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Review - Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA4) - ROTM May 2008
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Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA4)
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Platform: Console
Genre Category: N/A
Date of Release: April 29th, 2008
ESRB: M
Publisher: Take-Two
Developer: Rockstar
Rating: A
Official Site URL: www.rockstargames.com/IV/

Grand Theft Auto IV is the latest and greatest out of the whole GTA series. In chronological order here’s the list of games through their histories and systems they were played on:
  • Grand Theft Auto (PSone/PC/Dreamcast - Released in October of 1997)
  • Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (PSone/PC - Released in April of 1999)
  • Hand Theft Auto (GameBoy Color in 1999)
  • Grand Theft Auto 2 (PSone/PC/Dreamcast – Released in October of 1999)
  • Grand Theft Auto III [3] (PS2/PC/Xbox – Released in October of 2001)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2/PC/Xbox – Released in October of 2002)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2/PC/Xbox – Released in October of 2004)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP/PS2 – Released in October of 2005)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP/PS2 – Released in October of 2006)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360/PS3 – Released in Late April 2008)


Ok since we’ve got the whole history listed behind us we will continue with the other essential aspects that make GTAIV shine!


Introduction:
For those who love shooters with an ultra exemplified storyline, GTAIV is for you. I’ve played GTA2, GTAIII, VC, and San Andreas during the beginning of my gaming life and I hope to launch past future releases to come. Published by Take-Two Studios and developed by the company Rockstar, gamers have come across one of the most stunning and expanded series yet. Since my Primary is now the obvious as of April 29th, 2008 I have decided to take the glory and excitement to put forth my effort into Consoles once more and illustrate my ideas, concerns, opinions, and favorites of last of the franchise. Or is it not?

Plot/Storyline/Setting:


Niko Bellic travels from war-torn Eastern Europe in search of the American Dream. In return he receives complete doubt to accomplish it. Liberty City (Actual New York City) becomes ridden with pests and credit card thieves, hobos and upper-class businessmen. Niko is pulled into the vortex of society where he must survive to see the American Dream come true. He needs to acquire money and status to live in America correctly

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(This is the scenery directly on the curb of the Broker Bridge.)
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(Above is a church located in the heart of Liberty City.)


This'll be Niko's future Girlfriend:
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Vehicles: (These images are small for a reason because it would take too long to load on slower machines.)

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Albany Blista -------- Taxi ---------------- Aston Martin ---------- DB9 Clover


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Comet ---------------- Corvette ---------------- Feltzer ---------------- Idaho


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Infernus ---------------- Karin Dilettante -----Land Stalker ----- MTL Flatbed Semi



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MTL Packer Semi ----------- Rumpo ---------------- Sentinel ---------------- NRG 900F

Who knows what vehicle suits your taste. You hardcore sports car fans might go for the Infernus or the Comet. Comparing the speed between the two…. Infernus wins but the handling definitely throws maneuvering traffic a fastball on this one. Most vehicles in this game are much, much heavier than previous titles. Handling isn’t as great because of the inertia and weight they inherit. Turn into the curb or put on all of the brakes for a change.
Don't worry; there are boats for your cruising pleasure. A few of these go high speed!

