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Grand Theft Auto IV

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
96
3.9
Windows
85
3.9
Xbox 360
95
3.6

User Reviews

The Splendors and Miseries of Liberty City Windows אולג 小奥 (168663)
Underneath this sloppy port hides a great GTA experience Windows Scytale (38)
Cars, Culture and Crime. Xbox 360 So Hai (338)
Another leap forward. Xbox 360 Fluxxed (10)
mixed Xbox 360 kent c. koopa (36)
For every step back Rockstar takes, they make giant leaps forward. Xbox 360 Kadath Bird (706)
One of the biggest disappointments ever Xbox 360 Zokolov (66)
It's good and you should buy it. No question. Xbox 360 Brandon Tabbert (19)
The best game so far Xbox 360 J.D. Majors (17)
Everything wrong with video games can be found in GTA IV Xbox 360 Chris Wright (99)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 67 3.9
Windows 75 3.9
Xbox 360 86 3.6
Combined MobyScore 228 3.8


The Press Says

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Xbox 360Retroage
Świetnie bawiłem się w tej piaskownicy i jeszcze trochę tu zabawię, za sprawką dodatków, które na początku jako DLC ukazały się tylko na konsoli Xbox 360 do pobrania w formie elektronicznej. The Ballad of Gay Tony, jak i The Lost and Damned – to jednak zawartość do opisania na osobny materiał. Jako ciekawostkę mogę tylko wspomnieć, że podobno Microsoft za wyłączność czasową za oba rozszerzenia wybulił pięćdziesiąt milionów martwych amerykańskich prezydentów. Dopiero po kilku latach od premiery GTA IV, oba dodatki ukazały się także na realnych nośnikach, na półkach sklepowych - jako kompletne wydanie gry – także na PlayStation 3.
100
PlayStation 3Edge
Ultimately, these things matter little, not simply because the amount of content is so staggeringly diverse that occasional failures can be immediately forgiven, but because its cast of brilliantly drawn characters lure you into a greater engagement than ever before. The fundamental template is the same as before, and some of the nuts and bolts feel a little loose, but it’s not only what you do in this world, it’s also how it makes you feel. There are few other games so constantly engaging or entertaining, and it may be a painfully long time before anything else matches up to its breadth of vision.
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Xbox 360Edge
Ultimately, these things matter little, not simply because the amount of content is so staggeringly diverse that occasional failures can be immediately forgiven, but because its cast of brilliantly drawn characters lure you into a greater engagement than ever before. The fundamental template is the same as before, and some of the nuts and bolts feel a little loose, but it’s not only what you do in this world, it’s also how it makes you feel. There are few other games so constantly engaging or entertaining, and it may be a painfully long time before anything else matches up to its breadth of vision.
100
PlayStation 3That Gaming Site
A few minor faults fail to put a dent in GTA IVs armour. A must buy.
100
Xbox 360Xboxygen
On peut donc conclure que Grand Theft Auto IV est bel et bien la bombe annoncée enterrant de mille lieues ses prédécesseurs et concurrents de part sa richesse dans le gameplay, l’environnement et tout le reste. Les gars de Rockstar n’ont pas juste fait les choses, ils ont fait les choses justes. Cependant, on peut éprouver un sentiment d’inachevé de par certains aspects et défauts. Mais le soft reste extrêmement jouissif et propose une expérience de jeu jamais vue et profonde qu’auparavant. Le Must Have de cette génération.
100
Xbox 360Power Unlimited
Wat? Een 100? Is die jongen wel goed bij zijn hoofd? Is dat niet wat overdreven? Is GTA niet gewoon meer van hetzelfde? Luister jongens en meisjes, GTA is een ervaring. Natuurlijk niet perfect maar dat is geen enkele game. Wat GTA wel is, is een game die iedereen gespeeld moet hebben. De wereld leeft meer dan ooit te voren en zit vol details die die Liberty City dat leven geeft. Van de glimlach op de statue of happiness, tot de vele gele taxi’s op Star Junction. Dit is een ervaring die je gehad moet hebben.
100
PlayStation 3PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK)
GTAIV is quite possibly the most breathtaking game of the last decade. It outdoes its predecessors in every sense of the word, while at the same time not forgetting its roots, you the fan, and what makes GTA games such an insanely funny and euphoric experience in the first place.
100
PlayStation 3VG Blogger
This game deserves the stellar recognition and record-breaking 6 million week-one sales it has received. It is an incredible achievement, an outstanding piece of entertainment, and undoubtedly the most enjoyable and complicated work of satire ever made.
100
Xbox 360Good Game
I don’t want to sound like and old phogey Jung, but the only thing I don’t like about GTAIV and all other GTA’s in fact, is the excessive swearing and occasional offensive dialogue... some sort of filter might could make it more accessible... but you cant deny the fun.. freedom, and how it’s full of surprises.. I’m giving it a 10/10 gangster chickens.
100
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"Grand Theft Auto IV" é um jogo de videogame revolucionário, que consegue manter forte sua tradição e elementos que tornaram a franquia famosa e, ao mesmo tempo, adiciona uma série novidades que enriquecem a experiência. Dificilmente personagens foram retratados com tanta humanidade quanto neste jogo, o que o coloca à frente de seu tempo, assim como a ambientação, que é mais avançada do que a grande maioria dos produtos no mercado. É um clássico inquestionável e um excelente motivo para comprar um videogame da nova geração, se você ainda não possui.
100
PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
"Grand Theft Auto IV" é um jogo de videogame revolucionário, que consegue manter forte sua tradição e elementos que tornaram a franquia famosa e, ao mesmo tempo, adiciona uma série novidades que enriquecem a experiência. Dificilmente personagens foram retratados com tanta humanidade quanto neste jogo, o que o coloca à frente de seu tempo, assim como a ambientação, que é mais avançada do que a grande maioria dos produtos no mercado. É um clássico inquestionável e um excelente motivo para comprar um videogame da nova geração, se você ainda não possui.
100
Xbox 360Avid Gamer
There’s so much to mention, like how the police are more intelligent, yet easier to evade thanks to a new search area system. A welcome lack of HUD. A more realistic economy. If we’ve forgotten anything, you’ll find it out soon enough. We haven’t touched the multi-player yet, and our impressions will be along shortly. Even without that, the prospect of downloadable content in the Autumn, or just the idea of what the future holds, we just can’t help giving this a 10. It’s GTA, yet evolved. It has reached unholy heights of brilliance. This time things are different and we completely love it. It adds to the genre, the industry and everything about video games. Go out, buy it, play it and rejoice. It’s here and it’s one hell of a ride.
100
Xbox 360UltraNinjas
It’s also very hard not to award GTA IV a straight 10, given how much scope and detail the whole thing has. There are many more neat moments and touches that I could blabber on about for hours, but with most of you having found them for yourselves and not wanting to spoil all the fun for the rest of you lot I will cease here. Expect a multiplayer review sometime next week, but for now rest assured that in the eyes of at least this critic, GTA IV is worth every bit of the hype, warts and all. If you’ve not purchased it yet, make sure you resolve the errors of your ways sooner rather than later.
100
Xbox 360Gameplayer
Between the six of us in the office we’ve clocked in well over 100hrs of GTA IV in the few days it has been on sale. Each day we arrive in the office and sit down and blabber excitedly about some crazy misadventure that occurred the night before. Something unique to that one user, but hilarious to all who have entered the world and know how it works. Maybe it is a line of dialogue we hadn’t heard before or an unscripted slice of on-the-fly action that beats most game’s scripted events for sheer thrills. Maybe it is Euphoria being Euphoriaish. But GTA IV will never get old, or start repeating itself. It will always offer anyone who turns it on an experience to savour. And that’s fucking awesome.
100
Windowsvideogamer.com
If you've been waiting for the ultimate version of GTA 4, then this is it, providing you can put up with a fair amount of hassle to get the game running well and all the services you need to sign up to in order to play the game in the first place. The mouse and keyboard controls are great, the video editing suite is a brilliant bonus and the enhanced multiplayer is what the game really needed. There's no doubt about it. GTA 4 is one of the best games of the year and as such one of the best we've ever played.
100
WindowsGameSpy
To be totally honest, it would be very easy to write a few more pages on this game, as we haven't even delved into the hours of television you can watch, the amazingly detailed virtual Internet, the strip clubs that you can visit, the ultra-realistic vehicle physics, and so on. Suffice it to say that Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that could keep anyone busy for a long, long time. Although it's got plenty of excellent features, it's ultimately the storytelling that makes it an instant classic, a game unlike any we've played before. As is the case with many great books and movies, you'll want to know what happens to the characters after the game ends, and one can't help hoping that all of their American Dreams comes true.
100
WindowsMeristation
De esos juegos que presumirás tener en tu estantería de aquí a unos años, transformado a una plataforma que da mucho juego ya no sólo a nivel 'real' -en el sentido de sus posibilidades de optimización-, sino en lo que se refiere a la comunidad de usuarios, que moldeará con gran pasión todo lo que nos da GTAIV. El editor de video se hace, para todo aquel que quiera dedicarle el tiempo suficiente, un añadido de lo más acertado. Y el multijugador, recomendable, divertido y longevo, a pesar de ser continuista. Tan sólo alguna tara poco destacable del control de vehículos se interponen en una adaptación 1:1 a nivel de calidad de una indiscutible Obra Maestra. Quizás, al fin y al cabo, el sueño americano exista.
100
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Even so, this game is a technical marvel that's consistently intriguing and often amazing. It's hard not to be entertained (or at least offended) by Grand Theft Auto IV.
100
Xbox 360Game Shark
Whichever way you choose to play, whatever you decide to focus on, there’s room for it all in this game. With three massive areas and your hundreds of square miles of your own personal urban jungle, this Liberty City, more than any other version, is yours to do with as you please. The possibility for creative anarchy is limited only by the expanse of your imagination.
100
Xbox 360Gameplanet
There are reviews popping up all over the internet as the sun rises here at GPHQ; glancing through a few I can see none that do the game justice. This isn't due to a lack of attention, it's simply that in order to describe every little thing that you see in this game would require volumes. There is a staggering level of detail and for every detail we've mentioned so far, there are at least a dozen we've missed. Still, that's the beauty of Grand Theft Auto IV: the details will always be there for you to discover yourself. Which you absolutely should. This is a phenomenal achievement from Rockstar, every single one of the 200 people who worked on this game should be congratulated.
100
Xbox 360Darkstation
I would never have thought that GTA IV was going to be as good as what is given in this package. Grand Theft Auto IV is by far the most complete package I have seen in the last five to ten years. If you’re a Grand Theft Auto don’t walk, but run out and get this game now you will not be disappointed.
100
Xbox 360PGNx Media
Grand Theft Auto IV is undoubtedly one of the strongest games of this generation. The amount of content is simply mind-blowing. It refines the genre to the point of perfection by making sure all of the pieces fit together very well. The amazing looking and interactive Liberty City, tight gameplay, and Oscar-worthy story truly do make Grand Theft Auto IV worthy of being called a masterpiece.
100
Xbox 360Gamervision
Kim takes a sharp turn exposing his side to my gun’s barrel, and I unload enough rounds into his vehicle that it explodes. He jumps out of his car, enveloped in flames, and tries to roll on the ground. He never even sees the barrel of my shotgun as I stand over him and fire into the back of his flaming head. I pull out my cell phone and call John Gravelli, letting him know the job is done, and he wires several thousand dollars into my bank account. This is Grand Theft Auto IV. This is the American dream.
100
Xbox 360Game industry News (GiN)
Within a week, both the 360 and PS3 releases of Grand Theft Auto IV have beaten the almighty Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the overall GameRankings scale and for good reason. It exceeded any expectations I had with the series in the past and blew them out of the water. And the scary part is, this is only the beginning. Xbox 360 owners will also be looking forward to episodic content coming out this fall, and combined with the online multiplayer, I can rest assured that GTA IV will be in my 360 for a long time.
100
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
It's easy to talk about how amazing Liberty City is in Rockstar Games' newest action game, Grand Theft Auto IV. But this time around the city isn't the real star; instead that part goes to Niko Bellic, one of the greatest video game characters of all time. This is an event game, the kind of thing you simply need to own ... even if you don't consider yourself a Grand Theft Auto fan.
100
Xbox 360AceGamez
But when your only real complaint is that a game has been lavished with so much attention that it's a bit on the long side, then it's fair to say that you must have a masterpiece in your hands, and that is most definitely the case with Grand Theft Auto IV. It's prettier, more detailed and more fun than ever before; it may have stuck to the same formula, but it's as effortlessly brilliant as ever. With a massive single player campaign (it tells you something that there's an achievement for completing the main missions in under thirty hours), the promise of exclusive Xbox downloadable missions and a hilarious and popular multiplayer offering to supplement your car-carnage itch, the game thoroughly deserves all the sales records it has broken. Buy it now, assuming you're over eighteen. And if you're not, get to work on building some kind of speed-ageing device so that you can enjoy this top-drawer gem as soon as possible.
100
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
I could go on for another couple thousand words about the amazing experience that is GTA IV, but what's most important for you to know is that this game is an absolute masterpiece. Is it perfect? No. No game is, and no game ever will be. What this game does overall however, it does better than any other game in its genre. It also provides more entertainment and value for your $60 than any other game so far this year, and everyone (17 years old + of course) should experience it for themselves. GTA IV sets a benchmark that games in all genres will be held up to in the coming years. It has taken the best features of modern game design and combined them all to create a world that is both believable and awe inspiring, and a game experience that is unforgettable.
100
Xbox 360Giant Bomb
It was difficult to anticipate how Grand Theft Auto IV would turn out, given the way that the whole "open-world game" thing is being done to death across as many different games and settings as possible. Rather than try to out-do the Crackdowns and the Saints Rows of the world with bigger land masses and more missions, Rockstar went the other way, and managed to craft an amazingly impactful story and weave it into an open-world game in an incredibly meaningful way--all without losing the heart and soul of what makes Grand Theft Auto so popular in the first place. The end result is absolutely masterful and absolutely worth your time and money.
100
Xbox 360TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Multiplayer archetypes such as the Deathmatch and Team variation are all on offer, however Rockstar North has gone that little bit further with a touch of creativity that captures the GTA spirit across the 14 different modes. Whether it's performing tasks quickly in Mafiya Work or acting out the classic Cops 'n Crooks, GTA4 offers plenty for everybody in the multiplayer stakes - we honestly didn't expect it to be this good.
100
Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
There you have it. Grand Theft Auto 4 is the very best that the medium has to offer right now, as close to perfect as any game has yet come. The flaws are there for those who really want to find them, but the overall experience far eclipses any momentary frustrations. Really, any criticisms we can think of to level at the game are minor and nitpicky. If you own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and are old enough to handle the game's mature themes, Grand Theft Auto 4 is an absolute must-own title. Just like III before it, the game is a true system-seller.
100
Xbox 360Game Collision
Overall, Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best gaming experiences you'll ever have. No game is perfect, but this is as close as it's ever come. If you're a gamer, you have absolutely no reason not to pick this game up right now. Believe me, you'll be happy you did.
100
Xbox 360Jolt (UK)
Grand Theft Auto IV is not a perfect game, but it is fantastic through and through, from start to finish and beyond. It is so massive, vast and impressive that it is almost mind-boggling to imagine how much work must have gone into the game to come up with so much detail. We love GTA IV so much that we’re going to give it a 10. We can’t think of another game that offers so much quality and so much gameplay time whilst not spreading itself too thinly. It’s like five games in one going by recent standards. Truly wonderful stuff – you simply must play it.
100
Xbox 360Finalboss
Por oferecer tantas qualidades e tão poucos defeitos é que achamos que o título realmente merecia a nota máxima. Até o momento é o jogo de 2008, sem exageros, seja no Xbox 360, seja no PlayStation 3. Se ainda não comprou um desses dois consoles, GTAIV é motivo de sobra para você finalmente entrar na era dos gráficos Next-Gen.
100
Xbox 360Xbox Exclusive
Was GTA 4 worth the long wait and all the hype?…You damn right! There have been many copycats, but Rockstar once again proves that they are the only guys in town that can make this style of game right. It’s not flawless, with various minor technical issues on both console versions, but you’ll have so much fun playing that you won’t even care. This is a game that no matter how much is written about it, you must play for yourself to truly experience it, because you couldn’t write about everything the game has to offer in a single review. No wonder Hollywood is worried about games cutting into their business, because titles like GTA 4 are better than most movies. It’s going to be hard for Rockstar to top themselves after this, but as history has shown, they always seem to have a new trick up their sleeves. If you’re not playing this game right now, then you’re probably one of those suckers who is only stuck with a Wii. As Mr. T would say, “I pity the fool.”
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Xbox 360GamersMark
If you will play one game this year, my endorsement goes to GTA IV. The story mode clocks in at 30-50 hours for a play-through depending on your gaming experience. The multiplayer is varied, the side missions plentiful, and the possibility of time wasting is infinite. Undoubtedly worth the 59.99 and then some.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
I’m sorry if I didn’t mention everything about Grand Theft Auto IV. There is literally enough here to keep you occupied for a very long time. The amount of time and detail Rockstar put into this game is mind blowing. Everything from online play to the story, GTA IV should be in any gamer’s collection. This game will make you forget about every other game you own, the worst part about this game is trying to put the controller down.
100
Xbox 360Green Pixels
No game is perfect, of course, and Grand Theft Auto IV certainly has room for improvement. The over-the-top driving mechanics can take some getting used-to, for example, as can the sometimes-confusing combat controls, especially in areas tightly packed with bits of cover for Niko to (sometimes accidentally) hide behind. But the game offers such a diverse array of different styles of play, and such a huge amount of game to play through, that these small complaints are easy to overlook. Look at GTA IV as a whole and it's a no-brainer: You need to play this game.
100
Xbox 360EL33TONLINE
So, is it the best game ever? GTA4 is so big with so mush to discover, so many things to do and so many ways of doing them that no game, in the same genre, can touch it. There’s love poured into every second of it, which results in a game that is easily worth the hype.
100
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
The new benchmark gold standard for sandbox (and indeed this-generation) games has arrived. All other "Grand Theft Alsos" might as well pack up and go home.
100
PlayStation 3Snackbar-Games.com
Rarely does a game live up to its preceding hype, but with the delivery of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar succeeded in crafting a near perfect game that delivers a movie-like experience. No expense was spared in rounding out gameplay, characters, visuals and intense multiplayer action to give players a solid contender for game of the year. I can almost anticipate fans of San Andreas going to have some beefs with this game, but the fact remains that by itself GTA IV is a well-thought out and executed game that shows dedication to creating an instant classic. With intense action, driving and story, the only thing holding back a player from checking out this game should be its Mature rating.
100
PlayStation 3Games TM
Grand Theft Auto IV is the most prominent landmark on a continuing path to even more vivid worlds, thickly set with drama, humour, and story. Here and now, in the current state of the art, there is little else you can reasonably expect a game to do. We would never have thought that by retreading the same patch of ground a studio could leave us feeling like we have just played one of the best video games of all time. Rockstar has done exactly that.
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PlayStation 3The Video Game Critic
The graphics are certainly darker in this version, so I had to adjust the brightness via the options menu. The PS3 has longer load times, but they are still quite reasonable. The control scheme is the same, but when it comes to driving cars, I prefer the 360 triggers over the rounded PS3 shoulder buttons. Either way you really can't lose because GTA4 is one quality title that really gives you your money's worth.
100
PlayStation 3UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
There you have it. Grand Theft Auto 4 is the very best that the medium has to offer right now, as close to perfect as any game has yet come. The flaws are there for those who really want to find them, but the overall experience far eclipses any momentary frustrations. Really, any criticisms we can think of to level at the game are minor and nitpicky. If you own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and are old enough to handle the game's mature themes, Grand Theft Auto 4 is an absolute must-own title. Just like III before it, the game is a true system-seller.
100
PlayStation 3Gameplanet
There are reviews popping up all over the internet as the sun rises here at GPHQ; glancing through a few I can see none that do the game justice. This isn't due to a lack of attention, it's simply that in order to describe every little thing that you see in this game would require volumes. There is a staggering level of detail and for every detail we've mentioned so far, there are at least a dozen we've missed. Still, that's the beauty of Grand Theft Auto IV: the details will always be there for you to discover yourself. Which you absolutely should. This is a phenomenal achievement from Rockstar, every single one of the 200 people who worked on this game should be congratulated.
100
PlayStation 3Gameplayer
But perhaps we’re just being greedy. Between the six of us in the office we’ve clocked in well over 100hrs of GTA IV in the few days it has been on sale. Each day we arrive in the office and sit down and blabber excitedly about some crazy misadventure that occurred the night before. Something unique to that one user, but hilarious to all who have entered the world and know how it works. Maybe it is a line of dialogue we hadn’t heard before or an unscripted slice of on-the-fly action that beats most game’s scripted events for sheer thrills. Maybe it is Euphoria being Euphoriaish. But GTA IV will never get old, or start repeating itself. It will always offer anyone who turns it on an experience to savour.
100
PlayStation 3Game industry News (GiN)
The first mention I heard regarding Grand Theft Auto IV was at E3 2006, when former Microsoft head Peter Moore revealed it tattooed on his arm. The fact that the 360 version would be in a simultaneous launch with the PS3 version sent shockwaves through the gaming community. Sony’s exclusivity stranglehold during the PS2 era came to an end with the jump to the next generation, and in doing so, led a torrent of former PlayStation exclusives to jump ship to the 360 (Ace Combat, Devil May Cry, etc.)
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PlayStation 3AceGamez
If you're old enough to play Grand Theft Auto IV then there's simply no question that you should. It stands alone. There is no alternative that comes anywhere close to capturing the joy of virtual existence in Liberty City - and that's exactly why it deserves full marks, because it pushes the envelope for immersive, modern, virtual worlds further than any other game - that and the fact that it simply has to be played by anyone with an interest in videogames. If you haven't done so yet then you're lucky, because you've got the whole thing ahead of you. Seriously though, what are you waiting for? Just go out and buy it. Or alternatively, you could wait and see how Saints Row 2 turns out - ha ha ha!
100
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
I could go on for another couple thousand words about the amazing experience that is GTA IV, but what's most important for you to know is that this game is an absolute masterpiece. Is it perfect? No. No game is, and no game ever will be. What this game does overall however, it does better than any other game in its genre. It also provides more entertainment and value for your $60 than any other game so far this year, and everyone (17 years old + of course) should experience it for themselves. GTA IV sets a benchmark that games in all genres will be held up to in the coming years. It has taken the best features of modern game design and combined them all to create a world that is both believable and awe inspiring, and a game experience that is unforgettable.
100
PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
It was difficult to anticipate how Grand Theft Auto IV would turn out, given the way that the whole "open-world game" thing is being done to death across as many different games and settings as possible. Rather than try to out-do the Crackdowns and the Saints Rows of the world with bigger land masses and more missions, Rockstar went the other way, and managed to craft an amazingly impactful story and weave it into an open-world game in an incredibly meaningful way--all without losing the heart and soul of what makes Grand Theft Auto so popular in the first place. The end result is absolutely masterful and absolutely worth your time and money.
100
PlayStation 3InsideGamer
Tot slot is er nog die toevoeging waar iedereen al op zat te wachten sinds Grand Theft Auto III: de multiplayer. Die is verschrikkelijk gaaf en biedt ongecompliceerde lol. Wat technisch heel sterk is aan deze modus, is dat je door heel Liberty City chaos kunt veroorzaken met zestien man, terwijl het verkeer, de voetgangers en de politie gewoon bezig blijven met hun eigen ding. Je hebt vele opties en veertien verschillende modi die verschillen van een ouderwetse Deathmatch tot races en coöperatieve missies. Ook leuk is Free Mode, waarin je niet afhankelijk bent van scores of tijdslimieten, maar waarin je kunt doen en laten wat je zelf wilt. Er is voor elk wat wils in de multiplayer van GTA IV die echt heel erg goed is. Dit wordt ongetwijfeld een van de populairste games op Xbox Live en PlayStation Network.
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PlayStation 3Meristation
Ahora las armas de fuego se venden en escasos lugares, a precios más elevados y en locales decrépitos. Genial por otra parte la parodia a la NFA con el LCGC. Nuestro arsenal será uno de los bienes más preciados que tengamos durante el juego, ya que podemos perderlo todo de un plumazo si la policía nos detiene -es más conveniente morir que ser arrestado-. Igualmente Playboy X nos abastecerá de armas si hemos cultivado una buena relación de amistad con él, poniendo a nuestra disposición un todoterreno repleto de fusiles, pistolas, rifles y granadas. En cuanto al catálogo, se mantiene muy similar a los últimos títulos de la serie, con alguna adición puntual, pero sin cambios. Esto obedece a la intención de Rockstar de mantenerlo lo más cercano posible a la realidad. Se echa de menos un silenciador para las armas o un cable de alambre al más puro estilo Hitman, que serían de agradecer en algunas misiones.
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PlayStation 3Game Collision
Overall, Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best gaming experiences you'll ever have. No game is perfect, but this is as close as it's ever come. If you're a gamer, you have absolutely no reason not to pick this game up right now. Believe me, you'll be happy you did.
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PlayStation 3Finalboss
O game possui um esplendor visual que põe no chinelo tudo que se viu anteriormente na série e em seus clones, e a IA avançadíssima foi a principal responsável em transmitir ao jogador aquela sensação de estarem em um mundo de verdade, que imita a vida real em mais maneiras do que estamos habituados a ver em jogos. E se já não bastasse essa maravilha offline, ainda temos um viciante modo online, que expande de maneira significativa a experiência total. Por oferecer tantas qualidades e tão poucos defeitos é que achamos que o título realmente merecia a nota máxima. Até o momento é o jogo de 2008, sem exageros, seja no Xbox 360, seja no PlayStation 3. Se ainda não comprou um desses dois consoles, GTAIV é motivo de sobra para você finalmente entrar na era dos gráficos Next-Gen.
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PlayStation 3Maxim Magazine
