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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 18 years and over / ESRB Rating: Adults Only / Release Date: 2008-04-29 / Published by Rockstar

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      19.05.2013 20:36
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      So close and yet stumbles near perfection. Not the best GTA game available.

      When the next game in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series was announced, the first for the 'then' next generation consoles (PS3 and X-box 360), fans around the world waited in anticipation for what Rock* would come up with next. Would it meet overwhelming expectations, or disappoint the legions of fans of this award wining and controversial series.

      Story: Your Niko Bellic, a veteran of an unnamed war in Eastern Europe, who is haunted by the betrayal of his 15 man army unit. A decade later and a smuggling run goes bad due too a betrayal from his partner. Niko escapes Eastern Europe and the anger of his boss, Ray Bulgarin. After spending 6months in the merchant Navy, upon the ship Platypus. Niko heads to Liberty City to peruse the American dream that his cousin, Roman, told wonderful stories about, of riches, fast cars and ladies! With Niko still hunting for the traitor from his army days and discovering his cousin doesn't live the American dream. Niko finds Liberty City isn't all what it's cracked up to be.

      With old enemies and new ones, Niko has to battle on the streets of America just to survive. Will his past catch up with him? Can he really start a fresh live with his cousin? Or will his dream turn into a nightmare?

      Visuals: Rock* make visually stunning games. From the environment themselves, the vibrant sea smashing into the beaches and cliffs, the detail that goes into the vehicles design and the buildings in the landscape of the Cities. It's a thing of beauty that does really make you go wow when you first experience it and continues to leave you stunned with every passing second. Rock* make great sun sets, I mean sitting in a car or on a motorbike on top of a cliff or on a beach, watching the sun rise over the sea. Who cares about guns when you can watch a sun like that rise over the sea! Truly a remarkable game.

      Audio: With the GTA series, the radio in the vehicles become the soundtrack to your game. With 19 radio stations to choose from, including 3 talk radio stations, your sure to find something to your liking to cruise around the roads too. Liberty Rock Radio is my favourite, but sometimes I'll stick on The Vibe for a bit of R&B. You can choose from reggae, rock, R&B, eastern European rock, pop, Latino, disco, hard rock, jazz, electro house and chill out music. Really has a huge variation to pick from and too which you want to drive too.

      Gameplay: GTA game means one thing, open world exploring! As with the majority of Rock* games, the different islands/areas will open up as you progress in the story. Liberty City is based upon New York City, with the various boroughs given different names. You can also visit various real life landmarks but which have been given different names in the game. For example, why not take a helicopter site seeing tour of the statue of Happiness, aka the Statue of Liberty? Or take a drive over Brooklyn Bridge, Broker bridge in game. You really can just go and explore where ever you want. Just leave the missions and head out on the open road. With various types of vehicles at your disposable; cars, motorbikes, buses, trucks, helicopters and boats, you can really have some fun around Liberty City. Taxi cabs can be called if you can't be asked to drive or if a location is far away. You can skip to the destination as soon as you enter the taxi. There is a subway system to use as well, which links up various parts of each cities. So you really don't have to walk anymore!

      There are side missions to complete if you wish too. These include; locating and destroying criminals through the use of a police car and computer, street races and finding the flying rats, aka the pigeon. These side missions can have you adding hours to make the game last even longer.
      There are some main missions during the story which you have to make a choice on what path you choose. Your choice will have a baring on how the story pans out, so this adds to the replay value. Play one way and then replay the second way.

      The combat system has improved, now you can move between covers and free aim, or shoot blindly if you like. It's a lot more realistic when in a gun battle now. Making sure you have body armour will help with stopping your health getting hit, but if you do start getting low health, stopping off at a hospital or takeaway joint, will replenish your health.

      Now if you have been up to no good and this is GTA, so course your going to get into trouble! The police will obviously come after you. Now everyone likes a good police chase, especially in a fast car! You can still lose the police by various means; hiding from there sight, changing the colour of your car and entering one of your safehouses. You can also attempt to escape before being handcuffed when on foot, whilst on a one star wanted level.

