GTAIV launches down under

Thousands of gamers queue at retail stores across Australia for Grand Theft Auto IV midnight launches.

The countdown to GTAIV ended for Aussie gamers overnight.

Australian gamers have long become used to the fact that tardy release schedules often result in games being released here weeks and even months after they become available overseas. But in a rare occurrence, one of the year's biggest titles became available for Aussie consumers before the US and European release (albeit by only a day). Grand Theft Auto IV went on sale nationwide tonight, with hundreds of stores across Australia opening their doors for midnight launches.

With the game receiving a global release date of April 29, time zone differences meant that Australian gamers were some of the first in the world to lay their hands on Rockstar's latest opus, with thousands of gamers nationwide lining up at retail stores overnight. At the EB Games stores in Sydney's city centre (in Pitt St Mall and Galleries Victoria), more than 100 people gathered, while more than 200 waited outside EB Games' Bondi Junction store. At GAME's Broadway location, more than 70 gamers were lined up to grab their copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. The EB Games at Broadway had more than 40 people braving the night's chill to purchase the game.

A quick poll by GameSpot AU of people waiting in queues at several Sydney retail locations found that the number of people buying PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions was split fairly evenly, with no one console coming out as the clear favourite. Retailers also reported that the PS3/Xbox 360 sales split was close. Last week, several Australian retailers were reporting that the PS3 version was ahead in terms of preorder numbers.

Click here for more pictures of Australian retailers visited by GameSpot AU overnight.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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59 comments
KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Yeah, we got it first. Woo Hoo? Yeah, we got the censored version which cost like $120AUD. Woo Hoo?

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Yea so technically Australia gets it first... But at least ours isn't censored. :) Life's better in blood and gore don't you think?

SaberSpellSword
SaberSpellSword

Haa haa, SUCKERS!!! we get to play before you, we get to play before you. its about time us aussies get to play a huge hit before everyone else. its been to long.

CellAnimation
CellAnimation

I live in Australia and don't know why any PS3 users would buy this game locally. Why pay AUD$120 for a censored version of a game you can pick up for 1/2 that if you import? Pay 1/2 the price get the full game... the math seems pretty simple to me. Of course sitting here waiting for my import copy to arrive kind of sucks. :)

jon_cia
jon_cia

to bad the aussie version has been edited

hahamanin
hahamanin

damn we in india have to wait till 30th

ColdGen
ColdGen

NZ got it first - lucky blighters! Good to see an NZ soldier added to ANZAC bridge too.

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

More false rumors about sony again! just like it looking better on the ps3,stop spreading lies! Rockstar said theres no difference. I got mine last night,i only played multi.it's fun so far?

radekjonak
radekjonak

it was worth the wait!! the only game that lived up to my expectation.....

ThePatinator
ThePatinator

Gah! The store where I pre-ordered it only opens at 9 ( an hour and a half), and I have a presentation at uni at 10, so I have to wait till bloody 4 oclock to get it! Good thing I got tomorrow off work :P

PvtChurch007
PvtChurch007

New Zealand got it before the Aussies. : )

maartyr
maartyr

God i was at the midnight launch in central NSW, was sub 0 temperatures but i have it !

InFaMous_Si
InFaMous_Si

Off to fetch mine in an hour! Can't wait to lay my hands on this game.

osmifura
osmifura

Finally!!!! only one more day... man ill be playing this for hours and hours my wife is going to through my PS3 out of the window!

Gribb85
Gribb85

Not long to go now :D

twistedhades
twistedhades

yeah thats awesoem gta4 whooo yooo and ps3 rock well this ios going to happen cause many users or gamers played on ps2 before thats why many see this as a ps3 game more than a 360 just like halo its only a 360 game more than a ps3

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

Wow big turn outs! and on such a cold night everywhere as well.

maccaaccam
maccaaccam

i have to wait all day till i can play it since i have work and uni.

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

I get mine in 7 hours and 40 minutes :D but after the line for brawl im guessing it will be an extra hour waiting in the 40 degree rain....

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

A lot of other press have managed to review the game. I thought gamespot was well known, surely they should have been sent a copy.

Darkblyth
Darkblyth

getting this game woah im getting special ed ya i love gta

ciaxhieu
ciaxhieu

cool im getting the game tonight at 12 jeahh

darkride66
darkride66

e1337prodigy said "...and yet GameStop has yet to review the game. " Not many have. Rockstar chose to forgo the usual advance copies for the press on this one with the exception of a select few. Gaming sites and publications have to get it tomorrow just like everyone else, and then I imagine they'll need a good week to play it thoroughly before they submit their reviews.

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

i wonder when the Gamespot review will finally turn up, i'm guessing 29th of may.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

...and yet GameStop has yet to review the game.

oF2Ko
oF2Ko

gahh,, whateverr; im getting the game anyways :] **** Australians ;D

ddt88
ddt88

Yawn.. Whatever. I can wait.

Sparky2002
Sparky2002

3am now WOW man is great game thought i would stop by & brag lol anyways guys . & cheater game it is not censored. we just have diffrent rating system.. same as in our country we can drink alc 4 years younger then you. americans i think is base on the maturity of your people.. were hard wrokers & heavy drinkers lol have tobe 21 to drink pfft screw that

Lord_Xanatos
Lord_Xanatos

I'll have to wait till may 17 when I'll get the time and chance to go to mcallen and buy the game, cheers for the aussies, they better start providing tips and cheats jejejeje.

spazmo_69
spazmo_69

have to wait till i get my new 360 =[

sullyliam
sullyliam

have to wait till 9 tomorrow mornin...not too far off thankfully

Sparky2002
Sparky2002

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IsaacMG
IsaacMG

Here in Spain a lot of stores are already selling the game since this morning. It's just 19:13 of 28th of april, and lots of people already have the game; me included.

cheater87
cheater87

Remember it may be released earlier there but its censored.

football_legend
football_legend

only 200 or so, thats lame. US can multiply it by atleast 10.

jcmmc
jcmmc

uk launch i had a chance to chat with manager of an Edinburgh game outlet who were doing invitational on pre orders only for midnight launch and he said that even though they have officially stated that may not have enough there will be More than enuff to supply the demand so anyone who hasn't pre ordered head to game also asda tescos and sainsburys are all not taking pre orders and will be supplying demand on a first come first serve basis.

Turbo-Evil
Turbo-Evil

Damn my local EB not doing a midnight launch... Oh, and webdoom, that's not a helmet, he's wearing a headcrab! I wish I had a headcrab like that...

sbjedi
sbjedi

cant wait 6 hours for me

prowler666
prowler666

5 hours until release here. too bad i don't own PS3 or X360 :D heard that there ain't enough copies even for pre-orderers in here (Finland) for release date.

game_buddy64
game_buddy64

woohoo 12:20 hours left tell it comes out is this game on system link??? if it is that would be so cooolllll!!!!!!!!!!

drago17
drago17

i already got it mate

-GhostMLD-
-GhostMLD-

sales war has begun.....I cant wait to see who wins. oh.......and i want to play the game.