…Mobile Phones! With the first trailer for GTA V being released tomorrow, PSLS takes a look at some of the annoying features of Grand Theft Auto IV that held back the entire experience. - PSLS
Updated with GTAV trailer
Oh man, I hated the cell phone. Drove me nuts. That's the main reason I didn't like GTAIV.
Such an unnecessary and annoying addition to the franchise. I don't understand why they implemented it.
Could be cool if they allowed you to turn it off or to silent, and then when you feel like hanging around with 'friends' you can turn it back on.
@ above They do. Turn the phone to silent. Done.
You still get a visual cue when the phone rings. You're still being called.
It was weird just when you had 2 stars a cop would spawn out of nowhere and blast you to death with a shotgun, then when you put up yur telephone to put in the life cheat you'd get grazed by a cops hand gun and then have to bring the phone back up, I HATED it
I think getting rid of relationships is a good idea, too. It's not enough that I risked my life saving that Jamaican, but now I have to play pool with him while in the middle of a mission, too? Don't these people realize that I'm busy? Totally stupid.
The cellphone itself can stay, actually make it a smartphone. Just stop with the 'hangout' calls and the penalties for refusing. That's all.
Perjoss, ReservoirDog, and DrStrange. The phone has a sleep mode that would stop all incoming calls. It would also stop the story from progressing. You wouldn't be able to get the call from Roman's girlfriend that he'd been kidnapped, for example. But once the story was done, you don't need the phone anymore. Hit the sleep mode. No more calls from Brucie or Roman or Packie or Little Jacob. Problem solved, now go get those assassinations done.
Fark! Double post!
I missed those buttons cheat, I hate that I have to go to the stupid phone to do a life heath/armor cheat by the time I reach to that I already got Kill by those cop lol
wasnt cell phones in Vice city and san andreas ? i like cell phones because you can enter saved cheats on the go
I agree. I really didn't start enjoying the game until I turned the phone off and started ignoring all the irritating "We never hang out," calls. Once I just focused on the main plot I really found I enjoyed the last game. Still, and I know I'm in the minority here, huge improvement over GTA: San Andreas. First GTA game since 3 I couldn't be bothered to finish. I found nothing involving about the characters or plot in SA, and the gang turf wars were just as annoying as the constant cell phone rings. Oh no, territory under attack. Drop what you're doing! Mindless story, if you ask me. Pales in comparison to what they did with GTA 4.
LETS GO BOWLING COUSIN
And see some titties !!!
HEY COUSIN, HOW ABOUT SOME TITTIES Roman, NO! I'm 18 minutes into a 6 star tiff against the LCPD!
Using it to enter cheats was the worst!
Yeah. But you only had to enter it once. After that it was stored in a menu near the bottom.
Don't get why people where so against them to begin with. I always loved getting calls from my friends and even then I rarely got calls since I called everybody so much. I ate with Roman everyday because the dialogue between them was so unbelievably well written. So I basically called them before they called me. And after just about every mission you can call Roman and they'll discuss the stuff he just did. Like after the kidnapping mission and the bank one and everything. Te phone added another dimension to the game. But I actually enjoyed the characters and the writing.
Yeah I never had a real problem with them either.
sounds like to me you guys maybe dont have any RL friends and needed the ones in the game.
@ above Haha, or I enjoy good writing because I'm a writer. Either works 8]
You need to be able to pimp out your ride
And instead of billiards and darts, they should let you rob banks and stuff like that. I hated that the best mission in the game was a bank robbery that happens only once. I wanted to be able to do stuff like that all the time. It'd be awesome if they had seamless co-op for planning a robbery and pulling it off. They could easily give the main character motivation for stealing by starting a tutorial level with him as a little kid stealing food to survive. Then even when he's a gangster earning millions at the end of the game he could still be psychologically motivated to steal because he's afraid of ever starving again. That way the player is still sympathetic for him when we're robbing and killing people. I really hated the end of the last game because they make you make a choice based on money or revenge. I chose revenge because I had like a million dollars with nothing to spend it on, and I got the worst ending ever. Not to mention the speed boat part was glitched because I had to do it 50 times before it actually worked. Talk about killing momentum.
"Nico, wanna go bowling?" "Not right now, I have way better things to do" "Well **** you, your not my friend anymore" ... -_- They really dropped the ball with that one.
I thought the addition of cell phones was very clever, and was very well implemented in the game. But I agree that "Hey Niko, wanna go bowling?" got really tiring. No Roman. No I do not. EDIT: @Kahvipannu Yeah, exactly
hopefully if they do something like that, i hope they do a pda, like in chinatown wars, where you could use it whenever you wanted, but it wasn't really that annoying when you didn't use it
Man they better give the next guy a blu-tooth headset...
