PS3 GTAIV snatching trophies Oct. 27

Thanks to Sony's firmware update 2.41, PlayStation 3 gamers can now be awarded persistent online trophies for accomplishing tasks within games. However, unlike Microsoft's gamerscore-point system, Sony doesn't mandate that developers must implement the trophy feature. Thus far, the result of...

Thanks to Sony's firmware update 2.41, PlayStation 3 gamers can now be awarded persistent online trophies for accomplishing tasks within games. However, unlike Microsoft's gamerscore-point system, Sony doesn't mandate that developers must implement the trophy feature.

Thus far, the result of this decision has been spotty trophy support for games that were released before the update went into effect in July. Some high-profile games, such as Burnout Paradise and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, have seen updates retrofitting their titles with the awards, while others, notably Metal Gear Solid 4, have remained unawarded.

Today, Rockstar Games hopped from column B to column A, saying that trophies will be patched into Grand Theft Auto IV on October 27. The title update will include 51 trophies in all, one more than the total number of Xbox 360 gamerscore achievements.

Rockstar also provided a small sample of the types of tasks gamers will have to complete to be awarded the trophies. Matching up closely with the Xbox 360 achievements, the trophies include One Man Army, where players must survive for five minutes with a 6-star wanted level, Dare Devil, for those who sail off all of Liberty City's unique stunt jumps, and Chain Reaction, awarded for blowing up 10 vehicles in under 10 seconds.

For more on the highly acclaimed Grand Theft Auto IV, check out GameSpot's full review.

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SamuriChamploo
SamuriChamploo

I LOVE GRAND THEFT AUTO!!!! This is awesome. I have waited for this news for a long time. Thanks RockStar! :)

Orand
Orand

I have played this game for awhile now and recently started the whole game over... I had never had any popups saying that I had earned trophys until yesterday... Is this a new feature for the PS3? Or am I just completely un-observant?

cooldude03
cooldude03

I love Xbox360's gamerscore system, and loved GTA IV achievements, If PS3's trophy list is close to the 360 achievements of the same game, it should be worth the effort to achieve said trophies. If Sony wants me to buy more PS3 games they'll require more games to include trophies. It will only help them. I've been waiting to play MGS4 hoping they add trophies before I play it.

jamesh-42
jamesh-42

mikemaj82: isn't it more likely that Rockstar decided that the potential profits from selling to Xbox users outweighed the costs/time of developing a multi-platform game and loss of any exclusivity deals with Sony? I'd guess that the sizes of the PS3 and Xbox 360 user bases at the time of the GTA4 release were probably a fair bit smaller than the size of the PS2 user base at the time of previous game's release. Supporting both platforms makes it that much easier to recover the production costs.

drsnobby
drsnobby

Darkride66,don,t confuse attach rate for total sales

drsnobby
drsnobby

Darkride66,please get the facts straight.the real issue is that the 360 is going to be around for a long time. are you saying that the majority of 360,s have no hardrive? the only issue that hampers the 360 is that it uses standard dvd,s instead of bluray.i will bet that the next xbox will use the blueray format.as for GTA4,the ps3 version was outsold 2 to 1,so how can you say the ps3 had the same attach rate as the 360?

darkride66
darkride66

drsnobby said "GTA4 sold 500 milllion in a week.60% of the total sales came from the xbox 360.why would rockstar short change themselves to an exclusive deal with the PS3? i will bet money that GTA5 will be multiplatform again." The PS3 did have the same attach rate as the 360 when it came to GTA4, but that's not the issue here. The issue is that in the next 2 years which it will probably take for GTA5 to come out, the 360's future isn't certain, and Rockstar already complained of the lack of harddrive and limits of the 360. Without dev kits yet for the new Xbox, it would make sense to start on the PS3 and go from there. This is all just rumor at this point though.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

drsnobby, the reason for more 360 sales was obviously because more people had a 360 than a PS3 at the time. But that is slowly changing. The only reason it was released on the 360 is because Bill Gates is a money-hungry whore.

TUNEwon
TUNEwon

Awww man, I just played from the beginning for 3 hours or so, I grabbed a couple of trophies and remembered it's just GTA, I won't be investing in this game again. How did this game get a perfect 10? There are just way too many games out now that are far more fun. IMO of course...

drsnobby
drsnobby

Darkride66,GTA4 sold 500 milllion in a week.60% of the total sales came from the xbox 360.why would rockstar short change themselves to an exclusive deal with the PS3? i will bet money that GTA5 will be multiplatform again.you need to check your sources,your reputation is at stake,SIR!!!!

