I was bored Monday night, so I stood in line for 40 minutes at the Pacific Place EB to procure my copy of the newest crime simulator, GTA IV. I didn’t read much about before it came out, but I did know that the main protagonist is a Russian emigrant fresh off the boat working for his cousin. That detail alone piqued my interest.
Right from the beginning, I was impressed. Graphically, the game is what we had wished GTA III had looked like. Liberty City is much more alive. The inhabitants are actually doing things, like carrying groceries, playing craps on a corner, or getting chased by the cops. The traffic is thick and annoying. So far, I’ve driven about 5 cars and they all feel different, especially when it comes to cornering. There exists a refinement in the physics that I didn’t feel from the previous GTA’s. My favorite radio station is Vladivostok FM, hosted by actual Russians. That gave me a little chubby.
Even though, you can drive almost anywhere you want in this giant city, you always know what to do. You get a cell phone initially and all of your assignments are phoned or texted to you. It is a very easy system to use. You can even set up way points on the map, so you don’t get lost. I think this feature has always been there, but I could never see the realtime map that well. The higher definition allows me to see it much more easily.
The best part about the game, though is the story. You are just trying to make a living as Niko and so far the story is fun. You even get the chance to date a woman early on and take her out. So far, I’ve taken to the cabaret and watched a few delightfully entertaining acts. For example, a Russian fellow who plays as an American cowboy. All he does is rolls around the stage shooting his imaginary pistols, until he is shot himself. The audience boos and he mopes off stage. It’s stupid, but funny. Afterward, you can press your luck with this girl and have some sexy time.
I highly recommend this game to my fellow Maldenites.