Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
FEB 17
GTA IV: The Good, the Bad, and the Future.

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 08:45 PM MDT | By victim
Almost two years after the official release of Grand Theft Auto IV, IGN's Mike Thomsen has written the perfect summary of what makes it the game it is. The article answers important questions: What made people love the game? Why do some fans of the series despise it? And what is the future for Grand Theft Auto?

The article praises the gaim for it's aesthetic appearance, while smashing it for turning "a game about driving and shooting into a satire about the great American delusion." Ultimately crediting the game for the experience that simply driving around Liberty City can deliver.
Niko, Johnny, and Luis are all hopeful characters with some modest goals for the future. Each carries the weight of their tragic flaw in that they've chosen to build their plans for the future on the quicksand of the violent idiots who surround them. They've each put their faith in the worst possible characters, and that misplaced loyalty becomes the turnkey of destruction.

It's frustrating to have such an evocative and open-ended experience suddenly weighted down with the constrictions of episodic television, narrated by the plodding logic of criminals. It's a sharp and uncomfortable waking.

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Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 22
the only thing i agree is that there is no shit to do after completion, (Alteast TLAD and TBOGT were nice)

[ post edited 02-18-2010 04:37 PM by Thegodofskins ]
02-17-2010 09:17 PM
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Registered: Jan 2010
Posts: 3
I'll just post what I commented there:

I would say GTA IV is one of the best games of this decade, easily surpassing all of the older GTA games. It's such an amazing journey, and I personally think the story is incredible, although it's basically just about an exaggerated, almost parody version of the New York City criminal underworld. What I like most about IV over previous GTA installments is its essence of maturity, something that, for me, the older GTAs lacked. In my opinion, it definitely deserved the 10/10, and will probably remain as my favorite game ever made for a long, long time.
02-17-2010 09:43 PM
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Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 4
You know, I rarely see other titles of the same caliber receive the same scrutiny and attention? Call of Duty, BioShock, Resident Evil, Gran Turismo, Assassins Creed, HALO, all of the major AAA titles seem to never receive the same criticism that GTA IV gets on a daily basis by its own fans. There are no perfect games, none, and until I start to see the same fan base bashing on other boards I'll consider all criticism from this point on to be biased.

There's nothing to compare GTA IV to in the gaming industry, its made the biggest leap into the next generation in its series, and its the originator of CSBG, Criminal Sand Box Gaming. Rockstar, keep your employees happy and make another GTA with even more of the same, lets burn out as many of these undercover Saints Row fans as possible.
02-18-2010 01:34 AM
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Registered: Feb 2008
Posts: 62
Ehh, I the episdoes were great.
02-18-2010 01:38 AM

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