The BBC recently aired a film of theirs called The Gamechangers. This 'factual drama' aimed to tell the story about Grand Theft Auto and the controversy surrounding the series around the release of San Andreas. Daniel Radcliffe starred as one of the game's creators, Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton played the infamous Jack Thompson, the lawyer hellbent on suing Rockstar and destroying the game.
We were cautiously optimistic, but alarm bells started to ring months ago when RockStar sued the BBC for using the GTA brand without permission. It turns out that the BBC's 'facts' were gathered via third-party interviews rather than direct from Rockstar or the Housers. Not long after it aired, Rockstar were quick to jump on Twitter and ask the BBC, "What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?"Click here for more and a link to the film.
There's not long to go now before the BBC's The Gamechangers airs on BBC Two. The controversial documentary focuses on the development of the Grand Theft Auto series and the conflict between the company and outspoken US lawyer (now disbarred), Jack Thompson. Despite Grand Theft Auto developers, Rockstar, suing the BBC over the film, it would appear it's going to air anyway.
Sam Houser, a Rockstar co-founder will be played by Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame), while Thompson will be played by Bill Paxton (Aliens, Apollo 13). Oddly, the BBC have not worked with Rockstar on the project, instead opting to base it on court documents and third party people who were apparently involved with events.Click here to see the air date and trailer...
When it comes to role models for the youth of today, Grand Theft Auto isn't exactly the first name that springs to mind. However, the BBC plans to shoot a drama about the making of the legendary series in order to help glamorise the UK software industry and get more children interested in coding.Click here to read more...
Need to fill some gaps in your GTA collection? Amazon.com are running a serious Grand Theft Auto PC sale.
Great prices, but there are a couple of caveats worth noting. First of all, bear in mind that the Grand Theft Auto Complete Pack is often on sale at around the £7-8 mark, which represents better value if you plan on buying all the games together.
Secondly, however, it's on Amazon.com, not Amazon.co.uk. As such, if you're a UK customer, you'll need to make sure that you've registered a (any) US postal address, which won't matter since your Steam codes will be emailed to you. Thanks jaystan!
The Playstation Store is getting some sweet GTA-related discounts this week that include all of the games from GTA 3 onwards, not mention the Episodes for GTA IV, and even some price slashing for the fantastic PSP titles.
Hit the jump for the full list of discounts, and remember PS Plus subscribers get a further 10% off of everything.Click here to read more...
Well, we've had Bowie in space, what about GTA? According to Rockstar's Dan Houser, it's not completely unfeasible, they just haven't had a good enough idea to warrant such a title as yet.Click here to read more...
To celebrate 10 years since the launch of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and its upcoming mobile release next week, Rockstar have delivered a new nostalgia-filled anniversary trailer.
Because, let's face it, Vice City was (and probably still is) the best GTA of them all.
A wealth of potential GTA V information, apparently originating from a source who "got sacked from Rockstar North for general misconduct", surfaced over on GameSpot's forums, where it was rather quickly deleted, and the posting user banned.
Thankfully, there's a cached version.
Spilling the beans on the game's protagonist, release date, and a number of other juicy little morsels too, the rather dubious source has allegedly found themselves free from fear of retribution after their contract was terminated.
Make sure you've got significant amounts of salt at the ready for persistent pinching, because there's quite a lot to wade through with this one. Potential spoilers ahead, obviously.Click here to read more...
What: GTA III
Where: iTunes/App Store
Current Price: 69p
GTA III is a modern classic, there's no doubt about that. Vice City might have provided the finest game world of the series, and San Andreas may have bolstered the gameplay significantly since, but GTA III will always have a place in our hearts.
Right now, though, it ahould have a place on your iPhone/iPad, because it's down to 69p this weekend and if you don't think that's worth hours of hilarious entertainment then, frankly, you're mad.
The ESRB have recently re-rated GTA III and GTA Vice City as PS2 Classics for the Playstation 3, indicating that a PSN release for two of Rockstar's finest is almost certainly on the cards. San Andreas was notable by its absence, and the PS2 Classics download service is still yet to make the jump to Europe.
Mind you, if you've got an early PS3 model, backwards-compatibility with discs is still an option.
