Q&A with Game Informer (they played the 360 version):
Last week, Game Informer invited GTA fans to ask questions about their recent experience at R*. Game Informer's Andrew Reiner, the only journalist so far to have seen Grand Theft Auto IV in action, promised to answer as many of your questions as he can. The answers are in...
(Interesting points: There are no airplanes in GTA IV, but flying remains a big part of the game. This means you will be able to fly helicopters. Niko can also climb telephone poles, it seems.)
- Kobe Asks: I heard that you can't fly in Liberty City anymore. What is up with that?! Flying is one of my favorite parts of this series!
This is incorrect. There are no airplanes in the game, but flying is still there. One means of this is the helicopter. As Dan pointed out, this is just one city and a plane really doesn't fit into that very well for gameplay. Flying is still very much a large part of the game.
2.Did you see any female pedestrians? Are there any good looking chicks?
Sigh.... Truth be told, I'm curious why anyone would want to know this. Is this really one of the top questions? If my memory serves me correctly, I don't recall myself thinking "man, that chick is banging" or "I find myself strangely attracted to this game", but I can confirm that there are female pedestrians in the game. There's a ton of 'em, too. They shop. They talk. They even wear clothing.
3.Did you see some indication of seasons (winter, summer, spring...)?
Sadly, the demo that Rockstar presented was only about 15 minutes in length. Time of day definitely progresses, but whether it progresses throughout an entire calendar year remains to be seen.
4.How is the AI? Are the enemies smarter? Can they find cover?
This is another area that Rockstar is keeping under wraps at the moment. I can, however, tell you that I saw a truck driver swerve onto the sidewalk right in front of where we were walking. This strange little incident also took the Rockstar representatives by surprise. It almost looked like the driver was drunk, but then again, he could have just been in a hurry too.
5.Is it possible to climb on a ladder?
I didn't see Niko climb a ladder, per se, but I did see him ascend a telephone pole to get a bird's eye view of Liberty City. He didn't climb up it like a gorilla, however. He simply pulled himself up on the series of rungs on the pole. This feat was actually quite impressive. You could clearly see his weight transfer from side to side as he moved up the pole.
6.Can you speak with other pedestrians on the street?
Niko seemed to have other things on his mind than talk with pedestrians. The people we passed, however, were very vocal.
7.Chester Asks: What was the first mission in the game, and what was you first word when you saw this new game?
I didn't get to see the first mission in the game, but if I had to guess, I would imagine it would have something to do with the taxi stand that Niko's cousin runs. As for my first word...I can't print it here, but I did follow it up with "Oh my God!"
8.Matt Asks: Did it seem to you like Liberty City was an authentically sized city? A problem that I had with San Andreas was that you could drive to a coast in two minutes. Do you think it will be different this time?
Great question. In terms of scale, it definitely feels more like a realistic city. It feels you are traversing New York City. As you've seen in the trailer, there are a number of ways to traverse this massive area.