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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Windows Vista / Suitable for 18 years and over / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-12-03 / Published by Rockstar

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      01.11.2012 14:12
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      Simply exceptional regardless of its flaws

      This is arguably the best game I've played and that's down almost entirely to the immense environment of Liberty City in which it is set. The city is enormous, most certainy bigger than cities in previous GTA games. What sets this city apart, however, is the attention to detail never before seen of such a vast scale. For the first time real life seems to go on around you, and it doesn't seem like an army of AI characters are wandering around. People go about their daily business, shops open, cars break down, the police arrest people. All these tiny aspects all add up to make Liberty City so incredibly real and this really adds to the experience of the game.

      With regard to missions themselves they could benefit from being slightly more varied, but the sheer number of extra jobs and missions that can be done add house of gameplay on to what is already a long story mode.

      The ability to act as a police officer, drive helicopters and cause the usual carnage add to the fun too. This game will inevitably eat up hour after hour of your time without you even noticing it! Even at nearly five years old it sets the bar for games to this day.

      Roll on GTA V.

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      27.10.2011 11:51
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      Many hours worth of entertainment.

      GTA IV is Rockstar Games' sandbox 'crim-sim' (criminal simulator) set in the fictional Liberty City USA, a thin parody of New York city.

      You play Niko Bellic, an eastern european immigrant who has come to Liberty City in pursuit of an evil-doer, and also the American dream. Niko is a maudlin character, coming from a war-torn country he is very cynical and can see straight through the lie of the American Dream.

      The story is huge and there's plenty of side missions to do as well. I've often wasted a couple of hours on just causing mayhem, and the game has great cathartic potential - great if your job is stressing you out.

      The game is played through the third-person perspective and you'll encounter a variety of vehicles to move around the city in, including cars, trains, helicopters and boats. Driving these vehicles is a variable experience, the controls aren't too hard and you can pull of impressive handbrake turns and helicopter stunts quite easily.

      The character models and graphics are all very impressive, and a lot of work has gone into creating a living city for the player to trash. The audio is also very good, with a lot of work having gone into the custom voiceovers, radio stations and sound effects. The impression that you're in a busy city full of people is a strong one.

      Combat uses a sticky cover system, where you can adhere to cover by pressing a button. There are fewer weapons on offer than in other versions of GTA, and many of them feel vastly underpowered. With a pistol it can sometimes take 8 shots to take down a target, and even after that they writhe around on the floor, still alive. I think Rockstar were trying to avoid an adult rating by adding A-Team style fatality avoidance measures.

      There are a lot of adult themes in GTA IV. Missions revolve around carjacking, murder, theft, arson, vandalism and more. Needless to say these missions are hugely entertaining, combining the giddy thrill of lawbreaking with the satisfaction of acquiring money and progress.

      The drawbacks include the buddy system. You make friends and girlfriends over the course of the story, and if you hang out with them you can get perks such as discount weapons and free cars. The drawback is they're all unlikeable, either mildly irritating or boring or stupid and I didn't want to hang out with any of them. You're penalised for not going bowling or drinking with them, and I thought this detracted from the game.

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      26.12.2010 15:42
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      Best single player campaign ever and will keep you entertained for years to come

      I've never really played GTA but having a play around with it on the Xbox I bought it for PC only to be let down by my measly graphics card and my single core P4 so I upgraded to a kick arse system even the most hard core gamer would be proud of.

      As far as pure and solid game play goes it is great fun and lasts for ages, it goes on and on; it'll easily keep you going for a week or more. It has a brilliant storyline and with it being loosely based on New York you can drive around going past Central Park or across Brooklyn Bridge acting like a New Yorker. Sadness aside, this game really is kick arse, graphics look amazing compared to the console versions (as would be expected) and after sorting out my graphics settings and stuff runs very smoothly indeed.
      The downside to this game is that it takes up so much of your computer resources it means that nobody but the most elite PC gamers can play it with any kind of decent graphics. When you do have that computer of your dreams though and play it just looks amazing.