      The use of your phone has now become integral to the story and other activities. You can arrange various activities with other characters to build up there respect level and earn rewards. There are many to choose from: eating out, darts, bowling, strip show, comedy show and drinking. When you go out drinking, after the cutscene your screen will start to wobble and sway, like you are actually drunk. You see Niko struggling to keep his balance and keep falling over, I love these little touches they have added. The use of emails are intertwined with the side missions and main missions as well.

      Weapons are important in GTA and there are vast amount of different ones available to you to use. The aiming system now includes, when locked on to someone, a clear health bar telling you how much health they have left. Combat has improved as well, with more moves to use when in a fight.
      Shops are around to update your wardrobe or buy a flash fancy suit, or perhaps you just fancy a change of look.

      Conclusion: I had really high hopes for this game. The previous GTA, GTA San Andreas, was my favourite from the series and with the new console, I really expected a piece of gaming history. I was left feeling rather disappointed instead. You can't dismiss the beautiful graphics, the great soundtrack and much improved overall gameplay and even the story is good. But this game lacked that true GTA feel. It took itself very seriously unlike all the others. They had fun missions doing silly stuff to mix up the serious side of the story. This game in parts felt like a chore and who wants to play a game like that. Video games are there to escape and have fun. From the previous few games, I can remember missions that I loved and was totally enthralled by. In GTA IV there is only a couple which I did really enjoy. The side missions and activities to take part in are fun and do prolong and mix the game up. The vehicles look and drive brilliantly, these are some of the positives. This game could of been fantastic, instead its just great.

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        09.07.2012 23:56
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        A real real letdown

        The grand theft auto is a series well known amongst gamers, as being the first real free roam game following the life of some gangster or mobster in a city trying to make his way to the top. Anyway, this is the newest incarnation of that series where you play as Tony, an italian who comes in on a boat with a mysterious past, to live with his cousin who he thought was really rich, but turns out lives in what can be described as a dump, and gets harased by loan sharks and the like.

        Anyway, i am not going to focus so much on the story, as i stopped playing relatively new into the game, due to getting fed up with the poor game mechanics, which i will get on to in a second.

        Firstly i should probably note that i was comparing this game to san andreas the whole time. I liked the free roam and RPG element of the game, but i wanted better graphics, and a better driving system. In this game yes they delivered better graphics, and added a weird go through the windscreen crash effect, as well as you character not being some sort of god, and being able to be killed in a single accident, both of which are good thing. However there are 3 main problems with this game. Firstly the way your guy walks is terrible. He doesn't seem the most intelligent of people, and is fairly slow and seems to not move the way you want him to... almost like he is drunk. This gets annoying once you try to get in vehicles, or fight etc, as you just feel like your commands are not being listened to.

        The next biggest problem is that they got rid of some of the cool attacks you could do with some weapons, like you used to be able to do a stealth attack from behind with the knife, not anymore. Also the knife seems to do nothing to anybody?

        But by far the biggest problem is the driving system. Seriously it is terrible. If you go at a corner at around 20 mph, you just skid straight off. I am not even exaggerating. And i am not sure whether this is because of a low driving level or something like that, but as far as i am aware you cannot even level up in driving skill like you could in san andreas. It just constantly feels like you are driving on ice in this game, as the cars are lazy, irresponsive, and look like boats when they try to turn. The result is that there is no fun to be gained driving, or getting from place to place. Add this to the lazy way you guy fights and shoots and so on, the whole experience is just not very fun, or at least i though so.

        Anyway, this game was a real letdown for me. I really feel rockstar missed a trick. Even though to be fair it wasn't that bad a game, the fact that it could have been so much more if they just used a driving system from another game (why couldn't they use need for speeds, or project gotham racing, or forza, or GT, instead of some woeful system). I know i am not alone in this, as a friend from work said the same thing to me as well, he didn't like it either. Overall, 2/5, as the game feels lethargic, and badly finished.

