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Grand Theft Auto IV (almost) lives up to the hype

usacfg | Aug. 14, 2013 | Review of Grand Theft Auto IV

This game is almost perfect. The gameplay is addictive, the story is more than adequate, and the satire of modern America is, if slightly overdone, hilarious. Now, why then, have I deducted 8 points? Those are for a few issues: the gameplay eventually gets repetitive (not surprising for a game that will take easily 25 hours on the first playthrough), the controls are far from snappy , and the game is encumbered by “Games for Windows LIVE” (GFWL), the sad excuse for a SteamWorks competitor that Microsoft came up with. It requires you to activate the game using a serial number, despite the seamless integration of DRM into Steam. Another (almost unavoidable for a 4 year old game) issue with this game is that these days it’s very difficult to find a good match in the multiplayer section of the game, and again that’s subject to all of the issues with our old friend, GFWL.

All in all, the game satisfies almost every demand someone could have for a game (obviously child friendliness is an exception) and is worth almost any price, but I’d recommend waiting for a sale, because they happen almost every other day.