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GTA 5: Rockstar apologises for silence, doesn't want to spoi

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"We want to keep plenty back for the actual game release."

The life of a Grand Theft Auto 5 fanatic is a lonely one, consisting of scrolling down Rockstar Newswire threads in search of the yellow post backgrounds that denote official Rockstar commentary. Posting in the comments to its GTA 5 release date announcement, the studio has reassured fans that the shortage of news isn't down to inexplicable malice, or to some grand marketing plan - there's simply nothing to report right now, though Rockstar does concede that it'd rather not spoil aspects of the game ahead of time.... read more

GTA 5: Rockstar apologises for silence, doesn't want to spoi

Postby Urinal C4ke » 22 Mar 2013, 13:55

Don't worry, Rockstar. As an avid fan of the Half-Life series of games, I can say with a safe and informed opinion that you have released more than enough information, screenshots and videos about your upcoming game...
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Postby Mendes » 22 Mar 2013, 14:00

This is exactly what and all I need to hear from a developer. With GTA this time I'll stay away from any (almost any) screenshots, videos (apart from the first, couldn't help it. Made my girlfiriend watch the 2nd and tell me, without spoilers, if it looked good. Apparently it did!) and news articles (though that is not easy). I still know things I wish I didn't, like 3 protagonists etc. and I know it's a bit sad but GTA is the one game that makes me feel like a kid at christmas, I think I know what I'm getting but don't want to find out all about it until I've got it in my hands... it makes having it so much better.

Valve could learn a lesson from this by saying "Yes we are working of Half Life 3. It IS going to be awesome. But we are not going to tell you anything. Whatsoever. Be patient. Trust us. It will be worth it."
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Postby Bezza89 » 22 Mar 2013, 14:13

Mendes wrote:This is exactly what and all I need to hear from a developer. With GTA this time I'll stay away from any (almost any) screenshots, videos (apart from the first, couldn't help it. Made my girlfiriend watch the 2nd and tell me, without spoilers, if it looked good. Apparently it did!) and news articles (though that is not easy). I still know things I wish I didn't, like 3 protagonists etc. and I know it's a bit sad but GTA is the one game that makes me feel like a kid at christmas, I think I know what I'm getting but don't want to find out all about it until I've got it in my hands... it makes having it so much better.

Valve could learn a lesson from this by saying "Yes we are working of Half Life 3. It IS going to be awesome. But we are not going to tell you anything. Whatsoever. Be patient. Trust us. It will be worth it."


You haven't seen the second trailer? Jesus you have some self control! The song is:Stevie Wonder - Skeletons if that persuades you, whited out incase you don't want to know.

I've seen both and peruse the newswire for yellowyorange boxes like a tool, I don't read anything on it I just like to see how big it is and get myself excited more - I know nothing of Bioshock infinite out on tuesday, except the names of Booker and Liz, what they look like and that it's set in the sky. It definitely adds to enjoyment the discovery of stuff - it's a shame we get so much information on stuff, it's hard to resist looking and you know 90% of what it will be like - boring.

Valve have said they're working on HL3, but they call it ricochet 2 I believe, the BBC asked Gary Newell and he avoided it and said '...and with ricochet 2 blah blah I'm a big tease'. They said it's taking so long because they want to go somewhere that will make as big an impact as HL2 did off HL1 and they don't know what that is. Might be the same interview.
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Postby FishyGinger » 22 Mar 2013, 14:38

I've not even watched the first trailer Bezza. I'm virginal (glad I spelt that right) in my knowledge of this grandly theiving automogame. Likewise with bioshock although did see the trailer and I know that big bird chap from sesame street is in it.
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Postby Drainwater » 22 Mar 2013, 15:01

I'm fine with Rockstar not giving us a deluge of details, but even if they were I'd avoid reading or watching any of it anyway. I try (and sometimes fail) to keep myself in the dark on these, occasionally reading parts of previews. I even managed to be surprised by some of the villains in Arkham City. I haven't seen either of the trailers and everything I know about this game boils down to: 3 main characters and a huge world. That's it.
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Postby FishyGinger » 24 Mar 2013, 15:24

MasterChiefJ117 wrote:"There's also this intriguingly non-committal response to a query about whether the game will be sold as a digital edition. "We haven't announced the possibility of a downloadable version for GTAV, but of course the game will be available in stores for PS3 and Xbox 360." Would you prefer a disc-less GTA 5?"

I always buy new copies of my Xbox 360 games and am a little confused as to why the downloadable version of games on Xbox live are usually set at the same price as the Full retail version of the game ? (Unless there is a specific promotion)

As it doesn't include the same production cost and a retailer doesn't have to make their cut, if they were say £5 cheaper then I would find the download option a lot more appealing, yet with the convenience of online retailers posting to your door and a lot of supermarkets also selling games when you buy your groceries then I will always get the retail version which gives me the option to let others play or has some return value when I trade it in at my local game store or sell on a well known auction site.
If it's a franchise I really love I also like to have the nice little manual that comes with it though this is becoming a dying art of late. :(


The issue with undercutting the high street is I'd imagine most of the consoles would be sold that way. Essentially saying "screw you" to the retailers isn't the best way to carry on a relationship.
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Postby SeriousBeef47 » 24 Mar 2013, 16:52

Personally I'm happy they've come out and said this. Even though I do find myself scrolling through newsfeeds and gaming websites to find any snippet of new info, I don't want to give too much away for when it finally releases.

Speaking of when it releases I will definiately be getting a physical copy. Not only because i've already got a preorder at GAME for one, but because there's always a map/poster in rockstar games and a good amount of material in the manual.

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Postby Bezza89 » 24 Mar 2013, 22:12

MasterChiefJ117 wrote:A very good point BADLY made!
FishyGinger wrote:Essentially saying "screw you" to the retailers isn't the best way to carry on a relationship.




Not sure what you mean there, he's completely right. I read an interview with the guy in charge of Xbox UK and oxm asked him about the pricing model and he basically said the reason the prices are as they are is because they sell, and that there was an issue with going cheaper as you would render high street retailers useless - they're a major player in selling consoles - if there's no specialist retailers left because online games are cheap with no trade ins (high streets main income, the numpties) then there's nowhere to sell consoles to millions.

Sure there's flaws in that thinking (amazon, supermarkets would carry on etc, however these are not specialist for games) but you don't have to agree with it, it's just the way it is.
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Re: GTA 5: Rockstar apologises for silence, doesn't want to

Postby FishyGinger » 25 Mar 2013, 09:57

"screw you" is a term for over 18s only? Good lordy what's going on. I suppose an avatar of a happy baby saying give babies drugs is next on the censorship list.

Anyways, most people have heard I'm sure of the problems in the past with needing internet connections for games, half life 2 was my first experience, sim city and diablo 3 recently. For really popular games the servers can never handle it. A game like GTA or COD being download only? I'd bet my satsumas it won't go swimmingly when it happens.
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