Search

Grand Theft Auto IV

PUBLISHED: 16:06 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:31 05 October 2010

Publisher: Rockstar
Price: £49.99
Format: Xbox 360 (also on PlayStation 3))
Age rating: 18
The scale and ambition of Grand Theft Auto IV is breathtaking. From the mo

Publisher: Rockstar
Price: £49.99
Format: Xbox 360 (also on PlayStation 3))
Age rating: 18
The scale and ambition of Grand Theft Auto IV is breathtaking. From the moment you load up the game, you're immersed in a modern satirical masterpiece that rivals anything Hollywood can offer. GTA IV is nothing short of genius - a violent and visceral crime thriller that never loses its sense of humour or its ability to surprise.

The player steps into the polyester tracksuit of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European immigrant who arrives in Liberty City - a highly detailed pastiche of New York City - in search of the good life. Sucked in by the promise of easy money, Niko looks up his cousin, Roman, who owes money to a number of undesirables. Almost immediately, Niko is caught up in the seedy underbelly of Liberty City, running drugs, jacking cars and laundering money to make ends meet. As you'd expect in a GTA game, the signature car chases and gunfights of the series liberally pepper the developing storyline as well as a twisted morality that sees you cheering for Niko. While Niko is a more likeable character than the hoodlums of previous GTA instalments, he isn't the star of the game.

That honour belongs to Liberty City itself, a sprawling metropolis that is convincingly real. Travelling around the bustling city feels like you've arrived somewhere new and alien. People bicker on the streets and go about their daily business as you walk amongst them in search of your next mission and it's easy to forget you're playing a videogame.

Of course, completing missions is the meat of the game. There are more than 90 to undertake with plenty of sidemissions and unrelated activities to enjoy. One minute you can be taking part in a Heat-style bank heist and the next taking your mates out for a spot of bowling. Once you've completed all the single-player missions - and believe us, this will take days - there's also an online option for up to 16 people. Players get the run of Liberty City and can take part in car races, shootouts and a marvellous cops vs crooks option that involves escorting a Don to safety. Grand Theft Auto IV is an open-world classic that's more involving than anything we've ever played. At the time of going to press, we were yet to receive 100 per cent finished code from Rockstar, the game's developer, but rest assured that GTA IV will become one of the most important releases in gaming history..
RATING 5 out of 5

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists