Grand Theft Auto IV was a massive hit with the critics earlier on the consoles. Players were not quite as enthusiastic - 10/10s and 100% scores were deemed to be overkill. GTA IV was a good game, but not that good. Still, even the most jaded players had to admit - GTA IV was a massive game made on a massive budget and it showed, pushing the envelope of what's possible on the consoles. PC versio 2209 n was almost certain even before it was officially announced, but Rockstar sure took their sweet time with it. And, unfortunately, it seems that the holidays arrived too early for Rockstar and GTA IV PC.
In case you have lived under a rock for the past year, Grand Theft Auto IV tells the story of Niko Bellic, a slavic tough guy that arrives to America to start over. His cousin Roman has already lived in Liberty City for many years and told the family back home how he was living the "American Dream". When Niko arrives, it turns out those stories were just that - stories. In reality Roman is running a little cab service and living in a small run-down apartment - and he's knee deep in trouble with loan sharks and other thugs. Still, the dream is alive.
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When Roman's stories about condos and women don't pan out, Niko quickly ends up doing what Niko is good at - crime. At first, small jobs for local 2-bit thugs or helping out cousin Roman - and to make some money. Events quickly get a bit out of hand and in short order Niko ends up doing business with pretty much every criminal in the city, leaving a trail of dead bodies along the way. It's all about the money and the American Dream. The story has some twists and turns that are fairly entertaining and eventually we get some revenge tossed in to the mix as well - it seems that while Niko wants a new start, he also wants to deal with some old ghosts.
Liberty City is a suitably twisted version of New York and you can recognize many landmarks and details as you drive around. The attention to detail is incredible, yet it all leaves you wanting for even more. I'm firmly convinced that any game aiming for absolute realism will always look a little off, and GTA IV is no different. Still, as a technological achievement, Liberty City of GTA IV is amazing and will remain as a milestone for other developers to match for years to come.
Games: Grand Theft Auto IV
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