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        10.10.2011 00:13
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        One of the best games of modern times

        Having played some of the previous versions in the Grand Theft Auto series (1, 2, 3, San Andreas), I was looking forward to see what GTA IV had to offer, particularly as it was the first to be released on the PS3 platform. The first experience of the game was playing it at a friend's house and was completely blown away by the graphics. It had taken such a big leap from the early days of the first game and even the more recent releases like San Andreas. The detail of the game was unbelievably high that it almost feels like a real world. The game had impressed me so much that it was one of the main reasons I bought a PS3 for myself.

        GTA IV was quite contrasting to San Andreas as it felt more like playing out a story than playing a game and some of the old features had gone, such as buying your own property or garages to store your cars (property is given to you during the game with parking spaces outside for 2 cars) and recruiting people. However, you do have some flexibility in how the story is played out, as you can choose when to do some of the missions and also some of the missions can go one of the two ways, which will influence how the story ends.

        There are plently of missions during the game along with little side missions such as taxi driving, deliveries and 'obtaining' cars for people, so for the casual gamer, it will keep you busy. Also, from personal experience, there is still some pleasure in re-starting the game and trying to complete the game again.

        In addition to the main game, there is a multiplayer option, where you can play a number of games with and against friends or other online players. Games include races (one with weapons to take out other players, one without), Deathmatch (individual and team) and Mayfia Work (also individual and team, which involves completing missions before the other team/players).

        The game can be purchased as a standalone game or with the two expansion games The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony (both of which has some storylines which interwork with the main GTA IV game). The game is available for around £20-30, maybe less if bought pre-owned.

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        12.05.2011 17:37
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        Get this game if you don't already have it.

        I remember when I first played Grand Theft Auto III and how epic it felt and I felt like I would get the same feel from this game but it did fall slightly short so here goes.

        You take the role of Niko Bellic who arrives off a boat into Liberty City and the narrative burns slowly from their. This isn't the Liberty City you'll remember from Grand Theft Auto III, it has been completely built from the ground up to resemble New York City a lot more. It even has a parody of the Statue of Liberty.

        From arriving you take your first car and it is from here that things start to look a lot better. The cars feel a lot weightier than previous instalments and all handle differently. The thing that amazes me the most about the vehicles is the damage model. In previous games cars would dent until parts fell off and tyres would burst. In Grand Theft Auto IV wheels will buckle and bend, tyres will catch fire and melt and individual bullet holes will show after gunfights.

        You start the game doing jobs for your cousin Roman before moving onto harder more indepth missions much like previous games but that brings me onto the thing that grates on me a little bit in this game. In Grand Theft Auto IV you find yourself making friends which you can have meals with, play pool with and do jobs for. This is based on the girlfriends in Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas and it becomes really annoying when you are constantly rang by people who wish to go play pool or watch comedy shows, it makes it feel like Grand Theft Auto : Sims.

        The combat system has been greatly update and although still not perfect it is still a lot better than previous games. You can take cover behind walls, bins and even cars. You can then pop out of cover whilst taking shots at enemies. It feels like a Hollywood movie gunfight at times which is really cool.

        The game features pool, bowling, darts, comedy clubs and even an limited in-game internet to name but a few. The game is full of really close attention to detail like if you exit a car and stand nearby you can still hear the car radio, you can even see what happens when you invite a lady of the night into your car.

        The game also has extensive online modes whereby 16 people can play deathmatches, cops and robbers or my personal favourite mafiya work whereby you have to race to complete missions before your adversaries do. This game is really fine but it just tries to do to much. Grand Theft Auto should be about what the title says and not playing pool.

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        16.03.2011 18:29
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        A worthy addition to the series

        When I first started playing this game, I admit I couldn't really get into it. It's an entirely new direction I'm used to with the GTA series. I felt this one took itself way too seriously and although good, I didn't feel it was great. However, after playing a good couple of hours and getting off the first island, everything really started picking up. Now it's completed, I'm left with thinking it's up there with the best in the series if not higher.