      What makes this game a million miles better than any other though are the mods, these extend the game to beyond anything you could possibly achieve in a game developer studio. You can replace all cars, buses, lorries and bikes with real world versions. You can change clothes and pretty much the whole map, you can turn Liberty City into New York and turn into a real American fanboy. As with all mods this can make the game unstable and it does take some time to get things right. When you've spent all weekend getting everything you could possibly want in the game and working you will not be disappointed and this game will easily give you several years of enjoyment.

      To round up, just a spectacular game if you have the money and technical expertise to get a kick-arse system. If not you will be effing and blinding that you wish you had a system that could handle it. If you have the gaming PC of your dreams then the gameplay coupled with the modding community will extend your game way beyond the developers original intentions.

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      15.03.2010 03:38
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      A truly great game held back by its poor PC implementation and Draconian anti-piracy measures.

      Grand Theft Auto IV is set in Liberty City, the fictional re-imagining of New York City, and enjoys a new and advanced game engine with realistic, Euphoria-driven physics. The PC version, as is always the case, wasn't released until almost a year after the console version, and unfortunately for PC gamers this extra year evidently had little to do with porting the game to the PC effectively; rampant graphics, performance and gameplay issues plague the game and prevent it from being all that it should be.

      ~ [ Story ] ~

      The story follows Niko Bellic, an illegal immigrant fresh off the boat from some unnamed Eastern Block village and ready to join forces with his cousin, Roman. Roman has apparently promised Niko an idyllic life in the States, with women, cash, power and respect just waiting for him, and in the first few minutes of gameplay we discover that this is far from the truth. Niko also has a personal vendetta to settle from the Old Country, and details of this betrayal emerge throughout the course of the game and soon become the central focus of the storyline.

      The storyline is solid enough for a video game, but I dislike the tawdry moral themes which aren't so much threaded through the fabric of the story as they are crowbarred in. Decisions about whether or not to kill certain people or to take certain offers guide the storyline and even affect which side missions and friendships will become available, but the morality involved in letting someone who has wronged you live sort of overlooks the fact that you spend most of the game shooting - and running over - innocent pedestrians, cops and enemy NPCs alike without so much as a second thought. That aside, the moral decisions are so base that they're barely worth discussing (you know, the old "revenge isn't good for you" sentiments, etc.).

      ~ [ Graphics ] ~

      The graphics are fantastic, but only after you've patched the game. The unpatched version features some bizarre shadow effects which look more like vibrating strands of hair criss-crossed over each other. The NPCs, vehicles, buildings and water are all of very high quality and the PC version of the game contains much larger textures than those found on the console versions (the PC version is therefore spread across two DVD9 discs - 15GB's worth). The majority of the in-game objects are almost photo-realistic, even when you're using low to medium graphics settings.

      ~ [ Performance ] ~

      Even when patched to the latest version (which is 1.0.0.4 as of the date of this review) the game is still dogged by very poor frame rates, memory leaks and crashing. The PC port is a sloppy and lazy piece of work, and it's my hope that a future patch will address these lingering issues. My system is quite beefy, and I'm able to comfortably have all of the settings on full except the textures, which I have on medium because my GPU only has 768MB of RAM. But even with 4GB of system RAM, a Quad Core Q6600 processor and an nVidia 8800GTX 768MB I still suffer from stuttering, low FPS and overall poor performance, and I'm not alone in that. Just read the GTA IV forums and you'll see that almost everyone suffers from these setbacks.

      ~ [ Gameplay ] ~

      GTA IV, like the previous games in the series, is a third person shooter. Third person perspective means you'll have an over-the-shoulder view of your character on-screen, as opposed to first person shooters in which you are looking through the eyes of your character.

      Despite the highly detailed and luscious looking game world we are free to roam there is very little to do besides engage in some mediocre activities such as bowling, darts, drinking and pool. I'm not sure what else the developers could have coded into the game in this respect, but I feel as if the game world's potential is barely hitting 30%.

      The most irritating thing about GTA IV's gameplay is the mandatory friendship and girlfriend activities you are forced to engage in (that is, if you want to progress through the storyline). Keeping your friends happy by accepting their invitations to go out drinking or the like becomes pretty mundane and frustrating quite early on. I play games to have fun, not to have a virtual social life.

