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.
My second favorite GTA game has plenty of upsides. The graphics are well made and usually don't saturate the normal functioning of the game. Ambience is also a nice aspect, because both, background and characters, resemble the multiculturalism of New York. Gameplay, as every GTA game, is quite varied, although missions are the most fun in my opinion. The protagonist is not very customizable (as in GTA San Andreas, for example), but the amount and variety of clothes and accesories are adequate. The story is the aspect I most emphasize, because is very intriguing the most of the time, and has the particularity that changes depending of your choices. That is a good reminder that our actions have certain consequences, specially reaching the end of the game. At times can be slow, because some missions feel like if they were filling. But usually reflect the tension between the wish of the american dream and the crime life that lead to more troubles than benefits.
Stand out also features like the cellphone, that registers all of your contacts known through the game, the secondary missions that some of them give you to earn extra money and the random characters dispersed all over the city for you can work. I liked also the variety of cars, and although I have my favorites, all of them look nice (I think because of the graphics). Characters and their stories, as well as the connections between them, is one of the aspects I was most interested.
Overall, GTA IV is a decent game that worth playing. The reasons why I give this an 8 instead of a 10 are rather personal, because, compared to previous games like GTA San Andreas, I think is not as fun as it is.
crappy console port with hundreds of bugs. Not even my mouse works. i tried 3 different mice. they are treated as thumbsticks. well done, Rockstar! lots of patches, none of them fixed any of my problems. I was really ****** (and still am). once you have beaten the game there is nothing to do in liberty city. there are no "activities" as it says on the dvd box. its a dead city.
playing this game with all these bugs and with no properly working mouse was a PAIN.
i spent 1000 hours with this stupid game (800 hours modding, 200 hours playing). i would rate this game 7/10. But since it gets really great once you install the right mods i rate it 8/10.