        Plot: You play an immigrant getting off a boat to start life in America. You then work your way up from the lowest of the low to working with the big boys in the crime world. Pretty much the same as every other GTA game in the series then but with the twists and turns provided throughout the game, it never gets old.

        Graphics: Just wow. From the rain hammering down while the leaves are blowing around in the wind to the bullet holes and blood stains on your car, it was like watching a movie sometimes (even more so when you switched to cinematic view while driving around the streets).

        Sound: Everyone has a different voice. I know most people take it for granted nowadays and it's definitely becoming more common place but you still get the odd game that just has the same guy doing all the voicing for each character. Ruins the experience in my opinion and does nothing for the plot.

        All the sounds are very realistic too. Sometimes in games you hear something and you know what it's supposed to be but yet it doesn't really sound like it at all. That's not the case with this game. It's the little touches like people chatting on the streets as you drive by in your car immerses you that entire bit more. There's a world living and breathing that will carry on if you're there to see it or not.

        Controls: They are quite a bit different to the usual GTA controls and to begin with I couldn't get to grips with them. However, once you stick with it, hopefully you'll end up like me and prefer these controls to the old layout. Everything feels more streamlined and it make's the entire experience a lot easier to play. For example, the shooting focuses mainly on the right and left bumpers which leaves your other fingers free to utilize the buttons facing you.

        Another thing that's worth mentioning is the cars have some weight to them this time round. Before it was very much in an arcade style but this time they really moved like a car with each make of car feeling completely different to drive to another one. Speed, braking, turning, you need to find the car that matches the kind of driver you are. Didn't really bother me in the previous games but now they've added it, I would hate to play the game any other way.

        Lifespan: GTA IV game took me just under 40 hours doing the main mission alone. You could probably knock off up to 15 hours from that time as I took my time immersing myself within my surroundings but if you add the extra side missions to it, I reckon you could get a game of 60 hours if not more.

        Not much replayability to be found though. You can play online with it and join other players but I haven't done so to comment on the experience. Other then that there are the achievements you could aim for but as far as playing through the game again, it's going to be pretty much the same each time.

        Overall: GTA IV has a couple of problems for example the complete restart of a mission if you mess up no matter how close you are to the end but it does have some great qualities too. The addition of the cover shooting was a great idea and made the game feel more realistic then the others. So all in all it's a great addition to the GTA family and I shall look forward to playing the Episodes from Liberty City.

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        06.07.2010 15:09
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        good game

        Introduction

        I had played the very original and first Grand Theft Auto game on the PC. It had 2d style graphics and a top down view. Back then it was alot of fun just roaming around, generally causing trouble by stealing cars and causing mayhem. The game has come a long way since the original and this version was released in 2008. The story is pretty much still the same but has become a lot more sophisticated.

        Story

        In GTA IV you play the role of illegal immigrant Niko Bellic as he arrives in Liberty City under the persuasion of his cousin Roman who he hopes will help him pursue the American dream. After arriving though he realises that stories of a life of luxury were far from the truth as he starts to get involved with dealing with loan sharks and other criminals.

        The game

        The game is very life like in terms of representing a live and active city. You go through the day and you will pass various people on the street as you are carrying out missions or just generally roaming around. Unlike some previous versions of the game you now have a mobile phone to use for communication. It can be used to get jobs/missions, arrange dates and other social outings such as going to bars, bowling and pool. You can also do activities like watching television, listen to radio shows and also surf the internet in internet cafes.

        Another feature is the GPS system which helps you to navigate your way around the city and get to where you need to easily. It also shows an indication of your wanted level and the area which you have to get out of to reduce your wanted level from the police. This makes it alot easier to get away from the police. You can also hail and use cabs to get from one place to another for which you will usually have to pay a fare.

        The game has a non linear element so you can choose to complete
        missions when you want pretty much and free roam around to explore the city. You also will make decisions during missions which will affect things later on in the game.

