gamers (57%) found this review helpful
If you've played any of the previous GTA installments beginning from GTA III onward, then, you'll know the gist of this game. I prefer a little originality in my video games, and while this game has plenty of refinements, it's still the same game. In fact, playing through GTA IV is a lot like work, and I quickly lost interest. Frankly, the hook to GTA has always been the vastness of the environment, and the freedom to do whatever you want. Both of these features are present in this game, but this is hardly innovative anymore. I'd much rather play No More Heroes where I can just jump into the game, decapitate my enemies, and watch geysers of blood spew from their dismembered corpses almost from the start. In GTA IV I had to buy clothing to impress women, and chauffer these ladies around Liberty City...real fun. Ultimately, I think guys purchase this game as an obligation to their masculinity. To me, reality is boring. So why imitate it?
I can remember playing GTA games and immediately having fun. Not sure where that went on this one...
After suffering through GTA 4's wonky controls, aggressively re-centering camera and more limited game scope (especially compared to all that you could do peripherally in San Andreas), I have to say that this one is a terribly weak entry into the series--and certainly not as much fun as any of its predecessors.
Driving is a real chore, with the e-brake acting more and a spinout=launcher. And good luck adjusting the camera to a comfortable angle at any time; it always snaps back to where it wants to be. The main character's cam on foot suffers from much the same, but at least you don't slide all over the place like while in a car.
For me the control pretty much kills the game. Everything felt like a real task--and not a joy to play, which I expect out of a supposedly "next gen" game. I won't even get involved in a discussion over the graphics, except to say that they aren't as great as everyone is saying they are. Just compare it to any other next gen title critically, and you'll see how they fall far short.
Perhaps I'm just being too critical myself . . . but I expected more from this game. Definitely rent before you buy.
posted by Ndru000 (ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL) May 13, 2008
Member since Jan 2006
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
They cut out alot of stuff from vice city and san andreas but who cares. You cant customize your character or cars and there are only 4 clothing stores, and a few food places not counting the hot dog stands and such. The girlfriends are still in the game and they are alot better, plus you can get drunk, which is hilarious. The story is the best one in the series, now you have choices which is new and exciting. You can choose to kill your target or let him go, its nice but it doesnt change the story at all. You have an option which decides the fate of the last mission, which really it doesnt matter what you choose, the second to last mission blows, and the last mission blows as well, only difference between the two alternate paths, is you go after a different guy, and you have to drive a boat or a sanchez, big whoop! awful, granted its fun, but if your going to play just to do the opposite of what you did the first time, DONT no point. Online is fun although it gets lagged up and you seem to hit someone in a car on your screen but you dont on theres. And usually it leads to you dying, Or someone will be infront of you, then across the map then back, it gets wierd and frustrating if you care about stats. The cell phone is used for missions, dates, activites and such your whole life is in that phone, and its not as tedious as people say. The graphics are gta graphics you should know what they are. Driving becomes second nature and fun after a little bit. Side missions wow if you want 100% good luck, im at 96% right now and i have spent more time on side missions then the 94 story missions. The animations and physics are so much better, people will be injured based on where you shoot them and your car will take damage depending where you damage it. Less customization = more real physics and such, and i will take that any day of the week, i didnt even use half the stuff in san andreas anyways, so bravo on getting rid of them and giving a more complete gaming experience.