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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV

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Rockstar Games

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Rockstar Games

Release Date:

12/2/2008

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What does the American Dream mean today? For Niko Bellic, fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and are dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't.

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I enjoy the Grand Theft Auto series. I have a great time cruising around the cities in the best car I can get, listening to the well prepared radio stations, checking out the local scenes and getting to know the world as you would if you had just moved there. I respect Rockstar for the effort they put into these games. Plots, characters, details, cars, weapons and extras on the street, they have a massive development of every game piece to fit together to build a great gaming expereince. I was not as impressed with this game as I was with the first three. GTA III, Liberty City and San Andreas were great and all held such different and new concepts that grasped at your curiosity that they were hard to walk away from. I did not feel it in this game.
It is worth having a play and exploring, keeping true to it's form, the GTA series always have some great surprises and additions that make you laugh at their real-life imitations, but personally, I wouldn't expect to get too invested. I felt nothing towards Nikko as a character and felt he was not much of an empire builder or crusader as I did previous characters.
90

Level IV is much better then level III
44

i was really hoping for more. feels too much like number 3. gta v is what it should have been
25

From the awesome gang filled streets of san andreas to liberty '&%*&%$'. Rockstar are fools.
75

I liked GTA 4. Fresh new game. I also liked the Liberty City design as you feel like you are in a virtual version of New York City (never been there myself by the way). Pretty long game too. The game does have a few flaws though. 1. Nikko is pretty much an errands boy doing other people's dirty work (for example becoming a hitman for various gangster). 2) This game seems darker than San Andreas (more killing too) and that may turn off some people.
90

Liberty City is the perfect setting for GTA IV, because literally right around the corner from the lap of a luxurious landscape is the unsightly underbelly of every big city. Just like Liberty City , GTA IV hides its blemishes – by masking it underneath a wonderful but rare gaming experience that will run the gamer’s gamut of emotional attachment from anger and homicidal rage to the hurtful despair of love lost forever. GTA IV is a rollercoaster of emotional gaming hidden under the typical killing and murderous maiming so perfectly provided by the GTA franchise.
80

As a game, it is flawed in many aspects, but as an immersing experience, GTA IV is simply unparalleled. Its problems cannot and should not be overlooked, but none of them break the game, and there is just so much charm packed into the thing that you can't stay mad for long. Sure, just clipping a police car and having it turn into a chase that takes you far away from your intended target is an abominable frustration, but soon, like a puppy that's just shit in your shoes, the game will do something completely adorable to make you put down your beating stick and take it out for a walk.
94

Grand Theft Auto IV's caricatured slice of urban Americana is a criminal masterpiece. Even with the rocks found in its sandbox, GTA IV is undeniably the kind of technical milestone that fans have been waiting for and with which curious newcomers can get their hands dirty. Niko's story takes on a gritty life of its own, thanks to the gorgeous world delivered to your screen. With multiplayer modes packing even more action into your broadband, the $60 price tag suddenly seems like a bargain as you take to back alleys, bars, streets, and step behind the facade of polite society into an adult experience that shouldn't be missed on either console.
95

These are nit-picky flaws to be sure, and GTAIV deserves all the buzz words that’ll undoubtedly be excessively heaped upon it; groundbreaking, bar-raising, genre-defining…it’s all that and more. And that’s without getting into the franchise’s brand-new multiplayer modes, allowing you and your buddies to unleash unmatched online wanton destruction in this Big Apple-like playground. There’s no question fans of the franchise will love this game.
85

Some of GTA4's problems can be attributed to the developers' desire to hold features over from previous incarnations, and the rest seem to be caused by the understandable lack of focus that results from attempting to create a truly epic game world. All of these problems are outweighed by what the game gets right, both in the superlative story it tells and the unprecedented freedom the multiplayer mode offers. The GTA franchise is a funny one. Sometimes a sequel will be a leap forward in gameplay design and overall fun (like 3, or San Andreas), but other times they'll wind up being little more than an exercise in wheel-spinning or cashing in (Vice City and the Stories titles). GTA4 is certainly a step in the right direction, and I'm really looking forward to whatever the series has in store for us next. - See more at: http://www.gamecritics.com/grand-theft-auto-iv-review#sthash.7ENTjSMd.dpuf
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