Following our exclusive hands-on with GTAIV (read our impressions based on an unprecedented two hours of off-mission experiment in PSM3#98, on-sale 14th February) we were most impressed by the way GTAIV fuses random elements into 'perfect', unique moments, that gel with scripted precision. Suitably impressed, we asked Rockstar supremo Dan Houser to reveal his perfect random moment - with thrilling, if unpredictable results.
"There are so many defining moments, but a recent one was during a police chase", reveals Dan, "A song I love came on one of the radio stations while I had two cop cars chasing me through chinatown. I was speeding along when another cop car I hadn't seen rammed me straight on, our cars crunched together, and I was sent flying through the windshield. I ducked into cover and could still hear the song playing from my smashed-up car. Then the cops opened fire, but one of them hit a pedestrian who pulled out his gun and started shooting. The next thing I know, there was a full-scale war going on between a random gang and the cops. Within a few seconds all the cops were dead and the gang members walked away. I got hold of another car and quietly drove out of the search area to lose my wanted level."
So that's Dan Houser's defining moment? Not quite. "Well, that, or the bit in the game when Niko's past catches up with him and he must figure out what to do... but I don't want to spoil the surprise".