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Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360)

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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • 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: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000FNDYWI
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 32 g
  • Release Date: 29 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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The most anticipated game ever, Grand Theft Auto IV will revolutionize gaming. You play as Niko Bellic, an Eastern European immigrant to Liberty City with a murky, violent past. Hoping to start a new life in a new country, Niko arrives on the docks and is met by his cousin, Roman. Roman’s promises of ready wealth and easy women turn out to be exaggerations and Niko must quickly adjust to a hard life. But this is America, and Niko wants his slice of the American dream. With perseverance and hard work, he just might grab it.

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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 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 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 cut-outs, 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 centred 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.

First Episode of Downloadable Content for Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. (Downloadable content that is not included with the actual shipped game) Available exclusively on Xbox LIVE from February 17th 2009.

The Lost and Damned will feature all new content and is the first of two episodes announced for Grand Theft Auto IV on Xbox 360.

Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music – all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned requires players to have the full version of Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.



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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By VH on 6 Jan. 2010
San Andreas: the size, the modifications, the customizations, the hoods. What a delight that was.

They said this one was a step back. They said it was smaller. They said it wasn't as much fun. They said the driving was rubbish, that it was too realistic now. They said the missions were repetitive and boring. And I believed it for so long, I wouldn't give it a chance...

A year on I decided to give it a go- it can't be that bad can it? Well, I've finished the missions now, and I can say it is on par, if not better than San Andreas.

This isn't a big county, its a city. But the amount of detail that as gone into every corner, every park, every port, every inch of it is mind-boggling. There is as much to do in this congested city as there is in miles upon miles of highways in San Andreas.

Not as much fun? Speeding down 5th Avenue from Harlem to Downtown isn't fun? How about a AK-47 shoot-up in a subway station? Or on Brooklyn Bridge with a rocket launcher? Or on the Airport runway? Waging war single handedly against the police and military in the middle of Times Square isn't fun?

The driving is more realistic- perhaps too realistic (One of the very few frustrating things this game is the way your car can spin out of control when your in a hurry). But you quickly get over it when you realise you can't just bomb it down a highway and cut corners and not expect to lose some degree of steering control.

Repetitive missions? Absolute load of tosh. The main missions which push the story on are varied and each one is unique and memorable. Museum, apartment block and hospital shoot-outs. Drug deals gone wrong. Sniping. Working with the trash men. Car and helicopter chases. The game is worth playing alone for THAT bank robbery mission....
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The release of "Grand Theft Auto 4" has been handled like an epochal event in world history: there have been queues outside games stores at midnight on the release day, a welter of 100% scores, and this new iteration in the series has even made news headlines due to its violence and subversive humour. You could be forgiven for thinking that "GTA 4" is the greatest achievement of Western Civilisation. All this hype could quite easily obscure a lesser game. Luckily, GTA 4 is not a lesser game.
Developers Rockstar have wisely chosen to ramp down the insane size of San Andreas and in return greatly increase the detail of Liberty City (New York in all but name). And the detail is amazing. One of the first things I noticed were how non-playing characters react believably to stimuli, talk amongst themselves, and even natter on their mobile `phones. Hot dog vendors shout out double entendre spiel. The porcine policemen strut around, asking their buddies to buy them doughnuts. In other words, as a character you are just one among millions making their way in the violent, hedonistic world of Liberty.
This attention to detail is emblematic of the whole game environment: just walking through Liberty as main character Niko Bellic you have the eerie impression that the game is living and breathing without knowledge of your existence either as a character or as a gamer. The already cliched take on the game, that Liberty City is the true star of the revamped GTA, is true insofar as you could almost imagine its continued and thriving existence outside the focus of the main character's story. Critics of the game's smaller scale in relation to San Andreas tend to miss the extraordinary detail that makes the smaller world somehow seem so much bigger than its PlayStation 2 predecessor.
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Mmm rushed into Game Station shop expecting game sold out but loads left .. I wonder if this has anything to do with all the under age children buying on line?? This is def not one for the young but they will play it anyhoo soooo .. Ok I have had most of the GTA series and taken the game back within a week or so as something annoyed me , either difficulty in getting around the maps or rubbish fighting / shooting system , end up getting the jet pack / tank cheats and being fed up with it pretty quickly. This game is a keeper ( for a while anyway ) as the map and direction indicator is excellent and the tasks are usually ok in difficulty though the save system is still a matter of rushing back to base or doing WHOLE mission from start to finish which can be annoying. Only problems as many others have noted is the wallowy bouncy driving on ice feeling of SOME cars , a few are ok and need less delicate handling , but many test ones patience. So , only 20 odd percent through the game and the story is rivetting and immersive , ok , and the strip club is interesting .. just keep paying for more dances oohhh deary me!! the internet is great fun ( how they got away with some of the adverts!!!??) once you're on and the icing is the TV in Nicos room which is worth the purchase price of the game!! Brilliant stuff. All in all not 5 stars as the vehicles need attention and some of the missions are a bit hard if you dont have enough ammo or life. For me, the best GTA so far... fancy some hot chocolate Michelle? Oh and online is fun too , although it depends on the person running the game as some rooms I've been in are more interested in chatting / swearing than playing??
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