GTA III recently released in its entirety on iOS and Android. [Siliconera]
We've long wondered where Rockstar might next take the Grand Theft Auto series. From the Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas, GTA has been firmly entrenched in North America and its sordid depths, but what with the likes of Red Dead Redemption and the upcoming Max Payne 3 showing Rockstar's interest in places south of the border, might the next GTA not be set in a fictional American state? Not likely, according to studio co-founder Dan Houser, who admits he's "not sure" the series is suited to anywhere but America.Click here to read more...
It's almost hard to believe that it's been ten years since GTA III. I recall a feeling of nervous apprehension mingled with barely contained excitement as the series made the jump from its top-down, 2D roots into something far more expansive and ambitious, and Rockstar never really looked back. Dan Houser has already spoken about how the development team almost didn't go with New York as a template for their groundbreaking open-world environment, but it had to be the Big Apple really. It's just a shame that so many games following it have resolutely jumped on the NY bandwagon.
Without GTA III, though there would not have been a Vice City or San Andreas. The open-world, sandbox genre might never have exploded quite as stupendously as it did. GTA III remains, to this day, one of the modern benchmarks of game development, a thoroughly enjoyable title even a decade on, and a towering achievement pinned upon this industry's timeline.
To celebrate that fact, Rockstar have put together a little video. And it's just a little spectacular.Click here to read more...
GTA IV fans... who don't own any of the downloadable content... and have a Gold Xbox Live membership subscription... will be able to make the most of this deal. By which I mean that they're the only people who'll benefit from it. Microsoft has slashed the prices of The Ballad Of Gay Tony and The Lost & Damned down to fairly reasonable levels, though you might be better off going for the standalone retail option if you fancy an eventual trade-in.
Oh, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is also down to 800 Microsoft Points. It's a great game, and one that's well worth considering at this price.
In other news, prepare for a mandatory system update today. No new features will be added, but it's apparently laying the groundwork for a major upgrade scheduled for later this year.
Steam continues its Rockstar weekend with a collection of the classic Grand Theft Auto games. Included in the bundle are GTA 1-3, Vice City, and San Andreas. It basically works out at £1 a game with this pack, which is a great price for each title no matter how you look at it. Fancy taking control of Tommy Vercetti and tearing up the 80s? Feel like taking the action over an entire state and parachute out of a plane? Perhaps you just fancy some old fashioned top-over arcade fun? It’s all there, and all for a fiver. Be quick to pick it up though, this deal will expire later today! Thanks to Cuddy @ HUKD!
If you’re looking to replay one of the gaming industry’s more notorious series (or if you no longer have your last generation consoles) then this Steam deal will let you relive it for an incredibly low price. Included in the bundle are GTA 1-3, Vice City, and San Andreas, allowing you to experience all of Rockstar Games’ chaotic sandbox titles once again. Fancy taking control of Tommy Vercetti and tearing up the 80s? Feel like taking the action over an entire state and parachute out of a plane? Perhaps you just fancy some old fashioned top-over arcade fun? It’s all there, and all for a fiver.
So much for exclusive. The Grand Theft Auto IV expansions, The Lost and the Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony, which Microsoft apparently paid upwards of 50 million US dollars for to retain timed exclusive rights, are now available for PS3 owners to enjoy. And it's a lot to enjoy. Of the two, The Lost and the Damned is a superior story, as biker Johnny Klebitz must ensure his fresh-from-a-cell friend and gang-leader, Billy Grey, doesn't ruin the business Johnny has been cultivating in his wake. The Ballad of Gay Tony, while still as irreverent and polished as you'd expect from Rockstar, relies more on set-piece action and a return to form of the wild and wacky heydays of old-school GTA. What's most impressive about Episodes from Liberty City is Rockstar's attempt to weave each campaign into Niko Bellic's original story. We meet both Klebitz and Lopez in the diamond-museum level, and the circumstances surrounding that event build, from start to finish, to ensure Liberty City truly feels like just that: a city. Alive and breathing, with multiple characters and their own dire fates.
Keeping up the momentum with another selection of cheap games as Rockstar Week draws to a close, Steam are now offering GTA: Vice City for just £1.49. This is a superb deal which beats the next best price (£.6.99 from Shopto) by £5.49. But get in there quick as this deal expires at 9pm tonight.
