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  1. Remember a while back, Lindsay Lohan sued Rockstar because she claimed they had used her likeness? Apparently she lost that battle (not surprisingly). What it came down to in the lawsuit was the fact that Rockstar never referred to her by name or used the name in-game, and never used her as a model or even a picture of her (and I assume sufficient proof followed for that). Lohan never really had any proof at all beyond a few vague references to Mean Girls. Even then, I'm sure that all falls under parody. Also, someone brought it up on Twitter, but if anyone has grounds to sue, it's clearly model Kate Upton as the picture in the spoiler below shows. Anyhow, if you want to check out the full story, you can read it here.
  2. Take-Two Interactive revealed during a financial conference call yesterday that Rockstar Games is working on an unannounced title for next generation consoles to be released this fiscal year. Unfortunately, no other information on the game was discussed which leaves us to do what we do best... Speculate. The title will most likely be the rumored next generation version of Grand Theft Auto V. Retail listings for PS4 and Xbox One versions GTAV have been popping up over the past few months. Additionally, it was revealed that the game had shipped 33 million units and surpassed $1 billion in sales. It wouldn't be surprising if Rockstar wanted to further cash in on this wildly successful video game by bringing it to next gen consoles. If not GTAV, then what? Rockstar has a number of franchises in need of sequels such as Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, and even Bully. The small time window make these far less likely scenarios but we can hope, right? With the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 news on the unannounced title is expected to come in the near future. Stay tuned to Game Podunk for updates. Source: VG247 What do you think this mysterious release could be?
  3. More than a few months have passed since the release of Rockstar“s magnum opus of current-generation systems, Grand Theft Auto V. As the game was snatched off store shelves and anxiously shoved into the optic drives of Xbox 360s and PS3s the world over, it also came under a fanfare of criticisms and accusations of its use of drugs, violence, misogyny, and racism as the many volleys of critique towards the game and its characters. The truth of the matter, however, is the characters and the world of Grand Theft Auto V are not only criminals and vagabonds - they're also the very victims of the world that they are acting in. Los Santos, the Los Angeles-esque backdrop of GTA V is as much a living, breathing creature as the rest of the cast. A growing and voracious beast that grows upon the denizens it consumes through the 24/7 media coverage of vapid celebrities, reality shows, socio-political soap operas, and the not-so-hidden underbelly of crime on the streets and in the homes. This seemingly bright and happy city full of wealth and glitz is also the scene of rampant crime on the streets, celebs and paparazzi doing the song and dance, and rich families being host to broken homes. And the three heroes of this broken world - Trevor, Franklin, and Michael – are all willing to throw themselves into the city“s gaping maw of crime, cash, and corruption. All for different reasons, but all reaching the same result – just as every other person in Los Santos does, from the strippers to the politicians. At its core, GTA V is about money and people: people stealing for money, killing for money, selling their bodies for money – sacrificing themselves for money and the status and glory it is said to buy. The second part of the theme is the cast coming to grips with the price they had to pay. Michael, the first protagonist we meet, is living the high life in the upper-crust part of Los Santos with the wealth and status that past GTA protagonist spent the whole game trying to attain. And that “happy ending” becomes nothing more than a bad joke: his wife is constantly cheating on him, his son is a lazy and disrespectful oaf, and his daughter is too busy having sex and taking drugs on party yachts to pay attention to him. He struggles the most with the price he paid to have the “good life,” and when the chance to get back into the hustle of heists and robberies comes around, he jumps at the chance again. Not only because he needed the money to repay an extraordinary debt, but also to take back some of the parts that he gave up to be part of the upper-crust. Trevor, Michael“s past robbery-partner, has not changed at all. He still remains a psychotic killer, drug-addled, and vice-ridden man. He is a man who has given everything to the system of the city and its demands. He willingly let himself be devoured by its appetite for corruption and wealth, and because of that is possibly the most honest of the three in his demeanor and thoughts. Franklin, the third and youngest member of the trio poses as the everyman of the tale and possibly has the most honest desire of the three as to why he enters their world. His desire to better himself and rise up from the ghetto he lived in at the start of the game serves as his reason. From his honorable need gives way to the same chaos and destruction that wreaks havoc in the lives of the other two. The tragic note is that he is aware of the madness around him but decides to push onward despite the risks. Throughout the three men“s misadventures, we see not just them but the whole city as part of this microcosm. All the way to the endgame, the three aspiring turned successful robbers achieve their hopes and dreams not by fighting against the system of the city, but by embracing it and more than anyone else in it.