        There is also an online multiplayer mode for up to 15 players at a time which I have yet to explore fully.

        Overall

        Alot has changed in the game since the beginning including improved graphics, more of a storyline, different characters and superior gameplay. This is overall a pretty well polished and solid game from the GTA series and is well recommended. Now available in the platinum series for around £12 which was around the price I paid for it, it is definitely worth a look if you are interested in this sort of thing and don't have the game already.

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        08.06.2010 15:15
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        A great game, just what you expect from the series, but i prefer playing offline rather than online.

        Well the GTA series is well known for its large free-roam areas, and generally the mindless violence that usually ensues.

        This game is no different. Now however there are extremely realistic car driving physics, more weapons, incredible graphics, and a massive free roam area to drive in. Plus the addition of online multiplayer.

        First off i'll start with the single player side.

        There are ALOT of missions, im talking about 70 or so, it'll take you days to complete most likely, on the Xbox 360 / PS3 there is an achievement/trophy for beating the games story mode in under 30 hours. Unfortunately that timer counts up even as your just free roaming around, so its a good idea to not save after you've just driven around for 5 hours, unless you don't want to get the trophy. Despite the missions there is a fair amount you can do in GTAIV offline, mainly stealing cars/helicopters/boats and being a general pain in the butt for everyone else in the city.

        The online side of things isn't much different, you are placed in the free-roam mode, but now there can be up to 11 other players in the game with you. Usually people will attack you on-sight rather than work together against the police, as many frequently do if they know each other. However occasionally you will find someone who won't open fire, and instead prefer that you get into their car and work as a second gun for them. These are common in vehicles such as helicopters, often you will get 2 or 3 players in one helicopter.

        Aside from the free-roam, there are several game modes to enjoy, such as deathmatch, racing and more.

        Really this game is as good as it gets, good online play, despite being constantly under fire, and an amazing single player experience.

        My only gripe is that you can't have private online matches, or rather you can, but cops will be automatically turned off, with just you, your friends and the traffic/pedestrians in a game, it's not all that fun.

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        29.05.2010 20:07
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        Really good game, I would recommend it.

        Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the most popular and hyped games of 2009, and it certainly lived up to that hype when it was released. The game is so realistic and it just looks great. All the character models are very well done, and the voice acting is superb.

        All of the missions in the game are well thought about and have a good deal of variety about them, so you never get bored with the repetitiveness of things. The missions will have you following suspects, saving your cousin from a heavily armed gang, and even just picking people up in a taxi, they are very satisfying and not too easy.

        The realism is a very big thing in this game. The new euphoria physics engine will have you flying out of your seat... and through your windscreen into some scaffolding. The fire hydrants will jet out high pressured water, lifting light cars off their wheels and onto their sides, and the ragdoll physics are phenomenal.

        This game deals with betrayal, friendship, and a bunch of angry russians as they try to adjust to life in the US, it has a very funny story line, and an even better free roaming aspect, hijacking cars to drive down the highway at full speed into a barricade is great fun.

        So, give it a go, I guarantee you will like it at least somewhat. :P

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        28.05.2010 19:21
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        While away a few hours of mindless entertainment.

        Grand Theft Auto 4 is purely and simply a great game. It's got everything, and in this review, I'll tell you whats so good about this game. First of all, I'll talk about the story. You play as an Eastern European immigrant called Niko Bellic, who has come to America for a fresh start and forget his horrible past. However, its not long before he's sucked into the world of crime. The missions have a wide range of things to do, its not just running into a building shooting people every mission. There's a mission where you have to rob a bank and a one where you have to compete in races. There's no shortage of characters either, there's dozens of people you do missions for; Brucie, Roman, Jacob and Packie to name a few. Once you've completed the main story, there's plenty of other things to do. You get girlfriends who you can date, you can play pool, darts, go drinking, eat out and go to comedy clubs with friends. Plus there's side missions to, like stealing cars for money and lots of other things. This is a sandbox game, which means it's open ended. You don't have to do the missions at all, you can just run about killing people. There is also a couple of high profile guests who do voice-overs, Ricky Gervais and Katt Williams, to name a few. All-in-all, this is a great game, but you will have to be prepared to get addicted to it. It is that good!