Buy this game. Or else we're driving to your house while listening to a totally eclectic soundtrack, and once we arrive, we're parking cockeyed on the sidewalk, then getting out of the car and kicking your ass by pressing the X button.
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PlayStation 3GameDaily
SXIAXIS quirks and PSN issues aside, Grand Theft Auto IV is a must-have and an excellent reason to purchase a PlayStation 3. Its gripping storyline, beautiful graphics and wanton destruction set the standard, not only within the video game industry, but Hollywood as well. Don't hesitate to experience all that it has to offer.
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PlayStation 3Heroes of Gaming
There is sex, drugs, violence, and profanity. What else do you need? Overall, Grand Theft Auto IV is without a doubt the best GTA game in the series. The only thing left to say is kudos to Rock Star for another job well done.
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PlayStation 3Jolt (UK)
Grand Theft Auto IV is not a perfect game, but it is fantastic through and through, from start to finish and beyond. It is so massive, vast and impressive that it is almost mind-boggling to imagine how much work must have gone into the game to come up with so much detail. We love GTA IV so much that we’re going to give it a 10. We can’t think of another game that offers so much quality and so much gameplay time whilst not spreading itself too thinly. It’s like five games in one going by recent standards. Truly wonderful stuff – you simply must play it.
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PlayStation 3PS3Style.com
Was GTA 4 worth the long wait and all the hype?…You damn right! There have been many copycats, but Rockstar once again proves that they are the only guys in town that can make this style of game right. It’s not flawless, with various minor technical issues on both console versions, but you’ll have so much fun playing that you won’t even care. This is a game that no matter how much is written about it, you must play for yourself to truly experience it, because you couldn’t write about everything the game has to offer in a single review. No wonder Hollywood is worried about games cutting into their business, because titles like GTA 4 are better than most movies. It’s going to be hard for Rockstar to top themselves after this, but as history has shown, they always seem to have a new trick up their sleeves. If you’re not playing this game right now, then you’re probably one of those suckers who is only stuck with a Wii. As Mr. T would say, “I pity the fool.”
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PlayStation 3GamersMark
If you will play one game this year, my endorsement goes to GTA IV. The story mode clocks in at 30-50 hours for a play-through depending on your gaming experience. The multiplayer is varied, the side missions plentiful, and the possibility of time wasting is infinite. Undoubtedly worth the 59.99 and then some.
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Xbox 360Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Is Grand Theft Auto IV perfect? No, there are certainly issues with the AI and some minor issues with repetitiveness and cover. It is, however, an amazingly well crafted game, technically and artistically. The single-player is a memorable romp through the boots of an unfortunate soul, and the multiplayer is one of the most robust console experiences to date. I can also safely say that GTA IV is a generation defining game for myself. Just like I remember playing Streets of Rage 2 on my friend’s Genesis and booting up 3D gaming for the first time with Super Mario 64, I’ll remember experiencing Grand Theft Auto IV for its monumental storytelling and sickening attention to detail. If you didn’t like the previous games in the series, this one won’t change your mind. It’s prettier, has a more captivating story and controls better, but at its core, it’s still Grand Theft Auto.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
GTA IV isn't just a game. It's a testament to the immense talent and take-no-prisoners mentality that has made Rockstar the company that it is today. Oh, and it just happens to be a heck of a lot of fun. We don't use the words "must-own title" very often here at GamePro but if you don't rush out and buy this game on day one, you will miss out on one of the best gaming experiences ever produced. So strap yourselves in and ride shotgun with Senior Editor Chris Morell as he guides you around the ins and outs of Grand Theft Auto IV. Trust us when we say that he's got one hell of a tour lined up for you.
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Xbox 360Defunct Games
Grand Theft Auto IV is an event. It's like that major blockbuster movie that you absolutely must read or that TV show that everybody keeps talking about. I don't think it's too much to say that this is the game that Rockstar Games will be remembered for years from now. It's a massive game full of great locations, a fantastic story, a ton of online modes and one of the greatest video game characters of all time. Even if you're not the kind of person that normally likes these Grand Theft Auto games, I have a hunch that once you meet Niko Bellic you're going to fall in love. After putting dozens of hours into this game, I have no problem calling this game an absolute masterpiece, easily one of the greatest action games of all time.
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Xbox 360TalkXbox
There’s obviously a lot more content in the game than what I mentioned here in this long-winded review. But that just shows how massive this game is. Liberty City is amazing and full of detail, the missions are entertaining, the voice acting is fantastic, the story is flawless, and the gameplay is fun the entire time. There’s a constant debate on whether or not video games will enter the realm of movies and literature as narrative pieces. When a game like Grand Theft Auto IV comes out, it’s hard to argue otherwise. This game is getting a perfect score, not because every aspect is perfect (I’m looking at you Mr.I’mInChargeOfTheSoundtrack) but because the storytelling immerses you in the game to such a high degree, every flaw in the game is forgivable. Grand Theft Auto IV is a must buy if you like video games.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
Whichever way you choose to play, whatever you decide to focus on, there’s room for it all in this game. With three massive areas and your hundreds of square miles of your own personal urban jungle, this Liberty City, more than any other version, is yours to do with as you please. The possibility for creative anarchy is limited only by the expanse of your imagination.
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Xbox 360FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
There is no question: Grand Theft Auto IV is so far, the best game we've played this year. In our opinion, it's the best game we've played in a long, long time. There's just so much to enjoy and appreciate that the downsides never really take away from gameplay. This artistic expression of life, through the eyes of Niko Bellic, is a tremendous story that cannot be ignored, that beckons everyone to take a trip and enjoy Liberty city.
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Xbox 360Factornews
Pour synthétiser, on se retrouve avec un GTA épuré de ses défauts de maniabilité et de finition qui faisaient la joie de ses détracteurs, offrant une aire de jeu jamais vue auparavant, que ça soit par ses dimensions, son architecture ou l'impression de vie qui s'en dégage, des gunfights surpuissants et des phases de conduites largement plus riches que par le passé. À ces bases de gameplay s'ajoutent une nouvelle fois des à-côtés plus nombreux que jamais, pour un jeu d'une richesse sans pareil. Le meilleur des GTA ? Aucun doute là-dessus. Le meilleur jeu de l'année ? On ne voit pas trop qui pourrait le détrôner. Une des plus incroyables expériences vidéoludiques jamais vécues ? Ca sera bien évidemment une affaire de goût, mais pour ma part, c'est oui, tout simplement.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
That said, these problems are just so negligible in comparison to how great the rest of the package is that you won't ever think about them when you're away from the game. You'll only think about how much you can't wait to get home to find out what happens next. Playing Grand Theft Auto IV is like being involved in the beginning of something great. It's like watching a rookie player in whatever sport you love have a really good season and you just know that that kid is going to be one of the all-time greats. It's a building block to be improved upon in many respects, but it's already so good that it's very difficult to imagine it getting any better. Grand Theft Auto IV is a game for the ages, one that will without doubt be included in gaming hall of fames and remembered fondly by everyone who was there to play it when it was released. Don't be left out of the party.
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Xbox 360JagoGame.com
Rockstar memang telah menghasilkan sebuah game yang bener-bener gila. GTA IV ini adalah game yang harus dimainkan oleh setiap gamers. Gameplaynya bikin kita jadi ketagihan pengen main terus. Grafisnya juga sadis banged, Liberty City menjadi sangat hidup oleh Rockstar penuh dengan kehidupan yang dinamis. Kualitas pengisi suaranya juga pas dengan karakter yang mereka mainkan, dipadu dengan cutscene berkualitas Hollywood. GTA IV memang sebuah karya hebat yang mengagumkan. Must play game of the year..!!!
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
It's in these defining moments that the game truly comes together. GTA IV may not have the best graphics, gunplay, A.I. or driving, but few other games have ever combined so many elements so successfully. It excels in creating a genuinely cinematic atmosphere, with writing on par with anything Hollywood can produce and action sequences that would sit comfortably in any movie. Liberty City has the depth and character to keep you playing for months, and the measures to reduce the frustration that previously dogged the series will make sure that you do just that. GTA IV is a rare gem and one that you'll remember playing for years to come. It might be one of the most controversial games ever created, but it's also one of the best.
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Xbox 360GameCell UK
So anyway, to the crux of the matter. Yes it’s violent, slightly sexy - even nasty at times and gratuitously so, but let’s all just remember it’s a just a GAME, and a game that you miss to your detriment as a rounded gamer and normal member of society. GTA IV is quite simply another masterful piece of escapism and entertainment from Rockstar. I expect that many, many drinks will go cold, and meals and appointments will be missed thanks to it. The stonking multiplayer game could keep you and your mates occupied for months alone – but so could the story mode if you don’t plough straight through it, and hunt down all of the hidden items and achievements (and of course there’s episodic DLC (downloadable content) to come as well), prolonging GTA’s often imitated but unique ability to provide a life consuming, day-disappearing sandbox. It’s that good a game. No, I’ll qualify that statement: it’s THE game. The game of the year, no doubt.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
So, as you can see GTA IV is not perfect, but it is unlikely there will ever be a game we could fairly label with that heavy moniker. It is however an absolutely essential landmark title for the games industry. In terms of the sheer scope, emotion, ambition, and the stupidly high fun factor it offers, there is no better available in the genre today. In fact, no one else comes anywhere near. In truth, it’s seeing where Rockstar go next that should be getting people the most excited, but for now we should all just stand back and revel in this true moment of gaming glory as we know they don’t come around all that often.
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PlayStation 3DarkZero
So, as you can see GTA IV is not perfect, but it is unlikely there will ever be a game we could fairly label with that heavy moniker. It is however an absolutely essential landmark title for the games industry. In terms of the sheer scope, emotion, ambition, and the stupidly high fun factor it offers, there is no better available in the genre today. In fact, no one else comes anywhere near. In truth, it’s seeing where Rockstar go next that should be getting people the most excited, but for now we should all just stand back and revel in this true moment of gaming glory as we know they don’t come around all that often.
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PlayStation 3GameZone
Brilliant and absolutely mind-blowing, Grand Theft Auto IV is not only the best game in the series but also a true achievement in game design. This is one of those games that lives up to its own hype in just about every way while giving gamers a genuinely amusing and fun game.
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Xbox 360GBase - The Gamer's Base
Ich hätte es nicht für möglich gehalten. Stets habe ich behauptet, eine 10.0 würde es von mir niemals geben. Totale Zufriedenheit sieht anders aus. 9.5, das war die höchste Note, die ich jemals vergeben habe. Und das ist fast ein ganzes Jahrzehnt her! Nun ist es also so weit, der erste Zehner. Fühlt sich etwas komisch an, ständig frage ich mich: Hast du etwas übersehen? Stören dich die Animationen nicht doch zu sehr? Solltest du dies nicht doch ein wenig kritischer betrachten oder hier genauer auf die technischen Details achten? Vielleicht gehst du das Spiel noch mal ganz neu an und zwingst dich dazu, ganz anders zu spielen als beim ersten Durchgang? Irgendetwas muss dich doch stören, was den Abzug von 0.5 Punkten rechtfertigen würde.
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PlayStation 3GBase - The Gamer's Base
Ich hätte es nicht für möglich gehalten. Stets habe ich behauptet, eine 10.0 würde es von mir niemals geben. Totale Zufriedenheit sieht anders aus. 9.5, das war die höchste Note, die ich jemals vergeben habe. Und das ist fast ein ganzes Jahrzehnt her! Nun ist es also so weit, der erste Zehner. Fühlt sich etwas komisch an, ständig frage ich mich: Hast du etwas übersehen? Stören dich die Animationen nicht doch zu sehr? Solltest du dies nicht doch ein wenig kritischer betrachten oder hier genauer auf die technischen Details achten? Vielleicht gehst du das Spiel noch mal ganz neu an und zwingst dich dazu, ganz anders zu spielen als beim ersten Durchgang? Irgendetwas muss dich doch stören, was den Abzug von 0.5 Punkten rechtfertigen würde.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
So another generation has come and along with it a Grand Theft Auto title is born. It's not going to please everyone, but certainly it will make fans of the series happy for the space between another installment. Some like myself may despise the social aspect in the single-player mode, feeling like it's too needy, while others may feel it adds an extra layer of substance. On the same hand, there will be a few who just don't care for the masterful story within this GTA title, and that's just confusing to everyone else. Whatever your likes and dislikes may be, if the game can bring enough out of you that you care for aspects of it than a single feeling for the product as a whole then it's done its job of being a deep enough game to keep its reign on sandbox worlds. Hopefully this review was big enough to share a place next to its title.
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Xbox 360IC-Games
So overall, if you are of the proper age and have no problem with grasping that this is fiction and shouldn't be re-enacted on the streets of your town, then you should buy this game. It's the best example of the sandbox style of gameplay that GTA first started and the best thing that Rockstar have done, I can only hope that the next GTA is as large a jump as San Andreas to GTA IV was. As for the hype, some things do live up to everything said about them and Grand Theft Auto IV is one of them. The depth of game, the level of characters and the interaction between the populated world of Liberty City is just breathtaking. The other sites that have reviewed this game have given it perfect scores, and it's not unwarranted, GTA IV really is that good and if you never take another piece of advice, buy this game, now...
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PlayStation 3IC-Games
So overall, if you are of the proper age and have no problem with grasping that this is fiction and shouldn't be re-enacted on the streets of your town, then you should buy this game. It's the best example of the sandbox style of gameplay that GTA first started and the best thing that Rockstar have done, I can only hope that the next GTA is as large a jump as San Andreas to GTA IV was. As for the hype, some things do live up to everything said about them and Grand Theft Auto IV is one of them. The depth of game, the level of characters and the interaction between the populated world of Liberty City is just breathtaking. The other sites that have reviewed this game have given it perfect scores, and it's not unwarranted, GTA IV really is that good and if you never take another piece of advice, buy this game, now...
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PlayStation 3Tilt.tv
GTA IV on ehdottomasti sarjan paras peli, joka onnistuu lähes täydellisesti oikeastaan kaikessa. Pikkuasioista voi toki nillittää, ja on totta, ettei peli lopulta täysin mullista pelisarjaa, mutta silti se tekee kaiken paremmin kuin koskaan ennen. On vaikea kuvailla sitä, miten uskomattoman paljon pelistä löytyy sisältöä – sen edessä ei voi oikein muuta kuin hyväksyä, että nyt ollaan laatutuotteen äärellä.
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Xbox 360GameZone
GTA IV seamlessly integrates open-world exploration and character-driven storytelling, unlike any other game to date. Liberty City is now a living, breathing work of art that is ready for you to explore.
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PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
GTA IV is the kind of title every gamer must have in their collection to justify their title as said gamer. It's near perfection in all areas, and in all honesty, I won't be reaching for my copy of GTA III anymore whenever I need my fix. Not that the others in between weren't great too, but this is the sequel we've all been waiting for. This is also the first 10.0 we've ever handed out to a game. It's one of those games that demonstrate milestone achievement in the video game industry. Perfection shows, and it should be awarded accordingly. Long live Grand Theft Auto.
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
GTA IV is the kind of title every gamer must have in their collection to justify their title as said gamer. It's near perfection in all areas, and in all honesty, I won't be reaching for my copy of GTA III anymore whenever I need my fix. Not that the others in between weren't great too, but this is the sequel we've all been waiting for. This is also the first 10.0 we've ever handed out to a game. It's one of those games that demonstrate milestone achievement in the video game industry. Perfection shows, and it should be awarded accordingly. Long live Grand Theft Auto.
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Xbox 360Video Games Daily
Yes, it's worth all the hype and more. I absolutely love this game, and I can't WAIT for the episodic updates. Just make sure you get both of those endings! And don't even think about using cheats until you've done it properly.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
GTA IV werd met luide trom en absurde hype aangekondigd en het gebeurt maar zelden dat een game in zo'n geval de verwachtingen inlost. Dit is zo'n zeldzame uitzondering en meteen een nieuwe standaard voor het openwereldgenre.
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
GTA IV werd met luide trom en absurde hype aangekondigd en het gebeurt maar zelden dat een game in zo'n geval de verwachtingen inlost. Dit is zo'n zeldzame uitzondering en meteen een nieuwe standaard voor het openwereldgenre.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
In my opinion, Grand Theft Auto IV is the best game of this generation, thus far, and one of the best games ever made. All the previous Grand Theft Auto titles, for all their gameplay design revolutions, bold stylistic choices and intelligent social commentary, have merely been hints of Rockstar's talent and the franchise's potential. Grand Theft Auto IV represents a huge step forward for video games as an artistic medium and a challenge to the rest of the development community to catch up. No, it's not a flawless game, but it's still worthy of our highest score. Like the ultimate standard-bearer, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time was at the time of its release, Grand Theft Auto IV is so far ahead of the pack in so many key areas, that its influence is sure to be felt for years to come.
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PlayStation 3Miasto Gier
Podsumowując, GTA IV to bez wątpienia najlepsza część serii. Program oferuje niebywałą dawkę dobrej zabawy i nie powinien się zbyt szybko znudzić. Jeśli kilkudziesięciogodzinny wątek fabularny nie okaże się dla Was satysfakcjonujący, zawsze pozostaje zabawa Multiplayer. Dla GTA IV warto posiadać Xbox 360 lub PS3, przy czym ze wskazaniem na tą drugą. Grafika na PS3 jest nieco bardziej ostra, doświadczycie mniejszej liczby spadków płynności, czas wczytywania misji jest znacznie krótszy, a na dodatek otrzymujecie w pełni darmową rozgrywkę wieloosobową.
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Xbox 360Level
Rockstar har gjort sitt största, bästa och viktigaste spel hittils.
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Xbox 360EmpireOnline.com
A wealth of new music, cars that handle like real-life vehicles and new multiplayer duels also help make GTA IV the most engaging release so far this year. And while it might have been interesting to see the developers experimenting with a new approach to the carnage, as an evolution of the world’s best-loved gangster game, GTA IV is damn-near perfect.
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PlayStation 3EmpireOnline.com
A wealth of new music, cars that handle like real-life vehicles and new multiplayer duels also help make GTA IV the most engaging release so far this year. And while it might have been interesting to see the developers experimenting with a new approach to the carnage, as an evolution of the world’s best-loved gangster game, GTA IV is damn-near perfect.
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Xbox 360Games Radar
There will be detractors, for sure, but we're convinced that 97% of the gamers who purchase this whether they're existing fans or not will find themselves hooked on it at least until the release of new downloadable content (currently 360 exclusive) later this year. As for the future of the series? This bodes well. And we've been assured the next instalment will raise the bar even further...
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PlayStation 3Games Radar
If you're anything like the rest of the internet, you've probably spent the last few months scrounging for every scrap of Grand Theft Auto IV information you could find. At this point, though, a lot of questions still remain, the first and most important being, "is it as good as its hype?"
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Xbox 360Meristation
Grand Theft Auto IV es una obra maestra. Sin paliativos. Lo cual no significa que sea perfecto, aunque no lo es por muy poco. Apenas por unos detalles opcionales, como una historia completamente cooperativa, y algunas imperfecciones en la detección de colisiones. Por lo demás, estamos ante uno de los grandes videojuegos de toda la historia. Y Niko Bellic, un nuevo icono.
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PlayStation 3G4 TV: X-Play
Grand Theft Auto IV is not just a great GTA game, but a legitimately great game. Rockstar North has taken the series that defined the previous gaming generation and not only updated it to meet next-gen standards, but raised the bar for all subsequent open-world games.
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Xbox 360G4 TV: X-Play
Grand Theft Auto IV is not just a great GTA game, but a legitimately great game. Rockstar North has taken the series that defined the previous gaming generation and not only updated it to meet next-gen standards, but raised the bar for all subsequent open-world games.
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Xbox 360GameDaily
Finally, the wait for a true GTA multiplayer experience was well worth it, and the online game modes (mostly variations on deathmatches, car races, car races and self-contained co-op missions) add a lot of value to an already jam-packed game. Multiplayer is not as integral part of the game as it was to, say, Halo 3 or Call of Duty 4, but playing over the entire city map is brilliant. Online matches are accessed right from the game via the call phone, and we'll have a more in-depth take on the game's multiplayer offerings once the game is released and the servers are fully populated.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Grand Theft Auto IV doesn’t just raise the bar for the storied franchise; it completely changes the landscape of gaming. Once you play it, you won’t look at video games the same way again.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Lesser companies would have crumbled under the weight of the controversy and the intense media scrutiny that the company has had to endure. But not Rockstar: if anything, the adversity seems to have made the company stronger and, most importantly, smarter.
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Xbox 360Game Arena
Ignore the score. This bears about as much comparison to the typical “10/10” game as black and white TV did to colour. What you want to be able to do is tell your kids fond stories of how you played GTA IV when it first came out.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
Having laid out all these amazing things that Rockstar has achieved in moving its game miles ahead of anything anyone has ever attempted to do in a video game, I’ve barely scratched the surface of what gamers will experience playing through. I haven’t even covered going on dates, watching TV, your friend Brucie, getting on the Internet, the great GPS system or the four-player cooperative missions. There are so many little things, so many great details, so many unexpected random events, that I could write a book and it would just be an incredibly long list of observations. Instead, go play the game for yourself. When you see how Rockstar brought everything together in a perfect storm of video-game design, you’ll think about the score we gave it and you’ll have a hard time disagreeing. I promise.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
To be totally honest, it would be very easy to write another 2000-odd words on this game, as we haven't even delved into the hours of television you can watch, the amazingly detailed virtual Internet, the strip clubs that you can visit, the ultra-realistic vehicle physics, and so on. Suffice it to say that Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that could keep anyone busy for a long, long time. Although its got plenty of excellent features, it's ultimately the storytelling that makes it an instant classic, a game unlike any we've played before. As is the case with many great books and movies, you'll want to know what happens to the characters after the game ends, and one can't help hoping that all of their American Dreams comes true.
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Xbox 3601UP
But if I could add only one thing to this otherwise outstanding, breakthough sequel, I'd want the zanier toys from San Andreas. Maybe Rockstar thinks the series has gotten too serious for base-jumping parachutists and autoboosting nitrous oxide. But who's to say what's serious in a game where you can pick up your date in a stolen helicopter and she doesn't bat an eye? Fortunately, Rockstar seems open to adding features beyond the promised online episodes (360 version only). Something tells me this version of Liberty City, as exciting and beautiful as it is, is still under construction. Maybe Niko will get a few new shows for his American TV addiction, too.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
Slight problems aside, no-one old enough to play GTA 4 should pass it up. It's certainly a mature experience - in tone, violence and language - but that actually makes it even more unique. For all the controversy that Rockstar generates, GTA 4 has moved video games on to a point that most developers just won't be able to compete with. We all knew GTA 4 would be a great game and sell millions of copies, but I didn't expect it to shame pretty much every other game I've played this generation.
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PlayStation 3IGN Australia
Thanks to the most believable characters, the best visuals, the most realistic physics and above all, the most fun to be had of any game yet, Grand Theft Auto IV deserves a place in the collections of anyone even vaguely interested in videogames. At a minimum of 30 hours to just finish the story missions, and anywhere up into the hundreds of hours potentially offered by the multiplayer and tracking down every last secret in the game, GTAIV does represent a huge investment of time in today’s hyper-paced society, but trust us, it’s more than worth your investment. Entertainment, of any kind, doesn’t get much better than this.
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PlayStation 31UP
But if I could add only one thing to this otherwise outstanding, breakthough sequel, I'd want the zanier toys from San Andreas. Maybe Rockstar thinks the series has gotten too serious for base-jumping parachutists and autoboosting nitrous oxide. But who's to say what's serious in a game where you can pick up your date in a stolen helicopter and she doesn't bat an eye? Fortunately, Rockstar seems open to adding features beyond the promised online episodes (360 version only). Something tells me this version of Liberty City, as exciting and beautiful as it is, is still under construction. Maybe Niko will get a few new shows for his American TV addiction, too.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
To be totally honest, it would be very easy to write another 2000-odd words on this game, as we haven't even delved into the hours of television you can watch, the amazingly detailed virtual Internet, the strip clubs that you can visit, the ultra-realistic vehicle physics, and so on. Suffice it to say that Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that could keep anyone busy for a long, long time. Although its got plenty of excellent features, it's ultimately the storytelling that makes it an instant classic, a game unlike any we've played before. As is the case with many great books and movies, you'll want to know what happens to the characters after the game ends, and one can't help hoping that all of their American Dreams comes true.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Slight problems aside, no-one old enough to play GTA 4 should pass it up. It's certainly a mature experience - in tone, violence and language - but that actually makes it even more unique. For all the controversy that Rockstar generates, GTA 4 has moved video games on to a point that most developers just won't be able to compete with. We all knew GTA 4 would be a great game and sell millions of copies, but I didn't expect it to shame pretty much every other game I've played this generation.
