First Grand Theft Auto IV gameplay details emerge

The first gameplay details of Rockstar's upcoming epic Grand Theft Auto IV have been unveiled, just a couple of weeks since the first teaser trailer caused a major stir across the world.

Game Informer's Andrew Reiner -- one of the few journalists to see the game -- lifted the lid on some of the features we can expect to see when GTA IV launches in October.

Top of the list is the fact that players can fly across Liberty City, although not in planes. "There are no airplanes in the game but flying is still there," he explained. "One means of this is the helicopter. This is just one city and a plane really doesn't fit into that very well for gameplay. Flying is still very much a large part of the game."

Reiner also said that the driving experience was far closer to something like Midnight Club rather than previous GTA titles and that the camera angle sat closer to the car, which showed off vehicles in more detail and also enabled players to see more of the city as they drive around.

Talking of the city, Reiner added that even though he saw an early version of the game, it was already looking stunning. "The visuals are tremendous and easily some of the best I have seen. What's scary about this statement is that Rockstar North is still improving upon the visuals. There's little question that it will be one of the best looking games come this holiday," he said.

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A game that's as fun as GTA: VC or GTA: SA with top notch graphics and more new stuff for us is bound to be totally awesome and 110% worthy of purchase! It seems that this, and Resident Evil 5, will be enough to convince me to buy an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3.

They simply can't have airplanes if it's a clone of New York. That would cause them massive problems in the media.
Fair enough really.

Maybe not the best, but it's a heck of a lot better than GTA's racing.

Though he only really commented on the camera position, it's lower and closer, givign you more look ahead and sky and letting you see more of the car. not really related to the actual driving sim.

but the imrpoved physics should also make driving a lot better, without making it Forza Simulation type