What does the American dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and get dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't.
to me this game really defines a true Grand Theft Auto experience. from a small time crook slowly climbing up to the top into a successful criminal and terminate anyone who get's in your way, and there was a lot of conflict and surprising events throughout the whole story.
besides the story of the game, this is the first GTA game on the HD universe so this is a rather special one because of it's revolutionary leap from GTA:SA to this, like GTA III first appear on the 3D universe. The Graphics are not bad compare to any other games but what we get instead is the brilliant gameplay that GTA:IV delivers also the character Niko Bellic is a very unusual compare to any other GTA protagonist. Through out the whole game i have a feel for Niko, little by little pieces of the puzzle started to come together and revealed a lot to tell about the character's background.
and nowadays GTA:IV can even look better than GTA V with the ENB mod community providing different presets according to your liking/taste and graphic card capabilities and tons of vehicle mods and scripts to complete your GTA experience whether to make it more realistic or more fun to play. overall it's a brilliant game sadly Niko Bellic wouldn't be appearing in any other Grand Theft Auto series until Rockstar have found a new replacement for the voice acting of Niko Bellic
Niko Bellic is faar way my favourite character after Carl Johnson appears on GTA:SA
GTA 4 is a almost perfect game, but GTA 5 is the best and perfect.
The story is almost like a drama, but i almost spent time on free roam always, the cover system unlike in its rival Saints Row and its prequels. The vehicles are some kinda like in 2001 because there are few sports cars, and the Infernus is a great replacement to be replaced as a modern sports car such as Gallardo, and when Roman says that you cannot cross the bridges in the early game this is due to 9/11!!
I recommend you to mod this game to enjoy with! The graphics are ok to me but it will be good when you use ENB Series, it will be outstanding and a (almost) perfect views!
Some say that aircrafts should be pilotable in the game but the map is small for it, but no offense if you hated me because of this. :(
The ending is so very dramatic, there are two decisions, one is to make Jimmy to kill Kate or a hitman hired by Dmitri to kill your cousin.
I like the more realistic tone of the game to be honest, it brought me back to GTA since the early days (the first GTA I remember, the ones that came after it lost me and haven't gotten me back since). I guess I was a sucker for the 8-bit/16-bit games. There wasn't enough about those games to consider investing all the time that would require running around the world.
Niko as a character I can't really relate to, eventhough I understand his motivations, his character is referred to every once and a while. That he survived a war where he had to kill many people.
But it's clear the game is trying to make him the good guy, his morals are clear, he fights whenever there is a something worthwhile fighting. Either for money or saving innocent people. But when he has to mow down cops or get shot while committing crimes it creates a disconnect. So players would have to play in such a way as to not kill cops in order to justify the characterisation were are given..
It's odd to say the least but I suppose its better than giving us a character without any clear defined traits...
I think that GTA was better when it made us play as psychopaths because atleast then not only would the characters be more interesting but there wouldn't be a disconnect between the player & character..
..or they could make the penalties for firing at cops much higher in order to discourage it from happening.
+Niko is defined character that I suppose some people may sympathise with
+Probably the first GTA game where the graphics are fantastic.
+Cars, cars, cars.
+Modding community. they had to create their own mod tools but still, they have kept the game alive way past its date
+Fire fights. Plenty of bad guys to gun down.
-Theres no justification for committing the crimes the game pits us to given the character we are playing as.. killing someone because your boss told you. Killing cops in order to get away.
-Theres not much to do in such a big city, the same problem the previous games had
Cool game, as the other GTAs, but not as cool as the previous ones.
- what you'll find in any other GTA
- the humor is there, most of the NPCs have charism, the story is quite rich (basically: nice long cutscenes)
- clear improvement concerning the engine, especially for physics and movements, but the actual two only fun new things there are:
1- the ability to use guns from cars in about any direction. Makes the car pursuits much funnier than in the previous games.
2- accidents. I always laugh when Niko gets ejected from his car, shouting.
- poor optimizing.
- enemies on radar. Probably the worst thing in modern gaming.
- most of the missions the player will fail won't be failed because of their difficulty (the missions are too easy), but because of stupid unpredictable behavior (such as starting a roll after a 10cm jump at the top of a building and finishing like a pizza on the ground).
- all the pseudo-social stuff (friends and lovers) is just plain boring. Always the same thing, and it never stops. Don't want to do it? Everybody will hate you and you'll loose some bonuses.
- the other cars keep changing lane for no reason, and that sort of detail can get pretty annoying.
Not as good as gta sa. The graphics were pretty damn good compared to the rest of the series not counting gta V. The overall story was good. Less repetitive gameplay could've really improved the game.
The atmosphere of the game is dark and cold which i didn't like much, but really great character design. The internet in that game is insane i say the same for the television.