Review: Grand Theft Auto IV

WELCOME TO LIBERTY CITY

GTA4 banner

Developer: Rockstar North
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Compatability (PS3): 3340KB Mininum Space | SIXAXIS Motion Sensitive | HD 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Network Players 2-16
Compatability (Xbox 360): 1MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplayer 2-16 | Co-op 2-4
Rating: 9.7

The GTA series became popular for their ‘free roaming’ style of game and the latest game (which is the 6th one from the GTA series) is truly the best of them all. You take the role of Niko Bellic, a war veteran from East Europe who goes to the United States to live the dream. As you may expect, Niko infiltrates gangs and start stealing cars and shooting around, which are the things you’ll do most throughout the game. GTA4 has a better ‘open world’ than its predecessors and this will give you a better gameplay experience.

The game is situated on a fictional city named Liberty City. The enviroment around you truly feels realistic and living. It is as if you are outside the streets of New York City. The urban environment makes this game special and when Niko starts joining criminal gangs and factions, the game becomes very interesting. The story is also an improved feature than the previous GTA games and you will surely spend at least 25 hours to complete the game. The game has a considerable amount of missions which you will find to your satisfaction completing them.

Living environment.

One of the newest things in the game is that when you are given a summary of the mission that you need to accomplish, sometimes you have the ability to decide if you should follow that summary or else do something else. Apart from this parts of the story changes depending on what decisions you take in the course of the game. Missions in GTA4 include the usual murdering, robberies, drug dealing and also kidnapping and going for job interviews.

Action sequences in the game have been improved and now shooting criminals or policemen became an easy task. When enemies take cover while you are shooting, all you need to do is auto-aim and wait for them to come out so you can take them down. The police also seem to be very busy doing other things instead of chasing you while you’re making a disaster in a street and they really don’t seem to bother. Another feature that helps you when the law is running after you is that in the GPS map you are shown all the police cars which you are close to. The areas where the police are searching in is shown as a circular area in the GPS map and all you need to do is drive out of the area for them to lose you.

The police chasing Niko.

GTA4 is almost living in another world. You can go and dine in a restaurant or just eat a hot-dog or burger. You can log into the internet by visiting an internet cafe and also making dates online. You also have the ability to keep friends and calling them from your cell, and why not creating a love story with a pretty girl. There are also various places to visit, alone or with someone else. These include bowling, bars, playing darts or pool and going to a strip club.

The online play of GTA4 can have a total of 16 players simultaneously shooting and fighting against each other. Multi-player modes Deathmatch and Race feel different than any other online game. So basically, GTA4 is a must-own game. It contains a lot of things to do and the progress done from previous GTA games is outstandingly shown in the latest game of the series. Just buy it if you have the cash.

Reviewed by Barber – September 5, 2009

Graphics
Liberty City feels astonishingly alive and every detail makes it look as if you are living in a virtual city. Amazing.
 
Sound
Around 200 songs are available for you to hear in the game. The script written for GTA’s story is perfect. Voice acting has no flaws.
 
Fun
Doing whatever you want is fun. All missions have something special and there’s plenty of side missions and other things to do. This is what having fun means.
 
Final Score

 

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