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PlayStation 3IGN
A "10" is not a score we give out very often. In fact, the last time we gave a 10 to a console game was Soul Calibur in 1999. A 10 doesn't mean a game is perfect -- it means a game is pushing boundaries, expanding a genre, and doing many things to a level so far above and beyond its competitors that they overshadows any flaws. Certainly, GTA IV has some issues, the most noticeable being the occasional flaw in the cover system, but there are many more pieces of GTA IV that are better than anything I've seen from a game in the past decade. We don't give 10s often -- just to games that merit the score.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
In case you haven't guessed already, Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that you simply have to play. The single-player game, which you can still play long after you complete the story, is the series' best by far, and the multiplayer features are good enough that you'll likely have no problem finding people to play with for many months to come. The minor flaws that you'll experience are no more difficult to overlook than those in previous GTA games, and they're greatly outnumbered by the features that will impress and surprise you anytime you think you've already seen everything that the game has to offer. There's lots to see in Liberty City, so you'd best get started.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Grand Theft Auto IV doesn’t just raise the bar for the storied franchise; it completely changes the landscape of gaming. Once you play it, you won’t look at video games the same way again.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Almost everything you do in Liberty City would be good enough to drive its own game, and the best parts would be good enough to outrun the competition, but the reason it works so well is that Rockstar has made a game that requires no patience to play. This, as much as its usual coherency and the best script in the series, is what makes GTA IV the best openworld game yet, and why it will take something miraculous to rob it of game of the year status.
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PlayStation 3IGN UK
Expectations were so high for Grand Theft Auto IV that one of the biggest surprises is that it’s managed to meet them. That it’s also gone on to confound these is truly a marvel, and the game’s Liberty City is nothing less than one of the greatest videogame worlds yet conceived. With this game, Rockstar has set out to free itself from the excesses of the series past to emphasise the character of its world, and in doing so has created a high watermark in the relationship between narrative and play. It’s no less than the definitive open world game, and by that measure the definitive interactive experience of this generation to date.
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Xbox 360IGN UK
Expectations were so high for Grand Theft Auto IV that one of the biggest surprises is that it’s managed to meet them. That it’s also gone on to confound these is truly a marvel, and the game’s Liberty City is nothing less than one of the greatest videogame worlds yet conceived. With this game, Rockstar has set out to free itself from the excesses of the series past to emphasise the character of its world, and in doing so has created a high watermark in the relationship between narrative and play. It’s no less than the definitive open world game, and by that measure the definitive interactive experience of this generation to date.
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Xbox 360IGN
A "10" is not a score we give out very often. In fact, the last time we gave a 10 to a console game was Soul Calibur in 1999. A 10 doesn't mean a game is perfect -- it means a game is pushing boundaries, expanding a genre, and doing many things to a level so far above and beyond its competitors that they overshadows any flaws. Certainly, GTA IV has some issues, the most noticeable being the occasional flaw in the cover system, but there are many more pieces of GTA IV that are better than anything I've seen from a game in the past decade. We don't give 10s often -- just to games that merit the score.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
In case you haven't guessed already, Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that you simply have to play. The single-player game, which you can still play long after you complete the story, is the series' best by far, and the multiplayer features are good enough that you'll likely have no problem finding people to play with for many months to come. The minor flaws that you'll experience are no more difficult to overlook than those in previous GTA games, and they're greatly outnumbered by the features that will impress and surprise you anytime you think you've already seen everything that the game has to offer. There's lots to see in Liberty City, so you'd best get started.
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PlayStation 3Original Gamer
Not only did Grand Theft Auto 4 surpass the previous GTA games, it was one of the best games released in a long time. It's not absolutely perfect but it is so close that it's almost a moot point to even debating how good it is. There are still jerkoffs that insist on saying the game s not up to part but these are the same people that barely like the GTA series to begin with.
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Xbox 360NZGamer
It’s not perfect, but given the equipment available today, it’s as close as anyone is likely to get. Grand Theft Auto IV is Rockstar North’s magnum opus and it is absolutely essential. That’s all one needs to know.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
The frame rate isn't great - it's no 60fps - but at a little less than 30, it still works nicely. There are a few issues when moving very slowly or spinning the camera quickly, but nothing that significantly impacts the gameplay. Lastly, tremendous detail and more than a few massive upgrades to both the technical and artistic aspects of the game combine to make this one a downright amazing experience. You may think you're simply not a GTA fan. You didn't like the other games; they're just not your style. Well, we don't want to tell you what your personal preferences should be, but GTAIV is one of the best games ever made. Ever. Nothing is perfect, but this is about as close as you can get to virtual perfection when you look at the entire package. Do yourself a favor and play the game A...S...A...P.
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PlayStation 3Console Monster
Seven. It has been seven years since the release of what some would call the biggest innovation in video game history. A true open world was brought to us in the form of Grand Theft Auto III. That was back in 2001. Seven years later fans of the series are able to once again roam the beloved and chaotic streets of Liberty City.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Overall the online experience is amazing, there are a few niggles, like when the action gets really heated there are points that the game will freeze up and jump, I think this is more to do the with servers and the other players ping rather than the game though as I have had a few local games and it ran perfectly. The other problem is the players themselves, even though this is a new game, there are loads of know-it-alls that get upset if you take a wrong turn or make a mistake, making themselves heard all of the time, hopefully after a while these players will go back to Halo or whatever and leave this top game for the rest of us to enjoy.
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Xbox 360GameStar (Italy)
Grand Theft Auto IV si eleva a nuovi livelli d'eccellenza del genere e del settore videoludico, e se GameStar non ritenesse che la perfezione non esiste (e anche GTA IV non è privo di difetti), meriterebbe il punteggio pieno. Non vediamo l’ora di scoprire cos’ha Rockstar in serbo con le future espansioni da scaricare via Xbox Live… Ma ora scusateci, torniamo a giocare.
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PlayStation 3GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Grand Theft Auto 4 is not just a great game, it is a sublime, intricate masterpiece of epic proportions. It has taken a huge leap forward from the days of San Andreas and is utterly worth the wait. It has not only fulfilled the hype, but it has pushed the envelope of 3d gaming to a new level. The city is realistic beyond all expectations and the physics detail is beyond compare. With all these positive aspects it would be safe to assume that there is a chink somewhere in the armour, and I am confident to say that there isn't. The game is as close to perfection as I have experienced and will last many many months with tons of scope for repeated replay.
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Xbox 360GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Grand Theft Auto 4 is not just a great game, it is a sublime, intricate masterpiece of epic proportions. It has taken a huge leap forward from the days of San Andreas and is utterly worth the wait. It has not only fulfilled the hype, but it has pushed the envelope of 3d gaming to a new level. The city is realistic beyond all expectations and the physics detail is beyond compare. With all these positive aspects it would be safe to assume that there is a chink somewhere in the armour, and I am confident to say that there isn't. The game is as close to perfection as I have experienced and will last many many months with tons of scope for repeated replay.
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PlayStation 3GamersReports
As I said in the beginning, Grand Theft Auto IV is not a perfect game. This does not mean it is not spectacular. GTAIV is likely to be remembered as one of the best games to grace the home consoles of this generation. It will be listed in the top 3 for sure. The game is worth purchasing for any gamer who can stand the massive amounts of sex and violence that goes hand in hand with a GTA title, but to be honest, this time around, you get to control how violent things get. In fact, that is the basic premise that makes GTA IV so fantastic – you are in control. You can choose to walk whatever path you like, in a virtual city that is so real that at times, it may make you think twice about doing those bad things simply because it just feels too real. Believable characters, impressive visuals, and above all else, a visceral sense of realism that few, if any games, have achieved, make Grand Theft Auto IV a truly awesome experience.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
It truly smashed the hype and shocked the critics. GTA IV is a game that MUST be experienced even if you haven't liked the game in the past... And what's better is that there is more to come. The DLC will be here around August and we can't wait!!!
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PlayStation 3Play.tm
As games close an ever-tightening circle around the mass market, it seems entirely appropriate that a new Grand Theft Auto now takes to the stage; Nintendo has softened up those non-hardcore gamers with a little Wii Fit, and now its time to invite those players into the back room to find out what we've all known for years. Namely, that games like GTA IV can offer all the story, all the immersion and all the witty, post-modernistic commentary you could ever wish for, wrapped-up in grin-inducing gameplay that never lets up or becomes repetitive.
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PlayStation 3MyGames
Com esta pressão toda acumulada, alguma característica no jogo tinha que servir como válvula de escape. E, para aqueles que não se contentarem com o carinho das namoradas virtuais, existem as míticas prostitutas espalhadas pela cidade. Agora, para recuperarem energia ou para simplesmente se divertirem, a troco de algum dinheiro, as raparigas com a profissão mais antiga do mundo têm várias maneiras de vos afagarem a virilidade, recorrendo, obviamente, a várias zonas do seu corpo.
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PlayStation 3ripten
This is a great jumping-off point for the next generation of the GTA series. GTA 4, like its predecessors, is a fantastic, gritty crime drama with absurd flights of fancy. If the storyline, setting, and feature set keep expanding exponentially, you can be sure this is a series that isn’t going away any time soon.
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Xbox 360V2.fi
Nykypelejä on kritisoitu etenkin kahdesta asiasta: ne maksavat liikaa, eikä kehitysbudjettien räjähtäminen näy lopputuloksissa riittävästi. GTA IV:n kohdalla nämä väitteet eivät juuri voisi pitää vähemmän paikkansa. Jopa 75 euroa on täysin kohtuullinen rahamäärä pelistä, josta riittää riemua vuosiksi eteenpäin (kuriositeettina: aloitin itse GTA III:n kolmatta kertaa alusta juuri ennen nelosen ilmestymistä). Samoin on aivan ilmeistä, minne mammuttimainen 100 miljoonan dollarin kehityspanos on valunut. Tässä pelissä ei ole mitään puoliväliin jätettyä: sen jokainen kilotavu on viimeisteltyä, äärimmäisen laadukasta videopeliä. Aikuisille.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Grand Theft Auto IV is simply the must have game for all mature gamers with a gaming console. Either on the Xbox 360 or PS3 you will be blown away with the vast impressive world Rockstar games has concocted in the unique-cool style that only Rockstar games can provide. The return to Liberty City has been well worth the wait and exploring the interworking of the streets as the hard-hitting Niko is everything that we have come to expect out of the Grand Theft Auto series. The next-generation seems to fit Rockstar’s creative needs quite well, and hopefully they can squeeze another Grand Theft Auto adventure out before we move on the next “big thing” Believe the hype, Grand Theft Auto IV is that damn good. If you enjoy narrative driven action games, this is the big dog in the yard and a clear candidate for Game of The Year.
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Grand Theft Auto IV is simply the must have game for all mature gamers with a gaming console. Either on the Xbox 360 or PS3 you will be blown away with the vast impressive world Rockstar games has concocted in the unique-cool style that only Rockstar games can provide. The return to Liberty City has been well worth the wait and exploring the interworking of the streets as the hard-hitting Niko is everything that we have come to expect out of the Grand Theft Auto series. The next-generation seems to fit Rockstar’s creative needs quite well, and hopefully they can squeeze another Grand Theft Auto adventure out before we move on the next “big thing” Believe the hype, Grand Theft Auto IV is that damn good. If you enjoy narrative driven action games, this is the big dog in the yard and a clear candidate for Game of The Year.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
If you have read the bulk of this review, or even had chance to play GTA IV yourself, you should have no doubt in your mind that it offers depth of experience unlike any other. GTA IV should not be missed and whilst the game does have its flaws and room for improvement, they are heavily outweighed by the sheer number of positives. From GTA3, Rockstar created the critically acclaimed Vice City. We can only wonder and anticipate where they will go next with the series. Rest assured that whichever direction is taken, the result is sure to be spectacular.
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PlayStation 3Peliplaneetta.net
Itse voin vain myöntää olevani voimaton peliin ängetyn ladatun sisällön määrän ja laadun edessä. Yksinpelin lisäksi mukana on vielä erilaisia moninpelimuotoja. Voin keksiä montakin tapaa, miten tämä olisi vielä parempi peli, mutta on vaikea keksiä, miten se voisi realistisesti ajateltuna tehdä minuun tätä suuremman vaikutuksen. Joskus riittää se, että tehdään suunnilleen sama asia kuin ennen, mutta noin tsiljardi kertaa paremmin. Todisteena tästä on Grand Theft Auto IV. Se on hyvin kirjoitettu, tiedostava ja älykäs peli, jossa on vahva tunnelma ja roppakaupalla todella viihdyttävää toimintaa. Kelpaa, tyypit, kelpaa.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Simply put, GTA IV improves upon the GTA formula in just about every way imaginable. Almost anything that I can think of that frustrated me about the previous titles in the series has been fixed or completely reworked, leaving only an amazing experience in its stead. With one of the most compelling stories ever told by a video game, an extremely likeable main character, an insane amount of online modes, and virtually no flaws to be detected, GTA IV is even more than it was expected to be by fans. This is honestly a must own title for anyone who is of age and owns a PS3 or Xbox 360. The original kings of sandbox gameplay have clearly made this a game that will not likely be dethroned easily, if at all. But as with GTA 3, it is likely to spawn several sub-par imitations from other companies that try to recapture the same magic for years to come.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Simply put, GTA IV improves upon the GTA formula in just about every way imaginable. Almost anything that I can think of that frustrated me about the previous titles in the series has been fixed or completely reworked, leaving only an amazing experience in its stead. With one of the most compelling stories ever told by a video game, an extremely likeable main character, an insane amount of online modes, and virtually no flaws to be detected, GTA IV is even more than it was expected to be by fans. This is honestly a must own title for anyone who is of age and owns a PS3 or Xbox 360. The original kings of sandbox gameplay have clearly made this a game that will not likely be dethroned easily, if at all. But as with GTA 3, it is likely to spawn several sub-par imitations from other companies that try to recapture the same magic for years to come.
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Xbox 360Gry OnLine
Analiza wszystkich atrakcji GTAIV to materiał na książkę. To produkcja absolutna, nie posiadająca wad, których wytykanie nie byłoby czepialstwem. Na pewno znajdą się sceptycy i prześmiewcy, którzy od owczego pędu wyzwą wysokie oceny tej gry na świecie, ale to właśnie oni będą w błędzie. GTAIV to przeżycie, to inwestycja. To gra, dla której warto kupić konsolę, omyłkowo upuścić ją w Wiśle, po czym wzruszając ramionami kupić następną. O dwa punkciki od ideału, w nadziei, że kiedyś powstanie coś jeszcze lepszego. Choć i tak jestem zdania, że różnice ocen od poziomu 95% wzwyż to czysta kosmetyka.
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Xbox 360VicioJuegos.com
La nueva obra de Rockstar ha vuelto a redefinir el género que un día ellos mismos revolucionaron. Han conseguido ofrecer una autentica obra maestra con una gran jugabilidad, un apartado técnico que sobrepasa lo esperado y una duración casi infinita, más teniendo en cuenta la gran diversidad de los modos multijugador y el futuro contenido descargable exclusivo en principio de esta versión, la de Xbox 360. GTA IV es todo lo que un seguidor de la saga hubiera esperado. GTA IV es pura libertad. GTA IV es la vida, la vida de Niko Bellic.
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PlayStation 33D Juegos
Para los que sueñan con vivir vidas diferentes, con hacer lo que la sociedad prohíbe o considera inmoral, y con adentrarse en las entrañas más oscuras de los peores seres humanos, GTA IV es su juego. Como un inconmensurable viaje a los más bajos fondos y las pasiones más sombrías del hombre, lo nuevo de Rockstar es una obra de un calibre gigantesco, con un prisma nunca antes visto en un videojuego. Nada más que decir de sus impresionantes gráficos, su desatada y adictiva jugabilidad o su poderosa historia, sólo añadir que, como señalamos al principio del análisis, estamos ante un título imprescindible sea cual sea nuestro género favorito. Una obra que quedará en el recuerdo.
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Xbox 3603D Juegos
Para los que sueñan con vivir vidas diferentes, con hacer lo que la sociedad prohíbe o considera inmoral, y con adentrarse en las entrañas más oscuras de los peores seres humanos, GTA IV es su juego. Como un inconmensurable viaje a los más bajos fondos y las pasiones más sombrías del hombre, lo nuevo de Rockstar es una obra de un calibre gigantesco, con un prisma nunca antes visto en un videojuego. Nada más que decir de sus impresionantes gráficos, su desatada y adictiva jugabilidad o su poderosa historia, sólo añadir que, como señalamos al principio del análisis, estamos ante un título imprescindible sea cual sea nuestro género favorito. Una obra que quedará en el recuerdo.
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Xbox 360IGN Australia
Thanks to the most believable characters, the best visuals, the most realistic physics and above all, the most fun to be had of any game yet, Grand Theft Auto IV deserves a place in the collections of anyone even vaguely interested in videogames. At a minimum of 30 hours to just finish the story missions, and anywhere up into the hundreds of hours potentially offered by the multiplayer and tracking down every last secret in the game, GTAIV does represent a huge investment of time in today’s hyper-paced society, but trust us, it’s more than worth your investment. Entertainment, of any kind, doesn’t get much better than this.
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Xbox 360XboxZone (Australia)
Grand Theft Auto 4 is one hell of a videogame. Liberty City is a sandbox like few created before it. The city itself is remarkable, its inhabitants and their behaviour quite stunning, and the plot and voice acting is top notch stuff. If you choose to just play through the main story, completing the nigh on a hundred or so missions contained within it, you'll have a ripper of an experience. But GTA's true beauty lies in the thousands of details which make up its complexity, and which ensure it will remain a memorable experience for years to come. You will feel real emotion about the decisions you make whilst playing Rockstar's opus, and it is so deep, so rich, that I can't help but define it the most immersive video game I've ever played. It's not perfect, and is therefore not worthy of a perfect score. A few camera and control issues and the buggy nature of the multiplayer set up do hurt it ultimately, but I have no hesitation in proclaiming it a true work of art.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
If you are one of the few people out there that for some reason doesn't like Grand Theft Auto, there's a decent chance that your complaints have been addressed in GTAIV. From the thankfully-revamped shooter interface to driving sequences that aren't out to simply punish you, from Hollywood-level cutscenes with great characters to a difficulty level that mostly goes up smoothly rather than in massive jumps, this is simply a better game than before. That being said, there are many signature things about the series that are alive here, and some its faults are still around as well. Either way, for the vast majority of gamers this is going to be their game of the year, and the developers at Rockstar deserve every bit of praise they'll get.
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Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
Grand Theft Auto IV is better in every way possible. The more lifelike direction that the team went in takes a little getting used to, especially when it comes to getting behind the wheel, but once you get over the learning curve, you’re handed an amazing experience and hands down the best work Rockstar North has ever put out. In previous games it felt like you were playing with action figures in this open world—it was fun, but it didn’t feel real. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the relationships you build, the activities you partake in, the dates you go on, and the city in which you live all feel genuine. You truly feel like you’re living in the seedy underbelly of society.
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PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
Grand Theft Auto IV is better in every way possible. The more lifelike direction that the team went in takes a little getting used to, especially when it comes to getting behind the wheel, but once you get over the learning curve, you’re handed an amazing experience and hands down the best work Rockstar North has ever put out. In previous games it felt like you were playing with action figures in this open world—it was fun, but it didn’t feel real. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the relationships you build, the activities you partake in, the dates you go on, and the city in which you live all feel genuine. You truly feel like you’re living in the seedy underbelly of society.
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PlayStation 3Gameswelt
Man kann es drehen und wenden, wie man will: 'GTA 4' ist ein Meisterwerk und eines der genialsten Spiele, die jemals auf den Markt gekommen sind – wenn nicht sogar das genialste. Jedenfalls setzt es die Messlatte für die nächste Zeit verdammt weit nach oben. Nie zuvor gab es eine derart authentische und glaubwürdige Spielwelt, bewohnt von brillant ausgearbeiteten Charakteren. Die Detailverliebtheit, mit der Rockstar dieses Actionspektakel in Szene gesetzt hat, ist unübertroffen. Immer wieder entdeckt man Neues, immer wieder gibt es Überraschungen. Die vielen kleinen Neuerungen und Überarbeitungen, vom Kampf- und Deckungssystem bis hin zum automatischen Speichern, setzen der Angelegenheit das i-Tüpfelchen auf. Und ja, es gibt hier und da kleine Macken, aber darüber zu meckern, grenzt im Grunde ans Lächerliche, wenn man das Gesamtpaket betrachtet. Liberty City 2008 saugt einen förmlich in sich auf und lässt einen nicht mehr los.
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Xbox 360Gameswelt
Man kann es drehen und wenden, wie man will: 'GTA 4' ist ein Meisterwerk und eines der genialsten Spiele, die jemals auf den Markt gekommen sind – wenn nicht sogar das genialste. Jedenfalls setzt es die Messlatte für die nächste Zeit verdammt weit nach oben. Nie zuvor gab es eine derart authentische und glaubwürdige Spielwelt, bewohnt von brillant ausgearbeiteten Charakteren. Die Detailverliebtheit, mit der Rockstar dieses Actionspektakel in Szene gesetzt hat, ist unübertroffen. Immer wieder entdeckt man Neues, immer wieder gibt es Überraschungen. Die vielen kleinen Neuerungen und Überarbeitungen, vom Kampf- und Deckungssystem bis hin zum automatischen Speichern, setzen der Angelegenheit das i-Tüpfelchen auf. Und ja, es gibt hier und da kleine Macken, aber darüber zu meckern, grenzt im Grunde ans Lächerliche, wenn man das Gesamtpaket betrachtet. Liberty City 2008 saugt einen förmlich in sich auf und lässt einen nicht mehr los.
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PlayStation 3GameAlmighty.com
These gripes are minuscule in comparison to the huge, nearly-limitless possibilities granted by the scope of the game. The GTA series has redefined and raised the bar for sandbox gameplay – again.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Overall, Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games ever made, with a single-player campaign that can take you around 25 hours to complete (depending on how you play it, of course). Improvements, particularly those made to combat and vehicle physics, make the game more accessible, more enjoyable and far more realistic than before. There's enough here to lure even the most demanding gamer. The standard choice of weapons is present during the single-player game, along with a huge number of vehicle models, and, of course, a chopper. You cannot fly a plane though. But with the amount of stuff you can actually do in this game, mentioning something like that would be like complaining about the frame color on a Picasso painting.
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Xbox 360GamingTrend
It is almost impossible to review a title as large or as detailed as Grand Theft Auto IV. Even at over 3,700+ words, this review only scratches the surface of Grand Theft Auto IV. If there are shortcomings, they are easily overmatched by the things that the game does well. There is literally something for everyone in this title – racing, a great storyline, well written and genuinely funny dialog, crazy car chases, a dash of mayhem, and even a dating simulator make for a complete package that doesn’t raise the bar – it tosses out that bar and makes a new one for the entire genre. While the game is by no means perfect, it is still head and shoulders above anything else we’ve ever seen in terms of a sandbox title. The pointless debate rages on whether to buy this game for the PS3 or Xbox 360, but the root of that argument is correct – you need to buy this game.
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Windows3D Juegos
Pc recibe, por fin, su propia versión de una obra que quedará para el recuerdo, Grand Theft Auto IV. Para los que sueñan con vivir vidas diferentes, con hacer lo que la sociedad prohíbe o considera inmoral, y con adentrarse en las entrañas más oscuras de los peores seres humanos, GTA IV es su juego. Como un inconmensurable viaje a los más bajos fondos y las pasiones más sombrías del hombre, lo nuevo de Rockstar es una epopeya de un calibre gigantesco, con un prisma nunca antes visto en un videojuego. Nada más que decir de sus impresionantes gráficos, su desatada y adictiva jugabilidad o su poderosa historia, sólo añadir que, como señalamos al principio del análisis, estamos ante un título imprescindible sea cual sea nuestro género favorito.
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Xbox 360Game Positive
We grow to truly care about Niko and his family, about the world that they inhabit, and for the first time in a GTA game, about the tiny interactions that make these people who they are. Every loose end is pulled together, and the few issues are worth sitting through for the constant stream of pay off. The combination of an excellent single player experience, vast multiplayer modes, phenomenal story, and unparalleled open-world gameplay make GTA IV an unforgettable experience that every adult gamer should absolutely not miss out on.
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Xbox 360HardGamers
Au final, Grand Theft Auto 4 est exactement le jeu auquel on s’attendait; un véritable passage à la nouvelle génération de consoles. Il n’est pas parfait et je doute que ça soit le meilleur jeu de tous les temps, mais il mérite à tout coup votre attention si vous avez aimé les précédents opus de la série. Même s’il n’obtient pas l’impossible 100%, il n’en demeure pas moins qu’à mon humble avis, il sera difficile de trouver un meilleur jeu en 2008.
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Xbox 360Vgames