  4. Jason Clement

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  7. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Grand Theft Auto V

    Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games Platform: PS3, Xbox 360 Release Date: September 17, 2013 ESRB: M for Mature This review is based on the Xbox 360 version of the game, which was provided by the publisher Back when the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 duked it out for supremacy, I rented a game by the name of Body Harvest. It was so easy to be drawn to this Nintendo-exclusive title as it offered up an expansive world free for exploration. Many times I chose to kill survivors and run off with their trucks rather than save them from giant invading insects. This was my first taste of the open world genre from DMA Designs, who would later become Rockstar Games. Memories of the game clouded my mind for years afterward until finally sinking into Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. San Andreas became my life. At the age of 14 it seemed like the most incredible, free-form exploration possible. Wreaking havoc was massively fun and I would play for hours on the weekends. Since then, the series has mostly failed to recapture my attention. Why am I saying all this? It“s important to me to showcase that GTA played an important part in my gaming life and I intend to long cherish my memories of them. However, I am not so overcome by nostalgia that it“s impossible to view Grand Theft Auto V objectively. Grand Theft Auto V is one hell of a game from a technological standpoint. It had very well better be after the hundreds of staff members and multi-million dollar fees connected with its creation. Requiring an approximately 8GB install on both PS3 and 360, GTA V offers some of the most breathtakingly realistic visuals available to console players. There is a fair amount of texture pop-in, but there“s not much Rockstar could have done to alleviate this engine-based problem. Overall, it looks damn good and serves as a nice way to show that the current console generation is still powerful. In case you still haven“t heard, GTA V focuses around three lead characters - Franklin, Michael, and Trevor - who serve as, well, three sides of the same coin (if there were such a thing as a three-sided coin). Franklin is a young African American man trying to make his way out of the gangster lifestyle of Los Santos and go “legit”. Michael is middle aged, lives with his wife and adult children, and wishes to simply relax and leave his criminal past behind him. Trevor is a psychotic character who seeks out wanton destruction wherever he can. Everyone is tied together by a life of crime as their work intersects. Franklin is the only new guy to the party though, as both Trevor and Michael used to run together. It was only when a heist went totally wrong that Trevor was required to go into hiding and mourned for the perceived death of his buddy Michael for years. With this proven to be a lie, the relationship between the two becomes incredibly tumultuous, often requiring the level headedness of Franklin to keep them from tearing each other up. The ability to use three characters has been a big selling point of GTA V for a while. It“s new to the series and sounds quite cool in theory. In reality, the main reason to switch between characters is just to check out character-specific missions. Usually you can switch between the three men at will but there are times some are inaccessible. During important missions the game may even switch to someone else for you because that“s simply how Rockstar intended the scene to be played. There are tons of possible missions to play. Beyond over fifty required ones, you can also engage in various side missions that range from incredibly dull to fun. Some inform the player about nuances of the selected character while others are just there to waste time. In any case, those interested in getting 100% completion will have a lot of work to do. Beyond doing all the missions there are also collectible items to find as well as special feats to perform such as flying under specified bridges. Rockstar definitely still has it when it comes to creating expansive worlds with lots to do. Beyond the three characters to play there is another big addition to the series in the form of heists. Players must set up a heist by selecting one of two plans (safe or bombastic, basically), choosing your cast of crooks, and preparing all required elements. Once in the heist, no matter the choice, you usually end up having to fight off a swarm of cops at some point. After a successful heist, all involved parties get a cut and the game proceeds as normal. As touted as heists are, there are only six in the game and they are all tied to integral story missions. You definitely can“t just choose to stick up a joint for fun. Once you“ve spent a while with the glorious open world experience though things start to become apparent. At least in my case, the more I played, the more it was clear that GTA V is a game utterly stuck in the past. For all the graphical advancements, there is little about the game which prepares us for the next generation. Put simply, it relies on many antiquated gaming techniques and sees no reason to change them. The GTA formula has not changed since its PS2 days. First, you“ve got the heavy focus on driving. This has long been a staple of GTA (heck, the game is titled after stealing cars!). However, by now we have likely all been tainted by other open world games that offer something better. Sleeping Dogs had very prompt fast travel available. While GTA V does fast travel as well, you still have to take the moment to either find a taxi or wait for one. Then there is the elephant in the room by the name of Saints Row IV. After zipping over buildings and flying through that world it can be especially difficult to be so terrestrial here. Driving becomes more of an issue because of how GTA V is structured. Often you will drive to a mission, then be tasked with driving to another location. Then, perhaps you“ll have to drive some more as you chase someone down or run from the cops. Driving is the name of the game and you“ll be doing copious amounts of it to