played any of the Grand Theft Auto series before you will know
Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV) follows the story of Niko Bellic, an illegal immigrant from Bosnia, who has arrived in Liberty City after leaving Europe. Here he hopes to forget his criminal past and pursue the American Dream with the help of his cousin Roman, who has made a success for himself after arriving a few years before.
Soon after his arrival however, Niko learns that Roman's tales of wealth and luxury are lies aimed at hiding his struggles with gangsters and debt. In GTA IV, you play as Niko, as you help Roman in his troubles, while trying to build a new life for yourself in the city.
You begin the game getting simple tutorial missions from
Roman that teach you the basics of interaction with people and places,
driving and combat etc, and you soon get into events and missions that form
Aside from the main story there is also a huge amount of other content to get involved in; you can earn money by taking jobs from some of the characters you’ve met, from being a taxi driver and taking someone across town, to tasks of a more murderous nature! You can also visit internet café’s, bars, restaurants, cabaret shows or even lap dancing clubs! There are also places to take friends, or go on dates that involve mini games. You can go bowling, or to a bar to play darts, have a game of pool, or play games on slot machines. The darts game is a little easy to win, but bowling and pool provide an enjoyable challenge.
Some of the side activities such as cab journeys, or going to a bar or bowling alley, can get a little repetitive at times, however overall the storyline and gameplay are excellent.
The PS3 handles everything well, however you require a pretty powerful PC to get the game running smoothly, let alone get the best out of it, so be warned.
The vast depth of music in the game is also superb. Get in a car and you have no less than twenty radio stations to choose from, 17 music stations playing from rock to jazz, and reggae through to R&B (there is even a Russian music station), plus 3 talk radio stations! A superb addition to the PC version of the game is Independence FM, a customizable radio station. Just copy music tracks from your PC’s music folder into the GTA IV game folder, and hear them in the form of a radio station, complete with DJ and adverts!
Overall Score: 95%