      The controls feel very clunky and weighted down, and quirks in the way keyboard commands are handled by the engine will have you running in one direction while you're pressing the key to move in the other direction.

      Gun play suffers from the same problem, as does the cover system by which you can hide behind walls or other objects whilst shooting. Going from aiming your weapon to trying to run will take a second or two while Niko lowers his weapon and starts moving. Trying to get out of (or into) a cover position is equally slow and clumsy.

      The game was supposed to have a high number of buildings with interiors for you to explore, but it seems as if only about 5% of the game's buildings can be entered, if even that many.

      The NPC AI is quite strong, especially when compared to earlier GTA games, but it's not without its problems. The weaknesses in the AI coding manifest themselves primarily in situations where you are fighting alongside a friendly NPC, and your missions seems to be to stop them from dying when they leave cover and run towards the enemy. In other words, friendly NPC missions are babysitting missions, not cooperative missions.

      Vehicle handling is highly improved over previous GTA games, and feels quite realistic. Cars no longer burst into flames simply by flipping over, although they do still seem too easy to set alight.

      The selection of weapons on offer is about the same as there always has been in the GTA world. The machine guns seem a little off, in that their rate of fire doesn't seem constant (a lot of jittering and unevenness). The sniper rifle is largely useless given that the drivers of vehicles disappear when you are a certain distance away (not even very far away), and the pedestrian NPCs are replaced with basic, poorly animated place-holders.

      The police wanted system is quite interesting, although it's by no means new or innovatively implemented. Scarface: the World is Yours had the same idea in 2006, as did Driver, but it works well here all the same. Becoming a wanted man, however, is as simple as accidentally grazing a cop car with your vehicle, which is obviously a pain in the proverbial when you're on your way to carry out a mission!

      Depending on the mission, you will be driving, flying helicopters, taking train rides, using tram cars to cross bridges, sailing boats and riding motorcycles. You can hail a taxi cab which will instantly take you to your next objective, which is an invaluable feature of the game - it cuts travelling time down tremendously. Riding the trains/subways has the same effect. There are no flyable planes in the game, and the ones which are found at the airport are simply solid models which taxi around the runway in a perpetual circle. The planes which are seen flying around the sky look as if they are coming in to land but never do. The selection of usable vehicles is immense, and every vehicle looks and performs very realistically.

      The physics engine is amazing, and it's my favourite aspect of the game. The physics are all real-time, on-the-spot responses to forces which occur in the world. Being hit by a car will never look the same twice, because the impacts and the ensuing character reaction aren't pre-animated; they happen there and then. This makes for some amazing and very realistic explosions, crashes and falls.

      ~ [ Multiplayer ] ~

      One of the game's strongest points is its multiplayer functionality. Up to 32 players can join a single server, and they have free roam of the entire game world. There are 15 games modes, which are accessible as ranked, party or free modes. The full list of modes are as follows:

      [Deathmatch]: Every man/woman for him/herself.

      [Mafiya Work]: Compete with other players to carry out mini-missions at the behest of Kenny Petrovic, taking orders from him on a cellphone.

      [Car Jack City]: Again at the behest of Kenny Petrovic players compete to car-jack vehicles and destroy each other's in the process.

      [Team Deathmatch]: Teams of players basically work to annihilate each other.

      [Team Mafiya Work]: Teams carry out mini-missions for Kenny Petrovic, and compete with each other.

      [Team Car Jack City]: Teams compete with each other to collect vehicles for Kenny Petrovic.

      [Cops 'n' Crooks]: Basically, one team (crooks) must safely transport a boss to a certain location while the other team (cops) try to kill him.

      [Turf War]: Occupy the enemy's territory for a pre-defined length of time to win the game.

      [Deal Breaker]: Players raid a deal which is being conducted, take the loot, kill the witnesses and avoid the cops.

      [Hangman's NOOSE]: Safely transport Kenny Petrovic from the airport whilst NOOSE (the cops) try to stop you. Only three respawns are granted for this mode.

      [Bomb Da Base II]: Players must work together to sabotage a cargo ship. This is another mode with a maximum of three respawns.

      [Race]: Exactly what it sounds like - race each other around designated tracks.

      [GTA Race]: Race each other, but also try to kill each other and destroy each other's vehicles.

