GTA IV – It’s Here

Some initial random thoughts from my first 30 mins on single player…and first three hours on multiplayer. If you want it summed up in one word – unmissable.

  • Very cinematic intro – don’t skip it!
  • Rich environment, great graphics. Lot’s happening around you that you need to spend time looking at and taking in. So big. So much to see. Massive scale.
  • Cars are varied and handle superbly. Different and takes time to get used to and you need to brake. Loving the wheelspin’s and momentum of vehicles.
  • Not done enough single player to say any more. Same old GTA fare by the looks of it which isn’t a bad thing!
  • Multiplayer takes a bit of getting used to. it probably helps to have done some offline missions first and get used to targeting, cover system, changing weapons. I didn’t and i suffered!!
  • Multiplayer offers the whole of Liberty City if you want it. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and a few other modes that I didn’t have time to try. Cops and Crooks is a great game mode though. So much fun! So many ways to kill/die. It can feel overwhelming though.
  • Thankfully there’s an option to respawn nearby where you died. Keeps you close to the action – anything else could lead to boredom crossing the map to get to enemy team.
  • Racing modes are fun. Losing car after death though and getting a scooter can be frustrating but superb for your frineds.
  • Rockets on a small map is frantic. Rockets look superb!
  • No mute. Loud Americans! XBox Live should allow you to default voice communications by region/countries. Mute all yanks!
  • Helicopters! A great way to travel.
  • In just one night so many memorable moments. First time I used the sniper to stop a car was superb. Seeing and driving cars with no tyres. Cheesy in the fire engine. Me not being able to kill anyone. Me not being able to drive. Class
  • It’s a sandbox game so don’t expect the honed multi-player of Halo, CoD, Forza etc. it really is up to you how you want to play.
  • Soundtrack ticking boxes so far. Heard Queens One Vision and some Phil Collins tonight.

So. Some initial thoughts mostly all positive. One also closing note. Glad I picked up 360 version over PS3. Some reviews have mentioned better graphics on the PS3 but this comparison between both shows me that any difference is hard to spot. It’s also been found today that the res of the PS3 version is 640p against the 360’s 720p, that the PS3 multiplayer service has been down and had connection issues today and also that the PS3 version is freezing. Solution – delete your game save and also the game install. Nasty. Xbox Live (for me anyway) performed without a hitch tonight. Great to login and see 15 friends all playing the same game. Can’t wait to really get into the game. More thoughts probably next week on how it plays after a few days.

5 Comments

  1. Probably no further in single player than you. It looks great but time will tell whether it has significantly more depth than San Andreas, at the moment it is a pretty upgrade to me.
    I wanted to get stuck in without reading the manual or anything else, so I guess I will read up about aiming and cover now! Would like the option to change the camera too, which I guess is in there.
    I got some Smashing Pumpkins during one of our races, but hoping there is a talk radio with Lazlow somewhere.

  2. Quick first impression. Awesome. So many things made me laugh out loud and that was just after two hours of solo only. Like watching the tv programmes in my room. Weazle News!!!! The radio stations – again one of my favourite things. Nice that there’s an ‘ambient/chill-out’ station being a lifelong Namlook/Aphex Twin fan. Even something like the character acting on the cut-scenes, its just done really really well, and often very comedic. Oh oh, then I came across a Ricky Gervais interview on the radio, nearly ended myself laughing. Barely scratched the surface, still struggling a bit with targeting, but I’m too busy dating my new girlfriend!!! This is going to seriously hook me in, and the timing couldn’t be worse – week two of a new job! Doh!!!!

  3. Roy,

    Targetting is quite easy, at least from the few missions I’ve done. Left trigger all the way in is auto aim, which can then be tweaked with the right stick. Squeezing the left trigger just half way in gives you an fps style free aim. So you can lock on to get a rough target then ease off to fine tune.

  4. Im a psp owner, i dont have a ps3 or xbox….why wont this “brilliant” game come out on psp?

    i dont understand

  5. I’m a Nintendo Game&Watch owner… why won’t this “brilliant” game come out on the Game&Watch?

    I don’t understand.

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