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I struggled with the rating on this game. I wanted to give it a 9, but I just didn't have the heart.
The Reason: The ONLY thing I don't like is the hand-to-hand combat aspect. When you don't have a weapon or just want to knock the socks off of someone with your bare hands, the controls seem to get a little wonky. (Maybe it's just me, though)
ON TO THE GAME ITSELF:
You're an immigrant in Liberty City. You literally have an entire city to explore. You have missions that you get paid for, which can be things like driving someone from point A to point B, roughing someone up, collecting "protection money" from a resistant shop owner, etc.
As the title implies, if you need wheels, you can steal any vehicle you see. And if you need quick cash, you can mug one of the many people on the street.
OR, if you're like some people I know, you can ignore the missions and just run rampant through the city stealing & killing to your heart's content.
There's so much more to this game, but I've only gotten in around 5 hours of game play so far (and had to start over once because I didn't save...
THAT's another thing...DO NOT trust the games auto-save. If you've just done a hard mission or if you're turning the game off...get to a safe house and do a "hard" save.
GTA is one of the best games of this century. It starts off when illegal immigrant Nico Bellic comes to Liberty City in search of the "American Dream" portrayed to him by his cousin Roman. While the game progress in a interesting story with a range of characters who range from drug dealers to bank robbers Nico slowly realize the "American Dream" is a world full of crime, hate, guns, drugs and poverty. While you can do the story you can also spend your time doing whatever you feel like doing whether its speeding down streets in stolen cars, shooting people or both. You can also interact with the story characters in random things like going to activities such as dinner, drinking, or things like darts or bowling which you control yourself. Emerge in the world as you make a name for yourself whatever way you can in the explosive story mode that has twists and turns like a soap opera. RENT OR BUY THIS ADDICTING GAME!!!! ITS WORTH IT!
Great game, well developed, and very engrossing. Not a game you want to rush through. I heard its not much for on line gamers, but for us folks who like the campaign mode... awesome. I recommend that you take your time with the game and do not complete the missions until you have fully explored the maps and all the possibilities this game has to provide.