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nikolajz1

Reiner GTA IV Q&A

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nikolajz1

This is my first post I hope everyone enjoys the article!

 

Game Informer Unlimited:

 

Few games can grab attention like Grand Theft Auto. After we revealed our cover and the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto went live, the internet turned into a feeding frenzy. Everyone began to speculate on what the game is and will be. Executive Editor Andrew Reiner, one of the only people outside of

Rockstar to see GTA IV in action, sits down and answers select questions sent

 

in by you, the readers.

 

Kobe Asks: Hey man, I heard that you can’t fly in Liberty City anymore. What is up with that?! Flying is one of my favorite parts of this series!

Reiner: This is incorrect. There are no airplanes in the game, but flying is still there. One means of this is the helicopter. As Dan pointed out, this is just one city and a plane really doesn’t fit into that very well for gameplay. Flying is still very much a large part of the game.

 

GTAplanet.cz Asks: Good evening, We are very pleased that we can ask you a few questions about new GTA IV. Our editions GTAplanet.cz, GTASA.cz and gtaIV.cz, the best known fan sites about GTA in Czech Republic, prepared this list in cooperation with our fans and visitors. We will be very pleased if you answer our questions…? ?Did you see any female pedestrians? Are there any good looking chicks? =)

Reiner: Sigh.... Truth be told, I’m curious why anyone would want to know this. Is this really one of the top questions? If my memory serves me correctly, I don’t recall myself thinking “man, that chick is banging” or “I find myself strangely attracted to this game”, but I can confirm that there are female pedestrians in the game. There’s a ton of ‘em, too. They shop. They talk. They even wear clothing.

 

Did you see some indication of seasons (winter, summer, spring...)?

Reiner: Sadly, the demo that Rockstar presented was only about 15 minutes in length. Time of day definitely progresses, but whether it progresses throughout an entire calendar year remains to be seen.

 

How is the AI? Are the enemies smarter? Can they find cover?

Reiner: This is another area that Rockstar is keeping under wraps at the moment. I can, however, tell you that I saw a truck driver swerve onto the sidewalk right in front of where we were walking. This strange little incident also took the Rockstar representatives by surprise. It almost looked like the driver was drunk, but then again, he could have just been in a hurry too.

 

Is it possible to climb on a ladder?

Reiner: I didn’t see Niko climb a ladder, per se, but I did see him ascend a telephone pole to get a bird’s eye view of Liberty City. He didn’t climb up it like a gorilla, however. He simply pulled himself up on the series of rungs on the pole. This feat was actually quite impressive. You could clearly see his weight transfer from side to side as he moved up the pole.

 

Can you speak with other pedestrians on the street?

Reiner: Niko seemed to have other things on his mind than talk with pedestrians. The people we passed, however, were very vocal.

 

Chester Asks: Hello, I am the best fan of GTA, so I want to ask you something. What was the first mission in the game, and what was you first word when you saw this new game? pleas answer to me. I realy need it.

Reiner: I didn’t get to see the first mission in the game, but if I had to guess, I would imagine it would have something to do with the taxi stand that Niko’s cousin runs. As for my first word…I can’t print it here, but I did follow it up with “Oh my God!”

 

Matt Asks: My question about GTA IV is: Did it seem to you like Liberty City was an authentically sized city? A problem that I had with San Andreas was that you could drive to a coast in two minutes. Do you think it will be different this time?

Reiner: Great question. In terms of scale, it definitely feels more like a realistic city. It feels you are traversing New York City. As you’ve seen in the trailer, there are a number of ways to traverse this massive area.

 

GTA-Action Asks: Hey Reiner, we from www.gta-action.com have collected in our Community the most important questions which interest the user mostly.

We didn't see any boats in the trailer, what can you tell us about them?

Reiner: Dan wouldn’t go into specifics on this one, but the only type of vehicle he said that wouldn’t be in the game was the airplane. So this should point to boats still being a part of the GTA experience.

 

What can you say about the graphics quality? Can you compare the trailer to the game, is the trailers quality better or worse?

Reiner: Rockstar is still putting polish on the graphics. The demo I saw was definitely a step up from the trailer…which is kind of ridiculous given how great it looked already.

 

Can you buy properties like you could in Vice City?

Reiner: Again, no specifics were given, but Dan did say that this isn’t a game of real estate, or from rags to riches. I wouldn’t be surprised if you eventually do find new places to call home, but it sounds to me like properties might be handled in a different way – perhaps tied to moments in the story.

 

Will there be girlfriends like in San Andreas? If yes, can you marry them?

Reiner: What is with you people and your woman-related questions. Yes, there are girlfriends. I forgot to ask if you could marry them.

