Grand Theft Auto IV - PC

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03 December 2008

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Grand Theft Auto IV is a brand-new adventure in the GTA universe following the experiences of Nikolai "Niko" Bellic, a new immigrant from an undisclosed eastern European country whose troubled past and the persuasion of his cousin Roman have brought him to the fictional Liberty City. Unfortunately, Niko’s search for the American Dream and a much-needed fresh start, hits an immediate snag when the rags to riches story Roman spun to pique Niko's interest is exposed as not only a complete fabrication, but a ploy to enlist Niko’s well-known skills as a tough guy against the ample list of enemies clamouring for Roman’s debt-ridden blood. Because Roman is the only person Niko knows in Liberty City he begrudgingly accepts his role as Roman’s protector despite the deception. But as time goes on Niko comes into his own, and his experience on the wrong side of the tracks proves more valuable than he could have ever imagined.

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by Rockstar Games
Release Date: 24/05/2002

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The Grand Theft Auto PC franchise rose to popularity among gamers, because of its different style of game approach. The changes and additions in the new game is a big step forward for the innovation aspect of the game. This new game has departed from the common challenges of such things as helicopter missions or low-rider matches. It now focuses on much more realistic aspects and the game presents a more sensitive approach that brings maturity to the GTA world, as well as into the real world. And the more exciting feature is it has now a capacity of 32 players that can play in multiplayer.

It still has the same story line, of course – that is, it is a tale of Niko Bellic as the center of attraction, with his powerful conviction that helps him survive the cut throat environment in Liberty City; a city that thrives on organized crime. The game particularly revolves in moving up through the lists of criminals. Niko Bellic is not the typical badass represented in other GTA series. He is focused on getting what he wants. He may seem coldblooded and act like a ruthless criminal at times (it’s actually your choice if you want him to be that) but you may choose to ease up things and make him mellow a little. Niko acts in a reprehensible manner, but he maintains his own set of principles and codes; and that is how he operates. The game has really evolved; yet there’s still more room for improvements and changes.

Among the noticeable additions is the much improved resolution of the game’s appearance, especially the buildings and infrastructure. Also, there is now a “retry” option when you fail a certain quest, where you don’t lose any of your weapons.

A number of missions frequently break down into the initial segment before it escalates into the exciting part; which can be tedious as it means you have to repeat a lot of the hefty challenges. Luckily, the controls aren’t as much of a headache as before. The PC version allows you several choices – you can use a game pad, which handles vehicles better; or a mouse and keyboard, which are great for aiming and shooting, even in moving cars. Rockstar has definitely done a great job here as you can easily toggle from one control to the other.

The missions are very impressive and go quite well along the context of the whole narrative and centered on the game’s initial direction. However, the game’s trial and error aspect remains the same’ which usually leads to some blown missions. It may be viewed by newbies to the game as part of the challenge but it’s a constant frustration for the veterans.

The storyline of the game is much more detailed. There are focused moments that GTA series has been known for; which, thankfully, you can now save and recreate to savor later with the F2 button of the PC version. It allows you to sum up all those quirky yet memorable scenes you encounter in the world of GTA.

One major addition to the series is the online play, which has been expanded with a larger limit in the PC version - absolutely much better in its functionality! The multiplayer is undoubtedly a strong aspect of the game and gives the players the freedom to roam Liberty City online. In addition, the game’s visuals and sound setups are so amazingly stunning to let you experience the perfect game.

Rockstar created a totally magnificent game but the downside of this game is that it needs a more powerful computer. The game requires Core 2 Quad 2.40 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 768 MB GeForce 8800 GTX with Vista 32. If your PC specs are below these requirements, technical problems may appear, particularly in the aspect of graphics and resolutions. Rockstar made this game with the idea of creating a perfect game; indeed it is near-perfect for the most part; unfortunately it still gets stuck on some cracks from past versions. All in all, though, this is really one heck of a great game. Just make sure you have a high-powered system for better experience and performance.

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