Ian Fairies wrote:
Playing IV on the PS3 recently, you realise how far games have come since it was first released. There's the (very) drop in frame rate but there's been far prettier games pushing the hardware beyond what GTA was doing some 4 years ago. GTA IV was not the pinnacle of game making as far as the consoles go and I expect the revisions made to the engine since 2008 Rockstar are using will ensure that the console versions are better looking and smoother than IV was. On the consoles.
It's been a year and a half since I last played GTA4 but even when I played it then I thought they were still miles ahead of other sandbox games, although I haven't played Just Cause 2 (the demo put me off), it still took the piss out of saboteur, LA Noire, any Saints Row game, the only game that can challenge it is Red Dead. I've played numerous sandbox games since and even 5 years later none even come close to liberty city. Gameplay mechanics wise, it's not the greatest but few have created a better game world. Although to counter my argument and possibly agree with you, the frame rate drop was ridiculous at times, although I'm sure it was mainly mission based, the last mission of the original GTA4 had a ridiculous of jittery car chase to the beach for a jittery boat chase, followed by fail jump and repeat infinity. Terrible finale bettered by the episodes.
But yeah, I hope there making it for lovely consoles Sony 4 and Microsoft 3 after they release it because I'm not buying a super PC soon and I'd love to see it in super lovely graphics. It's the first time I've felt this way, it seems like a waste if they make this amazing world and don't release it at its potential.