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GTA IV: Impressions a week later

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By Philip Dunkley


A week ago today, I remember driving up from Parys (no I don’t live there, but I was on holiday), to Johannesburg for the midnight launch of one of the most anticipated titles ever to grace this planet. I arrived at Brightwater Commons around 8 o’clock to see that both AnimeWorx and Zaps were doing a launch event, with Zaps having most of the publicity and vendor support around this. Anxiously we all waited, or drank beer and discussed all things gaming until midnight when our copies were handed out to us and we could be on our merry way (200km’s in my case) back home to start this new adventure as quickly as possible. Needless to say, I got home and fell asleep before I even started (I really am getting old).

Now I don’t have anything against these midnight launches, but I really would like them to maybe give us our copies at around 9 or something, because it has to be 12 o’clock somewhere in the world, and that should count for something, right? I just don’t play games that late anymore, especially not starting a new one at about 2h30 in the morning. But I suppose that’s the rules. I’ll just have to deal with it.

Now I don’t know exactly how to put this, without offending about 6 Billion People (Well actually 5,999,999,999 people, because I’m sure Jack Thompson would be delighted), but I’m just not that blown away by the game. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s a fantastic game all round, but it just did not give me the satisfaction and excitement that I was expecting, it kind of felt the same as before. Please remember everyone; this is just an opinion, so bare with me here, I’ll explain everything as I go along.

Firstly, yes the game looks good, but is it that mind blowing, compared to some other games out there? Is it also that original? Yes there is plenty to do, but it’s kind of the same as the previous games with a couple of extra’s thrown in.

I know there is plenty to do, but it just seems a little same old, same old.


Secondly, is Liberty City what you expected it to be? It was not for me. I was expecting bigger, a lot bigger in fact, not a rehash that has no resemblance to the original.

I want to ruffle a few feathers here by asking what you all think, as it seems that every website out there has jumped on the 100% bandwagon, including us, although this was another reviewers opinion, but I don’t think it was worthy of that. Definitely 90%, but 100%, I question. I know that many people think that this is worth that kind of score, but it was just a bit of a different experience for me.

I enjoyed the large scale of missions in San Andreas, and the whole new experience of GTA III. These 2 games will go down in history for me, yet while the latest offering is inherently a great game, it just won’t go down as my favourite version of the series.

There we go; I needed to get that off my chest, and you can lambaste me as much as you want, but I just feel that this is what I have experienced.

Last Updated: May 5, 2008

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