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Grand Theft Auto IV

3 years ago

Feature: Mass produced murder

Decoding: open world games and killing by default

Decoding is a regular column about the games we love, and the tricks and traditions that make them tick. “Oh shit, I pressed the wrong button and killed that guy.” It happens to the best of us. You could play Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for days without firing a gun, or causing a fatal traffic accident, or beating someone to death with a billiard…

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4 years ago

Feature: Not as good as this classic film I like

The Gamechangers And Showing Creativity

On Tuesday night, the BBC aired The Gamechangers, their one-off drama about the making of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and the court cases brought against Rockstar Games by US lawyer Jack Thompson. This seems like rich subject matter, but the results proved a disappointment in nearly every way. Other people have already written accurate reviews and rounded up what Rockstar and former GTA developers…

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5 years ago

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Have You Played… Grand Theft Auto IV?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I've fallen for Grand Theft Auto IV a dozen times in a dozen different ways. Only the first period of time spent with it was concerned with making headway through the miserable singleplayer missions, and that ended with the bleakness and grind became…

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Feature: From The Archive

Of Crime And The City In Thief, Dickens And GTA

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam's 2012 article singing the praises of videogame cities which are more than mere reconstruction, but are built from the bricks and mortar of ideas. I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored…

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Feature: From The Archive

Fantastic Cartography: Why Videogame Maps Matter

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam's celebration of videogame cartography, from cloth maps to digital records of procedural worlds. This article was first published in 2011. Some of my earliest memories of gaming are not of the games themselves but of the things that came bundled…

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6 years ago

Feature: A Column Title Pun I Will Regret

Total Converts: How To Go Walking In Grand Theft Auto IV

Total Converts is a new weekly column about mods, maps, models, and anything player-created which you can use to amend or append your games. I stopped playing Grand Theft Auto IV's missions at the moment where they became too objectionable and turgid to continue. I started to enjoy playing Grand Theft Auto IV almost immediately afterwards, when I began to experiment with the mods available…

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8 years ago

Feature: A Tale of Two Taffers

Outside Influences: Of Crime And The City

I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored made me think about how much I miss Looking Glass. Put the two together and this happens. Join me in a meandering word-search for cohesion and theme in the use of the city across Thief, and the selected works of Rockstar and Charles Dickens. Be warned, there are spoilers…

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The GTA V Trailer Features Cars, Guns

A successful videogaming franchise is to see another installment! I know, whoever would have believed it? Whether Rockstar's ever-exciting but nauseatingly over-speculated-about latest drive'n'shoot'thumper is going to be on PC as well as the toyboxes is something I don't know at present, because I am writing these words 39 minutes in the past. You, however, are reading them 39 minutes into my future, and may…

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Feature: On Exactitude In Fiction

Fantastic Cartography: Memories And Maps

Some of my earliest memories of gaming are not of the games themselves but of the things that came bundled in the box with them. Whether it was a hefty manual, full of lore and encyclopaedic listings, or a little extra something. Most of my games don't even come in boxes anymore, although sites such as Steam Covers can help to keep the physical alive.…

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Feature: Mod News

Mods And Ends: Grand Theft Auto IV

What to say about Rockstar? They’ve made me gnash my teeth in anguish this week by stating, to nobody’s surprise, that Red Dead Redemption is unlikely to grace my PC, your PC or anyone else’s PC. But they are giving us LA Noire. They finally got round to releasing Grand Theft Auto IV but there were technical issues and beyond them it needed a monstrously…

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9 years ago

GTA4: Something To Marvel At

Mods! They let people cleverer than I add things to games that the original developers never even dreamed of. Take this (beta) playable Iron Man mod for GTA4, for example. The model has been taken from Marvel vs Capcom 3, and cleverly shoved into Liberty City. Paired up with iCEnhancer mod for extra pretties, and a Superman mod for Supermanification, you've got an attempt at…

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The GTFO GTA Graphics Mod

Today is a bad day not to already have sixteen gigabytes of Grand Theft Auto IV already installed on your hard drive. Why? Because if, like me, you don't you're going to have to wait half a day to download it before you can look at the following incredi-mod yourself. Can it possibly live up to this wonderful, beautiful video? I want to know -…

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All Of The Lights: Vice City In GTA IV

Let's face it - the next GTA game, rumours of which currently have consoleland all a-flutter, ever arriving on PC is pretty unlikely. Red Dead Redemption never made it this way (something I rue enormously), there's no news of LA Noire doing it either, and Rockstar probably weren't super-happy about the scathing reaction to the belated, bloatware-afflicted PC version of GTA IV. Bah. Bah, I…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 3/5

Our assembly of the definitive list of the most important PC games of the last 150 years continues! On Monday Dr Rossignol talked us through his first instalment, with an eye for first-personly shoot-games. Yesterday saw a guest lecture from Professor John Walker detailing another fifth of our unambiguous inventory. What classics will we cover today? Ah! We must remember our manners. First, let us…

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Toxic Avenger: The 90 Min GTA IV Movie

Two years for a little less than two hours: those are the numbers behind The Trashmaster, a feature-length machinima flick made entirely using GTA IV PC and its video tools. Owing a hard-to-miss debt to Scorsese and likely to be pulled from the internet by the Rolling Stones' copyright lawyers any day now, this veritable labour of love is the flashy, violent tale of a…

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10 years ago

GTA4 Patch Calls Time On Social Club (App)

A hefty GTA4 patch has been released, which promises less-memory intensive (and better looking) shadows and performance boosters and... oh, this is minor, but splendid patch stuff. What makes this posting is what the patch actually removes. As in, the Rockstar Social Club application is no longer necessary to play the game - you log in on a web interface without another program sitting there…

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Happening: Liberty City Episodes On PC

The Almighty K has news that Rockstar intend to release Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, the double pack that includes standalone adventures The Ballad Of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned, which were both release to the Xbox in 2009. The release will happen in March, and the pack will cost about $40. I've not played either of these, so I can't…

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11 years ago

GTA IV Gets Cinematic

Rockstar, in preparation for the PC release of GTA IV on 2nd December, have released some sample movies to show off the in-game video editor. And they've gone bonkers. Clearly a dream for the machinima crowd, the in-built tool will let you create your own mini-movies, which will then be shared on the Rockstar Social Club site.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 Inbound For PC

Grand Theft Auto 4 is set to appear on our boxy electronic workhorses on the 18th of November (21st in Europe, mysteriously). I wonder how many of you will be getting this on PC? Did anyone miss out on the consoles and actually wait for the PC version? I'd find it hard to argue against this being one of the best games this year, and…

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