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Grand Theft Auto IV

Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games
29 April 2008
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An Eastern European immigrant named Niko Bellic arrives in Liberty City after hearing stories of his cousin Roman's wealth and success while living in the United States, only to find his sleazy relative working in a taxi company, living in a rundown apartment and entangled in massive debts with the mafia. Niko then delves into the criminal underworld of Liberty City to free his cousin from his debts and eventually earn his keep.
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I'm going to have to forego a substantial review of the gameplay at hand here because you are mostly subjected to similar go-here-and-shoot-all-the-guys errand running, and the mission design is greatly outmatched by games made both before and after this installment of the same franchise.

My main concern with this game and a reason I have great admiration for it is the narrative, mainly viewed from my perspective and context as a resident of the same banished part of the world as our Hero here, Niko. The brilliance of the writing of this game are exasperated by (to the outsider) seemingly absurd hopelessness of Niko and his more settled in counterpart, Roman. Such an inexplicable and constant sense of it may seem as a device used to stretch the edginess of the story, but is an all too familiar disease, hardwired into the mindset of a group of peoples that have been displaced, raped, bombed and torn apart from the direction of all 4 axis of the compass (look up the word Balkanization), for centuries, whos own family relations are based on sickly manipulation based on codependency, and conditioned selfishness (watch: The Marathon Family) which ultimately led to depravities unbeknownst to all of them committed to their very own siblings, who have suffered the same fate as them perpetually.

Niko and Roman were born out of this depravity. Many in the same boat as him have witnessed horrors best left unannounced happen to their very dearest. A human left to exist in such circumstances are only left to be conditioned by them, to be chopped into a disfiguration of a human being that, in a video game context, can easily be interpreted as another edgy male protagonist with a dark past that is a trope you all know has been tried ad nauseam. But Niko is much more than that, and the mirror of his being beaming into our own world is a projection so strong that this might as well be mine, or my friends, or my cousin's father for all I know. Niko is real, and there are many Nikos living on this Earth right now, with the details swapped out.

Niko and Roman are situated in a Point Nemo, so impossibly far away from content or joy, but have both found some sort of depraved goal within the chaos. Roman, settled into American society, has bought into the usual trite vices of an average New Yorkian: women, money, the American Dream which is, of course, refuted in a very Balkan way by Niko in casual dialogue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HthXI7B4NW8). Niko is of course, driven by revenge; but this revenge is not any sort of avenue for solace or joy: neither the journey nor the destination bring any happiness to Niko, the 'goal' serving only as a driving force to even keep living at all, a desperate reach into giving everything meaning and conclusiveness which is never given to him.

The biggest curveball of the writing and the most impressive from an objective standpoint is the inverse revenge story. From the beginning up until this point the entire narrative focused on pushing towards this goal that Niko is seeking to attain, and when the payoff is finally offered to him... He can't do it. You're not supposed to kill Darko of course, which is exemplified by the game having Niko and Roman be in a slightly better mood if you decide to go for the de facto canon decision here. Everyone knows, as does Niko himself, that nothing would change if he killed Darko. "Only those who die get closure, the living do not." Indeed. No matter how much you get fucked over, at least in these parts you know that there was at least some, if ever so miniscule, reason for them doing it while in search of a way out, and there is always the thought that some twisted aspect of your own being would've done the same if given the right circumstances. This feeling is further exasperated by Darko himself, with the questions posed by Darko as to how much of a hypocrite Niko is. "How much do you charge for a life?". Niko is then awash with questions of his own corruption, and how much it was affected by the things he had seen and lived through.

In midst of all the hopelessness, the only joy Niko and Roman find is momentary respite from tragedy. No matter if he chooses to forego his morals or not, Niko is once again given a harsh reminder of the curse laid upon him since birth and the knowledge of the possibility of anything going wrong at any moment. The ending is victorious; yet bitter, a fleetingly pretty concept used by none other than Šijan himself.


Jesus. The way I've written this all up this seems like the bleakest fucking game of all time. But you must remember that this is only one dimension of the writing here, this is only the Black without the Comedy. Like Šijan's opuses, GTA IV is a black comedy. A hilarious and gritty universe, that features a hysterically tragic story - once you decide to unwrap it from the veil of comedy.
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Probably my favorite game ever
If this game isn't my favorite,then is at least top 3 and i am pretty sure that this isn't gonna change in a long time.