TUNEwon
TUNEwon

Blah blah blah 360's shadow, blah blah blah late to the party. Give me a break, it's two years later and I still love my PS3 over my 360. So what, I'm just looking forward to getting some GTA trophies tonight. After my Chinese food gets here that is. Chop chop people.

n4m3l335
n4m3l335

Looks like PS3 is a little late to the achievements party. They actually found that games with many easy to get achievements sell better than those with really hard achievements. and btw, PS3 will forever live in the shadow of the 360. Only if God of War 3 proves to be epically win, along with some other exclusive will the Playstation name rule again.

n4m3l335
n4m3l335

Looks like PS3 is a little late to the achievements party. They actually found that games with many easy to get achievements sell better than those with really hard achievements. and btw, PS3 will forever live in the shadow of the 360. Only if God of War 3 proves to be epically win, along with some other exclusive will the Playstation name rule again.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

darkride - Whats this crap you just posted....don't insult Rockstar with this slander. Exclusive GTA's are a thing of the past (except chinatown wars, psp games).

darkride66
darkride66

Cool. I love trophies and achievements. In related GTA news, did anyone else hear that GTA5 was going back to PS3 exclusive? I just saw a brief headline but didn't have a chance to read the entire article.

FAMILYGUYFAN17
FAMILYGUYFAN17

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Paul2005
Paul2005

ahahha it got me like 20 secs to get a trophie. i didnt even knew that ubdate was for trophies sweeet

Denji
Denji

I wish they would've included the (taken out at the last minute) MP3 option with the patch aswell :(

hidden_ninja4
hidden_ninja4

nintendokid, I don't have a problem with achievements in general, just those handed out for mediocrity. (which seems to be about half)

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

so, uh... y don't they just add "custom soundtracks funcionality" into it too while they're at it?? shouldn't be a biggie...

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

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kaiokenx100
kaiokenx100

HAHAHA, PS3 is finally catching up with goal-oriented gamers!!!!!

nintendokid
nintendokid

I don't understand the displeasure some of you are having towards the Achievements/Trophies. 1. It's free. It will always be free. 2. It will never degrade the gameplay. Achievements only have the potential to enrich the experience. 3. Completing Achievements never was and never will be a requirement to advance a game. 4. Like it or not, Achievements are a part of the natural progression of video games and are here to stay, much like controller vibration and subtitle options. 5. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Mor-GanX, hidden_ninja4, and xiayan.

chapan17
chapan17

stop whinning people, if you think its pointless than its okay dont do them, and about going through the game over again, im not sure but according to the 3 examples they gave they are no mission based trophies but "extra curricular activities" so it just makes the game a bit more fun to play while you are using the sandbox environment. If they are mision based i agree with most of you and would be pissed off since i have no intention of going through it again.

Skyline22
Skyline22

dammit i really don't wanna replay the entire game but theres 51 of them

Myzz617
Myzz617

Much like plenty of my PS3 games I barely play this. Mostly online, and its not like im goin to play it more cuz of trophys. SOCOM and Madden FTW

ReggieNametaker
ReggieNametaker

Utterly pointless for somebody who's already completed the game and has no intention to play through it again (like myself). Not that I really care that much, point whores will though...

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Yea but it doesn't say whether it is retroactive or we gotta start from scratch to get these trophies... I just reached 95% and it'll suck if I have to run through the whole game again.

hidden_ninja4
hidden_ninja4

Achievements/trophies have never been a huge deal to me, but they can add some replay value to games. However, getting awards for beating levels of a game makes no sense to me. If beating a game isn't enough of an achievement on its own, why bother playing it?

Mor-GanX
Mor-GanX

I've never understood the point of achievements and trophies. It's not like you get anything for getting them. I mean, if Microsoft gave you a free month of Live or some free downloads for reaching 10000 gamerscore or something like that then I could understand.

bubnux
bubnux

Just in time for nobody to care.

lawfan
lawfan

i already got to update my gta 4 for the trophies

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

I had a lot of fun going through the trophies... er achievements on the 360 game. That type of stuff adds to the game, and is always a welcome.

kikook
kikook

OMG Awesome GTA4 is one the games I wanted it the most in.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

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BRAWLL
BRAWLL

this is great ... another reason to play GTA again a great game

xiayan
xiayan

People are pitaful if you plan on going through the game again for some silly trohpy's

Danold
Danold

That's cool I guess, I've been getting achievements since day one though...

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

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tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I'm totally gonna start playing it from scratch:D

Thewbacca
Thewbacca

What I'm suprised at is that Insomniac aren't putting them retroactively into Ratchet and Clank or Resistance, even though they're the guys who came up with Trophies in the first place (back in 1999, when they were called Skill Points and were put in Spyro 2)

shadyelf
shadyelf

MGS4 doesn't need trophies, it's got its own ingame ones, you know the symbols like "Fox" and "Turtle". The problem with these trophies and achievements is that they feel tacked on, especially with the 360 as they are mandatory. And I'd like in game rewards, AFAIK GTA IV's achievements don't give you any in game rewards. Ratchet and Clank's skill points would give you some pretty cool stuff.

Guljigit92
Guljigit92

okay guess i'm back on GTA4 for now sorry Cod4 i have spend time with GTA for a while.