AU Shippin' Out April 28-May 2: Grand Theft Auto IV

GTAIV launches down under.

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Grand Theft Auto IV will be making its Aussie public debut tonight at midnight. In pursuit of the American Dream, Niko Bellic, an Eastern European expatriate, has come to Liberty City on the advice of his wealthy cousin Roman. For the first time ever in the franchise’s history, Grand Theft Auto IV will feature online multiplayer over both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Both versions support up to 16 players and have 15 different gameplay modes ranging from team deathmatch to VIP-style escort-based mods. Like previous games in the series, GTAIV will feature an extensive playlist for its radio station, with the confirmed artists including Queen, Blink 182, Kanye West, and the late Barry White. Rockstar Games are going against the normal Thursday/Friday releases, with GTAIV coming out tomorrow. Most specialty game outlets will be doing a midnight launch tonight.

This week also sees the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Game of the Year Edition on Wednesday for the Xbox 360. A PS3 version has been confirmed to follow later on this year, but no word has been said about a PC equivalent.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer and publisher information--actual dates may vary).

April 29, 2008
Grand Theft Auto IV (360, PS3)

April 30, 2008
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Game of the Year (360)

May 1, 2008
Iron Man (Wii, 360, PS3, PS2, DS)
The Waterhorse Legend of the Deep (DS)
Kawasaki Quad Bikes (DS)
Rig Racer 2 (Wii)
Ninja Reflex (Wii, DS)

May 2, 2008
Undercover: Dual Motives (DS)
My Riding Stables (DS, PC)
Dr Reiner Knizias Brainbenders (DS)

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