Kidosch wrote this review on .
Once I started the game I couldn't realize that GTA could look that good. It was just stunning. Second thing I noticed was how well and smooth the cars ride.
After few missions the story started to suck me in. But one thing that I noticed compared to other GTAs was that you get money much faster and you don't really need it that bad at the start.
After playing longer thru story I started to get bored cause the missions started to feel the same so I left it aside for a while and played some other games. When I came back to GTA, it had that sparkle again and I couldn't stop playing it. Story started to get deeper and you could feel that the end was near. After finishing I felt kinda empty and I started to explore the city.Then I realised that you can't do anything with your money.Yes, you can buy guns and hotdogs but it's nothing like SA had (Car tuning etc.)I guess Rockstar had to work so hard for this engine that they didn't have time or money to make such things.
After a while made a decision that I will get the 100 %. Other things such as stunt jumps and car things were fun to do but pigeons were a big pain in the ARSE.When I got 100% GTA felt empty and I gave it a rest,again. Couple weeks forward my friends got the same game and we went online together. And I can only describe it with two words : Endless Fun. It's amazingly fun to make a private free mode, turn off FF,have only RPGs and have a Terminator fight.Or go to same car and do the Swing of Death. Or hijack a bus and get some cops after you. Rank system is also good, although I wished for better rewards after rankups.
GTA IV is a great game, no doubt. For me it didn't feel like earlier GTAs but I think it's a good thing when we go forward on time. I think the way from here can only be UP.