I adore this game because is not only the best gta in terms of gameplay and graphics,it is by far the best gta history and characters.

basically,is the best game of the best franchise of videogames ever.
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ciruelaman 2022-01-22T17:15:59Z
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Hands down the greatest GTA and the only one that hasn't aged poorly. Gone is the obtuse, rough around the edges game design of the previous entries. Nearly every possible QOL fix you had wished were in the previous games is here. Never had there been a city as well designed as this one, and to this day it holds up better than the majority of western/sandbox games thanks to its excellent physics which add a dynamic sense of weight, and a focus on immersion with social/life sim aspects that were sorely missed in its milked to death successor.
The characters are the most loveable, and realised out of the series. The writing as a whole, while not perfect, balances seriousness and humour perfectly in a way that San Andreas came close to, and which "V" abandoned with its lack of focus and try hard approach.
I'll admit I'm a little biased as I grew up playing this game, but I never have any less of a good time returning to this game unlike every other GTA.
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This is such a great game, best character development in GTA universe (?)
Roman is such a great side character. "Hey, Niko. Let's go bowling" is such an iconic quote.

Even though the quality is not that high, it is such a realistic game. The driving in this game is already iconic.

The only flaw is the missions are sometimes boring and repetitive.
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This really hasn't aged well for me because of how barebones and basic the levels are, go there shoot this chase this guy in a car chase repeat over and over. The level of satire is kinda annoying in this game where I wish it was just played straight or Saints Row goofy style but it kinda hangs in the middle and bums me out. This also goes for the map itself, grey and grey on top of more grey only time the map really looks good is when its at sunset. The biggest positive of this game is having the best soundtrack choice and variety, Jazz Funk, Electro House, AMBIENT (fun fact this game introduced me 2 aphex twin) and even New York Hardcore, it really is the best soundtrack 80s nerds don't @ me. In conclusion I'd say I don't have any motivation to complete this one again.
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sanakan 2021-06-28T19:00:17Z
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É um GTA muito diferente de outros. Dirigir não é divertido, a vingança no clímax tem gosto amargo e Liberty City nunca foi tão cinza. E que protagonista melhor para encaixar nesse universo que um imigrante perseguido pela máfia russa? GTA IV é multiculturalista, denso e tem Three Leaf Clover.

Mas não é tão bom quanto eu lembrava e muito menos perfeito. A história sofre um belo baque quando o jogo te força a se importar com o interesse amoroso do Niko, e no geral é menos bem escrita em seu ato final.
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tinchou Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-16T06:10:56Z
2022-08-16T06:10:56Z
4.0
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Coins95 Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-15T20:18:21Z
2022-08-15T20:18:21Z
3.5
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cloudydonut Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-15T14:37:55Z
2022-08-15T14:37:55Z
4.5
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mozuynuk Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-15T13:07:53Z
2022-08-15T13:07:53Z
4.5
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razerplease Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-15T06:20:23Z
2022-08-15T06:20:23Z
4.5
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RedMorley Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-14T10:49:22Z
2022-08-14T10:49:22Z
3.0
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lightgrenades Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-14T05:47:17Z
2022-08-14T05:47:17Z
3.0
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stealmycorpse Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-13T08:15:22Z
2022-08-13T08:15:22Z
3.5
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man19572160 Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-13T01:56:16Z
2022-08-13T01:56:16Z
4.0
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lmaobox Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-12T16:39:03Z
2022-08-12T16:39:03Z
4.0
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nick_winkler Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-12T10:52:54Z
2022-08-12T10:52:54Z
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bleakage Grand Theft Auto IV 2022-08-11T20:22:32Z
2022-08-11T20:22:32Z
5.0
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ESRB: M
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1-16 players
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1x Blu-ray
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Cooperative , Deathmatch / FFA, Team play
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  • I0000days 2022-04-14 15:31:28.968493+00
    Try the DXVK method if you have stuttering / frame drops.
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  • alliterativeAlpinist 2022-05-12 07:01:03.112658+00
    Does anyone else count Electro-Choc among the top GTA radio stations?
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  • DaymanNightman 2022-05-31 02:21:41.743106+00
    Open world game devs, including modern Rockstar, wish they could make a location that feels as lived-in and immersive as GTA IV's LC
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  • cosmicjoke_astronomer 2022-06-10 19:26:39.445778+00
    IV has the best protagonist, best story, and best physics of the GTA series
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  • NickFerrant 2022-06-11 12:13:48.33053+00
    Agreed. I'd say it also has the best city. Of course this game's open world is not as good as gta 5 but the rendition of liberty city in gta IV is definitely my favourite one in the franchise.
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  • yungbono 2022-07-10 15:02:53.978152+00
    damn i wish rockstar cared about this game
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    • DaymanNightman 2022-07-11 10:14:18.162398+00
      Apparently they were planning to remaster both this and RDR but due to the GTA Trilogy fiasco they moved resources to developing GTA 6
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  • khaledo 2022-08-08 15:44:45.377185+00
    not necessarily a terrible game but the fact that every car in this game handles like a 98 ford ranger with broken power steering brings it down a lot, u probably spend at least 70% of the time ur playing this game driving a car and the driving is genuinely painful
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    • synden 2022-08-14 20:06:28.241608+00
      more like they handle like normal cars
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