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 (74%) found this review helpful
This is a great game graphically. Its got over 100 unique landmarks that are generic replicas and the lighting system is great. This game is end all be all graphically.
That being said
1. Property Ownership. Safe houses are run of the mill especially when you have no control over where they are. Vice City was such a great game because you could have tons of house and Playing legit in this game still leaves with a huge surplus of cash. so it seems to be a waste.
2. Car Storage. What happened to being able to park your awesome cars in a garage. Safe houses only allow for 1 car per slot and it really doesn't feel like it did when we had big garages.
3. Modernized Missions It seems like they did no brainstorming on how the missions worked. Its the same go kill this guy type of deal. They removed missions from alot of things liek ambulence fire trucks and a bunch of other things aswell.
4. Alot less shops Finding a clothing store is dam near impossible when u start and the selections suck even at the end. there is very little verity in the clothing lines.