בסופו של דבר, ג'י.טי.איי. 4 מרגיש יותר כמו שדרוג (משמעותי) של ג'י.טי.איי. 3 והמשכיו מאשר כמו קפיצת מדרגה. הוא אמנם משתמש במנוע גרפי חדש ויש בו הרבה יותר אפשרויות פעולה ורמת פירוט הרבה יותר גבוהה – אבל את רוב מה שאנחנו עושים במשחק כבר עשינו במשחקים הקודמים.

ועדיין, המשחק חי, נושם, מפורט, מעניין, והוא כיף צרוף - בעיקר במולטיפלייר המושקע והמפתיע. הוא לא מושלם, ממש לא, אבל הוא כל כך טוב עד שאסור לשום גיימר לפספס אותו. את המאה העגול נשאיר לאלוהים.

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PlayStation 3Pelit
Yltiökyynisellä asenteella tarkasteltuna Grand Theft Auto IV on periaatteessa sitä samaa kuin ennenkin, mutta on vaikea pitää naama peruslukemilla, kun tekniikka on viimeinkin tekijöiden kunnianhimon tasalla. Ainoa takaraivossa naputtava mitätön harminaihe on tietty tuttuuden tunne - GTA IV on rikollisen hiekkalaatikko -teeman loistelias päivitys, mutta silti nimenomaan sitä: päivitys. Yhtä kaikki, en keksi videopelimaailmasta tätä parempaa vastinetta pinkalle kyhnyä.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Without seeing sales numbers or charts, I can safely say that Grand Theft Auto IV is going to be the biggest game of the year. If you're even vaguely interested in GTA, then you're going to enjoy GTA IV, and if you're not, then GTA IV probably isn't going to change your mind. It's not a perfect game, as there are a number of minor graphical and gameplay glitches, missing features from San Andreas, more restrictive exploration, and some rather lackluster mission design. However, those minor flaws are overshadowed by the improved gunplay, amazing multiplayer and shockingly addictive social interactions that really turn GTA IV into something special. With a large, detailed city to explore and a nearly infinite amount of replay value, Grand Theft Auto IV is most certainly a game worth buying, and it should keep even the most hardcore of gamers busy for weeks, if not months.
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PlayStation 3Gamer.co.il

כנגד כל הסיכויים, אנשי רוקסטאר הצליחו להתעלות על עצמם, ולהביא לנו את אחד ממשחקי הוידאו הטובים ביותר בהיסטוריה – משחק פעולה שכל אחד פשוט חייב לנסות. זהו המשחק שעבורו קניתם את הקונסולה שלכם, המשחק שלו חיכיתם מאז שדור הקונסולות הנוכחי החל. אתם פשוט לא יכולים להרשות לעצמכם לפספס אותו.

