So I found a minute to write this article - the second (game) part of the history of Rockstar awaits you under the cut.
* For a more complete immersion in the article and understanding of what is happening, I strongly recommend that you read the first part *
Since in the last article I mainly talked about the history of the company - here I will dwell on the games in detail:
A year after the overwhelming success of Grand Theft Auto 3, Rockstar is releasing GTA: Vice City even more violently and cruelly.
The game takes place in 1986 - the main character (Tommy Versetti), who, by the way, does not know how to swim, will have to become the main criminal figure in the city called Vice City and kill his former boss. A fictional city, if you did not know, is based on Miami.
Many elements of the world are borrowed from films (“Miami Police”, “The Scarface”, etc.), this creates a very deep atmosphere of a criminal sunny city.
There are Easter eggs in the game, but, as it seems to me, almost all of them are not interesting - except for one. As Wikipedia says (I didn’t check this myself) - “ If you look at a distance from a distance at a large building opposite the Malibu Club, you can see a hidden message from the developers in the form of a picture from the glowing windows - a phallic image. Exactly at 23:00 game time the fountain on the roof of this building releases several sheaves of spray, which symbolizes ejaculation. "
In honor of the anniversary of the release of the game, on December 6, 2012 Rockstar released a special version of the game for mobile devices running iOS and Android operating systems. Porting was done by War Drum Studios.
The next game in the Grand Theft Auto series is still popular. I'm talking about GTA: San Andreas.
This is the third 3D game in the series and the fifth in the line of major projects. For the PlayStation 2 console, the game was released on October 26, 2004. An option for Windows and the Xbox appeared on June 7, 2005.
December 12, 2013, the game officially came out on smartphones and tablets running iOS, and December 19, 2013 - Android.
The Calaveras Enterprise newspaper on November 3, 2004 reported that the trade association is signaling the popularity of the game in real San Andreas, a town in California. Moreover, the publication claimed that the real Karl Johnson, a former pastor (namesake of CJ, the main character of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) lives in this city.
On July 20, 2005, sales of the game were suspended, and the game was assigned a new ESRB rating of Adult Only. This made Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the only AO-rated game massively released on US consoles. This decision was made by ESRB due to the appearance on the Internet of the game modification "Hot Coffee" (Eng. "Hot Coffee" ), which opened up hidden opportunities in the game, removed from the gameplay and accidentally left by the developers as files. Rockstar Games faced a choice: stick a new rating on the boxes with the game, or withdraw all copies from stores, replacing it with a version without hidden content. In many retail chains, suppliers were forced to withdraw the game from sale due to the fact that, according to internal rules, they did not distribute games with an AO rating. Rockstar North released the special Cold Coffee patch for the PC version and reissued Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with an initial rating of Mature (Over 17 years old). Game console versions have also been fixed in GTA: Trilogy Pack for Xbox and Special Edition for PlayStation 2 (the latest edition also included the Sunday Driver documentary).
The game takes place in 1992, during the heyday of crime in California's metropolitan areas. The player controls the main character, Carl Johnson, nicknamed CJ ( CJ ). CJ returned to Los Santos after five years living in Liberty City. He left Los Santos in 1987 due to the death of his younger brother Brian, in whom his older brother Sean nicknamed (Sweet Johnson) blamed him. He came to town for the funeral of his mother, Beverly Johnson. She was killed by the enemies of the Suite during Drive Bay (shelling from a moving car).
Further on the plot of the game, Karl gradually begins to get involved in the criminal activity of his gang, painting over the tags of enemy groups, participating in drive battles against the Ballas gangsters, committing theft of weapons for members of his gang and capturing the territories of the Ballas group and the Latin American Los Santos Vagos gang. Seeing CJ's significant contribution to the common cause, Sweet gradually softens in relation to Karl and in the end, reconciliation takes place between the brothers and together they begin to fight against criminal groups.
The next, more serious game in the series was GTA 4.
Over the first week of sales, over 6 million copies of the game were sold for a total of $ 500 million, of which $ 310 million were sold on the first day, with production costs of about $ 100 million. For a record sales result on the first day in the media industry and the first week of GTA IV was included in the Guinness Book of Records.
