I'm a little worried by the frame-rate, but I can't believe some of the negativity that you guys are spouting about the GTA franchise. People saying that the GTA games are all the same are utterly deluded. Or perhaps someone would like to point out where in GTA3 you can fly a jetpack into a military complex, steal a fighter plane, go dog-fighting, then parachute outside of the police station, go in and beat everyone to death with a dildo, before donning your gimp suit and heading round to one of your many girlfriends for a spot of S&M.
I honestly can't think of a single franchise that has seen so many gameplay advances within a single generation. GTA3 was a truly awesome game, but it seems so light after playing VC and SA.
I sincerely doubt that any other game mentioned in this thread will come close to GTA4 in terms of gameplay and lastability.
P.S. Why would they call it GTA: New York City when it is set in the fictional Liberty City?
P.P.S. Cover system could be good but unless they use auto-cover like Kane & Lynch it will also use up a button. I really hope it doesn't end up like Gears where you have a single button for run, jump and cover as that can be incredibly frustrating when the action heats up.
P.P.P.S. They definitely need to keep stuff like "Shitzu" and "Tw@" as the GTA games are the only games that are genuinely funny.