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Poll: Would you want the map open or sectioned off from the start? (621 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you want the map open or sectioned off from the start?

  1. Open. I'd like to be able to go anywhere from the start. (167 votes [28.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.11%

  2. Closed. I prefer playing through one section at a time. (340 votes [57.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.24%

  3. It doesn't matter. (87 votes [14.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.65%

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#31

Posted 11 June 2007 - 03:44 PM

An open map would be more realistic, but its fun you beat a mission and unlock a new island.

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#32

Posted 11 June 2007 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE (Xcommunicated @ Jun 11 2007, 15:44)
I suppose it's worth slapping a poll on this topic since this question hasn't come up in a long time.


I'll have to say it doesn't matter. I guess it was always kinda cool to unlock a new section in the past round of GTAs, but I could see how it might be necessary to leave it all open if the gameplay and story need it to be open to work.

hey! who told you to make it a "poll"!!

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#33

Posted 11 June 2007 - 03:51 PM

Closed, I like unlocking stuff. I'd like it to stay like in SA though, where you can enter the other parts of the map, but you'll get cops (or alternatively some hit men or something similar) after you. I guess it's rather unrealistic, but how can you not love exploring while being chased...!

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#34

Posted 11 June 2007 - 03:56 PM

i like the idea of accomplishing or having to do something before new areas are open. in my case it's like - if everything is open, i can't help myself, i race thru the game without actually enjoying it. since i'm unable to slow myself down, i need r* to do it for me.

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#35

Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:08 PM

Closed. I like the rewarding feeling you get each time you unlock an area. Also the game dosen't seem overwhelming when you first start because your limited to just one area and as a result you actually get to really learn that area before moving on as opposed to the game sending you to areas all over the map from the start.

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#36

Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:11 PM

second that

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#37

Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:21 PM

Definetly closed. Like many of you have mentioned, it's almost like a reward to go to another area after a lot of missions of you wondering "Oh my god, this could be it, I might get to go to that place just across the water".

I think that Niko's gonna start off in Broker (specifically Hove Beach) and then eventually end up in Alderney. Not only that, but you guys have to remember that R* has never done five different sections before, so some of the area-blocking stories may get old, fast.

I think that Niko's not going to be able to go to certain areas because of his status as an immigrant, and the whole terrorist thing. He would get off and have to stay with relatives (Roman) until he gains access to other parts of the city, ending up able to go to another state (Alderney). Being R*, they would really kick up the "protection against terrorists, Patriot Act" thing a notch, spoofing it in a way.

Another way is to cut off the boroughs by other means. Maybe the only way to get to Dukes is the train, maybe Algonquin by the bridge, perhaps Alderney by ferry.

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#38

Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:39 PM

I think you should be able to pick which one you want, open or closed - within the menu. I'd pick closed. It makes the game more exciting and profound for me.

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#39

Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:53 PM

Open. If you want to only explore one area at a time do it, but leave the rest of the city for the rest of us to explore. In keeping with R*'s "naturalistic" theme, it seems gimmicky (and outdone) that all the boroughs would be quarantined from each other. When an immigrant comes to the country, they don't keep them locked in a small area of a city, they hand them papers and a green card and send them off.

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#40

Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:55 PM

Ill say closed because what always got me through a hard mission sometimes was that I new if I beat it there would be more islamds unlocked and it shows that I worked for somthing. If the map was already unlocked then it would be boaring because you wouldnt have anything to look forward to during missions.

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#41

Posted 11 June 2007 - 05:05 PM

I'd prefer it if it stayed closed like past GTA's, then when you gte to a new area you get a buzz out of it as it's your first time there without a big line of police behind you.

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#42

Posted 11 June 2007 - 07:42 PM

closed, i remember how on saints row, i wouldnt go to the top island until i completely taken out one gang.

it'd feel like an acheivement

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#43

Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:07 PM

Gives you soemtihng to aim for throughout the game, and you get all excited when you get to a big long mission like.

'Ooooh, The next island here i come!'

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#44

Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:18 PM

Closed.
I like GTA games to really last, and always discover something new along the way.

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#45

Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:02 PM

yeah and having five different parts should be really make this exciting. Definitely closed for me. I wouldn't be able to handle having that opportunity right from the begining.

