Review by EpicKingdom_

"Grand theft auto IV: Realism is best!"

After two years of it's release I decide to make a review after playing this game for the fourteenth time. Grand theft auto four is one of the best out there due to it's depth of realism and feel of a never sleeping city! This game is really something to experience with our current generation of games!

Storyline 9 out of 10.

Grand Theft Auto IV follows the story of Niko Bellic, a human trafficker, smuggler, and veteran of the Bosnian War, who is haunted by the betrayal of his army unit by one of its own during the war. After a smuggling run he is running goes bad, Niko leaves Eastern Europe to escape the anger of his employer, Ray Bulgarin. Eventually, under persuasion from his cousin Roman, Niko comes to Liberty City, where he hopes to pursue the American Dream as well as find the man he blames for betraying his old army unit: Florian Cravic, who he has learned lives in the city. After his arrival, however, Niko quickly learns that Roman's tales of riches and luxury were lies concealing Roman's struggles with gambling debts and loan sharks. Niko soon finds out that the American dream is set far from is reach, first he will have to work his way to the top the dirty way putting him into decisions he doesn't like causing friends and enemies of all kinds. Grand Theft Auto IV takes place in a redesigned version of Liberty City consisting of four boroughs, based on four of the boroughs of New York City. Broker is the equivalent of Brooklyn; Queens is Dukes; The Bronx is Bohan and Manhattan is Algonquin. Adjacent to the city is the independent state of Alderney, based on Northern New Jersey and named after a Channel Island.

Game play 8 out of 10.

The game play itself is jaw dropping just because of it's (once again) realism. You really do not even know what realism can be until you have played this game. Car crashes actually would give you the chills and executing someone with a gun shot to their head will make you feel guilty, no joke. As for the city, things are just unbelievably realistic. There is so much detail you really feel like your in a never sleeping city. It has it all. Broken down neighborhoods, the high wealth residential towers, suburbs, carnival dock's, store's, entertainment show's, bar's, highway's, trains, pedestrians doing there own thing like chatting with others on a bench, walking and drinking something, it's doesn't sound so amazing but with all of it into put together it's amazing! All of that was just a sample of the detail because there is so much more to even explain to you. Moving on.

Much like its predecessors, the core gameplay of Grand Theft Auto IV consists of giving the player a large, open world environment in which to move around freely. On foot, the player character can walk, run, jump, climb over obstacles and swim, as well as use weapons and perform basic hand-to-hand combat. Players can steal and drive a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, boats, helicopters, and motorcycles. Grand Theft Auto IV takes advantage of Natural Motion's Euphoria engine, which combines artificial intelligence, bio-mechanics and physics to make NPC behaviour and movement adaptive and more realistic.

The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game. Although storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game and unlock certain content and parts of the city, they are not required, as players can complete them at their own leisure. When not attempting a storyline mission, players can free-roam, giving them the ability to do activities. Side missions such as locating and destroying criminals in the police database or participating in street races can keep the player occupied for long hours.

Gunfights in GTA IV are conducted using a third-person system. The player can slide to cover system, target a specific person, blind fire, and free aim. Individual body parts can also be targeted to give a statistical edge. When firing weapons once again the realism strikes at you. Firing off sniper rounds from the top of a building are plain loud and spooky.

The downside to Grand theft auto IV's game play is when compared to San Adrea's it lacks "extra things to do" like odd jobs. Although this game does have em but just not as many as San Adrea's did. Things to do within Liberty city range from hanging out with storyline friends like your cousin roman, take him to play pool, go bowling, see a show or enter a strip club. Take any friend or girlfriend and build up their liking towards you and gain special treatment like Roman's taxi services (which are pointless since this city already contains millions of taxi's) or have gun's delivered from Little Jacob or escort services in Brucie's helicopter and more. (All available from gain of respect through hanging out or completing odd jobs requested by your friends). Odd job's consist of Assassin/Car jacking missions from an unknown contractor, races and more car thefts arranged by your friend Brucie, Drug selling requested from Little Jacob, and a little bit more. Way small in comparison to the amount of things San Adrea's offered. Also hidden packages are now known as flying rats (pigeons) that are scattered everywhere and amass to two hundred of them!

Graphics 10 out of 10.

I pretty much spoiled this section of the review with my descriptions of how realistic this game is in my earlier parts of this review. But like I said. It's so real and unbelievable. The city is feels like it's actually alive.

Sound 8 out of 10.

Liberty City is serviced by 18 radio stations, three of which are talk radio stations. The other stations feature music from a large range of genres. There are notable inclusions to the game's soundtrack, such as tracks from Jean Michel Jarre, Genesis, David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, The Sisters of Mercy, Seryoga, Bob Marley, Don Omar, The Who, Electric Light Orchestra, Queen, Black Sabbath, Philip Glass, Simian Mobile Disco, Nas, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, R. Kelly, Lloyd, Miles Davis, Loose Ends, Elton John, ZZ Top, R.E.M., MC Lyte and Barry White.

+ Realistic detail within city makes it alive 24/7.
+ Realistic physics in all aspects, car crashes, driving, firefights etc.
+ Storyline is phenomenal.
+ Lengthy storyline for first play through.
+ Characters all have a good vibe and attaches you to them in a way.

- Lack of things to do in comparison to what San Adrea's gave us.
- Lack of variety and spice to weapons. (Although what we have is good, but there could of always been tons more)
- Once the game is completed and it get's boring to play after awhile.

Final Verdict: You must buy this game if your a collector of PS3 games and at least rent if you just wanna quick experience. Either way you will be satisfied and once you are there are two more episodes of Liberty city you can check out (The lost & Damned and The ballad of gay Tony which are stand alone expansions)

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/14/10

Game Release: Grand Theft Auto IV (US, 04/29/08)

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