Come take on the roll of Niko Bellic and you'll have four new boroughs to explore by controlling cars, boats and helicopters. That's the line for the Grand Theft Auto IV game for XBox 360 and PlayStation 3, the game people are talking about.
CNET reports that Grand Theft Auto IV broke an all-time computer game sales record. On its first day out, the game sold 3.6 million copies.
Some criticize the game for being too violent. On wize.com, the game rates number one for adult games. In one of three reviews on wize.com, the game is reported to be "the darkest story so far in the Grand Theft Auto series."
But, please don't fret over the violence and/or darkness as this game is good: "What has made the Grand Theft Auto series so superb is the story
telling. Excellent voice acting with intense and exciting missions make
GTA IV a true winner. From the first moment on you will notice that you
aren't really playing a game as much as taking part in an intense crime
The following price drops have been reported for the XBox 360 in Europe according to neogaf.com
360 Arcade - from €279,95 to €199,95 ($306) 360 Premium + 2 games - from €399 to €299,95 360 Elite (rated 96 at wize.com) - from 449€ to €399,95
The price drop information was reported coming from an advertisement from the Dutch store, Intertoy (see image to the left).
Since the original European prices were higher than those in the United States, it's questionable if the price drops will come here. U.S. prices for the 360 Arcade are about $280 at many outlets. In Europe, after the price drop the console now sells for $306, still a bit higher than in the U.S.
Microsoft dropped it's price for the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 (rated 95 at wize.com) to $130 from $180.
That's not the only deal you get when you buy this dying breed of high definition DVD player; you can also get 5 free movies when you purchase one. All you do is submit your receipt with the price and date circled with a form and Toshiba/Microsoft will send you the HD-DVDs.
Matt Peckham seems to think that the next thing Microsoft will do is come out with an external Blue-ray for the Xbox 360.
Whatever happens, I believe, that in two or three years, the HD-DVD players and DVDs will be hitting the garage sale circuit.
If you want to show movies on your TV set that you've downloaded to your PC (Windows) here's how using the XBox 360 (rated 94 at wize.com) :
First connect the XBox 360 to the Internet. On the Internet, download XP SP2 Upgrade to Windows Media Player 11 Turn Xbox on Click Library then Media Sharing then Share my Media in Win Media player Next, click console icon then Allow On the Xbox 360, click Media Area Select video Select computer Last, pick something to play.
Three Video Game Players lead the pack—Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Each is compatible with a variety of games and each offers a place online to get free demos of new games (except PlayStation 3) and songs.
Here’s a condensed version of what the Game Players are all about.
PlayStation 3 (rated 87 at wize.com) costs $400 Online Content: PlayStation Network Games: Rock Band and God of War II
Wii (rated 94 at wize.com) Cost: $250 Online Content: Catalog of older games as paid downloads Games: Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure and Super Mario Galaxy
Xbox 360(rated 81 by wize.com) Online Content: available through Xbox Live Games: Rock Band and BioShock