      The variety of multiplayer modes, the vast number of players who can play together and the expansive game world in which they can play is impressive. The multiplayer of GTA IV is probably one of the most appealing I've seen in a game so far.

      ~ [ Characters/Writing/Voice Acting ] ~

      GTA games are almost always tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic, pessimistic and snotty. Generally, I find the humour in GTA to be a little irritating and clannish, and the acting tends to be done in a similar spirit. I dislike the Niko Bellic character precisely because he's been written/acted to be likeable, like he's everybody's buddy, and it's too transparent and overdone. Roman and Brucey are too annoying to be sympathetic, and I skip the dialogue with these characters more than I do with others.

      There are live comedy shows you can attend with real comedians doing real stand-up, albeit with their body's rendered in 3D. Even the comic routines I'm familiar with and like in the real world are terrible in GTA IV; they just don't work, and actually make me cringe.

      The dialogue is, for the most part, good - at least when judged by current video game standards. The talk radio stations are pretty funny, although they're ridden with the aforementioned clannish humour that tends to make me recoil. I love dark, disgusting humour - Doug Stanhope is one of my favourite comedians - but the writing in GTA reeks of "I hate everyone and everything, but I'm not sure way, isn't that funny?"

      ~ [ Installation ] ~

      This is a problem. Installing a game used to involve putting the disc in the drive, running the setup program and then playing. GTA IV requires you to install the game, activate it online, install Rockstar Social Club, create an account (I'm not sure if this is mandatory), create a Windows Live Account (although an Offline account is permitted) then you finally get to see the game's menu screen, all of this assuming that the SecuROM installation goes smoothly, which it doesn't for many people. The disc has to remain in the drive during gameplay despite the online activation, and the most irritating part of this fruitless anti-piracy song and dance routine is that when you want to uninstall the game you must revoke your license online; if you don't you lose one of your five available licenses. If you get a virus, or otherwise need to reinstall Windows before you get a chance to back up your files or revoke your licenses, you're done for. Revoking the license manually is possible, but if you have had to reinstall Windows the game will be gone if it was installed on the same hard drive/partition, and if it's on a separate hard drive/partition the registry keys and other system files will be gone anyway rendering the game useless, making a proper uninstall impossible. Installing and uninstalling this game is a massive headache.

      The installation itself takes a while, because the game is 15GB in size and spread over two DVD9 discs (DVD9 being the duel-layer version of standard 4.7GB DVDs). Obviously you'll need at least that much free space before you install it.

      ~ [ Conclusion ] ~

      GTA IV has the potential to be a truly great game. It's almost certainly NOT worthy of the 10/10 Gamespot have given it (although their rating of the PC version was slightly lower owing to the performance issues), or indeed any of the frothing hysterical adoration it has enjoyed since its release, but it's definitely up there with the best. If Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were to be remade in GTA IV's engine, with the updated graphics and physics, then San Andreas would be a significantly better game than GTA IV, without question. That said, GTA IV would probably rank as second-best in the series for me.

      If you don't mind the prospect of jumping through hoops for Rockstar's paranoid, piracy-obsessed publishers and if you don't mind waiting months if not years for proper patching, then GTA IV is definitely worth your time and your money. For me, the game has yet to see a proper release because its numerous problems have rendered it inadequate.

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        31.01.2010 15:33
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        Needs a good PC to run but it's worth the investment

        I don't make a habit of reviewing games for multiple platforms, but Rockstar's GTA IV has something a little extra that definitely makes the PC version worth grabbing. The normal single player is great, wth you playing Nico Bellic, an immigrant looking to make a better life for himself in Liberty City, but what I'm going to mainly write about is the brilliant Movie Editor mode, which is the most intuitive that I have seen in any game.

        Basically, when you play GTA IV, you can record your gameplay at any time by pressing F2. Let's say you're in a shootout or a car chase and just perform an amazing stunt. As long as "capturing" is on in the menu, then your RAM will store everything you play, and as long as you hit F2 afterwards, then the game will save it. After that, all you have to do is open your phone and go into the Video Editor, which is AMAZING and by far the most fun I've had playing GTA IV.

