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Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)

by Take 2 Interactive
Windows Vista
 Ages 18 and Over
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
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  • Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC will feature exclusive details such as:
  • Stunningly detailed, high-resolution graphics
  • 32-person multiplayer with Custom Matching for an optimized experience
  • The ability to customize a radio station using your personal mp3s via the new radio station, Independence FM on the Liberty City radio dial.

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001EO74NW
  • Item Weight: 59 g
  • Release Date: 3 Dec 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,742 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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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 get dragged in 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.

Beginning with the 1997 release of the original Grand Theft Auto, the GTA series has been one of the most prolific, controversial and down right entertaining franchises in video games history. This pedigree of success guarantees that the highly anticipated eleventh game in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV, will garner at least as much attention if not more.

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 pa st 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 as he fights for survival and later supremacy on the crime ridden s

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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.

Beginning with the 1997 release of the original Grand Theft Auto, the GTA series has been one of the most prolific, controversial and down right entertaining franchises in video games history. This pedigree of success guarantees that the highly anticipated eleventh game in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV, will garner at least as much attention if not more.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' game logo

Return to Liberty City.
Niko's Dream as it should have been
The dream as Niko expected it.
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Niko and Roman
There's always a catch.
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Niko with gun
But some skills are international.
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The Plot
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 clamoring 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 as he fights for survival and later supremacy on the crime ridden streets of Liberty City.

Game Environments
Based on several of the boroughs of New York City and parts of New Jersey, Liberty City, familiar to players of previous games in the series, has been entirely redesigned for GTA IV. Players can expect visible detail down to the weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalk, cars and buildings of visibly different ages and a much greater level if verticality in the buildings and bridges that they are able to explore as Niko moves through the city streets. In addition, pedestrians in GTA IV are much more realistic. No longer simply moving cardboard cutouts, these NPCs are intelligent, modern, human representations that laugh, cry, eat, drink, use cell phones and ATMs, and talking amongst themselves regardless of Niko’s interaction with them.

Gameplay
Historically GTA games have focused heavily on mission-based play, requiring successful completion of fixed tasks in order for players to progress through the game, but this has changed to a great extent in GTA IV. Players will experience an entirely new and exciting emphasis centered on the blending of on-mission and off-mission play, resulting not only in an increased sense of realism, but more interesting and unrestricted gameplay.

Features
Aside from the car jacking and a detailed city environment here are the new features for GTA IV:

  • Improved combat system - Now you can use cover and also a target lock system, which allows you to take out targets with greater ease and accuracy. Plus, you can engage in some hand-to-hand combat if you can't get your hands on a piece quick enough.
  • Cell phone - Not just for basic phone calls anymore. Use your in-game cell phone to receive missions via SMS, snap photos, and ZiT (tag) songs that can be downloaded exclusively on Amazon.com/mp3.
  • Free time - In between missions you can take advantage of "me" time. There are gentleman's clubs, comedy clubs, bowling alleys, and bars, which all house unique activities.
  • Take a break from the storyline - A variety of side missions allow you to help run a car service, "borrow" cop cars, assassinate targets, help solve problems for those on the street, or take to the air with stunt jumps that are scattered all over the city.
  • Control your own fate - Throughout the game choice moments will arrive causing you to make a decision that will affect relationships and money.

Multiplayer
Give Niko a rest and create your own multiplayer "hero." GTA has added multiplayer modes allowing you to take your creation out to play online in competitive, co-op, and free form modes. Competitive mode has you fighting against the cops, jacking cars, or racing to finish odd jobs. Co-op challenges you and your friends with various tasks including Hangman's NOOSE where you are responsible for escorting a wanted kingpin to a safe extraction point. Freeform lets you and 15 others lose on Liberty City. Use this mode to hit up the bar and play virtual darts versus each other or head out to the streets and set up your own drag races. If you can dream it, you can do it in Freeform mode.

ZiT: We'll Spot The Song For You
When playing Grand Theft Auto IV, if you hear a song that you are interested in buying as an MP3, all you have to do is dial ZiT-555-0100 on your in-game mobile phone and a text message will be sent to you with the name of the artist and the title of the track.

Most excitingly, Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC offers players the chance to become the Cecil B. Demille of Liberty City via the all new Video Editor feature. Capture in-game footage (whether from single-player or multiplayer gameplay) and make real-time edits using a built-in suite of tools that can change the camera angle, audio, speed and depth-of-field or apply special effects to alter colours and add filters. Add in-game music, custom titling and transitions to polish off your masterpiece.



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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What problems will you encounter? 29 Mar 2013
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've just purchased this on steam because it was reduced and I'm writing a review here, because this is where I went myself to get some insight in to the game before purchasing it

First off, you need to be aware that a lot of the negative reviews posted here are from people that can't get the game to run without crashing, running very slowly or are morally opposed to being forced to sign-up to MS LIVE. If you start to read through these reviews you will find that a lot of complaints about not getting it to run appear to be the fault of the author. People complaining the game wont run fast on their laptop with a crippled graphics card or that it wont run on their unpatched (probably pirated) copy of XP.

