| If you’re one of the millions of people who bought Grand Theft Auto IV yesterday you already know the truth: The game rocks! The open world of Liberty City is the perfect place to do just about anything, from bowling and going out on dates to committing seriously violent crimes and establishing yourself as the next big crime boss. If rave reviews from the gaming community and its record-breaking sales aren’t enough to get you interested in this game, maybe this review will. WARNING: This game has an M (Mature) rating by ESRB and is only suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
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Based on the eight hours of play I put in yesterday (I wish it were more) it’s easy to say Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV is the best game of 2008 so far, and it might just be game of the year. Further game play is required of course, but I’m looking forward to it. If you’re interested in sandbox-style games where you can go anywhere and do almost anything, you should definitely check this out…especially if you’re into “a bit of the old ultra violence”. It’s no secret that the GTA series is all about sex, drugs and violence. You can carjack any vehicle on the road, blow up cop cars, run down innocent civilians, make drug deals, have sex with beautiful women, etc. Almost anything you want. While that’s fun and all, the best parts of the game are the interesting characters you interact with and the extensive soundtrack that you control via radio stations. Hearing really good old and new songs in the game makes you feel like you’re in a real movie, which intensifies the realistic quality of gameplay and makes the game extremely exciting. Click here for a list of songs on the game.I also played some multi-player games online with some friends and that was loads of fun too. The cops and robbers mode was thrilling as me and my friends (as the cops) piled into a single vehicle and chased the evil boss and his gang around the city…to kill him of course. If it sounds violent and over the top it is. But for a gamer like me it’s a welcome addition to my video game collection.
Here’s the game summary from Rockstar Games:What does the American Dream mean today? For Niko Bellic, fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape 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 are 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. Developed by Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto IV is now available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.