OK, so right now there's a bit of a buzz around the upcoming Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game for the Sony PSP (which Amazon says is now releasing on July 20th… not in May) after some marketing shots and leaked information from a U.K.-based magazine were published online.
… Anyway, supposedly:
- There's no multiplayer. (…Which sucks!) — But, there is a feature to play your own music from the Memory Stick in your PSP, though? 🤔
- The game takes place back in Liberty City from Grand Theft Auto 3 (GTA 3), but beforehand in 1998… not 2001. So. the cars and businesses in the game have been dated-back accordingly.
- The main character in the game is a guy named Joey Cipriani instead of the unnamed, unspeaking character in the original PlayStation 2 title.
Sadly, there's also a rumor that the game will not have free-roam, but instead be solely mission-based similar to GoldenEye on Nintendo 64! So, “hidden packages” and other collectables (for example) will have to be picked up during the missions… not through exploring as in GTA games past. — I guess that's kind of what the name “Liberty City Stories” foreshadows, though, doesn't it? 😕
We'll see how things turn out. I doubt that a Grand Theft Auto title would be a complete flop, but there certainly are some key differences here.