by Beeslo (carjackin’ people since 2001)
Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer Special
“But Beeslo, some of us geeks don’t like movies. We are anime and videogame addicts, what gives?”
Yeah, yeah. Okay, well now seems a good time as any for us to take a break from the movies that grace the silver screen and focus our scalpels to videogame trailers that appear on our small 16″ TV’s in our parent’s basement. Its hard to say that GTA4 hasn’t been on everyone’s minds lately. First it was delayed last October and we were told we’d have to wait about 6 months for initial release. Thankfully for me, that 6 months went by rather quickly and tonight we will all be able to taste the goodness that is GTA 4! For those of you out there that felt like tonight couldn’t get here quick enough were treated to many trailers, clips and tv spots for GTA4 that were released over the past few months, which in the end only accomplished you wanting it all the more. Now thats great marketing.
Well here you go! Someone took the liberty of merging all four of the trailers into one video…someone made my job a lot easier!
Trailer #1 – “Things Will Be Different”
Our first vision of Liberty City, we are treated to many scenes showcasing the scenery. Nothing much more than that, but at the same time…anymore would have blown our minds. I remember when this came out, a lot of people (myself included) thought that this was in no way in game footage but instead a pre-rendered trailer a la Call of Duty 2. Man, were we wrong and thats what makes this brief trailer amazing. Bonus points if you can guess the homage being paid in the trailer when comes to the direction and music selection.
Final Grade: A-
Trailer #2 – “Looking For That Someone Special”
Another brilliantly done trailer, this time we are treated to a little more of our main protagonist in the game. Once again we are shown nothing but in-game shots (along with some cut-scenes) that just dazzle the eye and salivate the mouth. The music in this trailer also does a terrific job matching the themes and tone of the game.
Final Grade: B+
Trailer #3 – “Move Up Ladies”
Very much like Trailer #2, “Move Up, Ladies” features more of the main character but also starts to delve a little into the plot of GTA IV. The action scenes are appropriately edited with the music and the plot is leaked at well timed instances. We still know not a lot about the plot other than Niko has come to America due to false promises given by his cousin. Obviously he find that he’s gonna work hard to find his American dream.
Final Grade: B
Trailer #4 – “Everyone’s a Rat”
This final trailer leads into more cut scenes, but sadly it offers nothing new as far as plot goes…so I guess you’ll find that all out when you play it tomorrow. However, we are treated to a lot of awesome action scenes which are oddly edited to some Eastern European music. To me its all sorta anti-climatic. It does make you want to play the game, but it doesn’t leave you with frothing fevor to break into a GameStop before midnight and steal a copy. So I’d have to say its a rather weak final trailer.
Final Grade: C+
Well so there you go. Something to tide you over for…oh…at least 2 hours. See you in line!
Stay tuned for part 2 of this Trailer Anatomy…What? Part 2? Yep, there’s gonna be a Part 2.