In the new part of GTA, the physics, graphics, mechanics of shootouts and fights have significantly improved. To facilitate orientation in the city, Rockstar Games has expanded the capabilities of the radar in the game. Through the game menu on the map, you can specify an arbitrary destination point. As soon as Nico (the main character) gets on any ground-based controlled vehicle, GPS automatically paves the way to the point along the main highways, taking into account such a parameter as the direction of movement, which corresponds to the capabilities of a real GPS navigator. In prestigious car models, GPS navigation is accompanied by voice guidance, which recommend that you follow the specified route and warn about turns.
In addition to the navigation system, the updated radar has changed the system of police search levels. Now the police do not arrive at the location of the protagonist of the game. In GTA IV, with an increase in the wanted level, a circle appears on the radar outlining a certain area relative to the crime scene or the place where the player was last seen by the police. The higher the wanted level, the greater the radius of the circle. Police cars and helicopters are also fixed by radar. To escape from the chase, you must hide from the sight of the police, go beyond the circle and hold on there for some time
The game, which Rockstar, not modestly, calls them the most ambitious project, the best action movie of 2013 according to the version of Igromania magazine - GTA 5.
The announcement of the game took place on November 3, 2012. The game was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2013, but was delayed on September 17, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
On June 9, the E3 2014 Game Show announced the release of the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (Microsoft Windows) this fall. The developers promise to bring their product to a new technical level compared to the version for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The graphics will be significantly improved, including a higher displayed resolution of the game, detailed textures, increased rendering range, traffic will be more dense. Dramatic changes will affect the multiplayer mode - Grand Theft Auto Online. Players will be waiting for new content - from weapons and vehicles to a new system for customizing characters. All the progress from the version for the previous generation consoles can be transferred to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Exclusively for the PC version, a built-in video editor will be available, as it was in GTA IV.
For the first time in the history of the series, the game contains three main characters at once, between which you can switch almost at any time. In some missions, two players are available; in some missions, the player throws the script over other characters. In total, the game has 62 main missions and many side ones. Since missions with robbery can be completed in several ways and there are 3 endings in the game, the number of main missions increases to 69. In the meantime, many consolers are waiting for the game to be released on the PC, they have passed it more than once, thereby identifying bugs and finding shortcomings.
In addition to such a successful Grand Theft Auto series, Rockstar has some other great games. Since the "article is not rubber" I will focus on only two, as I consider, the most significant Rockstar projects. It will be Max Payne and Bully.
In the Max Payne series of games, 3 main games (and one intermediate).
I must say right away - the Finnish company Remedy Entertainment developed the games in the series, Rockstar only released it.
In the first game of the series, you will play as a cop taking revenge for your family. All this will happen in New York. The game does not have cut scenes (in-game video): the development of the plot is served through stylized comics.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne - continues the story of the first part about a runaway undercover cop accused of murder. The game, like its predecessor, uses the noir style, which provides a very stylish cinematography: widespread time dilation, beautiful shootings and graphic novels that tell a story.
The Fall of Max Payne was published by Rockstar Games on October 15, 2003 on personal computers and a year later on consoles.
Now the last game is Max Payne 3. The game was released in May 2012 and June 1 on PC.
There are also several downloadable add-ons for the game:
- Local justice
- Hostage negotiation
- Painful memories
- Deathmatck made in heaven
In the game, which has the laconic name "Bully", you will play for a schoolboy who is a bully.
The action of the "sandbox" takes place in the fictional city of Bullworth. The duration of the game itself is not clearly defined, although the year 2006 is indicated on the official website. The protagonist is the "difficult" teenager Jimmy Hopkins, who grew up without a father. His mother once again married and left with her stepfather on a one-year honeymoon trip, leaving her son at Bulworth Academy - a private boarding school. Jimmy has to find his place among school groups, local bullies and bullies.
Due to the open and non-linear game world, Bully is often compared to games in the Grand Theft Auto series . In addition to moving along the storyline, the main character can explore the territory of the academy and the city, perform side tasks in order to earn money or improve his abilities. Jimmy has various types of weapons that are characteristic of his age - slingshots, firecrackers, potato throwers, spray cans, baseball bats, etc., as well as vehicles - skateboards, bicycles, scooters and maps.
On this, perhaps, I will finish my article. I hope you enjoyed it.