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        01.05.2010 13:28
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        Good value, great game

        This was one of the newer next-gen games, and still sells well. With DLC, new stories and new games on the way for this title, it's probably best to read some reviews of this one to get an idea of what happens if you've never played it before, or simply to see if this GTA title is any good or not!

        The simple answer to whether it's any good or not is yes. So much yes. However, we can delve a little further into how and why it's a massive yes.

        The story itself, is original and is set in the obvious New-York city spin-off; Liberty City. You are Nico Bellic, and have come to America to get away from the old country, in which Nico has fought in the war and experienced some real horrors. You are visiting your cousin Roman, an annoying character, but you love him nonetheless. The game revolves around essentially, making a name for your cousin. You are sent on a variety of missions, for a variety of bosses, making money, playing off your in-debt cousin. As well as eventually revealing the real reason why you're here.

        The gameplay is great, the cars handle realistically, a banger is horrific and can't corner or accelerate, and a sports car drives like a dream. The freedom is fantastic, once the whole city is unlocked and available you can literally go anywhere on a massive map. As far as guns go, this was a massive achievement for the latest in the GTA series. You have to remember that this title came out years ago, and provides detailed weapons each with relative damage caused etc. As well as this, walking, running, swimming is all executed really well, and provides excellent depth and added realism to the game.

        There are however a couple of negatives. Have you ever played any games in the Yakuza series? If not it's worth a try, they give an interesting take on the classic GTA style of game. In GTA IV there are some morality issues, with choices on who lives/dies and this results in an altered storyline. However, aside from this, the story itself has serious morality issues, are you fighting for good? Or are you just a bitter man with revenge issues? Some gamers won't mind this, but in Yakuza, you help orphans etc you're always made to feel like you're doing illegal things but for the right reasons. It's an interesting point. Some have pointed to GTA's morality grey-area and said it was masterful to allow the gamer to really think about his/her actions. It's a matter of opinion. Another annoying aspect is that the DLC was available on the 360 long before PS3 and the online mode, when compared to COD and other great online games, is poor.

        Overall, my opinion is that GTA is a great, playable game that does offer a wide variety of missions; you're not going to be bored! You'll easily get 60+ hours of gameplay out of this really great game. Graphically it's strong, and still is even compared with games coming out now. The romance side provides a break up from the action and couple of laughs, there are 5 datable girls in the game, it's a fun aspect and gives the opportunity to do some of the activities around the game. The pool mini-game is my personal favourite! This game gets 5 stars for just being the full package of a GTA game. The best yet.

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        26.04.2010 16:42
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        A great experience showcasing the PS3

        The fourth numbered Grand Theft Auto release tells the story of Niko Bellic as he tries to make his way in America as an immigrant just arriving in the city. As is usual in a GTA game he makes friends and enemies every step of the way and the end result is an engrossing tale of making the American dream a reality.

        Gameplay involves the usual mix of driving and guns utilising a cover feature which allows for intense firefights while you hide behind a obstacle and are able to pop out and shoot before returning to safety. This may make the game easier however it is far more enjoyable in my eyes being able to take this methodical approach to clearing an area of enemies.

        The game is one of the longest you will find on the PS3 and there seems an endless amount of side missions to do aswell, such as dating to stealing requested cars. The character of Niko is also brought out very well and the supporting cast make the game a memorable experience. Liberty City is a truly living, breathing place reminiscent of New York and it does not get boring driving through the sights and sounds the city has to offer.

        GTA soundtracks hve always been srong and this is no exception as whatever your choice of music there is an in game radio station for you from classic rock, hosted by Iggy Pop, to hip hop theres something for everyone.

