9 Great Moments in GTA IV

We're having a blast with GTA IV, just like you are. Now we're curious to find out how much fun you've had with the game so far. We compiled a list of our nine current favorite moments so far, so take a look.

In-game boob tube. That TV in Roman's rundown apartment in Broker (or any other dwelling, for that matter) isn't just for show. Turn it on and you're privy to what a surprising amount of original — and hilarious — in-game programming. Don't miss Republican Space Rangers...you'll laugh your ass off.

Can you hear me now? Call friends, pester enemies, replay missions, snap pictures and get music info directly on Niko's smartphone. Handy organiser reminders notify you of appointments, and when you upgrade to the Whiz — a Blackberry-like handset — you can download custom backgrounds and ringtones to make it your own.

Can you hear me now?

Stunt jumps. They're not littered around the city as much as in past GTA games, but when you do find a stunt jump in GTA IV, you can bet it'll be a big one. Often these mega jumps require a fast ride, like a Banshee, to even get close to pulling off such a leap, often over water. But when you make do it, the cinematic slow-motion camera will make it all the more satisfying.

stunt jumps

Executions. Use a pistol to give assassination-themed missions a little more oomph. Just before you take out your target, whip out Niko's pistol to perform an execution for some on-the-fly flare that was mysteriously missing from other GTA games.

Door-grabber. Jacking cars has been an integral part of the GTA franchise since day one. And just when you think it's been perfected, GTA IV adds some neat tweaks. First, drivers will now act differently depending on whether or not you're armed when you yank open their door. But what's surprising are the desperate measures victims will go to in order to keep their wheels. After stealing one unlucky yokel's car, he attempted to get back in by opening the door. When I drove off he hung onto the door! Now that's bravery!

Smash, dive and blow. Smash up a vehicle to the point where it starts belching out smoke and flames, and then put the pedal to the metal. Remain inside the burning car for about 10 seconds and dive out of the moving vehicle at the last minute before it explodes.

smash dive and blow

Head-on collisions. Drive head-on into a wall and watch as Niko shoots through the windshield, his head pummeling against the concrete obstruction. As blood sprays everywhere, you'll realize just how important seatbelts are.

Crotch rocket. While wielding a rocket launcher, aim the weapon at the ground right between Niko's legs and fire off a rocket. Niko's corpse will launch over 25 feet into the air.

crotch rocket

Hoes before bros. Fairly early on in the game, you get the opportunity to date a woman named Michelle. When I had some free time, I decided to give her a call and take her out on a date. When I'm a block away from her house, I get a frantic call from cousin Roman telling me that he's been cornered at a local park by the Albanian loan sharks that have been threatening him. This caused a mission icon to pop up on the map. Thinking that the mission would wait for me, as they did in past GTAs, I ignored him and went on my date. After dropping Michelle off at home after bowling, I went in search of the mission icon only to discover it wasn't there. Confused, I began to drive around when Roman called me back and yelled at me for choosing a date with a girl over saving his cousin. It was an unexpectedly hilarious and realistic moment that really drew me into the game.

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