        From here you can change EVERYTHING about your video, from the camera angle, to the depth of field, to the sound levels. It's like having your own action film studio, and you only need to visit YouTube to see the great movies that people have made. It's incredibly fun, and the only drawback is that you'll need a lot of RAM to render the movie clips (which can output at 720p!).

        GTA IV is given a bit of extra life with this addition, and I hope they continue to include it in the newer games too, because it's so much fun if you're a film buff or a bit creative!

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          25.01.2010 21:23

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          Not bad, but became boring really quickly

          I've played many of the Grand Theft Auto games and have absolutely loved them. However, I was somewhat disappointed when I played this one...

          The first thing to annoy me was the installation process. Rockstar had tried every trick in the book to prevent those who had downloaded this illegally from being able to play it, resulting in a very tedious installation process for us honest buyers!

          After a long period of time of signing up to various bits and bobs, the game finally started. I found it very exciting to see all the new features added to the game! Such as the way in which you shop at clothes stores, and the fact you can sign up to an online dating agency. Some of the responses you get are hilarious! I also found myself kicking back as I watched Ricky Gervais on the television in the game, which was a cool little feature.

          However, the excitement faded as I found that some of the best features from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas were removed, such as getting tattoos and haircuts, as well as buying new homes. This angered me as I felt they were just removing these features so that players would become encouraged to buy their next release, since it may include the features we enjoyed and loved.

          I became bored of the game too quickly as I was quite angered by how the best features were removed, and didn't find it as fun as San Andreas.

          Overall, the new features are quite cool and clever, and can be entertaining. However the removal of really good features put this game down too much.

          I give Grand Theft Auto IV 6/10

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          28.09.2009 14:05
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          A amazing game showing why GTA is so popular

          This game was the most anticipated of last year. It was without a doubt, also one of the best I have played.

          You are Niko Bellic who has just came to Liberty City (it is a bit disappointing a GTA game is once again set in Liberty City after the PSP game). Niko Bellic is determined to work his way up the criminal ladder and do whatever he needs to do to get there. Unlike GTA clones like saints row, the missions are pleasantly enjoyable and there is a variety of them which support the over riding story to give an engrossing chain of events.

          The graphics as any of the screen shots will tell your are absolutely gorgeous and with no loading within sections of the game you have a constant playing field with no frame rate drops or slowdowns. The sound is amazing as is expected from the simple radio playlists (of which there are many) to the shooting and voicing.

          The gameplay is excellent as well from the shooting to behcile section, you always feel in control of your charcter's movements.

          Overall coupled with its open world and amazing gameplay this proves to be the best GTA ever. Hands down.

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          24.09.2009 21:11
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          A good game as long as your computer can cope with it.

          I've played most of the pc versions of GTA and enjoyed most of them. GTA IV is a great game, although not my favourite GTA game of all.

          I've seen lots of reviews and forums with people complaining how slow GTA IV runs and how poorly optimised it is and with my old pc I had to agree with them. However, having upgraded the processor in my pc and the graphics card GTA's performance has improved dramatically. The graphics are very good; I started playing GTA SA on another computer, but the graphics looked so much awful in comparison that I soon lost interest. GTA IV does need a reasonably fast computer, but then it runs ok - a decent graphics card really helps, as I found out when I tried to play it on a Laptop, and got around 1 or 2 fps (should aim for at least 30!).

          The annoying thing about running GTA IV is the amount of additional programmes that need installing before you can install the game. It insists on installing games for Windows Live and Rockstar games social club, as well as the normal DirectX, flash and .net framework.

          After installing the game it seemed to be running fine, but the shadows were flickering, so I downloaded the latest patch for the same (1.0.4.0 at the time). This didn't fix the shadows and worse still it after a few mins game play it made the sound loop (most common was some random car horn would get stuck on and the radio station would play continuously). This is quite a common fault, but I had to uninstall the game and reinstall without the patch to solve the sound problem. The shadow problem was improved by downloading the latest driver for my ATI graphics card. Another problem I was having is regular freeze ups, but I've found that minimizing to the desktop then restoring solves these.

