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Grand Theft Auto 5 – one of the most keenly anticipated video games ever – was officially released today, although a few people apparently got their packages a few days ago. The preview videos show it to be stunningly accomplished, and no doubt it will sell phenomenally well. Yet many of the young adults who make an excited …

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The soundtrack to GTA was a thing of beauty. I used to have a copy I played in the car.

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Absolutely. Techno and Dance were my favourite in GTA 1. All produced in-house; I had no idea they weren't 'real' tracks.

Start here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NupUW9-l61s :-)

C.

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Not as good as Carmageddon at the time but still a brilliant waste of time.

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Same old same old

GTA 5 updated graphics, large open spaces, side missions...

Wait wasn't that GTA GTA2 GTA3 GTA4?

Same old again just better graphics ish.

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Indeed. GTA was a blast when it came out. The newer ones added new features ... but sometime after GTA3 it just seems like they're rehashing the same stuff over and over and over again. Which is probably why I'm now bored by the latest games.

And Rockstar seems to be wearing down the formula itself as well, with Red Dead Redemption (Grand Theft Horse!) and Bully (GTA with Bikes!). Still, the original game is still good... :)

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True, one of the first to put real music on the game map.

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Re: Not as good as Carmageddon

BURN THE HERETIC

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Re: Not as good as Carmageddon

Yeah, cow squashing ain't funny.

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Fair point. While graphics have improved no end in the past 15 year of gaming, the same can't really be said for gameplay, can it?

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I agree, they were awesome at the time. I only played GTA I and II, never really got into GTA III and then I lost interest, it just became another awful-looking, console-oriented junk based on super-dumb wannabe gangster crap...

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Apparently, it was originally developed on the Amiga, but as the Amiga market died, they moved to the PC.

Later, an unofficial clone was released for the Amiga, which was called "Payback", and while it suffered a bit from being developed entirely by one person, it had a certain charm and was fun enough to play. It was later ported to the Gameboy advance.

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Port to GP2X

There was also a version ported/remade on the (now defunct) open-source handheld.

http://gp2x.co.uk/payback.html

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Payback was also ported to OS X, and is available on iOS.

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It does feel like an Amiga title in some ways. Would have liked to see it!

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I believe the Gameboy Advance version of GTA was toned down a bit for the younger audience. What a shame!

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It was out on the Amiga

I had the game the day it came out on the Amiga 500. Somewhere I even have the box with the map in it. Fantastic game, but a bug developed towards the end and I couldn't complete it as the map would vanish :(

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That which brings the highest happiness...

GOURANGA!

That is all.

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Reward for killing all the harekrishna's in one swipe, IIRC. top job :-) :-) :-)

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And the bloody tyre tracks left behind on the pavement afterwards was a particularly nice touch... the details made GTA :-)

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The gang of Elvis's never really lived up to the Hara Krisna so beautifully splattered across the side walk in a agonizing slide, never knowing if you would have them all of if one of the buggers would leap to safety.

Offcourse, hunting those that survived down was mandatory!

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http://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-21228,00.html

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I once managed to get them all to jump on the train track next to where you started.

but 9 times out of 10 one got away , then the mandatory hunting followed by having to lose the police

excellent,

played all of the GTAs so far IV has gotten a bit serious though, played saint row 3 recently which has more of the humour of the previous GTAs

If V has more humour than IV then I will get the PC version, Keyboard and mouse FTW indeed (apart form the bloody helicopters !)

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No PC Version...

The humble PC beginnings yet there is no PC version of GTA V. Fail.

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Don't panic, apparently buried within the code the PC and PS4 versions are mentioned. Hopefully an Xbox One as well is coming as well.

Anyone playing on the Xbox 360, do not install the "play" disc to the hard drive, if you can install it to a USB stick and you will avoid the graphical pop ups that are being reported.

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You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3.

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Irony/trolling? Very poor effort.

Yes, the future is clearly a 7 year old console. If my eyes could roll harder they would fall out.

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Keyboard and Mouse ftw

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The future is clearly whatever platform developers develop for; it doesn't matter a damn how fancy it is. Wii is proof enough of that.

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You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3.

As much as I'd like to upvote you for promoting the PS3, I just can't because I still consider the PC a better gaming experience. Probably because of my golden gaming era being during the rise of the modding community with Quake1/2, I just can't consider the PC gaming era dead. Even less now that the new consoles are just going to be overpriced PCs (though I'm still probably going to get a PS4).

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Wasn't PC gaming just overpriced console gaming anyway? Never understood why someone would buy a PC just for game playing. The graphics may have been higher res but a console gamepad beats the PC experience for most games, surely?

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Much as I would like to use a machine I use for work for playing games, I prefer to use the cheap and expendable thing that sits under my TV for recreation. First: It's where I can use it with friends, and Second: If it dies through thermal cycling, I'm not too fussed.

Besides, PC gamers can play Multi Theft Auto should they choose: A multilayer derivative that has been been around for years.

I didn't realise until reading this article that DMA became Rockstar. I used to see DMA and Psygnosis (Studio Liverpool?) whilst Lemmings was loading...

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"You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3."

