What does the American dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from 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.Read full description
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"Grand Theft Auto IV is a game that, in spite of its technical shortcomings on the PC, you simply have to play." - Gamespot.com
"the PC version's enhanced visuals, Liberty City is still a wonder to behold." - IGN.com
What does the American dream mean today?
For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from 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 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.
New high resolution technology brings Liberty City to life with even more stunning graphical detail
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Custom Match allows you to pick your favorite multiplayer options and then instantly find online matches that fit
Optimized for PC controls and Xbox 360 controller
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Grand Theft Auto IV is the next big hit of Rockstar favorite and famous franchise: Grand Theft Auto. This time, we are back in Liberty City after we visited Vice City and San Andreas. We are Niko Bellic, a guy who just arrived the city that wants to live the american dream. After finding out that the american dream was not what he expected, he must fight his way in the city to help his cousin and to archive the life he wants in Liberty City. The only problem of the game is that is not optimized and for some people, that can be a bad experience, but mods that fix that. Recommended.
For cousins Niko and Roman, dreams of making it big quickly turn into a nightmare as they learn that those who have the money are well respected and make the rules. Those who don?t, like the cousins, life can be a living hell. It is a great premise to the game, and the game itself is actually enjoyable to a certain extent when it actually works smoothly. It is too bad that it doesn?t, and hasn?t run smoothly for awhile thanks to Games for Windows Live stopping their service which impacted this game in a very bad way. And the developer has yet to release a patch to fix it despite it being years. There are a number of workarounds to the problem, but even if you can get the game working you have to then struggle with getting saves to work. And this gets even worse since recently Rockstar?s parent company shutdown a modding tool that was used in a lot of mods for both Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5 despite the software only use was for single player and not multiplayer. It is a bad move that hasn?t done these games and favors since the lack of a patch for Grand Theft Auto 4 has already had them in a bad light to begin with. PROS: -Open world with a lot of vehicles to play around with. CONS -Games for Windows Live problems with no actual patches addressing the matter. -Parent company shutdown OpenIV, the largest tool in the modding community for this game. -Lack of support from developers is atrocious. This game is a complete mess and not worth the money.
The game itself us fun, as most Grand Theft Auto games tend to be, with a great story and amazing graphics. Though the driving can be a little off compared to the other games in the series or games like Saints Row. That really isn't a game breaker as the game itself would be worth 4 or 5 stars if it wasn't for the huge problems that plague it causing me a number of headaches. Once upon a time there was a DRM service called Games for Windows Live. Sadly that didn't get a happy ever after since it closed down causing problems with a lot of games that used it. Thankfully most companies quickly patched their games fixing those problems and removing this little headache. Not Grand Theft Auto IV though, it is still in the game and despite numerous guides on how to fix it or work around it, it is still one massively huge headache. I've had it on two different computers, both running Windows 10 and for some weird reason following the same exact steps on both machines got it working on one while not on the other. This almost caused me to give the game 1 star, but the game itself is fun so I decided to split the difference somewhat. I can't in good faith suggest it to anyone because of this though, nor the DLC Episodes From Liberty City which is sad because it is one of the best DLC packages out there if it wasn't for this problem.
This game is pretty good, on its own. If you're judging games by the hour per dollar formula, this one is almost free. There are many before me who said this filling pages in the process, so let me add something new: This game is the best spiderman game there is! For real, if you download the mods, you can play as him, web swing in liberty city, and fight crime! Even better, there are tons of other heroes. Just look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=immZ8Ed2Wa4&t=229s And that is just one subgenre of mods! So yeah, you want a truly moddable game, you need to buy this! :)
As a game that follows the story of two cousins, GTA 4 really captures a lot into its story to highlight some of the problems that exist in society (debt, crime, etc.) and the "American Dream" that people were misled by. Vehicle handling is also pretty realistic, although a little too boat-like and skiddy. The only issues that I have with the game are legacy related, namely Rockstar's Social Club login which is often inconsistent and the multiplayer which is now mostly barren.
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