 

Zhooles Asks: I had heard you're receiving questions about future GTA4. As a GTA series fan, I would ask: Unusual vehicles. Will be there any and if will, name them please.

Reiner: Rockstar wouldn’t reveal anything in the demo, but strange vehicles are very much a part of the GTA experience. Dan said that much of the game revolves around Niko. I have a feeling that the choice of the vehicles does as well.

 

Aaron Hall Asks: Rockstar have said that the cars in GTA IV will have all new physics to them and the camera will be closer to allow a better driving perspective of cruising Liberty city and seeing more detail on the cars.Could you please elaborate on the experience of driving best as possible and what’s new to the experience? Thanks.

Reiner: From what I was shown, the only new element was breaking the window of the car to get in. The animation for this was awesome, and something I wish I had seen more than once. The car I saw was newer in make – which was evidenced in both the beautiful crimson sheen and suspension that handled pot holes and variances in the road with ease. Now, I only saw one car, but it really did have that new car look to it. It’ll be interesting to see how Rockstar handles the shocks and struts for other vehicles in the game.

If I had to give a comparison, I would say that the new camera angle positioning is more like Midnight Club now. It’s closer, allowing the player to see more of the minute detailing on the car, and also lower, allowing you to see more of the horizon and verticality of the city.

 

Alex Sheridan Asks: Hi there, Reiner. As far as the surrounding area of Liberty City goes, what can we expect to see in things such as countryside relative to San Andreas?

Reiner: From what I am told, you will not see countryside like you did in San Andreas. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if the expanded content that Rockstar is planning through Xbox Live will offer new areas to explore. I can definitely see them adding a fifth borough to Liberty City, but outside of this, anything is possible.

 

Maxim Raykhrud Asks: Good evening, Mr. Reiner! As I understood, you are the only journalist who had seen Grand Theft Auto IV, so I'd like to ask you some questions about it.

First: Have you seen members of any mobs in the game? If yes, which?

Second: Is new Liberty City a detailed copy of NY, or just is looking like it?

Third: Are there houses enterable without loading?

Reiner: I didn’t see any mob members, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Rockstar didn’t reveal everything to me. There’s still a lot of the game that remains blanketed in mystery. It is GTA, however, so I would be shocked if a mob or two or three weren’t involved. As for your second question, Liberty City is modeled after New York City, but it isn’t a copy, per se. As Dan pointed out in the magazine, the real world isn’t fun. You can’t just throw in the city and expect gameplay to emerge from that. There are certainly recognizable parts to it, but the gameplay comes first.

 

Sacha Asks: Will characters from earlier GTAs appear in the game?

Reiner: Rockstar wouldn’t say outright, but from the smile that Dan Houser gave me, I would say there’s a good possibility of crossover.

 

Bobby Swansom Asks: Will the player have to go to the gym and eat right as in GTA:SA?

Reiner: It doesn’t sound like Niko is the sort of person who does a lot of working out to staying in shape. From this, don’t expect him to have to work out to stay slim. As for eating, I doubt we’ll see him doing that, either. The one thing I am not sure of is whether or not he can get haircuts or buy clothing.

 

J Asks: Is it true that there's no load time?

Reiner: I didn’t see one load in the entire demo, and this included visiting two interiors at different points on the map.

 

Marcus Asks: What was the phone like?

Reiner: The graphic for the phone wasn’t finished just yet, so I won’t go into the detail on that, but it seemed that the interface was very simple in design and easy to use. Truth be told, it looked like a real cell phone. We just have to see if it drops as many calls as a real phone.

 

Brenny Asks: Is it still the same three cars over and over again like previous games we've seen?

Reiner: I’m not sure which GTA you’ve played, but I have always had more than three cars to choose from. There’s a good chance you’ll see more taxi cabs than usual, but if anything, there should be plenty of rides to choose from.

 

Gary S Writes: Hey Andrew, I just have two questions. How are the graphics and how far is the draw distance in the game?

Reiner: The visuals are tremendous and easily some of the best I have seen. What’s scary about this statement is that Rockstar North is still improving upon the visuals. There’s little question that it will be one of the best looking games come this holiday. As for the draw distance, I didn’t see one building, car, streetlamp, or pedestrian pop up. The framerate was also incredibly smooth and the lighting really couldn’t have been much better.

 

Isaac "Sculay" Hussain Asks: Will there be a Xbox 360 Demo ?

Reiner: Rockstar hasn’t announced anything yet, but I have a feeling most people will pick this game up whether they play it in advance or not.