weave through the huge world of Los Santos. This may become more difficult thanks to the unusual handling of cars. GTA has always seemed to have unusual car mechanics and that holds true here. No matter your driving skill in other games you“ll likely spend some time in GTA skidding and crashing all over the place. Then there“s the humor, which appears to have barely evolved over the years. It may be because I“ve grown up in the years since playing San Andreas, but it“s just not that funny anymore. They hammer on a lot of the same tone of jokes as before and have only tweaked it to fit with modern issues such as corrupt corporations, social networking, and the like. But we“ve also seen a rise in satire and parody in American media so their tone stands as far less “daring” now. The goofy, ham-fisted parody also seems to now be at odds with what GTA V is attempting to pull off with its story. But what of the story? Does Rockstar manage to coalesce each of the three character“s narratives in a meaningful way? They do mesh together well and it all makes sense. However, it really feels like the developer was most focused on Michael. He is the character who gets the most development by far overall and has a real “history” about him. Even though you can play as Franklin and Trevor and explore their own issues, their primary goal is to serve as secondary characters in Michael“s life. There are narrative choices that force you to play as others, they do not wash the feeling away that GTA V is still a story about Michael. It“s a good story, but unfortunate that the others could not have had their own full narratives. Of course, there is also the heated issue of how characters are represented in the game. Everyone, from the lead characters to faux celebrities and the government of GTA V all are treated horribly. Everyone is someone to be made fun of. But does that really work when some groups really are mistreated in our society? What exactly is the point of shaming already underpowered peoples? It doesn“t seem a smart satire when you really start to break down the humor. Not everyone will care and they are free to feel this way. But just because I do care about this topic doesn“t render me unfit to play. After all, if everyone who had any issues with the representation of characters in it stopped playing, then only horrible bigots, racists, sexist, etc would be playing. And, as gamers are keen to suggest, this is not the majority audience of the GTA series. It is a game for “everyone” who enjoys wrecking stuff in an open world - except apparently anyone who voices any problem with said games. Like I said earlier, GTA V is a technical marvel. It looks great and handles mostly well when playing through the 15+ hours of main story. There are even interesting questions raised as to what motivates these men to kill and why they can“t stop. But beyond that there are a host of gameplay missteps that make it feel closer to a PS2 game than PS4. Many will still enjoy the game wholeheartedly and that is great for them. After all, this is a game with a 97 Metacritic score. For me, it seems that my tastes have changed in the 9 years since my last visit to San Andreas. At this point, it would be impossible for me to celebrate Grand Theft Auto V as anything other than a game trapped in its own massive shadow. Pros: + Huge world rife for exploration + Copious possible amounts of playtime via side missions/collectibles/etc + Heists are an exciting new addition to the series Cons: - Jeez, did we always drive this much around expansive maps? - Michael sees the most attention and even then only barely sees his character develop - Instead of satire feeling exciting/fresh it feels aged - like something an older person trying to be “hip” would come up with Overall Score: 6.5 (out of 10) Decent Grand Theft Auto V feels like it has lost itself in spectacle. As fun as it may be on the surface, it ends up being both devoid of any heart and dated.
  8. Brace yourselves, for the rumor mill will be churning at full speed yet again: Rockstar has just released three character trailers for Grand Theft Auto V. Each trailer shows off a different character's life and back story, with snappy jams backing each for added effect. But you don't have to take my word for it, let's watch: First up is Michael. Not to be confused with the Sony marketing campaign of 2011, Michael is the ground-breaking archetype of a rich white guy, bored of his lofty life and spoiled family. He drinks, he wrestles his daughter for the remote to watch violent movies. Of course, his wife is cheating on him, so the trailer demonstrates. Michael's your All American guy, living the dream. He ultimately seems to be going through some midlife crisis, however, and, given the narrative of Grand Theft Autos past, probably comes to glamorize crime or something. This trailer is set to Queen's 1984 song, "Radio Ga Ga." Watch here! Next up, there is Franklin. Franklin is also a narrative cliche, a young black gang-banger (the kind we're allowed to talk about here) who seems to be looking to get "out." This trailer is more about showing off the action and violence, contextualizing Franklin through his lifestyle, rather than the personal narrative that Michael got. Franklin's backing track is Jay Rock's 2011 song, "Hood Gone Love It." Check it out! Finally, the third trailer is of Trevor. Trevor plays to the 'crazy hillbilly' archetype. We learn that he is a drug dealer, and seems to act and react in immensely extreme ways, showing him as being the mentally unstable one of this cast of criminals and murderers. He seems to play a sort of cross between Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and The Dark Knight's The Joker, committing crimes and reveling in it. We even see him in his underwear! It is really just the craziest thing. He's backed by Waylon Jennings's 1975 hit song, "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Your eye feet look tired from all this reading, take a load off, and watch this video instead: Grand Theft Auto V will be hitting PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th of 2013. It will be hitting PC... probably eventually. Until then, stay tuned for all the latest here at Game Podunk!