Nice troll, but I still would like to point out;

I hate console controllers with a vengeance especially for shooters

Just because you like craptastic controllers that require autoaim just to make a game playable does not mean everybody should bend to your preferences and follow suit.

You have fun following the herd, the rest of us will make our own choices

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So... you prefer game-playing with your hands clasped over a keyboard? Not quite sure how the PC version of game controlling is quite so superior? I'll give you Lemmings and god games were always better with a mouse, but apart from that?

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Ahhh i remember that few months in 1997 when i grabbed a pre pre pre pre release trail version (i think about 15 minutes of game play) and i played it and played it and played over and over, unfortunately i was 14 and my money was my parents money - playing this demo so much convinced them at the cost of the full game, the 18 rating were not suitable and the fact they wouldn't see me for months smashing into little heads and shoulders constantly was a bad thing......

bastards.

well i still got to cane that demo AND LOVED IT.

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Oh yeah I did the same, I played the death out of that demo until I was eventually able to go buy it myself when I turned 18! I still have the disk at home, might have to fire it up this evening. I still remember being almost overwhelmed with the amount of freedom.

Even in the newer ones like san andreas, I still tend to spend most of my time exploring and playing around rather than doing the missions.

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One of these I'm guessing?

http://www.rockstargames.com/gta/

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Fantastic memories

This game came out just as I was finishing my first year at Uni. In those days only the well off kiddies had PCs in their room, so there was literally only 1 on our floor in my halls of residence. Let's put it this way - he was a very popular guy!

The comical over the topness and cartoon brutality was brilliant. I think I enjoyed the sub games more often. I think my favourite one was the "Speed" clone where you had to keep a school bus above a certain speed before it blew you and everyone around it to smithereens.

I also liked the fact that you could pop out the CD when playing, and replace it with your own and you could listen to your own music when playing GTA - Nothing like escaping police to sound hard house or Drum'n'Bass!

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Ah, fond memories of this. I seem to remember this being released with a full-on BBFC 18 certificate in the UK, not simply a Content Advisory warning (the PSX version, anyway).

I too had a pre release demo of this, which was on the demo disk attached to the front of the monthly official Playstaion magazine. Being 12 at the time and with the 18 rating and all the negative press, there was no way my parents were buying it for me, so I had to wait until I was a bit older and bought a later one. Luckily, they didn't know about the demo disk, which I absolutely played to death...

Roll on the end of this working day, when I can finally go home and play 5!

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Life imitates art

Man hit with brick and stabbed after buying his copy

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24127999

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/techandgadgets/grand-theft-auto-v-fan-stabbed-and-hit-with-brick-as-gang-rob-him-of-computer-game-8821177.html

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Always upsetting when someone is attacked like this and it's good that he's going to be OK. But I can't help find it interesting that the title of the game he was carrying when he was robbed is seen as a factor here. How long before the Daily Wail starts to bleat about how GTA V (or GTA in general) MUST be to blame for all crimes like these. Of course, we all know there were no muggings prior to 1997...

Kind of like Manhunt all over again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhunt_(video_game)#The_murder_of_Stefan_Pakeerah

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When he fell down did his wallet appear next to him glowing green?

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Wasn't there a stabbing incident as well during GTA4 release day? Seems that London has a knack on having real life imitating art...

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CoD was blamed by that bastion of journalistic standards, the Mirror, for the Washington Naval Dockyard shootings. It looks like the largely discredited link between video games and violence is still going strong in the tabloids.

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Game imitates art imitates life. Inmates.

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One of the best things about the first game was the cut-scenes.

They were so over the top it was hilarious.

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GTA was a great game but not as original as the autor of this piece seems to think. It may have been the first to put all the elements mentioned together in one game but I'd seen them all years before in Spectrum games, from the open world to the snarky sense of humour and even the Deathrace 2000 elements.

Personally I always got bored with the missions after I'd done a couple and spent all my time stealing the most ridiculous vehicles I could find and trying to kill as many cops as possible. One of my favourite tricks was to hole up at the end of a tight alleyway with a bazooka or other large gun and kill them all as they came at me.

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> but I'd seen them all years before in Spectrum games,

Are you thinking of 'Super Stuntman' by Codemasters?

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(Good shot kid, you got him)

(Good shot kid, you got him)

Hotel, downtown, speeding all around

An AK-47 got the power in it's barrel

To move any mother that gets in the way

Just another power machine on the freeway

Riding with me is my MC homeboy

Knowing the rules ain't part of his program

Finding the right way around this map

Might be pretty hard 'cause he's ****ed on crack

G- grand theft auto

You gotta make a mark and move where you want to

T - theft

Determination to steal what you can and run from the nation

A - hey, what do ya say?

We automate the sequence and speed for my getaway

Take it to the edge, there's nowhere to hide

And call up the boys, let's go for a joyride

Let's go for a joyride

Stop the violence from the police

Is what my dad used say but now he's deceased

He got caught in a jam, threw in the can

When the cops from Brooklyn said he'd killed another man

Street knowledge was my main game

To figure out the law, to figure out the frame

Just when I thought I knew justice

A cop behind me said, you just been busted

NYPD (NYPD)

LAPD (LAPD)

SFPD (SFPD)

Don't ***k with me

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