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PlayStation 3GamingTrend
It is almost impossible to review a title as large or as detailed as Grand Theft Auto IV. Even at over 3,700+ words, this review only scratches the surface of Grand Theft Auto IV. If there are shortcomings, they are easily overmatched by the things that the game does well. There is literally something for everyone in this title – racing, a great storyline, well written and genuinely funny dialog, crazy car chases, a dash of mayhem, and even a dating simulator make for a complete package that doesn’t raise the bar – it tosses out that bar and makes a new one for the entire genre. While the game is by no means perfect, it is still head and shoulders above anything else we’ve ever seen in terms of a sandbox title. The pointless debate rages on whether to buy this game for the PS3 or Xbox 360, but the root of that argument is correct – you need to buy this game.
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Xbox 360Softpedia
Get this game. It might not be all that the hype made it out to be. It has some minor issues, mainly due to the driving mechanics and the way some missions work, especially the absence of more numerous checkpoints. It starts out a little slow in the plot department but it really does pickup after a certain point. Niko is more humane and interesting than any GTA hero before him and he really pulls the game together. Liberty City, or GTA New York as it should have been called, is nicely laid out and beautifully rendered. It's the best open world I've played yet, even if at the start of the game you have to work a little to unlock all the areas.
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PlayStation 3GamesCollection
Se giocato con intelligenza e in buone dosi presto vi lascerete prendere la mano e vi affezionerete a Nico e il suo strampalato cugino, immersi nelle loro problematiche legate ANCHE al loro passato. E sarà facilissimo immedesimarvi in lui tanto da proiettarvi virtualmente....in un altra vita. Non dandogli 10 non ho voluto declassare il gioco, sebbene la concorrenza come al solito ha sparato voti più in alto della stratosfera: è un gioco che merita indubbiamente il suo 9.5, ma diciamocelo chiaramente, un gioco da 10 E' il gioco perfetto. E GTA4, nonostante sia sapientemente e disumanamente ben realizzato non riesce ad aggiungere quel "pizzico" necessario per il top-vote. Da avere, assolutamente, questo si. Forza, compratelo, NOW!
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Xbox 360GamesCollection
Se giocato con intelligenza e in buone dosi presto vi lascerete prendere la mano e vi affezionerete a Nico e il suo strampalato cugino, immersi nelle loro problematiche legate ANCHE al loro passato. E sarà facilissimo immedesimarvi in lui tanto da proiettarvi virtualmente....in un altra vita. Non dandogli 10 non ho voluto declassare il gioco, sebbene la concorrenza come al solito ha sparato voti più in alto della stratosfera: è un gioco che merita indubbiamente il suo 9.5, ma diciamocelo chiaramente, un gioco da 10 E' il gioco perfetto. E GTA4, nonostante sia sapientemente e disumanamente ben realizzato non riesce ad aggiungere quel "pizzico" necessario per il top-vote. Da avere, assolutamente, questo si. Forza, compratelo, NOW!
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WindowsGamona
Als PC-Spieler bin ich vor allem über die gelungene Maussteuerung sehr glücklich, die genauso flüssig reagiert, wie in jedem guten Egoshooter. Die Fahrzeuge sind zwar immer noch etwas schwammig steuerbar, was aber ebenfalls den diesmal größeren Realismus des Spiels unterstreicht. Auch grafisch hat sich im Vergleich zur Konsolenfassung einiges getan. Viel besser kann man ein Spiel kaum machen.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
One of the greatest video game stories ever told. It may have its flaws, but it is the most ambitious game made to date and, without a doubt, the best game so far this generation.
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PlayStation 3PlayFrance
Il faut bien l'admettre, Grand Theft Auto IV n'est pas dénué de défauts, loin de là : on lui reprochera notamment quelques errances graphiques, plusieurs missions au principe réchauffé, et de nombreux bugs en tous genres, presque une marque de fabrique de la série. Il serait cependant bien réducteur de s'attarder trop longtemps sur ces problèmes alors que chaque session de jeu se révèle être un véritable plaisir grâce notamment au nombre incroyable de détails inclus par les développeurs de Rockstar. En élargissant encore le domaine des possibilités offertes au joueur, ce nouveau volet de la série parvient en effet à sublimer ce qui a fait la renommée de cette dernière : la liberté d'action. Si l'on ajoute à cela la présence de modes de jeu en ligne utilisant de manière intelligente les différentes composantes du mode solo, il n'y a plus aucun doute sur la nature de GTA IV : il s'agit bien là du hit attendu !
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Xbox 360Gamesmania
Alles in allem ist GTA IV daher ein echter Spielemeilenstein, an dem die Konkurrenz in den nächsten Jahren vermutlich zu knabbern hat. Besitzer einer PS3 oder Xbox360 kommen um das erste NextGen-GTA jedenfalls nicht herum und wer bislang auf den Kauf einer teuren Konsole verzichtet hat: billiger als zur Zeit, werdet ihr so schnell nicht wieder an eine Konsole herankommen und GTA IV rechtfertigt den Kauf ohne Frage. Komme was wolle, schon jetzt steht für mich fest: GTA IV ist das Spiel des Jahres 2008!
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PlayStation 3Gamesmania
Alles in allem ist GTA IV daher ein echter Spielemeilenstein, an dem die Konkurrenz in den nächsten Jahren vermutlich zu knabbern hat. Besitzer einer PS3 oder Xbox360 kommen um das erste NextGen-GTA jedenfalls nicht herum und wer bislang auf den Kauf einer teuren Konsole verzichtet hat: billiger als zur Zeit, werdet ihr so schnell nicht wieder an eine Konsole herankommen und GTA IV rechtfertigt den Kauf ohne Frage. Komme was wolle, schon jetzt steht für mich fest: GTA IV ist das Spiel des Jahres 2008!
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Xbox 360Good Game
newcomers to the series may find the huge amount of running around slow paced especially in the first few hours of gameplay, but you get to play this game the way you want to... you can read every line of every joke, or race forward with the story as fast as you can.. but there’s more here than meets the eye, I’m giving it 9.5/10.
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WindowsPlayback
GTA IV to gra bez wątpienia wielka. W moim osobistym odczuciu nie stworzono jeszcze nigdy dzieła tak niesamowicie grywalnego. Wiadomo, że fabuła nie ma co się równać z takimi produkcjami jak The Longest Journey czy Syberia. Ale to przecież "tylko" gangsterskie TPP - i jak na ten gatunek, opowiedziana historia jest niesamowita. A radość płynąca z samej rozgrywki? Co tu dużo mówić - najnowsze dzieło panów z Rockstar sprawia, że po prostu nie chce odchodzić się od komputerów. Samodzielne odkrywanie dopracowanych z niezwykłą dbałością szczegółów daje olbrzymią satysfakcje. To jest jedna z tych nielicznych gier, dla których wydaje się kilka tysięcy złotych na nowy komputer, jeśli stary nie spełnia wymagań sprzętowych. Definitywnie warta wydanych pieniędzy i paru chwil męki przy instalacji. Prawdopodobnie do momentu premiery GTA V najlepsza gra komputerowa!
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Xbox 360TTGamer
It can be a little rough around the edges at times, but GTA IV lives up to the hype in almost every way, with few disappointments of note. This is an epic gaming experience and a perfect example of what this generation of gaming can achieve - great visuals, brilliant gameplay, and ground breaking design. GTA IV is a game that really lets your imagination run wild with its detail and free sandbox design, and while this freedom can occasionally produce odd results and glitches, ultimately the end result is GTA IV is a 'must have' game, whether you're a fan of the series, or just a fan of great gaming. And that's before you even check out multiplayer, which can be an absolute blast and almost a game seller on its own. Yes, a member of the GTA series is once again the best game ever made, but that was basically the expectation all along. Despite this immense pressure, Rockstar have come through for the gaming world once more. Obviously, GTA IV is a must own game.
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WindowsGamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
If you never played Grand Theft Auto 4 on the 360 or PS3 then you are in for a treat because the PC version is stunning, with one caveat ... you will need a powerful gaming PC to get the most from it. With all the new additions such as improved graphics, enhanced online play and more in game options the chance to enjoy yourself while murdering people in Liberty City have been stepped up a notch. If you already have the console version however you may want to skip this and put your money elsewhere.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
One could go on and on about what’s great about GTA4, but really what’s the point? Sure the graphics are better and there are some new activities you can do, but really this is just another hard charging GTA title. If you’ve liked GTA before, you’ll love GTA4. If you didn’t care for it, is the fact that you can now play darts with your virtual buds going to change your mind? Probably not. But if so know that you are in the minority, because Rockstar has delivered everything they needed to here—bigger, better, and most importantly more, more, more GTA. Simply put, it rocks.
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PlayStation 3ComputerGames.ro
Probably this article has left you a bitter-sweet taste as it's not what you expected. The game will most likely leave you the same sweet taste should you be one of the chosen few that understood it's message and enjoyed it's humor, and bitter because once you let go of it you have to go back to your everyday life, with it's ups and downs, with prejudice and misery, poverty and worries, in a real east-European city, with no politically correct crap to worry about.
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PlayStation 3PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
A sensational game that lives up to the pre release excitement. There are a few flaws, but anyone of-age picking up this game is bound to have a lot of fun.
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PlayStation 3VicioJuegos.com
Este juego es el mejor juego de este sistema y por eso lleva la puntuación más alta de cuantos han salido en Playstation 3. No es el juego perfecto que imaginamos durante tanto tiempo, pero es lo mejor en lo que puedes gastar tu dinero hoy en día. Por mucho que me/te guste Grand Theft Auto, mi deber es analizar todos los factores y emitir un juicio. Es una compra obligada, pero no es la evolución/revolución que esperábamos. Eso sí, como primera entrega de una nueva andadura es sobresaliente. Fin.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
Welcome all, to our dual review of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game that was released a real long time ago and that we're only now getting around to actually reviewing. So why the delay? Simple: we wanted to give everyone out there enough time to actually play through the game so we could talk about the entire experience without fear of spoiling something accidentally. We think that's the best way to discuss a game this huge and expansive without actually having to tiptoe around a major plot point that should be discussed. Also, we're lazy bastards.
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PlayStation 3Game Over Online
One could go on and on about what’s great about GTA4, but really what’s the point? Sure the graphics are better and there are some new activities you can do, but really this is just another hard charging GTA title. If you’ve liked GTA before, you’ll love GTA4. If you didn’t care for it, is the fact that you can now play darts with your virtual buds going to change your mind? Probably not. But if so know that you are in the minority, because Rockstar has delivered everything they needed to here—bigger, better, and most importantly more, more, more GTA. Simply put, it rocks.
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PlayStation 3Futuregamez.net
Despite some initial issues with the game not loading missions (we think due to overloading Gamespy's servers) these have been overcome. Other glitches and issues pale into insignificance when you look at this as a whole package. This is a gaming experience on an entirely new level. The scale of the city can't fail to impress when you realise how large, and how lively the city is. Graphics, even with a few tiny glitches, and audio are simply superb and the multi-player could keep you playing for months. An essential purchase for every PS3 owner.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Rockstar has been working on Grand Theft Auto IV for a long time. They've spent a lot of money and put a ton of effort into making this the best GTA game possible. They accomplished that quite easily. Whether it is the high-rise towers spanning Liberty City's center or the ocean-bound boats floating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge look-alike, Grand Theft Auto IV recreates New York City in a way that one could not have imagined. The story is compelling, Niko is a likable character and the missions are fun to play. It's no wonder this early-in-the-year Game of the Year contender sold over 6 million copies worldwide in its opening week.
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PlayStation 3Game Freaks 365
Rockstar has been working on Grand Theft Auto IV for a long time. They've spent a lot of money and put a ton of effort into making this the best GTA game possible. They accomplished that quite easily. Whether it is the high-rise towers spanning Liberty City's center or the ocean-bound boats floating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge look-alike, Grand Theft Auto IV recreates New York City in a way that one could not have imagined. The story is compelling, Niko is a likable character and the missions are fun to play. It's no wonder this early-in-the-year Game of the Year contender sold over 6 million copies worldwide in its opening week.
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PlayStation 3Atomic Gamer
These are nit-picky flaws to be sure, and GTAIV deserves all the buzz words that’ll undoubtedly be excessively heaped upon it; groundbreaking, bar-raising, genre-defining…it’s all that and more. And that’s without getting into the franchise’s brand-new multiplayer modes, allowing you and your buddies to unleash unmatched online wanton destruction in this Big Apple-like playground. There’s no question fans of the franchise will love this game. But, more importantly, GTAIV offers such an addictive, polished, content-packed experience that previous non- to semi-fans (like myself) will finally want a piece of the gangsta’ gaming action.
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Xbox 360Game Captain
GTA IV ist ein nahezu perfektes Actionspiel, ein Phänomen, das seinesgleichen sucht. Das Gameplay ist dem klassischen GTA III zwar grundsätzlich ähnlich, allerdings auf einem ganz neuen qualitativen Niveau. Dank der exzellenten Physik-Engine ist für ein ganz neues Spielgefühl gesorgt, beim Autofahren fühlt man sich quasi wie neugeboren, und auch die Personensteuerung hat nun dank erneuertem Ziel- und Deckungssystem die Qualität der besten 3rd-Person-Shooter unserer Zeit erreicht. Auch die Story ist einfach nur stark gemacht, mit dem Herrn Bellic kann man sich hervorragend identifizieren. Noch dazu ist die Grafik für ein Sandkastenspiel ungewöhnlich detailliert und der krönende Multiplayermodus genau das, was in GTA: San Andreas noch gefehlt hatte.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (Germany)
Ganz klar: GTA IV setzt die Messlatte im Bereich der Sandkastenspiele gute zehn Meter nach oben. Die Mischung aus schwarzem Humor und kompromissloser Action hat mich fest in ihren Bann gezogen. Allerdings gibt es immer wieder unnötige Stolperfallen, die mir kurzzeitig den Spaß etwas vermiest haben. Manchmal hatte ich das Gefühl, nicht hundertprozentig Herr der Lage zu sein, was auch mit der immer noch nicht ganz ausgereiften künstlichen Intelligenz zusammenhängt. Wenn man mitten in einer Mission unverschuldet den Löffel abgibt, weil man zum Beispiel von einem Auto über den Haufen gefahren wird, ist das zwar einigermaßen realistisch, aber trotzdem ärgerlich. Fehlende Checkpoints tun ihr übriges, um gelegentlich einigermaßen Frust aufzubauen. Auch kommt mir die Steuerung etwas überladen vor. Eine jederzeit aufrufbare Move-Liste hätte ich sehr begrüßt. Dennoch: Wer als Actionfan nicht nach Liberty City zieht, ist selbst schuld! 9/10
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
It's easy to get caught up in the hype for games, as rarely do massively hyped games live up to the high expectations gamers have. In the case of GTA 4, I think there's a little bit of over hype and expectations being overly high, but when the finished product is as good as what's on offer here, then it's satisfying that GTA 4 certainly delivers a full and rounded package that will please the vast majority. The game might be a little flawed in some aspects and devoid of some gameplay features from previous GTA games that could have been refined and included, but is still grand enough to warrant high accolades it so rightly deserves. If you were forced to play just one game over and over, then GTA 4 would make a great contender to have in that situation based on the current library of games on Xbox 360.
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Xbox 360Computer and Video Games (CVG)
But coming back to our original conundrum, GTA IV has its flaws as a game, like the sometimes problematic auto-aim shooting or the massive difficulty jump when you get to the final ten missions. But as an all-round experience it's truly, hype aside, a standout experience of gaming in 2008.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
Die Detailverliebtheit, die bizarren Figuren, die irrsinnigen Massen an Nebentätigkeiten, die brillanten Dialoge, die perfekt inszenierten Zwischensequenzen - es dürfte gegenwärtig und auch auf lange Zeit hinaus kein Spiel geben, das derart vor Genialität und Wahnsinn strotzt. Es hat seine Macken, genau genommen die gleichen Macken, die bislang noch jeden Teil plagten. Und man mag auch gerne negativ anmerken, dass sich die Reihe spielerisch seit dem dritten Teil eigentlich kaum weiterentwickelt hat. Stimmt. Aber das ist mir so egal wie nur selten zuvor - ich brauche ohnehin schon seit langem neue Knieschoner. GTA 4 bietet euch eine perfekt designte, durchgestylte, beeindruckende Welt; einen grimmigen und beispiellosen Atmosphäre-Overkill.
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PlayStation 3Videogameszone
„Das Warten hat sich gelohnt“, lautet eine gerne verwendete Floskel in Testberichten von Videospielen. Im Falle von GTA IV trifft diese aber nun mal zu. Für 60 Euro (im fränkischen Fürth war das Spiel sogar für 44 Euro erhältlich!) erhaltet ihr einen Spielspaßgaranten, der euch auf Monate zu beschäftigen versteht. Die einzigen Kritikpunkte sind die erneut nicht vorhandenen Kontrollpunkte während der Missionen und die gewöhnungsbedürftige Fahrphysik.
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WindowsComputer and Video Games (CVG)
GTA IV is still one of the standout console games of the current generation, and now it's gone and got it's ultimate version on PC. If you've got a system capable of running it, GTA IV PC is definitely worth picking up.
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Xbox 360Lawrence
Despite falling short of complete perfection, GTA IV is still an absolute must-have for anyone with a PS3 or Xbox 360, and is without a doubt the best game in the series.
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PlayStation 3Lawrence
Despite falling short of complete perfection, GTA IV is still an absolute must-have for anyone with a PS3 or Xbox 360, and is without a doubt the best game in the series.
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Xbox 360Gamezoom
Ein Fazit zu GTA IV zu schreiben ist fast unmöglich, da es sich sicher um eines der außergewöhnlichsten Spiele für die Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 handelt. Allein der Umfang, der dieses Spiel aufweist kann, ist referenzverdächtig. Abgesehen von der Story, bietet das Spiel wieder die gewohnte Grand Theft Auto-Atmosphäre, welche wir schon aus der Vergangenheit gewohnt waren. Die Atmosphäre zeichnet sich durch realistische Videoanimationen und einen gelungen Sound aus. Lobenswert ist auch die überarbeitete K.I. eurer Gegner und der Polizei, die nun aggressiver und nicht mehr so passiv agieren. Noch mehr Abwechslung bringt das Spiel dann noch durch die zig Minispiele mit sich. Gelungen ist auch das Leveldesign von Liberty City, welches optisch durch zig Details glänzt. Weniger begeistert war ich von der neuen Bedienung und den Grafikfehlern im Spiel. Auch Online kann GTA IV überzeugen, da der Mehrspielermodus mit zig unterschiedliche Modi glänzt.
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PlayStation 3Worth Playing
Grand Theft Auto IV's caricatured slice of urban Americana is a criminal masterpiece. Even with the rocks found in its sandbox, GTA IV is undeniably the kind of technical milestone that fans have been waiting for and with which curious newcomers can get their hands dirty. Niko's story takes on a gritty life of its own, thanks to the gorgeous world delivered to your screen. With multiplayer modes packing even more action into your broadband, the $60 price tag suddenly seems like a bargain as you take to back alleys, bars, streets, and step behind the facade of polite society into an adult experience that shouldn't be missed on either console.
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Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
There is little doubt that by now you have read a number of reviews of GTA4, and that you have encountered some ridiculous hyperbole about the game. Here at Xbox World Australia though, we tell it straight: the truth is, playing GTA4 is like a week-long threesome with Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson, culminating in you winning both Australian Idol and Survivor, then being elected president of the world. It is as if every great game you ever loved came together in a tantric orgy to birth the second coming of the Lord, it's just that good. Okay well maybe it's not that good, it does have a few problems, some minor, some pretty annoying, but none are game-breaking, and none should prevent you from picking up a copy of GTA4. But let's face it: you already have!
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PlayStation 3FiringSquad
Overall, I'm still sort of on the fence over GTA IV, at least regarding where it stands with its immediate predecessors. Yes, this is undoubtedly a fantastic game, an absolute must-play…when considered on its own without any reference to the history of the series. There are aspects of the new design that just never really won me over. I found the mini-games and friendship features more window dressing than anything else, and many of the gameplay concepts and mission goals seemed recycled from previous games. It felt like I was playing a fairly standard sequel, if an amazingly ambitious one, not the evolutionary leap that everyone else seems to be talking about.
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Xbox 360FiringSquad
Overall, I'm still sort of on the fence over GTA IV, at least regarding where it stands with its immediate predecessors. Yes, this is undoubtedly a fantastic game, an absolute must-play…when considered on its own without any reference to the history of the series. There are aspects of the new design that just never really won me over. I found the mini-games and friendship features more window dressing than anything else, and many of the gameplay concepts and mission goals seemed recycled from previous games. It felt like I was playing a fairly standard sequel, if an amazingly ambitious one, not the evolutionary leap that everyone else seems to be talking about.
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Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Grand theft Auto IV sorgt auch im Mehrspieler für unglaublichen Spielspaß über Wochen und Monate. Die extrem vielen Spielmodi, die allesamt sehr abwechslungsreich gestaltet wurden und der hohe Detailgrad hat uns wirklich fasziniert. Sicher kommt es öfter mal zu Frameeinbrüchen und manchmal zwingt das Spielgeschehen die Grafik ganz schön in die Knie, aber bei so einem Detailgrad uns so vielen fast unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten verzeihen wir dies dem Spiel locker und zum Glück kommt das alles auch nicht so häufig vor. Jeder Spielmodus hat seine ganz speziellen Reize und ist ebenfalls auf seine Art erst einmal etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. Nach mehreren Online-Spielstunden wird euch das Prinzip immer klarer und ihr feiert eure ersten Erfolge!
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Xbox 360XBox Front
Ohne Frage ist Rockstar mit GTA 4 wieder ein Meisterwerk gelungen, das sich jeder Action-Fan sofort besorgen sollte. Die perfekte Mischung aus spielerischer Freiheit und spannenden Missionen ist wieder unschlagbar und man kann sich deshalb nur schwer von diesem Spiel losreißen. Der Star von GTA 4 ist dabei ohne Frage die lebendige Stadt Liberty City. Man kann Stunden in der riesigen Metropole verbringen und selbst entscheiden, ob man lieber für ein bisschen Chaos sorgt, einen Auftrag annimmt oder lieber eine Runde bowlen geht. Auch die Story rund um Nico und seinen abgedrehten Auftragsgebern ist erstklassig erzählt und motiviert über die gesamte Spielzeit.
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Xbox 360AusGamers
History will judge whether or not GTA IV is as groundbreaking as your Marios or Zeldas. Right now, I’m not so convinced. In the end though, it’s really very easy to get lost in this game. There is so much to love here, regardless of my views or the views of others; you could spend days or even years in Liberty City there’s just so much to do. It’s true we’re a ways off from having a definitively dynamic game-world; one where each and every action you make will affect, for good or bad, your overall experience (which is what I’m holding out for most), but for now, the term “sandbox” has found its benchmark in Grand Theft Auto IV.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Auf meiner Xbox 360 hat mich GTA 4 kalt gelassen. Das hat es wohl eine Maus gebraucht, um mir die Augen zu öffnen: GTA 4 ist ein Meisterwerk! Unglaublich, was Rockstar North für eine Spielwelt geschaffen hat. Die Auto-Passagen allein könnten schon ein Spiel füllen, und dann kommen da noch die Schießereien, das Radio, das Fernsehprogramm, die Shows, die Charaktere und die Story dazu. Sandkasten-Spiel? Das ist ja schon fast eine Parallelwelt!
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WindowsPlay.tm
