Site Meter 1P Start » Blog Archive » Rockstar Claims GTA IV Is Biggest Leap Since Going From 2D to 3D - Franchise Gets Complete Makeover

Rockstar Claims GTA IV Is Biggest Leap Since Going From 2D to 3D - Franchise Gets Complete Makeover

by Dave Parrack

Grand Theft Auto 4, or GTA IV as lazy bastards call it, is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated games ever made. The wait for Halo 3 last year was quite something to watch, but even that is paling in to insignificance when compared with the amount of excitement surrounding the latest in the GTA series.

It helps that its coming out on two different consoles, as rather than being a PS3 or Xbox 360 exclusive, both sets of fanboys will be able to taste the goodness come the end of April.

Then there are the Rockstar fans who will buy anything the company puts out there, whether it be a GTA game or something like Bully.

There’s also the fact that GTA III: San Andreas on the PS2 was absolutely kick ass, probably one of the best all round, and most involving games I have ever played.

So there’s no wonder the hype is reaching fever pitch already, with 3 months still to go until the game finally gets released on to the very suspecting public.

Rockstar of course, are loving it, and building up the momentum, in the hopes that everyone with a PS3 or Xbox 360 will buy the game on release date. And if their latest claims are to be believed, that is more than likely.

During a taster of the game, in the presence of Jeronimo Barrera, Rockstar Games Vice President of Product Development, gaming website Kotaku managed to get one of the gaming quotes of the year.

“We decided we wanted to go back to the basics and re imagine the world. The results have been incredible.”

“In many ways it’s a bigger leap going from San Andreas to GTA IV than it was going from 2D to 3D.”

“It was about hitting reset and reworking a bunch of things. We reworked everything from locomotion to targeting.”

That is quite a claim, as I played the original set of games on the Playstation, and although great games in their own right, they certainly suffered from being 2D and played top down. When GTA III came out, it was a breath of fresh air, and really showed what the PS2 was going to be capable of.

Barrera then goes on to explain that targeting has been improved massively, so that “it’s now comparable to a shooter,” and that the game now auto saves for you after each mission, because “gamers shouldn’t have to fight against the save system to enjoy a game.”

Last, but definitely not least, he also confirmed that a multiplayer function will be a part of the game this time around, although it won’t be co-operative as many people were hoping for.

All I can say now is “Bring on April!”

Did You Enjoy this Post? Subscribe to 1P Start. It's Free!

6 Responses to “Rockstar Claims GTA IV Is Biggest Leap Since Going From 2D to 3D - Franchise Gets Complete Makeover”

  1. Dynamik123 Says:

    what if they ruin it?

  2. DaveP Says:

    Judging by the trailers, I don’t think they will, but in the unlikely event it happens, I’ll hunt every Rockstar employee down and shove the game where the sun don’t shine.

  3. Paul Says:

    This might be sacrilege, but these games really don’t do much for me. I end up growing bored of them fairly quickly.

  4. DaveP Says:

    Wow Paul, I think you’re the first person I’ve ever heard say that. There’s SOOO much to do in them, especially San Andreas.

  5. Paul Says:

    I don’t know, I have fun with them for awhile doing some of the tasks, but then I just drive around running people over and then get sick of it. Maybe this one will turn me around, who knows.

  6. 1P Start » Blog Archive » GTA IV Previewed By Nearly All Gaming Sites Says:

    […] GTA IV Previewed By Nearly All Gaming Sites by PacoDG The time for Grand Theft Auto is coming very very soon, with the majority of major gaming sites receiving previews of the game …except us (Don’t worry Rockstar, I am sure our copy has to be in the mail…. right). has done all the dirty work of scouring these many previews (1UP, ComputerandVideogames, IGN, +more) and pulling out any relevant information that we haven’t already received: […]

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.

About 1P Start is your ultimate resource in knowing all things gaming. Whatever your choice in console, we're sure to cover it. Along with exciting contests, reviews, previews, trailers and screenshots, 1P Start has got it all! So make sure to hit 1P Start!