        This is one of my favourite games for the system and with downlaodable content offering completely fresh experiences in the city it is well worth buying.

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        15.04.2010 12:22

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        Fun

        Definitely a great game when I first bought it it was about a good 40 quid or so, surprised to see know online or some stores you can get it for 20 quid or less new, of course even lesser second hand/used. Still a very good game played it 4 or 5 hours once non stop very hooked. Great game its about a gangster gentlemen trying to own liberty city. Involved in crimes and murders, and sex, thats whats the game is mainly about. You get to drive around in real like cars, motorbikes, bikes, lorries, helicopters, boats etc. Really great fun, just getting the sport cars makes it even funner. There are cheats which can be found online , there are simply weapon cheats, vehicle cheats, and armour cheats etc. It is all very real life. The graphics are extremely well put , and all the features people, roads, houses all look so very real, you can even beep in the vehicles, so much fun. If you die or hurt youself you will nearly always sware, even in missions you sware automatically so dont get surprised. You can go on dates, or days out with you cousin or friends. All the mission nearly all involve in guns and etc. Other than that its a really smart great game, I am hoping a new version comes out soon, 5 starts for sure!!!

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        09.03.2010 18:11
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        A great game

        Last week I received a £20 voucher from Amazon (thank you dooyoo) and decided to spend my money on Fifa 09 and Grand Theft Auto IV (the platinum edition) for £14.20 from Amazon.

        I had played the game and completed it when the game was first released on my friends' ps3 but felt it was such a great experience I still wanted a copy of my own and to play through it again (and try out the online modes).

        The game summed up is the following; You play as Niko a Serbian (I think) just arriving in America and with his idiotic (but amusing) cousin you aim to take a piece of the American dream (literally) or at least a slightly violent take on it. To do this you must become a big player in the crime underworld by stealing, hijacking, robbing and killing your rivals you will see this as a great premise or simply horrifying depending on what type of person you are.

        It's a great story with some great voice acting, visuals and exciting game play all set in a huge game world which is bustling with life. The game plays out depending on your choices and you can even go on dates and the like (thanks to the mobile phone Niko owns - a great addition). The missions are varied and always fun to do and the driving is very impressive (actually as good as many racing games).

        A few (minor) negatives are the long journeys which you some times find yourself on driving to certain markers (although the GPS halves the time it would have taken me) also I feel there's not enough houses or buildings you can explore and objects to interact with, but this isn't surprising in such a huge world and would of cost a lot to do (it already cost a staggering £100 million to make (perhaps dollars).

        The online mode; Is accessed through Niko's mobile and from here you can invite your friends to join in and explore the city (blow things up) this is called 'Party' mode. There are also other modes such as 'Cops and Robbers' and Team Death Match' where you can compete or play against others online doing different things.

        Another success by Rockstar - go buy! (then wait for number 5 and Red Dead Redemption (an open world game set in the old west)

        Tony

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        28.02.2010 01:57
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        Overall, great game...go for it

        I'm sure most of you have heard about the Grand Theft Auto series and I for one love all the games. Most of the games involve you having so much freedom and you roaming around doing pretty much as you please and crashing cars and starting fights.

        This particular game starts off with your lead man coming to the US looking for a better life. His cousin quickly gets him involved with the wrong people and his clouded past has him searching for a quieter life that he is not destined to have.

        This version is a little different and more advanced than others in the series. For example in this game if you get out and punch an old lady, passers by will jump out of their cars and beat you up.

        The graphics are fantastic in this game and probably better than other versions in this series. They work just fine and the animation is good too. Your character's movements are smoother than before.

        In this version the mapping system for one is a welcome addition. Now you can set waypoints on the map screen and get a GPS type route to your destination. It really helps out in the beginning when you won't know the streets that well. It's one of my favorite parts of the additions, as sometimes the streets can be tiresome when you just want to get from A to B and get lost in a sea of road.