But, really, the game is very good and perfectly intact. The PC needs more games like GTA IV, and even though the console versions have been out for a while I still consider it an important release. When we originally reviewed it in April, we said it was vital. It still is. It loses a few marks for being so technically daunting, but if you haven't had the opportunity to play GTA IV yet, and you've got a PC that can handle it, then this is probably the best version of the game.
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PlayStation 3HardGamers
Grand Theft Auto IV pourrait réconcilier les joueurs réfractaires avec le type de jeu qu'il véhicule. Plus abouti au niveau jouabilité, moins brouillon, il se permet en plus d'offrir un scénario nettement plus intéressant qu'avant. Sans être le jeu de la décennie, il reste néanmoins l'un des jeux (si ce n'est LE jeu) de l'année.
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Xbox 360GamesFire
Passt nicht zu mir, aber okay ich spiele einen Verbrecher. Die wenigsten Autos die ich fahre haben ABS, aber das stört mich jetzt nicht mehr, denn die Vehikel - inklusive Helikopter - habe ich jetzt alle im Griff und wer sich dieses Spiel entgehen lässt ist entweder unter 18 Jahren oder selber schuld! Obwohl es ein paar Dinge zu bemängeln gibt hat Rockstar mit Grand Theft Auto 4 den besten Teil der Serie veröffentlicht.
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Xbox 360Gamers.at
Als GTA-Spieler der allerersten Stunde fiebere ich dem Launch des nunmehr achten Ablegers der Serie seit seiner Ankündigung entgegen und ging deswegen mit unglaublich hohen Erwartungen in unsere Testphase - und enttäuscht wurde ich dabei nicht! Sowohl der erneut wahnwitzige Umfang (der eher zu meiner Freude allerdings nicht mehr so überwältigend groß ist wie in San Andreas), als auch diese gewisse politische Inkorrektheit und der grandiose Humor, die ja immer schon Markenzeichen der Serie waren und Saint’s Row leider total gefehlt haben, sind ebenso erhalten geblieben, wie die atemberaubend atmosphärische Stadt, die einfach viel zu viele Möglichkeiten bietet, um sie in so "wenigen" Sätzen unterbringen zu können. Die gewohnten Stärken sind also wieder alle mit von der Partie, doch leider haben es auch einige alte Schwächen auf die "NextGen" geschafft.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Nach etwa 40 Spielstunden auf der Xbox 360 und 10 Stunden mit der PC-Version steht für mich fest: Niko Bellic ist mein Antiheld des Jahres. Kein anderes GTA hat mich so lange vor den Bildschirm gefesselt wie der vierte Teil. Jetzt schwappt das Erfolgsrezept der Konsolen, nämlich grandiose Grafik und eine spannende Story mit facettenreichen Charakteren, auf den PC – und das ohne viel Anlass zur Kritik. Doch am meisten freue ich mich über den Video-Editor. Denn der bringt selbst nach wochenlangem Spielspaß noch einen Grund, warum GTA 4 nicht in der Schublade verschwinden sollte. Genial, Rockstar!
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Windows4Players.de
Grand Theft Auto 4 ist ein großartiges Game, ein Ausnahmetitel, ein Meilenstein der Actionszene: Kein anderes Spiel setzt derart überzeugend eine pulsierende, erdrückende Stadt in Szene, kein anderes Spiel erweckt sie derart brillant zum Leben, kein anderes Spiel bietet einen cooleren Antihelden als Niko Bellic. All das trifft auch in der PC-Version zu, außerdem sieht GTA 4 hier mit entsprechend befeuerter Hardware besser aus denn je - vom großartigen Video-Editor ganz zu schweigen. Allerdings können sich gegenwärtig wohl nur Spieler mit nVidia-Grafikkarten ins Fäustchen lachen, denn auf ATi-Systemen gibt es noch Grafikfehler am laufenden Band: Flackernde Schatten, Pop-Ups noch und nöcher und starke Rasterungen sägen am Grafiknerv. Und was sich Rockstar bei der unsäglichen, ausufernd langen Installation gedacht hat, die einem das System mit einem Haufen unerwünschter Zusatzsoftware zumüllt, ist kaum nachzuvollziehen.
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WindowsIGN
If you've so far neglected to enter Grand Theft Auto IV's stunning modern metropolis of Liberty City, by all means get this game. The overall GTA formula has been refined and retooled in this version to be more convenient, more realistic, and ultimately more mature, though it still gets stuck on brambles held over from games past. As far as living a virtual life goes, managing the social network, night life, travel habits and explosive forays of virtual dynamo Niko Bellic is one that'll stick in your thoughts for years to come. The PC version comes with a few added features, such as online filters for finding matches, the ability to save clips and edit them together, added graphics and control options, as well as a larger player capacity in some of the multiplayer modes. Though you'll need a high-powered system to truly experience the PC version's enhanced visuals, Liberty City is still a wonder to behold.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
As a single player experience it doesn’t get much better than this and now with a relatively strong multiplayer, GTA IV is sure to attract a vast amount of new fans to the genre. Despite a few graphical and control issues, it doesn’t take much away from the fantastic title that GTA IV is. Once you start getting into the game, it’s easy to forget these minor problems after experiencing the work of art that Rockstar has put together. The exciting and challenging missions along with the superb soundtrack, graphics and free roaming multiplayer prove that GTA IV is a heavyweight contender for game of the year, based on popularity alone.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
Grand Theft Auto IV can be seen as a true upgrade for the series; more grown up so to speak. Although we see some specific elements of previous versions disappear, Rockstar managed to bring a strong storyline, filled with a ton of humour and caricatures and a handful of new and improved possibilities that makes us even forget what we're missing. Bravo!
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Very few games can be considered “disappointments” for failing to innovate the medium, so that says something very positive about its credentials. GTA IV has more content for your buck than pretty much anything else out there, and it has more variety, more freedom, and more soul than any other game this generation. But that makes its missteps all the more heartbreaking. It takes a very powerful and imposing emperor to convince everyone that he’s wearing the most glorious clothes ever, even when his junk is dangling out for all the world to see.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Very few games can be considered “disappointments” for failing to innovate the medium, so that says something very positive about its credentials. GTA IV has more content for your buck than pretty much anything else out there, and it has more variety, more freedom, and more soul than any other game this generation. But that makes its missteps all the more heartbreaking. It takes a very powerful and imposing emperor to convince everyone that he’s wearing the most glorious clothes ever, even when his junk is dangling out for all the world to see.
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PlayStation 3Computer Bild Spiele
Auch als PS-3-Version begeistert das fulminante Gangster-Epos auf ganzer Linie. Angefangen bei der sehr realistischen Grafik mit ihren beeindruckenden Lichteffekten bis hin zur spannenden und wendungsreichen Geschichte, die Sie von Anfang an in ihren Bann ziehen dürfte. Wegen des gewalttätigen und sehr bleihaltigen Inhalts gehört das Spiel - das zu Recht keine Jugendfreigabe erhalten hat - auf keinen Fall in die Hände von Minderjährigen. Zu zynisch und brutal kommt es daher. Für charakterfeste Erwachsene mit Sinn für gut gemachte Action gibt es indes kaum Besseres: Diesen heißen "sehr guten" Anwärter auf den Titel "Spiel des Jahres" sollten Sie auf keinen Fall verpassen.
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Xbox 360Xbox Gazette
On peut regretter la relativement faible personnalisation que l'on peut faire du héros, le système d'amitié qui apporte plusieurs avantages mais aussi un aspect contraignant et de la répétitivité si l'on désire conserver de bonnes relations avec ses contacts, quelques petits problèmes techniques dont une fluidité jamais vraiment au top et un système de visée automatique perfectible. En dehors de ça, le dernier-né de Rockstar Games s'avère vraiment excellent, grâce notamment à des missions intéressantes, un système de jeu fun et prenant, des personnages attachants et bien développés, un second degré qui manque à certains jeux du genre (Saints Row par exemple), une ville gigantesque et très bien conçue, des voix et des musiques très bonnes, une bonne durée de vie, et des modes multijoueurs qui font bien plus que de la simple figuration.
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WindowsCheat Happens
In an industry where many franchises merely rely on the success of previous titles to sell new installments, it’s refreshing that Rockstar not only chose to challenge players and the industry by changing aspects of their mega-blockbuster dramatically. What results is not just a new high for the Grand Theft Auto series, but for the industry itself. GTA IV isn’t perfect but its damn close.
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WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Næppe den revolution, som det af mange er blevet udråbt til, men til gengæld et af de mest gennemarbejdede spil nogensinde. GTA IV er en strålende justering og optimering af en i forvejen fremragende spilserie.
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WindowsSoftpedia
Overall, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV delivers a great experience but under the right circumstances. If you have a very high-end computer, then you can thoroughly enjoy this title, but only if you don't encounter one of the big number of errors that our users reported. While it does have a lot of features the console versions didn't, like the video editor or the 32-player online mode, it does face its users with a lot of problems.
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WindowsYouGamers
The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV is definitely the best version of the game and almost a must-buy if you haven't already seen it all. Just don't underestimate the hardware needed to run it properly - a quad core CPU is almost mandatory for acceptable performance as is a high end video card. PC-specific Video Editor is a nice bonus but the gameplay is untouched and just as good as on the consoles.
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PlayStation 3TheHDRoom (HDR)
As a whole package, then, GTA IV is a must-play game regardless of the platform you own (PS3 or Xbox 360). Just make sure to temper your expectations for "the best thing since sliced bread." GTA IV is a true accomplishment for the interactive entertainment industry, but Rockstar still has room to improve with GTA V. And we'll be first in line to see what they can do with a bit more focused gameplay and some belt-tightening on the plot.
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WindowsPelit
Grand Theft Auto IV on vuoden 2008 parhaita pelejä, mutta haluaisin tietää totuuden PC-käännöksestä. Onko syyllinen Rockstarin kyvyttömyys optimoida koodia (mutta kun he saivat GTA:n pyörimään PS3:llakin), vaiko vain liika kunnianhimo, halu tehdä peli, joka on kurantti vielä seuraavallakin konesukupolvella?
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WindowsUOL Jogos
"Grand Theft Auto IV" é um jogo de videogame revolucionário, que consegue manter forte sua tradição e elementos que tornaram a franquia famosa e, ao mesmo tempo, adiciona uma série novidades que enriquecem a experiência. Dificilmente personagens foram retratados com tanta humanidade quanto neste jogo, o que o coloca à frente de seu tempo, assim como a ambientação, bem mais envolvente do que se encontra por aí. Pena que a conversão para PC, mesmo contando com visuais mais chamativos e alguns extras bacanas, apresente muitos momentos de instabilidade e necessite de uma máquina parruda para brilhar como deve.
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WindowsGamers.at
Einziger Wermutstropfen ist jedoch die enorme Hardware-Auslastung, die Grand Theft Auto IV vermutlich ein Spiel für elitäre Gruppen werden lassen könnte, da Minimal-Anforderungen bereits bei den Höchst-Anforderungen anderer Spiele liegen. Wer aber in den Genuss von GTA auf dem Computer kommt, den erwartet ein riesiger, leider noch nicht testbarer, Multiplayer-Modus, sowie eines der wohl kreativsten und umfangreichsten Tools zum Erstellen eigener GTA-like Filmchen oder sogar eigener Blockbuster. Bis jedoch der perfekte Film in den Regalen des "Social Clubs" steht, wird ein wenig Übung nötig sein, um einen bleibenden Eindruck zu hinterlassen. Für alle anderen bietet GTA IV auch am PC ein mehr als erstklassiges Gameplay, dichteste Atmosphäre und bei Möglichkeit atemberaubende Grafik.
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WindowsGameSpot
Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that, in spite of its technical shortcomings on the PC, you simply have to play. The single-player game, which you can still play long after you complete the story, is the series' best by far, and the multiplayer features are good enough that you'll likely have no problem finding people to play with for many months to come. The minor flaws that you'll experience are no more difficult to overlook than those in previous GTA games, and they're greatly outnumbered by the features that will impress and surprise you anytime you think you've already seen everything that the game has to offer. There's lots to see in Liberty City, so you'd best get started.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
A l'instar des versions PS3 et Xbox 360, GTA IV PC s'impose comme le meilleur opus de la série. Doté d'un multijoueur qui double le nombre d'utilisateurs par rapport aux consoles (32 au lieu de 16) et d'un éditeur de vidéos bien fichu et rapidement grisant, il justifie les mois de développement supplémentaires qui ont été nécessaires pour ce portage. Plus fin, plus fouillé, il poussera cependant la grande majorité des machines dans leurs derniers retranchements si l'on souhaite faire tourner la bête à fond. Si l'on appréciera également de pouvoir importer ses propres mp3 dans l'une des radios du jeu, on pourra regretter que l'activation de GTA IV ne puisse se faire qu'à condition de posséder une connexion Internet. Le prix de l'excellence, sans doute.
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WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
But seriously: a genuinely ground-breaking blockbuster in videogame history. There were moments playing GTA IV that I thought back to my initial experiences with games, and realised exactly how far we've come. There's never been anything quite like GTA IV in the world. That there makes me genuinely happy to be a gamer.
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Xbox 360HonestGamers
I’m so in awe of all the things GTA IV does to propel the series in a new direction that it makes it all the more frustrating that they still haven’t ironed out a lot of the little issues that have been evident since GTA III. In fact… Aha! I remember a mission I didn’t like! The street race. I always hated those marker-based street races in all of the other GTA games, and they snuck one in here, too! The truth is that this series has never been perfect, and – despite what some alarmingly high reviews from other sources might tell you – GTA IV ain’t perfect, either. But it’s a step in the right direction, and at this point, perfection isn’t too far away.
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Xbox 360Daily Game
Rockstar has outdone itself yet again, with the multiplayer portions lifting the overall game, but there's still room to improve the single-player elements, which feel recycled and drag on at times.
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Xbox 360GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
There's no question about it: Grand Theft Auto IV is the best offering the series has. The complaints are few and far between, and the best parts of GTA IV far outweigh the cons. The game's protagonist is easily the series most likable, and the story is just begging to be made into an epic Hollywood blockbuster. Simply put, this is a game any current generation console owner should play.
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Xbox 360USA Today
Aside from a slightly choppy frame rate at times, when the action stutters a bit, and hard-to-read green GPS directions on your map, there is little to complain about with Grand Theft Auto IV. Adult gamers will find a single-player story that can easily last a month, not to mention the ability to hop online and play with friends anywhere, anytime. Expect a lot of bang for your buck in this highly polished sequel.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
GTA IV is the best game in the series. It's a triumph – especially in terms of design and character performance. A PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 owner's library is incomplete without it. But in four months time we'll remember it as a superb game, rather than a new epoch in videogaming.
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Xbox 360Hooked Gamers
Grand Theft Auto IV is by far one of the most impressive titles to have arrived since the first sandbox games appeared. While this iteration of the series may not exactly be a revolution as much as a refinement and a good sign of things to come, it is certainly worthy of the hype. I have only scratched the surface of what GTA IV can bring to the player and it would certainly take many more pages to even set foot beneath the surface of this very deep game. Perhaps not the Mecca of gaming, but certainly something very close.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
Final Thoughts: "Grand Theft Auto IV" is a remarkable title, boasting not only exceptional online play, but a terrific main story that contains much finer dialogue and character development than previous games in the series. The game also takes things to another level in terms of core gameplay and presentation.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Target
At the end of the day, Grand Theft Auto IV is an amazingly good game that overcomes many of its problems. The formula of GTA still isn’t perfect but with every iteration of the series Rockstar gets closer. Mixing a great story, identifiable characters, a huge world, and expandable adventures, GTA IV is definitely a front runner for game of the year.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Talk
All in all GTA IV is a great experience. The core gameplay remains addictive and Niko's adventure through America's streets is enthralling in many ways. Your mileage with this title will depend solely on you as a gamer. If you loved other GTA titles or have developed an affinity for sandbox style games then this will stay in your PS3 for months to come. There's so much to do here that it's daunting and I have to applaud Rockstar for producing such a fine title. This isn't a perfect entry into the franchise but it's definitely the best and there's so much going for this game that it deserves props. If you own a PlayStation 3 this is an absolute must own title (if you're over 17 that is).
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PlayStation 3Daily Game
Rockstar has outdone itself yet again, with the multiplayer portions lifting the overall game, but there's still room to improve the single-player elements, which feel recycled and drag on at times.
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PlayStation 3USA Today
Aside from a slightly choppy frame rate at times, when the action stutters a bit, and hard-to-read green GPS directions on your map, there is little to complain about with Grand Theft Auto IV. Adult gamers will find a single-player story that can easily last a month, not to mention the ability to hop online and play with friends anywhere, anytime. Expect a lot of bang for your buck in this highly polished sequel.
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Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Liberty City is the perfect setting for GTA IV, because literally right around the corner from the lap of a luxurious landscape is the unsightly underbelly of every big city. Just like Liberty City , GTA IV hides its blemishes – by masking it underneath a wonderful but rare gaming experience that will run the gamer’s gamut of emotional attachment from anger and homicidal rage to the hurtful despair of love lost forever. GTA IV is a rollercoaster of emotional gaming hidden under the typical killing and murderous maiming so perfectly provided by the GTA franchise.
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Xbox 360Gamigo
Eigentlich war es von Anfang an klar: Grand Theft Auto IV ist einfach der Kracher für alle Freunde von Actionspielen. Die große und freie Spielwelt, die Vielfältigkeit sich zu beschäftigen und die gute Action inklusive der Charaktere machen einfach Spaß. Dazu noch der gut gelungene Multiplayer, und fertig ist ein Spiel bei dem jeder der Action mag ohne hinzuschauen zugreifen kann und sollte.
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Xbox 360JustPressPlay
GTA IV is a step in the right direction. I’m personally baffled by the perfect scores that the game has received, but I definitely enjoyed the game. The execution of the city and the excellently penned script and entertaining characters are high points. I miss the outlandish weapons like the samurai sword and chainsaw and dispensing random death isn’t as fun anymore, but I will admit sometimes a pedestrian just deserves it. They also took away the ability to own property so there’s almost nothing to really spend money on outside of weapons and dates and games of pool. The frustration that the driving causes is a detriment considering that it’s your primary use of transportation. I hope they do the next GTA in Vice City using this new engine.
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Xbox 360PlayDevil
For me, GTA IV is not the best game ever released (can anything ever beat my beloved Zelda: OOT?- I reckon I've put 300+ hours into various iterations of that game) but, it is both the definitive GTA experience so far, and my likely game of the year to boot. Perfection this is not, but gaming nirvana it remains anyway. Bravo, Rockstar!
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Xbox 360JeuxVideoPC.com
Avec une réalisation somme toute impressionnante, GTA IV procure une expérience et un plaisir de jeu inégalés. L’aventure solo est passionnante avec ses phases de shoot instinctives et dynamiques et nul doute qu’avec l’apparition d’un mode multi, GTA IV tournera encore sur vos Xbox 360 dans les mois à venir. Avec sa charge politique sous-jacente, ses ambiguïtés constantes, le titre se pose sans problème comme un modèle de divertissement intelligent. Un grand jeu.
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PlayStation 3JeuxVideoPC.com
GTA IV n’est peut-être pas la tuerie graphique annoncée mais la modélisation de la ville reste impressionnante. La PlayStation 3 aliase comme jamais mais les quelques carences techniques s’effacent complètement derrière une profondeur de jeu incomparable. Sa richesse et sa liberté emportent tout sur son passage, ne reste qu’une envie insatiable de poursuivre l’aventure. Un signe qui ne trompe pas. GTA IV est un joyau brut.
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Xbox 360Gamekult
Impossible de ne pas s'incliner devant GTA IV, un jeu tellement riche, fun et monumental qu'il en ferait presque oublier tous les blockbusters sortis récemment. Vertigineuse, Liberty City nous revient transfigurée, à l'image du gameplay, enfin digne de la série et de sa réputation. Que cela concerne les passages en véhicule et les phases à pied, le jeu a éliminé la plupart des bugs, pour offrir un moteur physique cohérent et une visée performante. Autant dire que les missions gagnent clairement en intensité, repoussant les limites de ce que la série nous a proposé jusqu'à présent. La case multijoueur bien cochée, la réalisation à peine ternie par quelques chutes de frame rate : à part quelques réflexions de fan sur le manque de variété, en référence à San Andreas, on voit mal ce qui peut gâcher pareille fête.
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PlayStation 3Gamekult
Impossible de ne pas s'incliner devant GTA IV, un jeu tellement riche, fun et monumental qu'il en ferait presque oublier tous les blockbusters sortis récemment. Vertigineuse, Liberty City nous revient transfigurée, à l'image du gameplay, enfin digne de la série et de sa réputation. Que cela concerne les passages en véhicule et les phases à pied, le jeu a éliminé la plupart des bugs, pour offrir un moteur physique cohérent et une visée performante. Autant dire que les missions gagnent clairement en intensité, repoussant les limites de ce que la série nous a proposé jusqu'à présent. La case multijoueur bien cochée, la réalisation à peine ternie par quelques chutes de frame rate : à part quelques réflexions de fan sur le manque de variété, en référence à San Andreas, on voit mal ce qui peut gâcher pareille fête.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
GTA traîne encore de vieux démons et des mécanismes de jeu poussiéreux. Ses nombreuses imperfections techniques auraient pu être fatales à un titre plus classique. Mais GTA IV n'a rien d'une production banale. L'univers de jeu ne tourne pas autour de Niko Bellic, c'est Niko Bellic qui se fond dans une masse d'une densité sans égale. La mégalomanie des développeurs de Rockstar permet au joueur de vivre une aventure en constant gain de rythme, inspirée de nombreuses références cinématographiques. Passées les déceptions de joueurs sans cesse insatisfaits, l'attente n'aura pas été vaine. Le doute n'est plus permis, GTA IV est bien le meilleur opus de la série.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
GTA traîne encore de vieux démons et des mécanismes de jeu poussiéreux. Ses nombreuses imperfections techniques auraient pu être fatales à un titre plus classique. Mais GTA IV n'a rien d'une production banale. L'univers de jeu ne tourne pas autour de Niko Bellic, c'est Niko Bellic qui se fond dans une masse d'une densité sans égale. La mégalomanie des développeurs de Rockstar permet au joueur de vivre une aventure en constant gain de rythme, inspirée de nombreuses références cinématographiques. Passées les déceptions de joueurs sans cesse insatisfaits, l'attente n'aura pas été vaine. Le doute n'est plus permis, GTA IV est bien le meilleur opus de la série.
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WindowsFragland.net
Overall I'm very pleased with Grand Theft Auto IV: more of the game and less of the port that was done. The biggest problems lay in the third-party software. Once past that a world of total freedom opens, if your PC is fast enough to run it of course. However, it's certainly not a must-have top title if you already own it on console.
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WindowsGamer.co.il