Although it might be a lot smaller than the likes of San Andreas and even GTA 3, Vice City is a title bursting with character and quality content. Amalgamating different elements of all various Hollywood classics like Scarface, Carlito's Way, Miami Vice and many more, the game provides a vivid explosion of characters, great 80s music, clothes, killer combat and great voice acting. The player assumes the role of Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta) who, after being double-crossed during a drugs deal, settles in Vice City in a bid to seek out his boss’s lost money – and, while he’s at it, take the whole place over.
One of the great things about Vice City and also San Andreas, and something which Rockstar choose to leave out of GTAIV, is the way it’s possible to take over your own businesses and expand your criminal empire. There are also loads of side-quests and challenges to complete, which go a long way in keeping you entertained once you’re done with the main story. Vice City’s 80s soundtrack has also got to be greatest of any GTA title - or game for that matter - and does an excellent job setting the tone. In fact, for £1.49, I’d say it’s worth it just for the soundtrack alone.
Thanks to Matty Hodgson from Hotukdeals.
As Matt pointed out in his deal on The Rockstar Collection, Steam aren’t exactly renowned for their low prices. However with another blinding deal – the second to have cropped up in as many days – you can now download all the Grand Theft Auto Classics for just £4.24. Unfortunately this is a short-lived offer which expires at midnight tonight (thank God I’d already seen Equilibrium or Film4 would have made me miss out on this one).
The deal consists of GTA 1, 2, 3, San Andreas and Vice City.
Have to say, I actually ordered myself a copy of GTA 1 from Amazon for old times sake, and couldn’t believe how many of hours of pure bliss I spent as youngster on what seems – looking back now anyway – a truly rubbish game. However, given the seminal quality of GTA 1 and its classic soundtrack, it’s a title which definitely justifies a place in every GTA fan’s collection.
It’s a bit of a shame Steam aren’t throwing in GTA London, but GTA 2, from what I can remember of it anyway, does add a few innovations to the format. You can add some interesting extras to your vehicles like mounted machine guns and slip up pursuers with oil slicks, but fundamentally, it more or less has the same gameplay of the 2D original at its core.
GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas are what make this a truly great deal however. In some respects – apart from the visuals of course - I actually think these titles have more going for them than GTAIV. They are absolutely packed full of content (especially San Andreas with allows you to indulge in all kinds of homicidal madness from bunny hopping on people’s heads with a BMX to firing missiles at passers by from an F16) and are, in the long run anyway, a bit more of a laugh than the latest iterations. Sorry Niko.
Thanks to Cuddy from Hotukdeals.
The headline above should probably read something like 'Steam In Best Deal Ever Shocker!' because this is kind of what it is. It would be easy to think that I've simply been conditioned by Steam's persistent overpricing to believe that any sort of price drop could be construed as a deal and generally I'd actually agree.
But not this time.
Steam are offering the Rockstar Collection this week for just under £30, giving you all of the GTA games - except for GTA: London but including Episodes From Liberty City - both Max Payne games, Manhunt, Midnight Club 2, Wild Metal and Bully for this absurdly low price. Even if you priced everything here at a fiver each, and that is nowhere near selling value of this lot, these twelve games would still come to double the price listed. If you've never played a Rockstar game, this is your chance, and it's a great way of getting hold of the two original GTA top-down games as well as you'll be hard pressed to find them in many other places.
GTA IV and its expansion is worth this price alone, and it will eat up your time, but there are some other utterly fantastic games here too. Vice City, my favourite of the entire series, had the best story, the best setting and some of the funniest moments in videogaming. Bully is a riotous appropriation of Rockstar's most successful formula applied to the clique-driven setting of school life and is much better than it probably should be. Max Payne and its sequel are still two of my favourite games of all time.
If you've been waiting for an opportune moment to get your hands on GTA IV then this is it, with the best extras you'll probably ever get for this price. If you're a Rockstar fan then this is must-buy too. You may not want to snap this deal up if you already own the majority of these games, but newcomers should certainly get involved. This is far too good to pass up and it lasts all week.
Thanks to Cuddy over at HUKD