This is it, we are now a month away from the release of Grand Theft Auto 4. My excitement for the game has never been higher. Seeing the final trailer has me really excited for the game once again. With the trailer, Rockstar also announced Social Club. Starting April 15th, players will be able to register their PSN ID or Xbox Live gamertag to the site. It will officially launch on April 29th, alongside the game. For the full story and the trailer, hit the jump!
Dubbed, the Social Club, it is supposed to a community hub of sorts. Although it’s not the first time multiplayer has been attempted in the series, Rockstar decided to go full throttle this time around. In addition to this list, the site will also feature leaderboards and possibly other features that Rockstar is not willing to talk about. Glad to know that they are actually serious about multiplayer.
Here is what has been announced so far:
LCPD Police Blotter—A virtual map and tracker of single-player criminal activity logged in Liberty City from the aggregated data of millions of connected players – showing the most dangerous areas of town, most commonly used weapons and more.
The Story Gang—This special single-player leaderboard recognizes players who complete Niko Bellic’s main story arc of Grand Theft Auto IV – The leaderboard ranks players according to the total amount of playing time it’s taken to complete the story, as well as a historical rank by who has completed it first. Members of this club will receive special online widgets and merit badges marking all of their in-game accomplishments.
The 100% Club—Watch to see who will be the first to complete 100% of the game. The first ten people to be identified on the Social Club as reaching 100% will be sent an ultra-rare commemorative ‘key to the city’ to mark their accomplishment. In the future, the 100% Club will then carry a historical leaderboard showing rankings of who has completed 100% of a game in the shortest span of playing hours.
The Hall of Fame—This area will dynamically recognize those singularly elite players who have reached the top of the hill on various statistical leaderboards, and will also contain a personal awards display of special in-game landmarks and successes in Social Club competitions.
The Liberty City Marathon—A ranking of special physical milestones achieved in the game – from the amount of miles walked, driven, or swam – to the number of bullets fired and stunt-jumps jumped. There will be additional special marathon-based competitions in the future from this area as well.
The trailer really shows off the physics and the spectacular explosions in the game. I know the previous GTA games have not been about graphics but I’m glad to see that this time around they felt the need make it look believable at least. I was skeptical at first, when they said that there not gonna be going for the scope of San Andreas. Now I feel it was the best decision they could have made. The city looks way more dense than previous games, and in turn looks more lively.