gamers (85%) found this review helpful
This game had me when I first heard about it coming out. Even though it got delayed I don't know how many times, for whatever reasons, I'm so glad it did. First off, the noticeable difference is obviously the graphics. I'm playing on a 1080p Sony Bravia and it looks pretty - the lighting effects and character models are sick. The missions are more interesting this time around. Even though they kinda get repetitive, each mission gives a certain excitement about it. I think there are like over 200 different car models. The map is huge compared to what reviews said it was. You can enter in almost every building on the game and character models in the streets are so funny, you never see the same person twice, it seems like. One thing I love about the game is the radio stations. Everyone will have their favorite. As always, each music genre is here. The most entertaining is the multiplayer, and let me tell you, if you think COD4 was fun wait till you play this. At first I thought, "what could you do online?" But Rockstar put their minds together on this one. The best mode, I think, is Cops & Crooks, then Team Deathmatch. Free for All is so much fun, everyone going against each other. Just put it like this: Imagine how much fun you have playing GTA by yourself, wreaking havoc all over the city. But this time you have 15 other people doing the same thing while talking mess and no framerate problems - now that's fun...
gamers (77%) found this review helpful
Great game but not a 10. I'm a gamer, not a gta zealot that will spew on about this is the best game ever.
If you are a fan of the GTA series, you will probably love this game and think it is the best one yet. If that is the case go buy it and be happy.
If you are not a big fan of the series or new to the series, it is a great game. I would recommend that you get it from gamefly first.
It is a sandbox game but it is not an open world sandbox game like Oblivion. Overall it is just a notch above Assassins Creed. You have to progress the story mode before you can go certain places such as parts of the map and even shops. You can not enter into every building as some have said. You also can not customize your vehicles or your house. You can change Nikko's clothes (not much variety) and the theme of your cell phone along with $100 dollar ring tones...but that is about all you can customize.
Not sure what people are looking at when they say the graphics are ps2 quality. Maybe they don't have an HD TV? The city itself is probably one of the best pieces of art ever. The actual characters face and hair aren't anything special, but when you shoot someone in the leg they react accordingly. The animations are pretty cool. Nikko does walk like he has a load in his pants and you will find yourself always running because of how slow he walks. The driving takes a bit to get down...but don't be afraid to change the views. The hood view is pretty good for high speed getaways. Make sure to take a helicopter ride around sunset or at night over the city to see just how beautiful it really is.
The game does get repetitive at times...but there is one mission that is worth playing over and over again. It is the 3rd or 4th mission you do for Packie Mcreary called 3 leaf clover. Save your game before doing this so you play it over and over.
Great game...hopefully they make the next one a true open world sandbox game and allow you to customize just about everything.
gamers (76%) found this review helpful
This is an excellent game in many areas, most people agree on that. I've had a great time playing it. But the professional reviewers embarrassed themselves by handing out all those perfect 10s. These guys pick apart games and complain about the slightest microscopic flaws, but all of a sudden they crowned GTA IV one of the greatest achievements in human civilization. Very suspicious.
-The dialogue is interesting and occasionally funny and the voice acting is mostly great when compared to other games. The story kept me interested. However in the middle Niko as a character stops progressing and he doesn't have much to say of substance when the NPCs are talking to him. Some of the characters and scenes are great and dramatic, they did a great job of adding tension in some scenes, and humor in others. However, some of the characters are over-the-top stereotypes and buffoons.
The city is incredible. Especially Algonquin (Manhattan). Driving through Times Square at night and seeing all the lights is fantastic. When I first saw the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island it was amazing. However, it's all style no substance. There's nothing to do except the side missions like bowling and the main missions. The comedy/cabaret clubs were great though. I don't understand why they didn't put little stuff around the city that you can find besides pigeons. At first I loved walking around the city looking around but after awhile I realized it's mostly an empty shell.
Gameplay is good when you get used to the awkward cover system. However, this is reason #1 why this game in no way deserved perfect scores. The cover system and control is not next-gen. Uncharted had a superior cover system. Niko controls very awkwardly. Reason #2, the missions get very repetitive. Rockstar should have added a stealth system. That would have been great sneaking around inside buildings!
There are more great things and flaws. One thing I'm sure about, there's no way this game is a perfect 10.