Grand Theft Auto IV Review

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When you think of a sandbox title you have to know that it simply won

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City had the best soundtrack thus far, in my opinion.  Perhaps that is just my slant towards 80

Controlling Nico is a fairly straightforward affair in Grand Theft Auto IV.  While on foot, you

There was one thing about GTA III and all of the spinoffs that really got under my skin.  Rockstar, with the best intentions, asked players to complete missions using specific items.  You might have to track down a particular target using ONLY the bread van and then shoot him using ONLY the pistol.  These restrictions prevented players from running rampant with Banshees and Rocket Launchers, but it locked players into replaying missions ad nauseum until they could manage to complete the objective in the exact method specified.  When polling friends who had played the previous GTA titles, they all cited frustration with this mechanic, and a great many of them had not completed the games as a result.  To make the game more accessible, Rockstar has eased the requirements on missions.  A great example of this is a chase that asks you to run somebody down on a motorcycle.  After a few attempts and subsequently flying over the top of my motorcycle too many times I nabbed a Banshee and parked it near the mission start.  Needless to say the target didn


Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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