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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Liberty City Flu Outbreak

posted by on April 29 at 8:27 AM

Who else besides Steinbacher is playing hooky today to dive into GTA4? I don’t expect to hear from my husband for the next 72 hours at least. What does it say about culture when a $60 car-jacking sandbox will make far and away more money than any other piece of media this year?

New in IV: radio stations’ playlists are mixed randomly (but sadly, no 80s), parked cars must be hot-wired; sex is depicted (not super explicitly), humans react more realistically based on where they’ve been shot; and, most exciting: an online multiplayer option.

Machkovech, is it all that?

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Meh. I have thoughts only for Zelda.

Posted by Greg | April 29, 2008 8:54 AM

stupid micro econ class taking up my time and money!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 29, 2008 8:54 AM

stupid mortgage payments.

Posted by kid icarus | April 29, 2008 9:05 AM

Amy, someone at either Rockstar Games or UPS has it out for me, as my copy of GTA 4 is in shipping hell. I sarcastically bragged that I'd get my copy nine hours ahead of everyone else, so it's only fair.

I don't think my headstart on the game would illuminate much that every other games site in the world hasn't, but for those who don't read those sites, I'm happy to sum up the reviews thus far: best in the series, overwhelmingly huge, refined, lives up to the hype, has an immense multiplayer mode. "Worth your $60 and then some." Still, I have trouble trusting fanboys who find themselves somehow indebted to Rockstar for a super-early copy of the game, and I look forward to being hated by fanboys for being a pessimist about GTA 4. Will hopefully have real impressions up in a post later today.

Posted by Sam M. | April 29, 2008 9:15 AM

Sorry, I'm waiting for GTA: Emerald City ....

Sadly, they announced it won't work on the Wii, so I guess I'll have to buy an xBox 360 or a PS3 ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 29, 2008 9:47 AM

This makes me really happy that we gave away our TV when we moved this weekend, and even happier that the husband hasn't mentioned it at all. The last few GTAs were like High Holy Holidays in our house.

Posted by Jessica | April 29, 2008 9:48 AM

My copy is waiting for pickup at 4:30 when I get off work. Then my life becomes meaningless.

Posted by wisepunk | April 29, 2008 9:53 AM

It's here. And it came with bonuses... Excuse me while I vanish for the next few years. Impressions to come, if Brad doesn't beat me to 'em.

Posted by Sam M. | April 29, 2008 10:10 AM

New in IV: radio stations' playlists are mixed randomly

Not new in IV. San Andreas' radio stations had randomized playlists.

Posted by Dr. Savage Mudede | April 29, 2008 10:14 AM

fun game, probably one of the best releases ever.

Posted by bobcat | April 29, 2008 10:27 AM

What would you do in GTA: Emerald City?

Ooo burn down a mcMansion, drive in the HOV lane with just yourself in the car, bolt from the grocery before paying your 20 cent bag tax, write a negative opinion of an ECB slog post, pave a new lane on the 405?

Face it, hardly nothing remotely grand happens around here and the possibility of such doesn't look promising. (which i like)

Posted by harold | April 29, 2008 10:28 AM

GTA: Emerald City would have:

1) Sitting in traffic all day behind SUVs with environmental stickers and "Free Tibet" stickers (made in China by the way)

2) Dodging PETA fucks after shooting pigeons

3) Trying to lure a dancer away from undercover cops at Ricks

4) Breaking 30 windows of Starbucks in under 5 minutes (actually since there are practically 2 on every corner that would be a starter mission)

5) Stealing HumVees and selling them back to frat kids

6) Pushing people off the Aurora bridge while they are trying to make a fence over it to stop jumpers.

7) Eluding the police after they find a bomb (actually a water pipe) on the Sea/Bremerton ferry.

Posted by bobcat | April 29, 2008 11:15 AM

GTA: Emerald City bonus mission: break into Niketown, steal Nikes, trash Niketown sign while wearing Nikes.

You could do body mods at the skeezy body jewelry place on Aurora Ave that does nipple piercings on underage girls in exchange for polaroids of them.

Maybe some sort of mission where you have to deliver tainted heroin to a rival gang leader?

Posted by Jessica | April 29, 2008 12:07 PM

My fave mission in GTA: Emerald City would be jacking the chopper on top of Seattle Grace next to the Space Needle and using a blow gun to shoot pigeons on top of the Space Needle while the cops tried to buzz my heli.

And then throwing the donor heart into their open chopper to knock them out of it.

But remember, you can always get a secret shotgun where Kurt Cobain died ... once you wrest it away from his wife.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 29, 2008 12:25 PM

whats with this letting your man play video games all day crap what are you an alien

Posted by frede | April 29, 2008 12:35 PM

Okay, what? I'm thrilled that playing a new game nonstop in all his spare for a few days makes my man happy. I am afforded the same respect when I'm in the midst of a big dance project. Welcome to modern marriage; it's a blast!

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | April 29, 2008 1:57 PM

My girlfriend is downstairs swearing at the TV because her lack of driving ability is all the camera angle's fault. Heeee.

Posted by brent | April 29, 2008 2:45 PM

Find and off a certain ex-NFL bigot so you can cash in on all that tithe money and MS stock while dodging his army of shotgun wielding Latvians.

Posted by jewritto | April 29, 2008 4:56 PM

GTA: EC would introduce a straight, hot main character having to go undercover and implant himself in the seedy gay underbelly of EC, going into bathouses, the back of the Eagle, and the cuff, offing the ex's of jaded muscle queens and fierce mafia-type divas with purple nail polish and shiny lips. And he'd have to put out by bending over, and it won't be blurred. He can uncover the city's scheme to rid the Hill of gay places (the pony/bus stop/manray block actually is a hidden burial ground!). There will be ghosts in the underground tour to fight off as a side quest, or to bump off junkies in pioneer square to get points and level up.

Sigh, it sounds so good to me.

Posted by Jeff | April 30, 2008 12:36 PM

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