Doodily Ding Dong Tick Tock
IGN and Gamespot have posted their reactions to the trailer. Gamespot's article is pretty short and rehashes most of what's already been said, but they do mention that Rockstar commented on the trailer saying that it was captured directly from the game in their RAGE engine on next-gen gaming console at 720p.
"We can confirm that all footage in the trailer 'Things Will Be Different' was captured directly from 720p gameplay running real-time in RAGE [the game's engine] on a next-gen gaming console."
IGN's article features comments from many of their editors, but once again, mostly stuff that all us have already speculated on.
Check out other trailer commentary at CVG, Games Radar, GameSpy, Eurogamer, or check Game Rankings Xbox360 or PS3 for more links.
GI's May Issue To Feature GTA4
Game Informer has released their May cover and GTA IV is all over it. That issue will feature 10 pages of exclusive screen shots and details. If it goes anything like their SA preview, expect to see scans of that issue hit the web about 30 seconds after it hits news stands.
Rockstar has formed a partnership, which I guess means "licensed" NatualMotion's euphoria engine.
"Based on NaturalMotion’s DMS technology, euphoria uses the processing power of PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360TM to simulate the human body and motor nervous system, thus creating fully interactive game characters that act differently every time. With euphoria, games move away from canned animation, towards a much richer, life-like experience that is unique to the player. “euphoria is about giving people an interactive experience they have never seen before. We now have the processing power to simulate humans, and the possibilities for games are endless,” said Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion.
“In Rockstar, we have found a partner that shares this vision, and is renowned for creating some of the most ground-breaking and immersive games in the industry. We are thrilled and honored to work with a partner of such high caliber, and look forward to helping create amazing titles.”
Check the press release for more information.
So, after watching and rewatching and rewatching the trailer I decided that it didn't really tell me that much, so why not make random shots in the dark and post what I hope to see. Ok, so it's sort of degraded into a rant type wish list, but this stuff has been running through my head all day.
First off, I hope the "Things will be different" tag line they used is accurate, because I have to say that I'm hoping for a game that strays from the previous formula, or at least expands on it significantly. So far every iteration of the GTA series has followed pretty much the same formula while adding new features, abilities, and various improvements to the game engine. GTA has always been fun, but if there ever was a time for change, that time is now. I'm also hoping the guy in the trailer isn't the main character. Not that I have any problem with him, but he is starting from the same place in life most all other GTA characters start in, either down on their luck and looking for revenge or trying to do the right thing but forced into a life of crime. I thought it would be cool to see each new trailer introduce a new character, how about a new playable character. Hell, you could even do multiple playable characters. Imagine being able to play the same game from different angles. It would be difficult to put together, but definitely fun to play. At the very least you could pick up the story line along they way with different characters.
It would nice to see a map that was wide open at the get-go. It just gets a little hard to suspend disbelief when most of the city is cut off from you when every bridge off the island is under repair. I really wouldn't even care if their were only missions in a small part of town that gradually expanded outward.
Out of everything, my main hope is pinned on improved AI. I really would like to see intelligent henchmen, gang members, or whatever you want to call them. It would be great to go into a fire fight with guys who were more than canon fodder and to go up against enemies that try and flank you, make better use of cover, call for backup, etc. Just something more akin to a bot like intelligence that changes tactics and behavior based on the situation to the point that you sometimes feel like you're playing against another human. The poor hapless peds are also in desperate need of a brain upgrade.
Speaking of other humans, how about multiplayer? Rockstar's comment has always been that they will only do multiplayer if they can do something unique instead of just some generic CTF and DM modes. I don't necessarily need an MMO, but a COOP mode would be great along with some unique multiplayer modes. At least I'll finally see if there ever was anything to the whole GTA4: Crime Online thing.
I have to admit that I'm a sucker for the tie-ins they do with the other GTA games in the GTA series. I really want to see some old characters make re-appearances.
Environment & Physics
I know a fully destructible environment is bit much to ask for, but how about a more destructible environment than the previous games or even a seamless movement form outdoors to indoors. Game physics is gradually get better and better and I hope to see Rockstar putting a lot of effort into allowing more meaningful interaction with the environment.
I really have zero complaints in this department, maybe improved sound effects, but GTA has always done the voice acting, music, and in-game radio thing perfectly. I'm sure it can be improved upon, but I've never had a problem with that aspect of the series.
Context sensitive control schemes are appearing left and right and it would be great to see Rockstar's take on buttons that alter their actions to fit the situation.
This is one of my gripes about most games. Fluid, believable animation is great, but if you use the same animation for the same action over and over again, no matter how good it is, it gets boring. I should not be able to jump the exact same way 800 times in a row.
Honestly, as long as the gameplay is there, I can deal with any graphical shortcomings. Putting tons of peds and vehicles on screen at the same time in the middle of a rain storm and then blowing the whole lot up with a rocket launcher with zero slowdown is what I'm hoping for. It doesn't have to look as pretty as Crysis so long as its fluid and doesn't distract from the game. Of course the prettier the better, but I'll take gameplay over graphics any day.
I could go on and on, but in the end I hope Rockstar really does aim to reenergize the GTA series by applying an all new formula rather than updates to the the old one. Overall I'm happy with the trailer even if it does leave lots of questions, but Rockstar is the master of the gradual hype buildup and you can't build up hype if you give away everything with the first trailer :)