls in the world, I have no need to instantly get every hyped game, especially since I usually end up with a rather long backlog of games I need to finish. Even though I only game on my supposedly ‘dead’ platform.

  38. propanol says:

    GTA4 was an improvement, but degrades halfway from a semi-serious crime drama with the air of something like Heat to what you’d expect out of a GTA-title — an immature ultra-violent over-generalization.

  39. Charlie says:

    Gah don’t mock me! I bought Mass Effect, Gears of War, AND GTA4 on 360. I really should have patience :(

  40. Geoff says:


    I’ll second that. I actually enjoyed the 2D overhead GTA quite a bit, though not enough to actually complete most of it.

  41. Real Horrorshow says:

    August 29, 2008 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
    August 31, 2008 Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
    September 7, 2008 Spore
    September 16, 2008 Crysis Warhead
    September 16, 2008 Witcher: Enhanced Edition, The
    September 23, 2008 Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
    September 30, 2008 Rise of the Argonauts
    October 1, 2008 Far Cry 2
    October 1, 2008 Project Origin
    October 7, 2008 Fallout 3
    October 14, 2008 Saints Row 2
    October 21, 2008 Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    October 28, 2008 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    November 11, 2008 Call of Duty: World at War
    November 11, 2008 Mirror’s Edge
    November 17, 2008 Left 4 Dead
    November 18, 2008 Prince of Persia
    November 18, 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV

    Yeah PC is deader than a door nail.

  42. Ed says:

    I think theres certain people who _want_ pc gaming to be dead… If the games are on Steam, I’ll buy them!

    I’m getting: Spore, Crysis Warhead (maybe), Witcher (if well reviewed), Far Cry 2, Red Alert 3, Mirror’s Edge, Left 4 Dead and GTA IV.

    Going to be a busy few months! Let’s hope we hear about HL2:EP3 soon, I’m guessing there’s another year till we see that.

  43. Putter says:

    @Real Horrorshow – Damn, that’s an exhaustive list. And I would bet there are fewer than 5 of those games that I won’t have at some point.

    I should mention that when GTAIV had a rating put up on the ESRB website, I hear there was a Bully: Scholarship Edition rating up aswell. I didn’t see it with my own eyes, but I heard about it a few hours after I bought Bully for PS2 last week :|.

  44. Alex McLarty says:


    More hobos and fire for me.

  45. kadayi says:

    @Real Horrorshow

    GJ on this list. November is looking like it’s going to be a complete financial nightmare, with ME, L4D and GTAIV all within a week of each other. Gah.

  46. Deuteronomy says:

    Financial fucking nightmare.

  47. UncleLou says:

    All these games within a few months.

    And what’s been out in the last 5 months, and in the next few weeks? Well, Mass Effect. Publishers will be publishers, I guess.

  48. Chris R says:

    I better start saving for all those games I want to purchase… holy crap. The last quarter of this year is going to be amazing.

  49. Xyzzy says:

    So many games, so little money and/or graphics power. Back to play GTA: SA on my Geforce 6150 for me!

  50. Charlie says:

    Saints Row2 on pc? Yeah! Another game I don’t have to get on 360.

    I’m quite excited bout it, now all the GTA4 hype has gone I think it actually looks like it could be more fun….

    I would like to emphasise the ‘could be’….