A good game, but not a 10/10
rester wrote this review on .
First of all, the missions are not that great... Yes, people always mention the bank robbery, which is really cool. But that and another 3-4 are the only ones that stand out. The VAST majority of missions are something like "go to place X, kill some guys, come back". Which is OK if it wasn't for the fact that the game is really long and in the end you really wish the whole thing wraps up. One good thing that helps is the story and the characters, which are very unique and enjoyable. Nico himself is a deeper than expected protagonist with a background and a motivation that I personally got attached to as I was playing. The dialogues are also really well crafted and TV show quality... you will find yourself laughing very often.
The other thing that really steal the show is the city. It is gigantic and really impressive to behold. Living in NY, I can make a real life comparison and the city in GTA is as close to the real thing as you will ever experience. However the people of Liberty city are still puppets (don't believe the reviewers telling you that they behave realistically). Yes they have a few more animations but they are completely dumb and the all the dynamics in liberty city really detract for your suspension of disbelief. This is helped by the fact that the police is really not that active and losing them is quite easy. you can kill 10 people with a car and you'll maybe get a police car after you that will leave after a 30 second chase.
The shooting is enjoyable but the auto aim makes things very easy. Radio stations are cool but I found them to have too few songs (I always listen to the same 3 and they have maybe 3-4 songs each)