You'll you an iPad instead.
Eww [Edit] Android for me, please:)
You know how I know you watch a lot of porn? haha kidding, kind've
Couldn't stand the cell phones either
I hope that they implement driving physics that are actually fun to play with. Maybe they can take a cue from Driver: San Francisco?
How about a cue from Forza or Gran Turismo? I would love having some weight to the vehicles for once. You hit a curb in GTA IV and your car would flip like faster than a movie star being photographed by the paparazzi while getting an enema on the Santa Monica pier.
hope they take a cue from need for speed hot pursuit along with the customisation of san andreas but expanded
I actually liked the driving. It took some time to master but I thought it felt pretty real. I loved drifting around corners and every car felt different (some of them felt extremely heavy). I guess they got floaty in the air, but that didn't bother me too much since it could lead to some crazy results.
I guest I was the minority and actually like GTA 4 and the cell phone and text's...
The thing that annoyed me was cheats. I i got shot the phone closes automatically
Run to a car drive fast then enter cheat!! Or run for cover!!! If anything it kept the game a bit more exiting instead of just entering health cheats continuesly as you walk past 4 police officers with shotguns :/
i loved the phone idea especially when playing online. I was in an online match with my cousins and received a phone call from them it was too awesome
The cell phone... oh man. Oh, and the crummy driving controls.
The cell phone was not an unnecessary addition. The fact that the friends kept calling you was unnecessary and annoying. The phone was a useful feature and could be made more useful.
The phone can stay. The socialization mini-games are what needs to get thrown out the window. Preferably from the 50th story.
Yeah, I guess they can be there as options, but I hate when they're shoved down your throat.
I want insane customization options. Like being able to customize cars again and houses.
Saints Row already lets you do all that. The customization is insane. GTAV better take some notes.
Oh, cool. I never played that game before. You're absolutely right then.
The cutomisation on that game was too good. Could create your character and what he wears. You could buy lots of houses and pimp them out. You could buy songs for the car radio. Cars had tonnes of customisation. And then features like replay any mission, online co-op on the single player, lots of FUN minigames, not stupid bowling or something. etc etc etc
The only way GTAV is going to be a good game is if it's called Red Dead Redemption 2. I hate GTA.
If you're going to stick to cellphones, for the love of god, let US choose which cellphone we want to use once we earn the money to afford them. ADD MORE THEMES because the shit for GTA IV were so incredibly underwhelming that I had to stick to regular wallpapers, and even so still wasn't satisfied.
Yaw dawg how bout way go say a show. I can't Jacob I'm kinda in the middle of something. A'ight homeboi no prablam call may back bloodclot one love my brethren.
Hahahaha I still laugh at that
I just don't like GTA in the first place/ *puts up flame shield*
yes to all. the window thing was what i hated most.
You guys honestly complain too much, I loved GTA IV.
i just hated when someone would call and I couldnt run with the phone
seriously? it took a click of the button that took less than a second to hang up the mobile and skip phone calls. it was hardly annoying.
I think the point was you felt obligated to answer because otherwise your friendship would go down which in turn would have a negative effect on your side mission choices.
Totaly agree with the Thin, indestructible objects point I should be able to run into them and break them. Even metal gates...I'm pretty sure a car traveling over 88mph would be able to crash through a fence, I understand brick or solid thick steel but come on...do you know how many missions I failed at because I bumbed into something that wasn't destructable.
Yes i always found it frustrating that you could barge through a traffic light post but tiny little sapling trees would stop your car dead, it really needs to be fixed i think
I used a trainer for cheats... problem solved
GTA in the (refined) Frostbite 2.0 engine. BAM. No wooden poles on the sidewalk stop my car anymore. The phone was kind of annoying. Should be a "Turn off" thing, so that shit can go to voicemail.
*in the middle of intense gunfight* *ring ring* Hey cousin wanna go bowling? FFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UU-
I really hated how easily Niko would die if you crashed on a motorbike or in a car and flew through the windshield. It breaks up the fun when after one crash you would die sending you to the hospital
Me too, hopefully GTAV will come with seatbelts.
In GTA IV, if you didn't move for a few seconds after getting on a bike, Niko would put the helmet on. They should just add that to cars, where he would put the seatbelt on if you don't start driving after a few seconds. Or maybe just have a button for it? I hated the health bar around the minimap, it was a lot harder to look at during a gun-fight than the red bar from previous GTAs.
Okay,I don't want them to remove the phone...just remove the feature for people to call you,aside from when they give you missions.
In soviet liberty city, your phone calls you.
The cell phone wasn't a big problem for me. Just ignore it or turn it off in-game.