We're all for peeling the cobwebs off our old games and firing a few blasts at the past, but let's face it: rare is the game that ages gracefully. However, while owners of Lower Platforms are forced to endure hideous textures and lighting techniques originally employed by the ancient Egyptians, PC gamers get mods. And every once in a while, a mod comes along that successfully vaults over “Hey, that's neat” and clotheslines itself on “Damn, that's incredible,” sustaining horribly painful fall wounds in the process. But we digress. Point is, these two overhauls fit that bill perfectly, so you should check out their trailers and overload on eye candy.
Like certain other “episodes” we’ve been impatiently anticipating for quite some time, GTA IV’s two after-dinner mints have taken nearly as long to arrive as the main course. But at least GTA IV has a good (ish) reason. You see, Microsoft struck a timed exclusivity deal with Rockstar… for the Xbox. PC, not so much.
So now, nearly one year after the first of the two episodes launched, GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City has escaped from the Xbox’s supermax prison to wreak havoc on the PC (and PS3, in case you’re keeping count).
The two packs – known as “The Lost and the Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony” – are launching on March 30, and will come bundled together in stores or separately as DLC.
So, who’s up for another 30 or so hours of car-stealing, murder, drug dealing, and whatever else you crazy kids are into these days?
Batman’s a bit of an odd case, even as far as videogame characters are concerned. I mean, aside from the tight-fitting latex suit and bat fixation (or should I say Bat-bat fixation), he doesn’t kill anyone. Ever. Oh, sure, occasionally he’ll twist people’s arms for info by breaking their legs, but when it’s all said and done, Batman’s enemies come away relatively unscathed.
Of course, when distilled into videogame form, this strict moral code results in a number of strange, oftentimes chuckle-worthy discontinuities. “So let me get this straight: I hit him with a barrage of pointy metal projectiles, stuck him with a grappling hook and reeled him in Scorpion-style, and then proceeded to jump up and down on his chest like it was a trampoline? And his heart rate sits at… something above zero?!” Doesn’t make much sense, does it? And here I was, all ready to talk about suspension of disbelief and how games still have a long way to go before they create truly believable experiences when I realized something:
At least Batman – a purported “good guy” – doesn’t wantonly murder thousands of people like, you know, every videogame character ever. The rest is after the break!
Welcome to the latest installment of Disappointment Theater -- starring Your Life. Today's guest star: Grand Theft Auto IV! Wrecking one of the year's best games definitely seems like an impossible task, so read on and be astonished.
According to Steam's fuming masses, as well as gaming site Shacknews, GTA IV's creepy crawlies are all over the place. Topping players' lists of things not to be thankful for, however, are missing textures (apparently caused by corrupt graphics drivers) and the ever-popular crashing bug, which can potentially keep you from even loading the game at all.
Fortunately, one intrepid Steam user has tossed together a forum thread outlining all known issues and possible fixes, so as a (highly prestigious) reward we're putting his name on the site. Thanks, Ramzy!
Additionally, while it's not exactly a bug, the majority of wannabe-crime lords are being forced to run their game of choice at low graphical settings -- a complaint to which Rockstar has issued a response:
"Higher settings are provided for future generations of PCs with higher specifications than are currently widely available," claimed the developer.
Rockstar also released a statement promising that it'll unscrew this pooch as quickly as possible.
So, unless you want to pay $50 for a glorified beta test, wait a couple weeks before taking the plunge.