Features// GTA IV Multiplayer Hands-On

Posted 8 Apr 2008 18:02 by
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The combat did need a massive overhaul, and I feel the developers have pretty much nailed it. Lock-on, as I?ve previously mentioned, is still in the game, but it does work slightly differently: by default you lock on to a target?s torso, from here you can begin to pummel them with your weapon of choice, or you can push up on your right thumbstick to lock onto their head. Use of this is not as simple as it sounds, timing and deciding when to switch is dependent on situation, weapon, and distance.

When in a car and blasting out of the window your character has just smashed, the only option is free-aim. It is possible to make some great shots, though. Habitually I aimed for the tyres of enemy vehicles, whilst friends sprayed passenger doors and side windows with a torrent of Uzi ammunition.

Having already established that the important business of shooting each other is pretty much spot on, or in my opinion has been crafted and carved into what will make for a vastly positive reaction from fans, it?s time to address the matter of realism.

Barring the ?OMG PS3 or 360?? debacle, which will be covered later, realism is essentially the cause célèbre of GTA IV. Fans - or specifically me ? are a little worried about what this meant for the series and its direction. GTA has always been about the contrast in the attempt to create a dark, sinister, living, breathing world with all the stupid stuff you get to do in it. Mad jumps in cars, surviving more bullets than is plausible, causing havoc with cops only to fool them with a change of colour to your car (despite them seeing you enter the body shop)... you get the picture.

So, has this been replaced with 'Realism'?

Well, the cops still get fooled by the spray job, but what about rest? The extent of realism would certainly be affected by the following factors, all of which are covered to a certain degree:
- Physics
- Driving
- Character realism
- Police AI
- Civilian AI
- General environment

I?m pretty sure everyone who saw the latest trailer "Good lord, what are you doing?" AKA "Everyone's a rat" was knocked back by that ?shot down the stairs? moment. I was, and the vast majority of gaming communities I frequent had pretty much the same reaction. So ? does that actually happen; is this really what the RAGE engine is capable of?

Well, unfortunately, I can?t say for sure. I was restricted in how characters reacted to being shot by my gaming skills and the situations I found myself and the enemy in. I can, however, say that what I did see was very impressive. Upon dying there isn?t any set animation, you can be shot over edges, over cars, into cars, into the road; and I did experience how our characters can bounce off and collide with practically everything in the gaming world. But, alas, not a true enough picture as I had hoped.

There was one golden moment, though. I?d decided to ditch my burning car at high speeds, diving out of the driver seat and into the open road to what was hopefully safety, only the result was pretty much this.
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vyurinov 8 Apr 2008 17:27
1/5
Cool!
Munial 8 Apr 2008 18:21
2/5
nice write up.
I could have done without the link to a guy DYING in a car accident though
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James Ramsden 8 Apr 2008 19:38
3/5
Don't worry, chaps. He didn't actually die. :)
Spinface 9 Apr 2008 15:11
4/5
I agree. Nice write up James.

Tim set me to proofing yours and Pocket's pieces. I saw the combined length and feared for my sanity...

But you got me wanting to play instead of running home crying having read a billion thousand words on one game!
Tim Smith 9 Apr 2008 15:24
5/5
Spinface wrote:
Tim set me to proofing yours and Pocket's pieces. I saw the combined length and feared for my sanity...


Just a clarification or two. [1] My decision to retain the link sent by James. [2] I initially edited and in some cases re-jigged both pieces. This means that any and all slicing and dicing; all mistakes of meaning or changes to content, all of these are my fault.

In short, Mark ensured that the final read was clean and tidy with apostrophes and colons nicely placed. I, as ever, am responsible for any inclusions or omissions from two good pieces of original writing.

Cheers

Tim
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