Grand Theft Auto IV

Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Expert Rating

    5.00 / 5

Pros

  • It's the best GTA ever, in all ways. That's not hyperbole, people: it's fact.

Cons

  • If we had to nitpick, the story gets weighed down at points by the introduction of too many characters. You practically need a program to keep track of who's who and what's what. The trademark "GTA glitches" also abound.

Bottom Line

Any way you slice it, Niko Belic's journey through Liberty City and his quest for answers to his shadowy past is an experience you just cannot afford to miss. Rockstar has created one hell of a vehicle that's driven by a compelling story, memorable characters and amazing gameplay. All you have to do is pick up the controller and enjoy the ride.

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One other thing I loved about GTA IV: considering the fact that it's been a target of political and media pundits who keep harping on the infamous "Hot Coffee" incident, it's understandable to think that Rockstar might tone down the adult themes in GTA IV. But thankfully, that didn't happen (in the US version at least). This is a mature game, and a devilishly good one at that. It never makes concessions in the name of being politically correct, living up to its M-rating with gusto. There's tons of swearing, violence and sexual innuendo. You can visit strip clubs and pick up prostitutes (there is no nudity from what I could tell, so don't get your hopes up).

As for the game's faults, there aren't many. As I mentioned, the standard GTA glitches like clipping still plague the game. And even though the plot line is simpler than previous GTA games, it still gets cluttered at times, with a glut of characters entering the scene; it can be tough to keep track of exactly why things are happening and to whom. Of course, this is offset by the fact that the game remains entertaining throughout and a new character introduction is usually a precursor to a set of missions that proves to be more fun that the last.

Give me Liberty or give me death

I could talk on endlessly about what makes GTA IV such an awesome game, but really, the only way to know is to experience it for yourself. It truly is the product of game design at its finest. In Liberty City, Rockstar has created a gritty yet lifelike atmosphere that is the perfect complement to the fun missions that drive the game. The graphics are on par with the best of this generation and the audio shines with a soundtrack that is arguably better than San Andreas; my personal favourite was the reggae station dedicated to Bob Marley. And I didn't even mention the massive multiplayer component which adds a ridiculous amount of value to what is already the must own game of 2008.

Any way you slice it, Niko Belic's journey through Liberty City and his quest for answers to his shadowy past is an experience you just cannot afford to miss. Rockstar has created one hell of a vehicle that's driven by a compelling story, memorable characters and amazing gameplay. All you have to do is pick up the controller and enjoy the ride.

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