  9. Last week, we told you about how Grand theft Auto V had been pushed back for a September release date. Rockstar themselves were the ones to announce this delay in a post on their official website. Now it appears the company has updated that post with an explanation as to why there is a delay: “Sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment," said a Rockstar representative, "and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV.†The representative continues to say that “to those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they“re all nonsense – literally the only reason we“ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.†Along with GTA V's release date being pushed back, so too was the game's box art reveal, which was originally supposed to be shown off last month. Rockstar has explained that the box art “will be coming out a bit later as well.†Are you looking forward to Grand Theft Auto V?
  10. Jordan Haygood

    Grand Theft Auto V Gets Delayed

    The Xbox 360 and PS3 title Grand Theft Auto V was originally going to be releasing sometime in Spring, but publisher Rockstar Games has shifted that release window to September 17 instead. Rockstar says that this decision was to "allow additional development time." “We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you," said the publisher in a message to fans, "but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time.†They went on to say that “GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.†Grand Theft Auto V is planned to be the largest GTA yet, taking place in the fictional city of Los Santos, which you may remember from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The game will also feature three protagonists, and will include more "extreme" missions than ever before. Now that it has been delayed, you should expect to see Grand Theft Auto V breaking into stores on September 17, later this year. Are you looking forward to GTA V? Are you disappointed by this delay?
  11. For all of those poor PC souls being left to defend themselves in the dark by Rockstar and their total lack of any PC support for Grand Theft Auto V, this might come as some good news. A PC port of the highly anticipated title has appeared for pre-order on the French Amazon website. Of course, you shouldn't get your hopes up just yet. These sorts of listings could always be the result of an error, but at the same time we've seen so many actual leaks coming from different foreign Amazon websites that its hard to tell anymore. I wouldn't hold my breath, but its worth keeping an eye on. You can view the pre-order page yourself at the link.
  12. The Grand Theft Auto series is undoubtedly a very popular one. In the many different installments developed, players have been hijacking cars and causing havoc for years, especially with the popularity of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now, we“re getting a brand new entry added to this awesome series from Rockstar. With the recent announcement of Grand Theft Auto V, many fans are speculating over the various possibilities the game could present. One of the big areas of discussion is who the protagonist of this game might be. Rockstar has done a fabulous job already representing different races, ethnicities, and nationalities. Furthermore, while it's mostly talk of someone that has already appeared in previous Grand Theft Auto installments, those who do offer their own ideas of someone that is new to the series rarely suggest a female protagonist over a male one. Look at all those handsome men… But… where are the ladies? Getting to the point, what the Grand Theft Auto series desperately needs is a female protagonist. After over ten years of the series, I believe we are exceedingly overdue for a woman to take the reins. Not just an over-sexualized gal who barely wears anything, either, but someone who“s strong and kicks an extreme amount of butt. We see men as the main characters in games such as Grand Theft Auto all the time (not to mention movies, television, and books). A woman“s impact and view into the crime world of the Grand Theft Auto series could present something fresh for players. The dramatic change from a male to female protagonist could be great if necessary and deep thought is put into place. It's even difficult to find female protagonists in any game that exude these qualities. While Lara Croft and Bayonetta are big name ladies and do get the job done well, they obviously put out as much fanservice as possible. While the way they are presented isn't necessarily wrong, it's less than ideal. Moreover, let“s face it: do we really want another typical woman like that to play as? Samus from the Metroid series, on the other hand, is an excellent way of having a woman being portrayed in video games (well, maybe not in Metroid: Other M, but that's a topic for another day). Other women that I picture in mind include Jade from Beyond Good & Evil and Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. These ladies know how to get stuff done. Now getting back to the topic at hand… Gamers may be scared to even try out a game that has only a female protagonist. It“s happened before with games in the past such as Final Fantasy X-2 and Wet. Not to mention the way our society is driven: growing up with stories about men rescuing the damsel-in-distress and therefore saving the day. Developers like Rockstar realize this and it“s probably why they haven“t tried it yet. However, if they play their cards right and put careful thought into how this could all work out, gamers will put aside the fact that the character that they are playing as is female and appreciate that she is just as strong and adamant as the characters Rockstar has created before. With Grand Theft Auto being a big-name series, it could possibly even lead the game industry in a new and different direction with how female protagonists are handled and trying to insert them as lead characters more often. Not to mention possibly bringing some more female gamers into trying out the Grand Theft Auto series. While this is a fake screenshot, at least someone else out there desires a female protagonist enough to make it in the first place. While I would love for it to happen in the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V, it most likely won“t happen (and if it does, I will most certainly be much more excited and more apt to pick the game up!). It may be a while before Rockstar does put a lady as the main character of a Grand Theft Auto game, unfortunately. Hopefully, fans of the series share my thoughts and will become vocal and noticeable enough to catch Rockstar“s attention so that this may be a plausible future. Images courtesy of: gta.wikia.com en.wikipedia.org
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