מרות הבחירה התמוהה ב"גיימס פור ווינדוס", למרות שלל הבאגים שעליהם מדווחים שחקנים חסרי-מזל (אני חייב להודות שבמחשב שלי, המשחק נתקע רק פעמיים לכל אורך ההרפתקה...), ג'י.טי.איי. 4 הוא עדיין משחק מצוין שפשוט אסור לכם לפספס. אם מצב המשחק מרובה-המשתתפים הוא זה שמעניין אתכם, אפילו אעז ואומר שגרסת המחשב היא העדיפה עבורכם, בהנחה שבמהלך השבועות הקרובים תתקן רוקסטאר את כל התקלות הדחופות.

קחו בחשבון שזה לא יהיה קל. קחו בחשבון שבהתחלה אתם עוד תתעצבנו, והרבה. אם זה היה כל משחק אחר, אולי התלאות הטכניות הללו היו מתישות אותנו מייד – אבל במקרה של ג'י.טי.איי. 4 נהיה מוכנים להמשיך ולסלוח. אז כן, תאלצו להתקין, ולהירשם, ושוב להתקין ושוב להלחם עם הגדרות שונות ומשונות, אבל מה שתקבלו בסופו של דבר כל-כך שווה את זה!

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WindowsVgames

נו, מה זה משנה כבר מה אני אגיד. זה משחק ג'י.טי.איי. ואתם תשחקו בו, אם יש לכם מחשב שמסוגל לעמוד בזה- ואם לא, תשחקו בו כשיגיע המחשב החדש. כמובן, אם יש לכם קונסולת אקסבוקס 360 או פלייסטיישן 3, אתם בטח משחקים בו כבר ממזמן, ואין שום סיבה שבעולם שתעדיפו את גרסת המחשב על פני גרסת הקונסולות. למי שאינו בר מזל ונאלץ להסתפק בגרסת המחשב, אל תוותרו עליה. למרות כל הבעיות של הגרסה הזו, ג'י.טי.איי. 4 הוא משחק מדהים שמספק חוויה שונה וייחודית. אין שום משחק כזה, שנותן לכם עיר ענקית, משכנעת ומלאת-חיים, ואת החופש להשתולל בה כאוות נפשכם. כל חובב משחקים חייב להריץ סיבוב של כמה שעות טובות בג'י.טי.איי. 4 כדי לראות עד כמה העיר מדהימה וכל כך הרבה יותר מפורטת ומשכנעת מכל עיר ממוחשבת שנוצרה אי פעם.

