Yeah, you’ve probably seen people showing off their cellophaned GTA IV boxes, holding them aloft like they were proud parents or Olympic medal recipients. But this is for realz! Bonafide, even. A few of you have already gotten your sticky little fingers all over the Special Edition, so you already know the excitement currently radiating through the GR offices on this momentous day of days. Please, won’t you join us in celebrating Christmas in late-April by partaking in this visual fangasm.
Contained within this classy monolith of retail
-A medium sized duffel bag
-A black metal Lock-box
-Rockstar keyring w/ lockbox keys (natch)
-The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack
-The Art of Grand Theft Auto IV hardcover book
-Umm... Oh! The game. Totally playable.
The duffel bag comes folded inside the box, though, it does expand into a medium-sized, single-compartment satchel with a dignified gold interlay, adorned with lightning bolt and Rockstar pattern. Kinda small, so it won’t take the place of your current back pack. But, it is roomy enough to squeeze in your console of choice or up 2.5 severed heads.
The black metal lockbox is probably the prize of the collection. Heaven forfend - a piece of gaming schwag that has a functional purpose! Roomy enough to hide numerous unmentionables; perfect for all manner of pot and pr0n. Fat kids will find it an optimal Snickers sanctuary, though stumblebums should mind the keyring. Injuries related to people falling on their keys is not something Rockstar needs right now.
We love the hardbound The Art of Grand Theft Auto IV book, but it's definitely a for-uber-fans-only kind of thing. You've got 50+ pages generously packed with inside skinny, wireframe models, concept sketches and previously unseen character and car art. This book should find a good home atop many a toilet tank. Well maybe not those ceiling-high, pull chain "Loos" over in the UK. (Sorry blokes.)
Above: [Some of] The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV
As for The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV, we'd put "The" in quotations. It’s not that we don’t appreciate it, but with 16 tracks, they’re just barely scratching the surface with "Some" of the sounds that accompany the mayhem in Liberty City. GTA technicali-crats will no doubt take issue with the lack of any Parental Advisory label, as the disc is laced with beautifully explict profanity. Very hip-hop centric. Scope 'dis, yo:
1. Michael Hunter “Soviet Connection (GTA IV Theme)”
2. Mobb Deep f/ Havok & Prodigy from H.N.I.C. Part 2 Sessions “Dirty New Yorker"
3. The Rapture “No Sex For Ben”
4. Munger “No Fraid A”
5. Busta Rhymes “Where's My Money”
6. C.J. “I Want You”
7. Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way”
8. Bob Marley & The Wailers and Damian Marley “Stand Up Jamrock”
9. Seryoga “Liberty City: The Invasion”
10. Greenskeepers “Vagabond”
11. Electrik Funk “On A Journey”
12. Qadir “Nickname”
13. David Axelrod “Holy Thursday”
14. Nas “War Is Necessary”
15. Fela Kuti “Zombie”
16. Global Communication “5:23 (Maiden Voyage)”