 

A Canadian Asks: Hi! I just wanted to know when GTA IV for Xbox 360 will be in stores in Quebec, Canada... Thanks in advance...

Reiner: Nope. Rockstar specifically told me that Quebec is the one location on earth that won’t be getting GTA IV. Actually, I have no idea. Call your store to find out.

 

Matthew James Asks: Compared to previous GTA titles, how big is GTA IV?

Reiner: I already talked a lot about the city, so I will answer this question like it is being asked about the length of the game itself. I asked Dan this, and he said it should be comparable to all the other GTA games, but they don’t know exactly how long it is since the game is still in development. In other words, you’ll still be able to vest hundreds of hours. The multiplayer component, which is still a mystery, could greatly expand the time you spend with it too.

Edited by Ottae

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roryrc

I don't like that guy hes kinda arrogant!

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RonHiler

What I find odd about this guy is why the defensiveness surrounding the questions about women? The girlfriend question is a perfectly legitimate question. Unfortunately, I found the answer disturbing, since the whole gf thing was my least favorite part of GTA:SA (stupid effing dancing game!).

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cntk
What I find odd about this guy is why the defensiveness surrounding the questions about women? The girlfriend question is a perfectly legitimate question.

the gtaplanet.cz question is pretty ridiculous, tbh... i mean, did they not see the trailer? women peds all over.

 

the girlfriend question is ok i guess, but i don't know why he even bothered to answer the gtaplanet.cz one. dozingoff.gif

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FBI4X4Booster

Nice details.

 

I'm suprised to hear that the in-game graphics have developed even further on from the trailer & if they can keep good frame rate and long draw distance then this is great news!

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archiebunker
What I find odd about this guy is why the defensiveness surrounding the questions about women? The girlfriend question is a perfectly legitimate question.

the gtaplanet.cz question is pretty ridiculous, tbh... i mean, did they not see the trailer? women peds all over.

 

Quoted for truth. Another wasted question.

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Ottae

Tidied up the first post a bit, made it easier to read.

 

Not a bad selection of questions, nice to see some issues tidied up, especially the car break-in animation, sounds awesome.

 

 

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cntk

i really like the fact that there was no pop up to be seen. definitely a great sign.

 

"Chester Asks: Hello, I am the best fan of GTA, so I want to ask you something. What was the first mission in the game, and what was you first word when you saw this new game? pleas answer to me. I realy need it."

 

this seriously made me lol. looks like it was written by borat. notify.gif

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Starion

 

Brenny Asks: Is it still the same three cars over and over again like previous games we've seen?

Reiner: I’m not sure which GTA you’ve played, but I have always had more than three cars to choose from. There’s a good chance you’ll see more taxi cabs than usual, but if anything, there should be plenty of rides to choose from.

 

LOL!!

 

 

I think the dude was asking if we would see the cheetah, banshee and infernus again..

 

Thats annoying, I wanted to know that too.

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White Flight

Great info. biggrin.gif

 

We still don't know if we'll be able to work out or eat though, he just doubt it... I think we will.

 

Also, I wish he could've answered something about Public Transport...

 

Good to get a confirmation that choppers are indeed in the game! tounge.gif

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passmeabuurr

These people asked the most f*ckin stupid dumbest questions! Everyone asks the danm same thing and they wasted questions on sh*t he probably could never answer. wtf

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JCtheMC

Well.. that basically told us nothing. Except for the returning characters, maybe.

 

Looking forward to the OPM preview.

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UnitedDestruction

Wow nice info imo, good read. Plus from the way it sounded he was hinting that there are aerial vehicles other than helicopters, but hey maybe im way off.

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Choke-A-Bitch

i like that phone-pole thing. imagine climbing up everywhere ninja style. cool.gif

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All-Blacks
Brenny Asks: Is it still the same three cars over and over again like previous games we've seen?

Reiner: I’m not sure which GTA you’ve played, but I have always had more than three cars to choose from. There’s a good chance you’ll see more taxi cabs than usual, but if anything, there should be plenty of rides to choose from.

 

LOL!!

 

 

I think the dude was asking if we would see the cheetah, banshee and infernus again..

 

 

Or he thought this was 'bout Driver 2, that game sucked, only had three or four different cars in the whole game!

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whitedevil

 

Well.. that basically told us nothing. Except for the returning characters, maybe.

 

Looking forward to the OPM preview.

Haha, I actually think that was the most informative thing we have had so far! The trailer showed us how nice it will look and the main character, and the GI article just told us how great New York is etc..