          Problems aside, I think GTA IV is a really good game. I like the story missions, and the added ability to choose the outcome of some missions. The fighting side is great fun, and there are amazing shooting battles, where you have to duck down and hide behind something and use the cover system, where you can get protection behind something, just coming out to fire a gun and then retreating again. The aiming system is good, and the crosshairs change to show when you have a perfect shot at an enemy.

          Cars and motorcycles are as ever fun to drive. There are now convertible cars, but one disappointment is you can not change whether the roof is up or down, it stays in the position you found it in.

          Overall I think GTA IV is a good game. It would be brilliant, but it's let down my major flaws and problems. There are so many reports of these problems that I don't think it's just my pc but I've managed to tweak the settings to make it run as well as possible. I wouldn't buy this game new, rather get it second hand for borrow it, so then if it's not such a waste if it doesn't like you pc (work on it).

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          GTA 4 is a real return to form for this excellent series, with improved graphics etc.

          I have been a fan of the GTA series of games since they first came out. While I did not enjoy GTA: San Andreas very much, I feel that GTA 4 is a return to form for the series.

          The game's plot follows Niko, an immigrant who stays with his cousin Roman, tries to keep him out of trouble and cleans up his gambling debts and wotnot. And by 'plot' I mean 'immersive and detailed story that puts films like The Departed to shame'. It's epic, verging on brilliant. High praise indeed for a video game.

          The graphics and game engine are astounding at times. The attention to detail is brilliant - if you bustle past someone who's carrying something, they drop it. If you smash into a car at sufficient speed, the driver goes through the windscreen. If you commit unspeakable acts of violence, the bloodsplatter looks great.

          The missions are much the same as in previous games; steal this car, rob that guy, kill those people, fly that helicopter. But the sandbox you play in is so much more impressive and the story is so immersive that you don't mind that you've played the missions time and again in previous games. The characters you meet are so engaging (though some are highly annoying - I'm looking at you, BRUCIIIE!) that you barely notice the actual game itself is not that unique, because you actually care about the outcome of this story.

          Downsides? Well, the fact that you have to take your cousin (and what feels like every other contact you make) out drinking or playing darts can get repetitive and annoying, especially when they call you up and you're two islands away from them. That and the ease with which you can now escape the police; simply driving down the road shouldn't really be enough to shake them!

          In all, it's great fun, a real interactive tale of tragedy and revenge... with lots of car chases and explosions!

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          21.07.2009 16:10

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          Buy this game

          As with every GTA game, this one is amazing for its time. The graphics on the PC version are sweet, the game is sufficiently challenging despite the ususal inability to choose difficuly level. You play as niko belic, a russian immigrant come to america to sort out his useless brother. you get sucked deeper and deeper into a world of crime and unlike most gta games its not a case of earn a shed of money, buy a mansion, own loads of buisinesses and rake in the money. All the usual features you would expect from a gta game, with loads of little extras that give it a really nice touch. things like ricky gervais stand up at one of the shows which ricky himself wrote and performed, to name but one. The only thing i would say is that if you have a 360 or PS 3 buy this game for that console instead. The controls are a bit fiddly and if you dont play for a while, you will find you have forgotten them.

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          04.07.2009 23:14

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          amazing game a must have

          this game is nothing but a gaming masterpiece, but this is what you'd expect from rockstar north. the GTA series has been around for quite awhile now, the sandbox open world of guns, cars, sex with prostitutes, sex with prostitutes in cars, sex with prostitutes in cars then shooting them after they exit the vehicle .... yer this has been around for awhile now but my god its never looked this good.

          its a big step up from the last gta and improves in all the rite areas and this time round it has mulitplayer. so it pretty much alone had tones and tones of replay value but now with online capabilities it really cant get boring. i played the mulitplayer on the 1st day it was out and didn't go to sleep for many many hours, cat and mouse with a helicopter gunship and dodge viper, you cant really get better than that... truth is on gta4 online you can. its truely is your imagination run wilded x the kid down the street x a man from America all with rocket launchers jumping cars off a stunt ramp and shooting the car mid air ACE!!!

          shame you cant play pc vs 360 gamers or even ps3 gamers, the more the merrier rite :)

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          03.07.2009 22:55

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          Good but not great

