Here is a short list of information tidbits regarding the game:
* Main Character: Niko Bellic
* Single Player: Yes
* Multi-player: Yes, Details Soon
* Episodic Content: Yes, via Xbox Live
* Physics: Yes, euphoria engine
* Location: Liberty City
* Four of the five boroughs that make up New York City and a section of New Jersey have been recreated:
o Brooklyn is Broker
o Manhattan is Algonquin
o Queens is Dukes
o The Bronx is Bohan
o New Jersey is Alderney.
* Day/Night Differences: Yes, vast
* Different Story Paths: Yes, more freedom, different structure than past games
* Planes: No, other aircraft maybe though
Niko Bellic is the main character and is described by Rockstar as "tough." His home was in Eastern Europe, and he likely may never have traveled to Liberty City if it wasn't for his cousin Roman who is described as a "friendly buffoon" by Rockstar. Life wasn't going well, and Bellic turns up in Liberty City because he's been receiving e-mails from Roman that are full of lies about how great he is doing in America. Roman is actually in trouble.
However, Niko knows that Roman is the only person he knows in America. Roman serves as one of his main friends, motivations, and connections at the start of the game. Unlike San Andreas, players won't get a chance to see Bellic in his homeland. You will see his life unfold from the moment he steps into Liberty City.
Why Liberty City?
Dan Houser of Rockstar Games said that New York City "is an environment we felt had never been done to the level we were envisioning it in a video game. From looking at all of the locations, this was the one that really stood out to us, and really had that impact. It has all of these iconic things that you couldn't put into a game before."
The demo which Game Informer played was for the Xbox 360 version of the game.
Review round-up Time
IGN - 10/10
1up - A+
Gamesradar - 10/10
Gametrailers - 98/100
Game Almighty 97/100
Eurogamer - 10/10
CVG - 95/100
Game informer - 10/10