EDGE magazine's 16-page GTAIV feature scanned
The article proves very informative and spans the entire history of Grand Theft Auto. One obvious topic was the Hot Coffee scandal, but interestingly enough Houser describes that his real fear with the infamous situation wasn't a legal issue at all. "One of my fears when the Hot Coffee thing happened," Houser explains, "it was going to take this really beautiful piece of work and it was going to be known for something else."
Some details Houser did share regarding GTAIV included the importance of comedy clubs, which have been incorporated in a manner that is "enough to make your head spin." Also, along with cars aging over time with dirt and dulling rusted paint, bullets will leave permanent visible damage to your ride.
When discussing multiplayer, Houser wasn't able to go into detail but did mention previously rumored features, including meeting friends within Liberty City via Xbox Live or PSN with no other goal other than to use it as a meeting place. "I'll meet you in a car and we'll hang and just drive and listen to music, chilling in the car, with your 3D model sat next to me," Houser concluded.
Grand Theft Auto IV continues to top our most wanted list and is an immediate must-own for gamers (over 17 of course!) when it hits stores on April 29.
[Thanks, Richie O.]