Weaponry:
Melee/Misc.:
Bulletproof Vests: So help you god if you aren’t equipped with one of these. More than likely the damage sustained but a bullet or concussion will be suppressed by the compact materials of the vest.
Fists/High Kick: Everyone and anyone have these, never leave home without these or you’re dead meat, literally! Also kick the living snot out of your opponents and don’t let get back up again!
Baseball Bat: The trusty wooden or aluminum baseball bat returns for a head beating. Bash open car windows or shunt the enemy into submission.
Pistols:
Glock: This is the cheapest and most used pistol in the game. In Multiplayer this gun is equipped at all times unless the ammo runs out. Cops under the Wanted Level 1 or 2 would be seen carrying this.
Silenced Pistol: Splinter Cell combined with GTA? Sounds like a plan to pop heads and click loose necks even under the cover of silence.
Desert Eagle (Nickname: Deagle): Powerful and highly effective. Not much else I can say.
Machine Guns/Sniper Rifles, etc.:
Micro-Uzi: This gun is mainly used in drive-by attempts and purposes. The Micro-Uzi also comes in handy when you’re at close range to a target and what not. The Mini-Uzi can be used in a vehicle as well.
MP5: This is one of my all time favorites. Whenever I’m roaming the streets of Liberty City I’ll look for one of these guns to use in my vehicle.
AK-47: Avtomat Kalashnikov 1947, made by the Soviet Union, handled by Niko Bellic from Russia. I hope the similarity makes more sense than common sense.
M4 Carbine: Great for anti-Cop or SWAT operations. It’s when the tough gets going the going gets tough.
Remington 870: This is firepower at its greatest in close quarters combat.
Spas-12: The Spas-12 is always the better half of shotguns when it comes to pumping lead buck shells into Police and SWAT members. In Free Roam you can obtain this weapon by advancing towards the third wanted level and beyond. Just be careful though you may get owned unexpectedly by the Law!
Sawed-Off Shotgun: Make it quick and accurate as this shotty will not only deplete the ammo inside of it but instead decrease the time to react in a firefight.
PSG-1 Sniper Rifle: Ever wanted those deadly, perfect, circular holes pinpointed at the enemies’ head? A professional sniper may be able to fire a round or two more efficiently than the novice.
RPG (Rocket Launcher): Man this beast and slam your opponents into submission! This weapon is really hard to find but once it’s possessed the user will be unstoppable.
The Game in General and My Opinions:

God forbid that this is one of the best console games out there. I would determine this as epic; transforming from the start of GTA to GTA2 of the 2d world. Then it kept on moving from GTA2 to GTA3 of the 3d world. From GTA3 to GTAIV the company Rockstar has made a complete improvement on tweaks and bugs that irritated the PS2 and Xbox players. Maybe there wasn’t any bugs, but all in all the Xbox 360 and PS3 has evolved the gamers based on realistic capabilities and the multiplayer additions.

Missions/Tasks: GTAIV was designed for open-world and uptight missions that didn’t require you to choose a path and follow it through. These missions are spread out instead of being lodged onto an exceptional linear boring storyline. At the very start of a mission a cut scene would play thus leading onto actual game graphics instead of a digitally enhanced and developer made animations. Dev animations consist of green screens with real people standing in the foreground while the graphic artists render beautifully detailed backgrounds.


Sounds/Audio Effects: Sound quality dramatically increased. You’ll be immersed and swimming with the surround sound features. Car brakes, bustling traffic, splashing water rounding a speedboat were many examples of differentiating sound effects.

