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GF Rating
8.3

13830 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

What a let-down. Way over hyped.

posted by toastrBot (MIAMI BEACH, FL) May 4, 2008

Member since Sep 2007

15 out of 25 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

I don't understand the appeal of this game. Once you get past the novelty of being able to pretty much do anything in Liberty City, you realize that the game is incredibly repetitive and dare I say, boring. If you're a fan of the GTA/Bully franchise then this review will have no bearing and you'll enjoy GTA IV.

The graphics are awful, they look moderately better than the PS2 versions and the controls are clunky. Handling Niko is a chore and never does what you want him to smoothly. The pace at which he walks is horribly slow. You can make him run by holding down X (which you will always do so why they didn't make this the default speed is beyond me) and make him sprint by repeatedly tapping X. The SIXAXIS controls are no better either, the only useful one is the reload maneuver, all others are better left disabled.

The only thing this game has going for it is its voice acting and storyline. Unfortunately, the annoying initial load time every time I power the game on kept me from playing more than ten hours. Intermittent, smaller load times would have been a better choice than making the player stare blankly at the screen for a minute upon starting GTA IV.

Virtually going bowling, having a girlfriend, driving, and etc seems like a stupid idea considering most people can do this for real and actually have more fun. Games are supposed to be fun and this one just seems like a tedious chore, not unlike keeping a house plant alive. Maybe I just don't understand the rage over simulation-type games.

Verdict: Don't rent. Instead, play fun games like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Ratchet & Clank Future: ToD, Call of Duty 4, and Resistance: FoM.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess.

posted by aenderw (GREENSBORO, NC) Apr 29, 2008

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Member since Jan 2008

15 out of 25 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

This game has everything and more. A massive single player campaign fueled by an award worthy script read by amazing voice actors, a compelling and challenging multiplayer experience that will compete with the likes of CoD4 and Counter Strike, and enough of a sandbox element to offer replay value the likes you've never seen!

The graphics are gorgeous and run at a native 720p, though some resolution counters (specifically, those that upscale) may count higher. Regardless, I've never seen such a realistic world. Every building you encounter is available for exploration, every person you kill retorts with a new and witty quip, and every beam of light that glistens off a freshly ganked vehicle offers a new and exciting view of our favorite city.

Gameplay is where this game truly shines. Each character you encounter is as memorable as the last and offers different side quests that you may choose to partake in or not (and doesn't effect the final outcome!) When your Jamaican friend calls as your gunning from a rooftop, you may choose to hang out with him in order to receive a benefit later in the game. Of course, you could always just get a call girl and have a nice night in. The game is open to your liking and whims. Enjoy this massive city!

I can't say enough about how awesome GTA IV is. I wasn't planning on buying this game and typically prefer RPGs. The release date was fast approaching, so I reluctantly added it to the queue. I own it now... I couldn't help myself. This is a near perfect experience. If you add this to your queue, go ahead and prepare $50 dollars for the Keep It Now. I would bet you'll need it.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Liberty City is a great place

posted by Doughnut (GURNEE, IL) Oct 13, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

6 out of 10 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

Over the course of this game, you will love and hate Liberty City with all your heart. The one thing that makes this game great is the amount of freedom that you have. No one forces you to do missions, you can take your sweet time doing it. Besides doing the regular story missions you can call up your friends/girlfriends and hang out with them. You can go get food, go bowling, play pool, watch shows, go to the strip club, go boating, go on a helicopter ride, and go drinking. Also, it's always fun to get into a car chase and have the police and swat teams chasing you. As for the graphics, well, Liberty City is a big place, so there is some pop ups, that you have to deal with. As for the story itself you play as an immigrant named Niko Bellic, in search of the American dream. He might seem like an ice cold killer but toward the end of the game he does start to show some regret for what he does. Some people might find the gameplay repetitive but honestly it's not that repetitive and the only times that you will be bored are when you fail a mission and have to start it over again. So, all in all, this game is well worth the money and for those parents who think that this game will ruin the minds of their kids, they are wrong and I'm living proof of that. :)

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