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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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A few minor faults fail to put a dent in GTA IVs armour. A must buy.
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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heroes 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GBase - 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Game 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 !
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!
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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
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.
„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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.