Monday, April 28, 2008
Tonight at midnight, Grand Theft Auto IV will be available. Finally, a game that might just get me away from Call of Duty 4.
I've been a fan of the previous GTA games, but not so much for the stories, but for the freedom that they represented. You can go anywhere, and do almost anything. But now that the game is on more-powerful systems, you can do even more. It's not just about shooting people. You wanna go to a pub and have a beer, and shoot pool or throw darts? You can. Wanna surf the internet at a cafe? Sure, it's there. Comedy clubs? It has full stand-up sets from Ricky Gervais and Katt Williams. Strip clubs? Yeah, they have them too. But the best part of all of it is, you can do it online with 15 others. Here's a look at one of the bars you can hang out in:
There are multiplayer game modes galore, but that's not the half. It has Free Mode, where one person starts a room, and up to 15 others can join in. But the room isn't just a text screen, it's basically Manhattan (and three other boroughs). You have the freedom to all hang out and explore the city, or you can all go bowling, or cruise around in hoopties shooting at pedestrians. You can do pretty much whatever you want. If you just want to sit on a front porch and drink beer like you were back in college (or like the Midget still does every day), you can. For all the times I've played previous GTA games with a friend, taking turns destroying the city, now we can cause the carnage together, even if we're oceans apart.
And for once, I'm actually looking forward to the story in the single-player mode. Here's a small peek at the lead character:
It's going to be the ultimate time-waster, and we're less than 24 hours away. If you have an Xbox 360, look for 'Lord Bling' online and we'll have a virtual pint together.