GTA4 to be massivly multiplayer, and in Miami?

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  1. BrianShort

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    Saw a bit over at www.planetps2.com saying that there are now rumors floating around that GTA4 could be massively multiplayer, and take place in Miami. Here's a link to the snippit: http://www.planetps2.com/news/ It's at the bottom of todays news update (2.1.02)
     
  2. Ike

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    Sweet.
     
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    One thing that worries me about this kind of setup is player griefing! One thing that I always hated about online games is general is that you always have your immature snots who need to cause trouble because they can. Whether it be killing newer and inexperienced players (or n00bs as they are called..I hate internet terminology sometimes) for sheer enjoyment or just being immature pains in general.
    Mind you, no matter what you do there will be these kinds of players in all online games but GTA as an MMOG really lends itself to this kind of exploitation. I'm curious as to what measures the developers will take to combat this type of behavior and make the game enjoyable for everyone.
    I never really like online games and I swore I'd never pay for one. (until recently that is[​IMG]). Dark Age of Camelot and Anarchy Online both have me hooked (though I may be cancelling my AO account, not enough time to play both.) so I am a bit more open to the MMOG experience. I'll definitely give GTA a shot if it is an MMOG but I dont know if I would pay for it. I loved PSO and I refused to buy V.2 because it was pay for play.
    As Andrew said above you also have to consider the costs of getting the PS2 online. I don't know. I guess we'll have to wait and see but the prospect of an online GTA is exciting...
     
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    online gaming - crystal pepsi...umm...HA HA HA!

    right..i guess you never played QUake or Counter Strike online etc...or...for that matter Halo...

    online gaming is a fact of life...get used to it.

    and so is paying for it.

    i for one would probably pay 20.00 /month to play gta4 online if were any better than gta3..considering ive played gta3 sooo much that i think ive played wayyy more that just 50.00 worth. consider it an arcade game if you will...god knows how much money i sunk into Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat in the arcade...alone..
     
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    Since I didnt put in my optinion with the original post, here it is. As long as the game has a good single player mode, I really don't care if it's mass multi or not. This game would be fun multi, but I would like a mode I could play singleplayer without having to pay any extra for.

    Also, what advantages is the future HD gonna have. Just quicker loading times, or what?

    Brian
     
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    You could buy all those extras...or just get the xbox version.

    Sorry-had to add it...
     
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    I think if done right, GTA 4 could be exactly what their audience is looking for. Imagine it-a city filled with online goons. Huge gang gun fires. Random car jackings. Flying between online cities.

    Oh man, I'll reiterate-sweet.
     
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    While the prospect of GTA4 online sounds fantastic, I'm still apprehensive about Sony's online plans. As you guys have said, the cost to get into online gaming with the PS2 will prove problematic.

    History shows that add-on's never take off in the US. From the Sega CD and 32X, to the 64DD that never saw the light of day, Sony will have to really work hard to convince John Q. Videogamer that the hard drive and broadband adapter are something they *need*.

    Perhaps GTA4 and FFXI are the 2 killer-apps that Sony is counting on, but if those games are pay-to-play, I'll probably pass. Maybe I was just spoiled by PSO for free for hours on end with the HTF folk, but paying X amount of dollars a month on top of a $50 game could get too pricey for most people (myself included).

    -Jason
     
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    Would it necessarily be a $50 game, though? If they're planning to charge $5-10 a month, it might make sense to sell the game itself for $10 (Hey, the marketing strategy works for crack [​IMG]); don't PC MMRPGs tend to do that?
    Also, Sony might plan on charging $x/month for their online gaming service, which includes any online game released for the PS2; the pricing model isn't known yet.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if GTA4 comes out on the xbox first or a version of it, GTA X or something. A combo of 3 and 4. The reason being that every xbox is online ready without the need for expensive add ons. I also think the reason could be because they keep giving a 'no comment' to the rumors of GTA3 coming to the xbox. Add in the pure power over the PS2 which would give Rockstar alot of extra room for features and what they can versus doing it for PS2. Then they could just cut back stuff that the PS2 can't handle when they port it over.
     
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    I've been playing MMORPG's since 1998, and online games since about 93 (anyone remember Usurper and Red Dragon?) and here's what I've learned.

    The games that I've played that take a huge time dedication, (Everquest and DAoC) are really fun for a month or two, and I find that I can't get enough of em and can waste a whole weekend (or a college semester) playing em, but eventually I hit a breaking point, when instantly, like a switch turning off, I get completely sick of em. I played EQ hardcore (like 20 hours a week or more) for like 4 months straight back in 1998, then all of a sudden I woke up one day and couldn't stand to even look at it, I didn't renew my account and haven't touched it since. THe same thing though to a lesser extent happend with Camelot. I just get burned out, I think a lot of people are like this.

    Then there's the other, more casual, less deep online games, Diablo and Diablo II, Half Life (and its mods) Madden online, etc... the ones that don't need the huge time commitment, those are the games that I find are the best, and most fun in the long run. I still play Diablo II 18 months after it came out, and I played Diablo 1 on and off for 3+ years.

    Now getting to GTA. I think this game could work, and become REALLY popular if they do it like a FPS game on PC, where people host servers, then an amount of people, from 1-30 or whatever can join a game and play in one city. There is no need, for it to be massivly multiplayer, and DEFINITELY no need for it to be 10 bucks a month. The only problem is that its on PS2, and not PC and I don't think it can happen that way on PS2.

    And yes, online games are the way of the future. Single player gaming is in a terminal state. Of course, it is still a rare treat to play a great single player game, like No One Lives Forever or Front Office Football (god FOF is addicting).
     
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