This is my system: Windows XP SP3, Intel i5 2.6Ghz 750 (this is an older i5 not latest), Nvidea GTX460, 4GB RAM. And this is my experience:

Install passed without problems
The first run of the game icon set off some installations of stuff (DirectX checks etc.). It all went fine.
The game then started to load and then crashed... (don't panic!)
I waited a few seconds and ran the desktop icon again and this time it worked fine (and has every time since)

Once in to the game's main menu this is where you start to hit some of the things other reviews complain about

First thing it is going to try to get you to do is join the social club. You DO NOT have to do this, just choose play offline and you can skip registering! You loose multiplier and being able to post videos for others to watch (I wasn't bothered about that).

The next thing it will try to do is get you to join MS LIVE. This is also optional and you can just click no to everything and start playing, however you will loose the ability to save the game...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but repetetive 3 Sep 2012
By jamo
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
All the people who have been complaining that this is very hard to install properly are absolutely right. I got it about 2 years ago and got so mad that it didnt work I gave up. I recently tried again and got it working. I did this by going on the GTA website and following all the instructions. It realy is annoying the way they made this game.
Anyway so whats it like? The graphics and added details are exellent (e.g - you can shoot people through car windows, and jump out of vehicles - nice) the gameplay and controls are good although the camera is not as intuitive as previous games so I crashed more than usual and got busted just because I couldnt see what was happening. This is annoying but no massive problem. My main issue with 4 is the story is boring and the city is repetetive. The missions are all very similar and once youve done about 10 youve done them all. After completing it I realised theres no way this is as good as San Andreas. San andreas has better characters, a varied map and some original missions. It had atmousphere! This is generic and bland and while the realism is welcome I think its a shame they spent so much time on grphics and none on storyline and variation.
I did enjoy the game but its very long and after a point I was hurrying to finish it. I realy hope they concentrate more on story and variation with 5 because I wont be playing any more GTA games if they are like this. Its too much time out of my life so they need to be worth it! In short - GTA3 was amazing and blew me away. San andreas was a definate improvement and well worthy as a sequel. This was dissapointing and I feel quite an unimportant game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but difficult to set up 24 Feb 2013
By Lauri V
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Bought this only recently and having played through several missions, it has given me more than enough entertainment for the value. It runs fairly well on my laptop (Acer M5-481TG with Intel i5-3317U 2.60GHz, 6GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT640 graphics, Win7), only sometimes getting slightly jittery.
The installation process is still long and tedious, but after getting the online accounts set up (you'll need to create two accounts to play, for Rockstar and Microsoft) and the latest updates installed, it runs stable and without crashing. You'll need a bit of patience for all this, though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Installation issues with Windows 8 1 Mar 2014
By Gopi
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The game is good. But the game is not compatible with Windows 8. Emailing customer support (take Two Interactive customer support) is of no use as they will not respond. Calling by phone will get quick response. But after explaining all my problems for Windows 8, they send me the solution for Windows XP & Windows 7! Doesn't look like they have standard answers for W8. I had to read through GTA Forums to get an answer and there is lot of information in the forums. Finally I could manage to run the game and as my computer do not have a Graphics card, the game's graphics quality was poor. If you are not a reasonably good computer geek and your computer do not have enough memory & graphics card, think twice before buying this game. Otherwise the game is good.
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
If you've read or flicked through most of these reviews, you will see a mixed bag.

I'm afraid that if you have a PC with a high degree of security on it, as in a decent firewall, virus killer and or other malware killing programs, then it will not like SecuRom.
I have had a problem with this since Bioshock and installing good security on my PC.
I didnt know that SR was installed with GTAIV, otherwise I wouldnt have bothered, I have even un-installed SR, which isn't easy, but I still get BSoD and random crashes now.
As for the game, I never got to see it play, as I never got that far to appreciate it.

I'm sure it looks great, but all this extra stuff you have to install to play the game is crazy. It took me nearly 4 hrs to get to activate the game using the serial code in the manual, unfortunately, the 2nd hand game had no manual....sheesh!, so I had to send it back, but the problems remain the same, SR is not user or XP friendly, and it writes itself to the root of your hard-drive, causing major problems with your firewall and anything that is monitoring I/O processes.

If you want to see the worst case scenario (as for me) then read Rocco's review, it mirrors my experience to the fullstop at the end.
If you have any decent (by which I mean many) security programs on your PC, (if not, you should) then buy this game with fear in your heart.

Its a shame because the game should have been tremendous, but its just a nightmare of a port over from the PS and it will penalise all of us honest buyers who are not pirates but have to put up with this ridiculous Anti-copying, stick an iffy rootkit to my hard-drive, and make me install online disc checking routines to my PC.

Buy it, install it and cross your fingers that the RS social club is not undermining your firewalls and leaving your computer open to hacking.
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