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

GTAIV launches down under.


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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wth?? why is IRON MAN being released earlier in australia? the release date for IRON MAN in the US is may 2, but the release date in australia is may 1. what is this blasphemy?

Avatar image for ShadowOfKratos

dammit can't wait til' my copy gets inside my PS3, I live in a Z.O.E. ... sh**!!!

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I'm hanging for GTAIV to come out the PC! HURRY UP ALREADY PLEASE!! :)

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hard decision this week

Avatar image for XJRockcrawler

Hey Lamespot, where the F is the GTA4 review? Late as usual.

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GTA IV is going to be amazing,can't wait to get my hands on a copy!The free-roam online mode sounds amazing.Imagine driving around Liberty City,poppin' some caps either with or on your friends.Hellz yes!!!!!!The only problem is quite a few teenagers whose parents don't mind violent videogames can't get GTA IV in specific because of the prostitutes and all,I'm not sure if sales would be better with the option of a "no-sex"version of the game.It would be much less controversial.But then again,wouldn't adults be mad about the de-grading even though they have the option to keep the "sex" in and then sales will actually decrease instead?Nonetheless,I don't think they'll ever make a prostitute-less version of GTA ever,so forget that.This game will totally own!!!!!!!!!

Avatar image for Pete5506

I know what I'm getting

Avatar image for etramleinad12

I had GTA 4 since sunday! Take that pre-orders.

Avatar image for SlinkyJefferson

Barry White, HELL YEAH!!!

Avatar image for CMcCon342

After GTA we have Ninja Gaiden 2, that should be sweet.

Avatar image for Zazalon

Biggest thing since Halo 3, but console fans loved action games way before first person shooters. This is justa about everything you need in a game

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7 hours :D

Avatar image for Pedro7_2000

This is one of the smallest release weeks ever....GTA sure scared away the competition.

Avatar image for jcmmc

Everyone has this eastern European kinda" fever"....... lets hope it ain't a new kinda crabs......... oh game fever i see silly me!!

Avatar image for Skull-Fire

wow.. after GTA its a crap next couple of months... guess there wont be another good game (in my opinion..) until June 12 when MGS 4 is released.

Avatar image for raze-boi

I'm just too excited! Can't wait to control Niko Bellic!

Avatar image for ATFNeOpHyTe

monkey god, in australia its already the 29th, thats why

Avatar image for d3vilg0d

man I envy u guys I have to wait 18hours to get my copy.I am not going for midnight launch cos its lame where I am from,just a bunch nerds playing ds till 12.

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Avatar image for the_monkey_god

Wait today is the 28. So why does the head line say the 28 then say the 29 in the text?

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ImOldGreg, What's the HSC?

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Just one more Hour and I'll be cruisin around liberty city without a care in the world, all freakin night, screw the HSC, ALL FREACKIN NIGHT BABY!! ...really should stop drinkin coffee

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Ill be heading out in half an hour to pick up my midnight release... and then my freinds, sleep as I know it will be a thing of the past... CANT BLOODY WAIT!! -To Saren- hell yeah EB games all the way! bless them!! :P

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I just might skip school when I get GTAIV.................... just kidding or am I.:)

Avatar image for Saren_Arterius

For Jtdragon - EB midnight bash, getting then and playing it all night long.

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can wait to see how its review go. i wonder if the death match you can have stealth mode where nobody knows whos killing who, and more like shot anyone suspicious?

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It's finally here,and I can't believe it. :D

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Tomorrow morning baby! Can't wait.

Avatar image for chickenoverlord

not long now :P i'm there at midnight!

Avatar image for pandadude01

Only 2 hours 10 mins! Heck yes! I'm getting it at midnight, don't care about being tired in the morning!

Avatar image for jtdragon21

are any stores in Australia going to be open at midnight it might be out in a couple of hours but you still got to wait for the shops to open up in the morning at 9:00 am australia time or there might some stores open early i don't for sure i do live in Australia

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I love how no other games are released on Tuesday, lol

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Only a few hours to go. Whooo!

Avatar image for KillerJamJam

WOOO HOOO .. GTA IV i don't care ... i'll play it when i have time

Avatar image for jtdragon21

yes yes yes i will get it when shops open at 9:00 am australia time