          This game was doomed from when it was first announced. For this game to live upto it's own hype it would have had to have been able to solve the reccesion and dispense $100 bills.
          But considering it was designed by meer mortals and that it is limited by the platform it is set in i.e a city where you do missions and kill people it wasnt to bad.
          It offers good graphics a greater ability to roam through the map an interact with objects and a relatively good shooting experience. The game also offered a far superior (compared to GTA San Andrease) driving experience that rivals driving games; but considering the budget this should and was expected.
          The area that this game did excell was in it's story line, GTA IV was as much a short film (or very long if your a shit gamer) that offers twists and turns in the lives of to imigrants as it was a game
          Although it was inevitable that this game was a disapointment it wasnt a bad one, like being dumped but finding out she wants to be friends with benefits.

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          01.07.2009 01:16
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          Great game, got me back into the GTA series!

          My first Grand Theft Auto experience on a PC - can't believe I have been missing out! I have been a fan of the Playstation versions of Grand Theft Auto for years now but having recently updated to a laptop with high specifications I have a new found love of computer games. Liberty City is very well made and the map on this version is huge! There is a real-life feel to the city and it has everything from the business districh with high-rise buildings to the outer suburbs with poor, slum-like dwellings. The variety of transport options are even better than in the older versions I remember playing and range from all types of cars, motorbikes and HGVs to helicopters and boats. I was slightly disappointed with the limited weapons choices compared to the selection I was used to but the overall game was not impacted. The multiplayer mode was new to me and I found it very fun, especially as I was a little rusty after not playing a Grand Theft Auto game for a while and playing with others added a new dimension to the game, though it might be a good idea to check the standard of the internet connection as it is rather annoying when people drop out of the game if they disconnect or cannot keep the pace of your game if your internet is far better than theirs. Overall a brilliant game that has all the violence and mayhem that the Grand Theft Auto series is condemned for. Got me back into the series, not sure why I ever stopped!

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          12.06.2009 19:08
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          Not as good as GTA 3

          I love th eGTA franchise, but to be honest i was disappointed by this fourth instalment.

          don't get me wrong: it has many good attributes. first and foremost, the graphics are sensational. they are often photo realistic, especially at dusk when the sunset light filters on to the brick buildings. the music is also true to the rockstar form with something for everyone. and the ability to change radio station whilst in the car has been retained, which is nice.

          however, there was so much hype surrounding its release, that i think many people forgot to question the gameplay. to my mind it has lost the free spirit of its predecessors and become more linear. sure, you can still do side missions, attack passers by for bo reason, and shoot more police men than you can count. but the central mission is just irritating. the hero is a mono syllabic eastern-european cliche.

          it's just lost its edge.

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            25.05.2009 12:47
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            An excellent game that really does set the new standard for all.

            This game has been eagerly awaited and in many ways I think that it has lived up to this. The first thing to say however is that it does require a computer with a very good graphics card because as you can imagine, it is a demanding game.

            The game firstly invites you to take the role of Niko Bellic, who is an immigrant from Eastern Europe. He has been persuaded by his cousin 'Roman' to come to Liberty City and achieve the American dream. When he comes to Liberty City he quick relises that it is not as he had hoped, and the story goes on....

            The team of Rockstar were under much pressure to develop the series further and I think they have done so. The game is based in Liberty City and is literally a new and far improved version of GTA3 which was also based in Liberty City. The graphics of this game are brilliant and really add to the excellence of the game.

            There are helicopters available like in GTA3 however, there are not any plains available which is a major downfall. It feels as though they are taking a step back from San Andreas now. The map itself is really very good and it is enhanced by the graphics.

            The mutliplayer feature is excellent, by opening your mobile in-gamem and then selecting the multiplayer feature you are in. It has a whole variety of different game modes from 'Turfwar' to 'Deatmatch'. It is so much fun and really is a major advantage to the game.

            The amount of missions available is excellent and there are also lots of available side-quests that can be carried out. The vareity of cars and weapons is better than ever and the new GPS system makes them a pleasure to take around Liberty City.

            The PC version features a customizable radio feature which means that you can listen to your own music through the radio. This feature is not available for the console versions. I hope this review was useful and thank you for reading.

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          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 donÆt.