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Xbox 360Realm of Gaming
Overall, I would give Grand Theft Auto IV an 8.8 out of 10. It is a lot of fun and the ability to play online makes it a must buy. Although there are more things taken out than added, the promise of downloadable content gives a little bit of hope that more things will be added later. If you have not already, run and buy this now; you will not regret it.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
GTAIV is zonder twijfel een topspel en is zeker een stevige kandidaat voor spel van het jaar.
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PlayStation 3Game Chronicles
Grand Theft Auto IV is a game worth playing but it is not as open ended and sand box environment until you get further into the game and unlock the rest of the islands. The games missions are fun and can be done in a variety of ways but mostly you have to fast on the draw and quicker to knock some heads to get anywhere in Liberty City. I do think the games deserves at least an 8 out of 10 or 80 percent but I also think that a perfect game is not going to be had for something as complex as this. I think Grand Theft Auto has taken on a life of its own and for some giving it anything but the highest praise would be sacrilege, but oh well, I think it’s just a game, but a good one.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Als je pc het aan kan en je hebt geen Xbox 360- of PS3-console (en je bent oud genoeg), dan moet je dit game gewoon proberen, ondanks de voor deze versie vervelende technische mankementjes.
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Xbox 360Gamernode
The nature of the open-ended gameplay still makes for memorable random and not-so-random occurrences you'll repetitiously be reciting to friends, but for the most part it's nothing we haven't seen before.
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PlayStation 3Gamernode
One of the most massive and detailed worlds on the console, GTA IV offers a tremendous amount of content to read, watch, hear and play. Despite this, it's the same old GTA and more evolution than revolution. The nature of the open-ended gameplay still makes for memorable random and not-so-random occurrences you'll repetitiously be reciting to friends, but for the most part it's nothing we haven't seen before. Even moreso, the series is starting to feel reluctant to move forward in storytelling and in terms of pushing the envelope. Don't believe the hype. More importantly, don't believe me. Play it and judge it yourself.
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WindowsGBase - The Gamer's Base
Läuft das Spiel dann aber mal, offenbart Liberty City ganz schnell wieder die Faszination, die mich im Frühsommer schon auf der Xbox gepackt hat - auch wenn es diesmal eine Weile gedauert hat, bis mich der Titel die Tortur der Installation vergessen liess. Die enorm grosse und unglaublich lebendige Spielwelt, die schrägen Charaktere, die tolle Grafik, die geniale Story und der fast schon unmessbar grosse Umfang des Spiels sucht seinesgleichen. Wer GTA IV auf der Konsole noch nicht gespielt hat, ein top-aktuelles System besitzt und sich an die Installation heran traut, der darf nicht zugreifen, der muss! Trotz allem ist GTA IV mein heisser Anwärter auf das GBase Game of the Year.
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WindowsGamesmania
GTA IV ist und bleibt mein Spiel des Jahres, daran ändert auch diese lieblose und vorschnell auf den Markt geworfene PC-Umsetzung von Rockstars Megahit nichts. Ich bin allerdings doch entsetzt, was die Entwickler auf den PC abliefern. Bis zum ersten Update konnte ich das Spiel auf keinem Testrechner starten und selbst jetzt produziert die Grafik heftige Fehler, wodurch das Spiel Lichtjahre von der optischen Präsenz der Konsolenversionen entfernt ist. Dazu kommen weitere technische Probleme mit dem Kopierschutz sowie der Gängelung um Windows Live und den Social Club. Das alles hätte Rockstar wahrlich nicht nötig gehabt und führt beim derzeitigen Stand zu einer Abwertung der PC-Version. Wir empfehlen euch ganz klar, GTA IV auf PS3 oder Xbox360 zu zocken, die wenigen Neuerungen wie der Videoeditor wiegen die vielen technischen Probleme bei weitem nicht auf.
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PlayStation 3GameLemon
So go ahead and pick this game up, as you'll likely have a lot of fun. The improved story in the single-player, coupled with even more freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want to do it(just don't get sucked into watching TV and surfing the Internet instead of going on missions, just like real life!), make this the ultimate experiment in do-it-yourself gaming. Furthermore, the inclusion of multiplayer lets you go online and wreak havoc with friends, which I think we could all use a little more of. Just remember this admonishment, GTA IV does nothing new, and it is not, I repeat, IS NOT, a great innovative leap forward in gaming.
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Xbox 360GameLemon
So go ahead and pick this game up, as you'll likely have a lot of fun. The improved story in the single-player, coupled with even more freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want to do it(just don't get sucked into watching TV and surfing the Internet instead of going on missions, just like real life!), make this the ultimate experiment in do-it-yourself gaming. Furthermore, the inclusion of multiplayer lets you go online and wreak havoc with friends, which I think we could all use a little more of. Just remember this admonishment, GTA IV does nothing new, and it is not, I repeat, IS NOT, a great innovative leap forward in gaming. It's still a helluva lot of fun though...
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
«…И я кричу: „Остановите пленку! // Это кино я уже смотрел!“», — поет группа Brainstorm. И ведь точно — мы получили идейный римейк Grand Theft Auto 3, даром что с огромным бюджетом, иным «актерским составом» и крепкой драматургией. Но его все равно хочется пройти до финальных титров. Так что… эй, режиссер, продолжай съемку!
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Xbox 360Game Partisan
I think as I continue to play through the single player I may very well find that I rank this as high or higher than my previous favorite in the series, Vice City. It has its shortcomings but it is a fresh new version of the series and it will draw in new converts (just don’t become a jaded fanboy like me). I am sure that diehard fans of the original 2D versions of the game complained about every change when GTA 3 came out, probably as vociferously as I have about the things that were changed in this new version. I didn’t listen to them and played GTA 3 and loved it, so you may want to look at my complaints about the game the same way. Give the game a chance, it has some flaws and glitches but it is a good game.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
GTA4 is certainly a step in the right direction, and I'm really looking forward to whatever the series has in store for us next. That being said, I hope that now they've produced a new engine that they can milk for the forseeable future the developers at Rockstar North take the time to iron out some of the larger problems next time around. Oh, and while I'm hoping for things, as a longtime fan of the series and knowing how much Rockstar North enjoys going back to the well, I'd like to formally request that the next game be set either in the near-future dystopian city of GTA2, or the 'swinging London' of GTA: London 1969.
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PlayStation 3Gamer.co.il

לטעמי, ההיסטריה סביב המשחק הזה היא יותר ממוגזמת. אם אתם אוהבים משחקי פעולה, אין סיבה שלא תשחקו בג'י.טי.איי 4, אך אתם בהחלט יכולים לחכות עד שהטירוף ירגע, המלאי יתאזן, ואולי אפילו המחירים ירדו. בשורה התחתונה, קצת עצוב לי שעם כל מה שקרה בעולם משחקי הוידאו במהלך השנים האחרונות, משחק כמו ג'י.טי.איי 4 הוא עדיין מה שמגדיר את אופיו של עולם הבידור האלקטרוני. עכשיו אתם יכולים לחזור למרדפי הרכב שלכם. אוקאמי מחכה לי בוויי, ובתמונה אחת מהמשחק הזה אני מוצאת יותר עושר אומנותי, הנאה ועניין מבכל ליברטי סיטי.

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WindowsPeliplaneetta.net
Mikäli konehuoneesta löytyy muskelia pienen kylän verran ja luottaa siihen, että Rockstar jaksaa kahlata läpi pelin lukuisat ongelmat, GTA IV on yhä se sama peli, josta vaahdottiin ja meluttiin puoli vuotta sitten. Vaikka se paikoitellen kurottaa liian korkealle ja jättää toivomisen varaa, sisällöltään se on eräs kunnianhimoisimmista ja mielenkiintoisimmista peleistä miesmuistiin. Harmi vain, ettei se saanut arvoistaan pc-versiota... ainakaan vielä.
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Xbox 360Gaming since 198x
Ok je me sens comme un journaliste de Gamekult, j'ai dit du mal tout le long de l'article mais au final je mets une des toutes meilleures notes, mais que voulez-vous, GTA IV est comme ça, il est moins détestable qu'Assassin's Creed même si il est en-dessous visuellement, on a moins l'impression qu'on se fout de notre gueule, et la pute-de-la-pub-qu'on-peut-pas-baiser est juste une image, pas une directrice de projet.
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WindowsThunderbolt Games
Rockstar quite rightly decided less was more for GTA IV’s game world and we have a solid step into the next-generation as a result. There was never going to be another San Andreas on the first outing on the current game engine, or at least one that severely limited the interactivity as seen in Liberty City. The overall presentation is mind-blowing, buckets of dialogue, amazing cinematics and cut-scenes and intricate street details. Some missions can be mere box tickers, but some are real thrillers, taking a few attempts with the courtyard shoot-outs and vis-à-vis melees displaying the new-found physics superbly. Despite a few flaws, GTA IV is ultimately a great game to play, quite tense, quite emotional, but very satisfying when completing a mission.
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WindowsHooked Gamers
The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV should have been the best version of the game. The keyboard and mouse combo is simply a better control scheme for this game and the PC version can offer a better-looking game than its console counterparts. Instead, it is still plagued by a myriad of technical issues and a lack of an active multi-player community. I suppose it is impressive that the game is still a lot of fun even with everything that pulls it down. Just the quality of the gameplay brute forces its way through all the muck and provides a compelling and entertaining time. If you have the system that can handle the game, by all means, get this game on the PC. For everyone else, the console versions are a safe and sure thing.
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Xbox 360Immoral Gamers
Few games have suffered more of a hindsight shit-kicking than Grand Theft Auto IV, a game universally adored by critics upon its release, now declaimed by anyone you stop on the street to canvass opinions from. Not just declaimed by bitter, reactionary geeks, either, but by normal people. GTA IV is not a bad game: it’s a very good game, with fun pouring from its pores and an impressive scope. Partly. It’s also a preachy, hand-holding, head-shaking, disapproving old bugger of a game.
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WindowsGame Over Online
At the core, GTA 4 is a pretty good game in the GTA series, hindered by the “bromances” and bloated by 15GB of television shows I’ll never watch, joke Internet sites I have no interest in surfing, extensive and lengthy cutscenes, a mediocre bowling game, a downright poor darts game, and a middling pool game. Oh, and a strip club that, if it actually excites anyone, makes me feel bad for mankind as a whole. The stuff that has been added to make GTA 4 feel more like a free roaming world detract from the game, dilute the things that draw me to the GTA series in the first place, and I wish they had expended all that creative energy making more missions.
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WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Jag hade väntat mig mer från PC-versionen av det här spelet. Om man den senaste veckan köpt Grand Theft Auto IV från Steam, får man idag igen pengarna från Valve/Rockstar. Så dåligt optimerat och så ofärdigt anser Valve att Rockstars briljanta skurksaga är till PC. Tragiskt, är vad det är. För vi snackar trots allt om ett av världens bästa actionspel... någonsin.
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WindowsGamekult
Gourmand, mal optimisé, buggé et pénible au niveau de l'installation, GTA IV cumule toutes les tares du portage PC en moufles, celui qu'on aimerait fuir comme la peste. Et pourtant, difficile de ne pas s'incliner devant un jeu tellement riche, fun et monumental qu'il en ferait presque oublier ces gros défauts. Vertigineuse, Liberty City nous revient transfigurée, à l'image du gameplay, enfin digne de la série et de sa réputation. Que cela concerne les passages en véhicule et les phases à pied, le jeu a éliminé la plupart des défauts de conception, pour offrir un moteur physique cohérent et une visée performante. Autant dire que les missions gagnent clairement en intensité, repoussant les limites de ce que la série nous a proposé jusqu'à présent. Cette version PC peut même arguer d'un mode multijoueur boosté jusqu'à 32 participants et d'un éditeur de vidéos relativement facile de prise en main pour ceux qui l'aurait déjà fini dans tous les sens.
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Xbox 360Console Obsession
Grand Theft Auto IV is the best game in the series yet and Rockstar have really put some effort into improving some of the poorer mechanics of past instalments in the criminal franchise. It's just a shame that they have taken a step backwards in another few areas. With that said, It may be pushing it to be giving it a perfect 10/10 or even a 9, but flaws aside, it’s one of the most engaging games of 2008. Perhaps some overly mature and wrinkly people would say that was a criminal statement, but the real criminal thing would be to listen to their attention seeking moaning. So don’t.
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Xbox 360Netjak
While Grand Theft Auto IV does a lot to push the series forward, it also takes a few steps back in doing so. Liberty City is unlike anything previously seen in a videogame, for better or worse, and makes enormous strides in immersing the player in a complete, well thought-out and consistent world. The on-foot controls are an improvement but still have a long way to go before I would consider them even remotely good, and I can’t help but miss the huge world of San Andreas. That all being said, GTA IV offers up probably the most cohesive and mature story in the series to date, and there is enough to see and do to easily take up 40+ hours of your time. When put into perspective, it’s ridiculous that some developers have the balls to charge you $60 for something that only offers a small fraction of what GTA IV has to offer at the same price.
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Xbox 360Snackbar-Games.com
GTA IV takes place in a grittier, more realistic Liberty City. Rampage tokens are gone. The flame thrower is missing in action. There's no katana in the shopping mall, and everything is just a little less fun because of it. GTA used to be cartoony and over-the-top. Now it feels just like all the other over-the-shoulder shooters out there. Where is my parachute? Where are the rampage tokens? And where is the National Guard waiting to give up their tanks? More realistic doesn't necessarily mean more fun. GTA IV lacks some of the whimsy of previous titles, and it feels a little hollow because of it.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
So, some perspective then. Perhaps this review sounds overly negative. Liberty City is amazingly well designed. The game is stuffed to the gills with the series’ usual charm and irreverent sense of humour. The graphics, animation and sound are all first class. The voice-acting is great and despite its shortcomings, GTA IV is still a thoroughly enjoyable game. But when the flaws that have plagued the series since it made the move to three dimensions still have not been properly addressed and the core gameplay remains the same after seven years, it’s difficult to declare GTA IV as one of the greatest video games of all time.
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Xbox 360The Next Level
There are more changes made in the GTA formula that feel like enforced realism rather than good gameplay design, such as the way finding the hidden collectibles no longer opens up an arsenal at the safe house, but despite this GTAIV is still a lot of fun. Nico's life isn't a happy one, but it's certainly lively. Liberty City is a huge, diverse, and gorgeous playground to commit wanton mayhem in, filled with a rich cast of characters that keep the story from drowning in negativity. It's packed to the brim with more content than any three other games and there's always something new to do, whether pursuing the storyline, looking for side missions, screwing around for the hell of it, or hopping online for the multiplayer modes. Grand Theft Auto IV reaches for the stars but doesn't quite make it, and will have to settle for being excellent rather than flawless.
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Xbox 360Destructoid
As a game, it is flawed in many aspects, but as an immersing experience, GTA IV is simply unparalleled. Its problems cannot and should not be overlooked, but none of them break the game, and there is just so much charm packed into the thing that you can't stay mad for long. Sure, just clipping a police car and having it turn into a chase that takes you far away from your intended target is an abominable frustration, but soon, like a puppy that's just shit in your shoes, the game will do something completely adorable to make you put down your beating stick and take it out for a walk.

It's not a perfect game, but it's still one of the best damn rides you'll get from your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 this year.
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WindowsAtomic Gamer
Liberty City is absolutely genius and the many breathtaking or hilarious moments players will experience are all here, but they're hiding under a layer of technical issues and system requirements nightmares. Get through that, and realy dig into the PC-specific features, and you'll find this to be a worthy port. But if you're more into a plug and play type of experience, then this is going to be one to skip. Niko and the rest of the cast of Grand Theft Auto IV are great, but for most gamers they're not worth spending $300 on an upgrade, or a week of sleepless nights trying to figure out the missing texture problem. And for the hardcore gamers who find all this child's play, then they still probably won't be too happy with the feel of the controls or the shoddy performance. It's kind of a lose-lose for Rockstar at this point, and it's too bad, because GTAIV is a wonderful game that doesn't deserve the problems this PC port has.
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Xbox 360GameCola.net
All of this, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg, complaints included, but I think that the major points are conveyed and that GTA IV is a solid game that is a step forward in the series and should be played by anyone who considers themselves a gamer. I'm not saying that it's God's gift to man (Halo, duh) but I think that, if you let yourself, you'll enjoy.
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Xbox 360Co-Optimus
It's really a shame that Rockstar didn't include a proper co-op mode. While the three available options are nice, they offer limited re-playability. The free roam mode offers infinite re-playability - but there's a lack of any guidance. It would have been great to have a scenario editor available to create custom cooperative matches. Perhaps in the upcoming exclusive Xbox 360 downloadable content we'll see a co-op mission pack. We can only hope.
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PlayStation 3Retrogaming History
GTA IV è probabilmente un titolo di passaggio tra la vecchia e la nuova strada che vuole intraprendere Rockstar. Anche se il risultato è discutibile, la voglia di cambiare è percepibile dato che il concept di gioco è ormai parecchio stantio. Questo prodotto vale comunque la pena di essere provato visti i numerosi sforzi affrontati per concepirlo.
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Xbox 360Blend Games
At the end of the day Grand Theft Auto IV is a wonderfully produced and slickly presented video game. Unfortunately big budget effects can never mask the downfalls of any game. Interesting and involving cut scenes give way to frustrating gun fights. And as fun as this is for a few hours, by hour number 15 the game begins to grate on the nerves. GTA IV is worthy of a good bit of the praise bestowed upon it. If you’re new to the series you may find yourself upset and confused as to why Rockstar’s opus is so highly regarded, but for the old faithful GTA IV is the bar that other games are asked to measure up to.
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Overall, I’m simply disappointed with Rockstar when it comes to Grand Theft Auto IV. PC gamers already get shafted with the slow GTA releases compared to the consoles. To have all the bugs at launch that it did makes me wonder what happened during the testing period. It’s also missing a lot of great features that were included in San Andreas. GTAIV definitely has some great features, but when you look at the big picture, the result is definitely lackluster.
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WindowsWorth Playing
Technically speaking, Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC is not a bad game, and it sets out to hit all of the notes that it attempted. The entire game has a feeling of misdirected effort, as if Rockstar sat down to rejuvenate the franchise without knowing particularly how and simply stuck every idea, gimmick and cliché they could think of into one big ball, like some sort of Katamari of game elements with the old GTA feeling at the core. While I can't say I didn't enjoy my time in this new pseudo-New York City, it's not the highlight of the series, and Rockstar would be wise to rethink their approach before bringing Mr. Bellic around for another pass.
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WindowsBit-Tech
That said, while the game itself is great, the PC version of GTA IV isn’t the definitive one that players should be looking to get intimate with. It’s playable and fun and just what you would want from a Grand Theft Auto game, but it doesn’t outperform the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions and frankly feels like more of a token gesture than a sincere effort to make the most of what the PC could bring to the game.
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Xbox 360Christ Centered Game Reviews
For those wary of the series as a whole, remember to treat it, essentially, as an R-rated film, albeit one that lasts for tens of hours and has a high level of interactivity, because through its excess and debauchery, GTA4 is no worse than a film by Martin Scorcese or Quentin Tarantino. While it has not even begun to touch upon the level of artistry seen from its influences, the game wears them proudly on its sleeve nonetheless.
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WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
„Grand Theft Auto 4“ ist hart, auch in der Sprache, verherrlicht aber die Gewalt nicht. Die Geschichte und vor allem die Stimmung sind genial. Daran ändert auch die Tatsache nichts, dass Sie nur mit sehr leistungsfähiger und teils spezieller Hardware (Breitbildschirm) ein optimales Bild am PC zu sehen bekommen. Die Möglichkeit, Filme aufzuzeichnen, ist ein nettes Gimmick – für viele Spieler dürfte der erweiterte Multiplayer-Part aber die interessanteste Neuerung sein. Unterm Strich spielt die PC-Version von „GTA 4“ in einer Liga mit der Konsolen-Fassung – und die war bereits „sehr gut“.
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Xbox 360Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Sorry, GTA IV. I much prefer hanging out with my real friends (who never call up and insist that they’ll stop liking me if I don’t drop what I’m doing and go play darts with them) than with the strangers you offer. And doing chores is enough of a drag in real life; I don’t expect to have to pay for the privilege. Breaking the chores up with the odd bit of ineptly designed gunplay just isn’t enough to make this one a keeper.
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PlayStation 3Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Sorry, GTA IV. I much prefer hanging out with my real friends (who never call up and insist that they’ll stop liking me if I don’t drop what I’m doing and go play darts with them) than with the strangers you offer. And doing chores is enough of a drag in real life; I don’t expect to have to pay for the privilege. Breaking the chores up with the odd bit of ineptly designed gunplay just isn’t enough to make this one a keeper.
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WindowsGame Over Online
I’m sort of at a loss for where to begin my review of GTA 4. I’ve been through so much work and experienced so little of the game, and to this moment it does not run correctly on my machine (even after the Dec 13 patch), that I’m left shaking my head numbly, sort of overwhelmed with the amount of work that Rockstar clearly did to get this game to the consoles, and yet porting to the PC market it seems like they did almost nothing at all, and the result is a game that for vast numbers of people simply does not work. I think the only way to convey my experience is to run through it as it happened to me.