This has told us that

 

1) There will be helicopters (and thats 'only one means' of flying)

2) There will be girlfriends

3) Possible drink drivers

4) You can climb telephone poles

5) There's boats

6) You break windows to get into cars (sweet smile.gif)

7) The visuals and draw-distance are immense

8) GTA won't be in Canada (hahaha)

 

etc...

Edited by whitedevil

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purpboy

well if he's climbing telephone poles.. he'll definately be climbing ladders, i wonder if he'll be ascending buildings and making bad ass jumps as in the new 007 movie.

 

I also like the window break in to steal a car.. i think i'll get a kick out of doing that every time. I just hope that once i repaint the car and hook it up.. i don't have to bust my own window out just to drive my own sh*t rahkstar2.gif

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Crokey

The Questions he answered

 

Will there be girlz, lolz bizzkitts?

Iz there anything stoopid roflolz?

Can I have ur autograph?

 

Let's face we found out practically nothing more than we already know or haven't disseminated from the trailer and the article in the Magazine. Most of the questions are something it's obvious you won't be able to gather from a demo, barring the Telegraph Pole thing.

 

Questions I asked

 

What is the Targeting system like compared to previous Grand Theft Auto Titles, is it an improvement on San Andreas or is it completely different?

Is the handling of Cars similar to previous titles or has that been changed as well?

Does the game still have that familier 'Cartoony' feel to it that previous titles have had, or have they gone for a more 'Game-Noir' feel?

Will There be Steak?

 

Even an educated guess from what he'd seen would have been good if answered something like that. Especially the Steak question I mean everyone wants to know that.

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Chargr

they should have ask about customizing cars& Bikes

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cntk
Let's face we found out practically nothing more than we already know or haven't disseminated from the trailer and the article in the Magazine. Most of the questions are something it's obvious you won't be able to gather from a demo, barring the Telegraph Pole thing.

he confirmed flying vehicles like the heli, which is something sure to keep many rants on here quiet for a while... not to mention the whole draw distance/pop-up thing that we couldn't really tell how good it was from the trailer.

 

the main thing i wanted to see answered (and that i emailed him) was about the hud - main differences, if any, etc.

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kidgoku

 

 

Questions I asked

 

What is the Targeting system like compared to previous Grand Theft Auto Titles, is it an improvement on San Andreas or is it completely different?

 

 

 

I asked a similar question.

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purpboy

 

Alex Sheridan Asks: Hi there, Reiner. As far as the surrounding area of Liberty City goes, what can we expect to see in things such as countryside relative to San Andreas?

Reiner: From what I am told, you will not see countryside like you did in San Andreas. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if the expanded content that Rockstar is planning through Xbox Live will offer new areas to explore. I can definitely see them adding a fifth borough to Liberty City, but outside of this, anything is possible.

 

This could quite possibly be confirming staton island [sc], and with the high possibility of boats it's a promising notion.

 

But how big of a download with the 5th borough be, and would it bring an entirely new story line.

 

Edited by purpboy

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Magic_Al

The second question is such pointless spam. Those sites must be awful if that's a sample of editorial quality. I'm thinking of turning on parental controls on my computer just to block me from accidentally going to those sites.

 

As for new info, I'd say the telephone pole thing pretty much confirms ladders. It's so close to the same action.

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Kanney

What is cool is the climbing would be cool to get away from cops by climbing a pole onto a roof, hopefully fire escapes will be accessible

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Seddo

 

Sacha Asks: Will characters from earlier GTAs appear in the game?

Reiner: Rockstar wouldn’t say outright, but from the smile that Dan Houser gave me, I would say there’s a good possibility of crossover.

Now i like the sound of that, sounds promising. smile.gif

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gta-guru

i really wanted to hear more about the physics and if its using euphoria confused.gif

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defibrillator

 

Even an educated guess from what he'd seen would have been good if answered something like that. Especially the Steak question I mean everyone wants to know that.

He said there was no eating in the game, thus no steak. Sorry.

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Snake Without a Tongue

Climbing! Yay! I hope the jumping moves from SA stay in or are improved. But climbing... that's good news right there.

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NiklasGrand

I think that Brenny meant to ask if we would see the same cars over and over again as we're driving. So far all of the GTAs and the GTA clones have had that issue where you see alot of the same cars on the street.

 

Also thank you nikolajz1 for posting this cookie.gifcookie.gifcookie.gif

Enjoy your Karma muppetmaster_karma.gif

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Crokey

Even an educated guess from what he'd seen would have been good if answered something like that.  Especially the Steak question I mean everyone wants to know that.

He said there was no eating in the game, thus no steak. Sorry.

...From what he saw in the demo, and what was his opinion not was either said by Sam Houser or as part of the general gameplay.

 

So Steak is still on the menu

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