        The gunplay has been reworked, and works pretty well. Now you can use a cover system something like Uncharted. You can hide behind walls or objects, and pop out to fire a few rounds. It makes the shootouts more interesting than just standing out in the open and blazing away. The autotargeting does it's job. You can lock on and blaze away, or make some small adjustments and go for specific placed shots. I don't feel like I'm missing my mouse aiming just yet.

        Driving is harder this time around. You'll need to use the brakes to make corners, or you'll send yourself flying through the windshield time after time. I've adapted to new driving style pretty fast. I've read several complaints, but I think they are just wanting to hold the gas down and make every corner perfect. It feels more realistic the way it is. You can't gun the car all day and not wreck. Cops wreck out if they take corners too fast, which is fun to see as well.

        Another big feature is the cell phone. You'll receive missions, make dates, get a cab, call the cops or medical, and get text messages from your girlfriends all with your handy cell phone. It's a good use of something that makes sense within the game world. If you don't feel like taking a long drive, you can just call up a cab to do the driving for you. You access the multiplayer parts of the game through your phones menu, as well as enabling cheats if you wish. You can call up characters in the game if you're bored and want to meet them at a bar, for a game of darts.

        Overall I think this game was brilliant and a worth addition to the series.

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        10.02.2010 21:20
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        perfect to play with friends not suitable for younger people

        Grand Theft Auto IV

        This game is the closest to real life as far as games go. However you must be 18 to play due to the amount of violence in this game.
        You start off as a Russian male known as Niko bellic as an immigrant invited over to liberty city by his cousin Roman.
        Liberty city known as the land of opportunity is a more detailed replica of Grand Theft Auto 3.

        Niko starts here with nothing but soon builds up to be a rich and powerful man by doing jobs for mobsters there is 94 missions in total not including side missions such as getting a police car and searching for criminals to take out.
        The story missions and side missions must be complete to achieve overall game completion.

        You can track your stats in the option menu by pressing start on the control pad. this will show you how many people you have killed, how many cars you have hijacked how far you have travelled, longest jump and many many more there is a stat for everything.
        There are multiple endings to this game which will result in either your cousin Roman getting killed or your girlfriend that you meet in the game known as Kate.

        The detail in this game is great and has many features. You now have a mobile phone which you use to check messages from people you have met, restart missions. Or even ring a friend to go bowling, drinking or even the strip club. there is plenty of places to go and always something to do even after you complete the game.

        The graphics are exactly what you would expect form a next generation console and the game play is just as great.

        The online multiplayer options are great there is many online side missions to complete and also a free roam if you just want to relax. This option lets you drive about anywhere and if you want to kill another person online then you can track them down and shoot.
        You access the multi-player option via your mobile phone and the same way to leave

        This game overall is brilliant, great graphics and great game play. I have nothing to fault in this game.

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      The first true sequel to the original PlayStation 2 game has been announced for the next generation consoles, but what new features will it bring? With no trailers or even hints as to its content, for the moment Rockstar are currently saying nothing. However, despite almost no information being released about the actual game, we do know the exact release date: 19th October, 2007 – simultaneously on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The three PS2 games all used the same basic graphics engine and were each based on the three cities in the original PS one Grand Theft Auto game. That means that this new game is in completely uncharted territory, with only the London setting of the GTA1 mission disk and the pseudo-futuristic backdrop of GTA2 offering any kind of a clue as to what might be coming next. Other speculation has included a game set in Bogota and Tokyo, after Rockstar trademarked the names (although that could have been for many different reasons). A more likely rumour is that it will be set in the never seen Carcer City, which has often been mentioned in the previous games. The fact that all of the voice over actors so far revealed are American certainly suggests the game will be based in the U.S. Another possibility is that the game will be a massively multiplayer online game, with Rockstar’s website advertising for several programmers with that type of experience. In terms of graphics technology the game will use an enhanced version of the graphics engine used for Rockstar Presents Table Tennis, although as mentioned no screenshots have been revealed yet. Whatever the final game turns out to be though Rockstar can guarantee that millions of fans are dying to find out the truth.