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#46

Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:04 PM

Yes, i will vote closed as wel. It also allows for getting to know the city alot easier and remembering what roads go where.

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#47

Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:18 PM

i think a good way to close some areas at the beggining would be a virus that would lead the gov to quarantine some areas...

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#48

Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:22 PM

hahah
reason for closed bridges the TB guy is residing in one of them and the government doesn't know which one so they have quarantined all of them

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#49

Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:29 PM

Doesn't matter to me, but I imagine Rockstasr will have a system that doesn't actually block you out from the environment, but possibly things will dicsourage you from entering them. Things like enemy gang presence, intensified cop heat, and shady neighborhoods come to mind.

But for sure I'm going to take everything in slowly regardless, block by block.

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#50

Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:35 PM

QUOTE (beanmachine43 @ Jun 11 2007, 17:29)
Doesn't matter to me, but I imagine Rockstasr will have a system that doesn't actually block you out from the environment, but possibly things will dicsourage you from entering them. Things like enemy gang presence, intensified cop heat, and shady neighborhoods come to mind.

But for sure I'm going to take everything in slowly regardless, block by block.

Yes - discourage me, don't prevent me.

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#51

Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:09 PM

Closed because when you beat the missions and unlock the next island, you get like a reward.

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#52

Posted 12 June 2007 - 11:53 AM Edited by Insane_Stunt_Guy, 12 June 2007 - 11:59 AM.

Closed is the way to go.
Hopefully Rockstar sees it that way. It seems this decision will be made when the game testers finally get there hands on GTA4.
The majority o people on this topic are saying closed so lets hope the game testers are normal "gamers" and see it that way too.

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#53

Posted 12 June 2007 - 12:29 PM

Closed for sure. Mainly because I am use too that and it gives me something too play for. It also makes me explore the current island/borough that I am at. Like for example if the map was open I would go too the coolest place and hang their but if it is closed I will explore the place I am at too every last pavement and then when the next area is open I will know the last are off by heart and then I will come too this new place which I will explore my nutter off like as if I just got GTA IV for the first time again.

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#54

Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:01 PM Edited by krashdown, 12 June 2007 - 03:10 PM.

Id like it to be closed, But only for Niko because he is an immigrant and was smuggled into the country, There could be checkpoints where they search your car before you can cross to the other parts of the city because the government is trying to deport you. And for whatever reasons you can't pass into other areas until you pass a certain stage in the game like other GTAs.

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#55

Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:20 PM

Closed. I mean, if it were open, there would be alot of exploring to do, but come on. That would get boring fast. When it's closed you feel like you've unlocked something special.
Look at spiderman. You could go anywhere from the start. It got boring real fast, didn't it?



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#56

Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:44 PM

I think they will block access from the start. Remember they are going to have hints of terrorism in the game. This could be used to explain the blocked access and be used through-out the storyline.

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#57

Posted 30 June 2007 - 07:33 AM

judging by the trailer i have got the idea that it will be open

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#58

Posted 30 June 2007 - 07:47 AM

@krama: Yet, the question is 'What do you prefer?'

@on-topic: Honestly, I voted for 'Doesn't Matter'. If I had to choose, I'd choose Closed, simply because (like many others) I love the feeling when I realise I've unlocked something. It's like playing a completely new game.

And, considering the fact that each area in San Andreas featured a full 'city', you can imagine how jiggly I was!

I'm gonna take it slowly, ped by ped, block by block, car by car, road by road, etc.

Also, don't forget, there are street names in Liberty City! While we're learning our way around, we can also learn by using street names, which will help a lot.

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#59

Posted 30 June 2007 - 07:58 AM

The map should definately be closed, one of the great feelings of accomplishment you get when you play the game is when you unblock a new area, if it were to be open, then such an accomplishment wouldn't be possible.

Im sure Rockstar are creative enough to think of a suitable realistic reason to why there are blocked areas.

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#60

Posted 30 June 2007 - 08:01 AM

just remember the question is what do you prefer open or closed

not how fast youre going to take it

and its not about street names

so my post was more relivent than yours

p.s do you want me to repost my fisrt reply in the other topic about this just to keep you happy




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