With all the adrenaline pumping action in GTA, you might be forgiven for thinking that the IV stood for intravenous, but then again you may as easily get clubbed in the face. The latest in the GTA series, round 4 is no let down. The story line, following FOB immigrant Niko Belic as tumbles into the underworld of Liberty City is a greatly improved aspect of this mighty game franchise.
This latest installment features a drama that brings one into the story and keeps you there till the very end. The missions are fun and exciting and filled with new ways to interact, new weapons, new places, new everything. Exceeding expectations was the requirement for this game to be a hit and it delivers. The world of liberty city is perhaps one of the most engaging and enthralling game worlds yet conceived.
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I could go on and on about why Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we’ve ever seen and why even folks who are easily offended should play it, but that would be pointless. The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period.
None of these little flaws take away from Liberty City’s breathtaking vistas, incredibly varied scenery, and lived-in look (the PS3 version has the slightest visual edge, plus motion-control support — but then it’s missing Achievements and the eventual downloadable episodes exclusive to the 360 game). The city just feels alive.
It’s not flawless, and it probably won’t change your life, but GTA IV is an absolutely amazing piece of entertainment. It does things that no other game does, it’s immersive in ways that no other game is and it’s one of the biggest, wildest, most enjoyable games we’ve ever played.
Although its got plenty of excellent features, it’s ultimately the storytelling that makes it an instant classic, a game unlike any we’ve played before. As is the case with many great books and movies, you’ll want to know what happens to the characters after the game ends, and one can’t help hoping that all of their American Dreams comes true.
After more than 40 hours Rockstar’s most ambitious game to date was over and left me wondering if I’ll ever be able to look at ‘normal’ video games in the same way again.