Multiplayer: Never has GTA acquired such a phenomenal multiplayer aspect based on 15 exciting game modes. Here’s a list of each (some, but not all) and the description associated with them:
  • Deathmatch/Team Deathmatch: Refer to this as free-for-all killing sprees or an all out manslaughtering field. The opposite gametype has two teams and you know… Both fight for the highest amount of kills and whoever reached the limit first wins the match. It’s very simple.
  • Free Roam: Explore Liberty City under no restraints and roll over as many grandmas as you can. In Liberty City’s world you may go rampant driving a fire truck into hordes of traffic, race back and forth swerving the cops that you’ve tagged earlier, and pilot helicopters onto the Statue of Happiness (Statue of Liberty in NYC.)
  • Race/GTA Race: There’s two optional versions to decide upon, Race and GTA Race. Guess what, Race is just as simple to lap around a track designated with an accented line to follow. For the GTA Race guns are now available for use. Is somebody making you positively outraged? The twist of positioning your selected vehicle over the weapon on the tracks and attaining grenades or an SMG could actually save your position on the track. Once you fall behind the chances of making it to the finish line before the other players is obviously slim to none depending on the distance between the vehicles.
  • Mafiya & Team Mafiya Work: In Mafiya Work all the players except one are sent on a job to finish, specifically a task to eliminate somebody. Players who were following the requested job then succeed gaining points each time.
  • Hangman’s Noose: When you start the mission you’ll be faced with escorting a mobster to somewhere on the map. The rest of the players in game become Police Officers. You must reach the target before the police kill you and/or the mobster.
  • Cops and Crooks: Same old same old hide and seek. There are two sub-modes which you can select from: All for One and One for All.
    In All for One you have one team who are the Crooks involving a Boss. The opposite team is contrived of the Police, therefore they must evade being busted or killed.
    Flip All with One you shift it to One for All. Inside this sub-mode you’ll have to stick together without a boss, forever. Just survive and make the jump to a Getaway vehicle (Van, Boat, Helicopter or the basic car) You must and I mean must survive as there’s no respawns allowed while the game is in progress.
  • Bomb da Base: Similar to GTAIII where needed to contact 8-Ball and concoct a bomb and take to a certain destination to detonate. You may travel alternate ways to the target or have an escort cover your rear. Load up on ammo and reserves; you’ll need them to survive the trip across Liberty City. I’m not exactly sure what the second Bomb da Base is.
  • Team Car Jack City: Hijack a car designated by Mr. Petrovik and transfer it to the target without major damages to the vehicle. You may even be smuggling drugs throughout Liberty City and not know how much of the law is on your tail!
  • Turf War: The Russians against the Jamaicans are vying to capture as many CP’s and money as they can. Turf War may also be called Capture the Flag but there is no flag, just a miniature circle which the members of the team should stand on to cap. It’s hell trying to journey around Liberty City without the fact that the gangs resemble territorial warmongers. In addition to capping a piece of turf the more gang members in the circle the speedier the process becomes.

Ratings (10 out of 10 scale):


Sound Effects: 9.8/10
Graphic Design: 10/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Multiplayer: 7/10 “Multiplayer could’ve been modified so it wouldn’t disconnect during a match. Loads of people who bought GTAIV just for this aspect got minimal quality of connection apparatus’s. Everything else is fine.”
Single player: 9/10 “No loading screens! Yes! Finally I game where I don’t chew my nails on!”


Additional and Optional Ratings and Comments:

Game Battles: The sections will probably have a hard time managing a game night or match against another gang. The Game Champions and/or Majors have to be prepared for such competition or at least gained experience with GB beforehand.

Communication: Personally I can’t even talk in game without another player shouting over me. If you join any of our sections, 360 or PS3 please refrain from swearing and excessive talking, hardworking members of those sections need concentration to play properly!

Overall: The game has its ups and downs but the majority of the buyers who were fans of the previous titles sought something newer. This is what they got and I really hope they enjoy it!

Grand Theft Auto IV breaks Guinness Book of World Records over Halo 3. I’m sorry to drag you away from the previous record with Halo 3.

Here are the statistics from each and how they compare:

Halo 3
Release Date: September 25th, 2007
Sales in Duration: $170 Million in 24 hours

GTAIV
Release Date: April 29th, 2008
Sales in Duration: $310 Million in 24 hours, $500 Million in first week.


Awesome isn’t it!

Notes: This preview was typed out completely by me, no copy pasta into context, just flat out explanations and opinions of the game. This might have been submitted earlier but computer problems persisted throughout a week or so. Thank god this was backed up on another hard drive or this wouldn’t be here at all!

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Too bad this lady wasn't included with the enjoyment of the game and the review!



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Here's a review on a game no one has ever heard of, it's silly why anyone would write something on it.

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Nice review flashbak i mainly agree with your ratings except for the single player that was one of the best i have ever played, gameplay 9 and multiplayer i completely agree. I get disconnected from my party so many times its not funny anymore. BTW whose that girl in the yellow.




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No clue just added her for the sex appeal. The girl on the bottom is from the OC?



 
 
 

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Rachel Bilson is hot!

This is a top quality review and me only just buying the game thought this summed up the game perfectly.

Me myself love great story lines and hopefully this will have a great one, but of course who doesn't like walking around the streets bashing the shit out of strangers (they have however made it harder in this one to do so).

Good job mate, 9.5/10 on review.

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Not bad! I beg to differ tho on the multiplayer, i've only been disconected 3 times sense i got it at release.



 
 
 

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Nice review! Well done!



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