1P Start Author(s)
    » Dave-Parrack
    » Paul

Blogging Flair

Join Now Tell Em 1PStart Sent Ya Join Now Tell Em 1PStart Sent Ya

eXTReMe Tracker

Gaming Channel Posts

  • Could Nintendo Be Any More Casual? - The Big N Certainly Doesn't Care About "Geeks and Otaku"
    Nintendo has always been the games company that puts fun above all else, sometimes at the expense of innovation, graphics, and moving the game industry forward. In that sense, you could say that [...]
  • All the Gears of War 2 Info... All of it
    If you're looking for up to the date info on Gears of War 2, then I've got a site for you. I recently ran across the Gears of War 2 forums where they are keeping track of about almost anything [...]
  • Rock Band for 99.99
    For a limited time PS2 owners can get their hands on Rock Band for the low, low price of around a hundred bucks. If you're a PS2 owner and you've been sitting on the fence for this one, you might [...]
  • Strong May for Wii Games
    Mario Kart and Wii Fit both sold well during the month of May. Mario Kart finished in the number 2 spot while Wii Fit came in at number 3. The sales figures are from the NPD Group, which tracks sales [...]
  • Fun Park
    Many will be traveling this summer to a local theme park to ride some rides and have a good time. There are several Six Flags theme parks across the United States. When I was a kid, there were only [...]
  • I Wanna Be on the Red Team...
    In today's multiplayer games the team colors are usually between red and blue. Why red and blue vs. any other colors, I don't know. I'm not sure anyone really knows other than the extremely [...]
  • Thursaday Thoughts: Bring Back Boat Crews
    Oh sure it may seem like a minor issue, but I always had a spot for the crews that were put in place on the boats from Menethil Harbor, Booty Bay, etc. Maybe I'm just a sucker for fluff, I love a [...]
  • Rock Band Rejects My Wife
    My wife isn't a gamer in the least, but like most non-gamers she does enjoy Rock Band. After my hard drive busted on my 360, the annoying task of unlocking all the new songs and creating new [...]
  • Season 4 Gears Up: Launch Date Announced
    I guess I shouldn't be entirely surprised, but a lot of people were expecting season 4 to happen a lot later, maybe right before the expansion hit. Well you're wrong! Season 4's start date has [...]
  • PS3 Backwards Compatability for 40 Gig Owners?
    In the realm of rumors, this is a big one. A German gaming website is reporting that 40 gig PS3 owners will eventually be able to play PS2 games because there is a firmware update that will open [...]

Hot Off The Press

  • Will I Ever Be Seen?
    97 degrees. That was the temperature on this big audition day. The Fulton Theatre was holding auditions for Oklahoma. They had both a singer call and a dancer call in the same day. It was being held [...]
  • Melvin Mora Profiles For Father's Day...
  • Trot Nixon A Met...
    In hopes of saving their flat-lining season, the New York Mets bolstered their injury-depleted outfield Friday night, acquiring Trot Nixon from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 34-year-old Nixon, [...]
  • John Cena Makes a Wish Come True
    NILES - Alex Severinghaus, like many kids his age, has that little something that sits just behind his eyes. It's an energy. The kind that suppresses itself when company is around. He is attentive [...]
  • Rock Band for 99.99
    For a limited time PS2 owners can get their hands on Rock Band for the low, low price of around a hundred bucks. If you're a PS2 owner and you've been sitting on the fence for this one, you might [...]
  • Forbes' New 100 Poweful Celebrity List
    Who are the newest powerful celebrities this year? Forbes Magazine, the other day, unveiled their latest Celebrity Power Rankings and Oprah Winfrey, is once again on Number 1. This despite a drop [...]
  • Recovery
    I don't like admitting this, but after a long day of not being seen for a single audition, I kind of need a whole day of recovery. I swear, I needed a violin as I wallowed in self-pity and grief for [...]
  • Reflection
    Today, I posted a series of blogs - 3 to be exact. It has an order in which you should read them. The first blog (directly below this one) is where you should begin and then continue scrolling down [...]
  • New Episodes of Kids Television Shows This Week
    Welcome to this week’s edition’s list of kid’s television shows that have new episodes airing this week. I try to make this as complete as possible, but I may sometimes miss something. Please [...]
  • My Survivor Suggestion
    MTV recently did it with the Real World Awards Bash; Bravo did it the other night with the A-List Awards and now I think CBS should do it with Survivor. There should be a Survivor Awards Show, it [...]