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|Grand Theft Auto IV|
|Name:||Grand Theft Auto IV|
|Developer(s):|| Rockstar North|
Rockstar Toronto (PC)
|Release date:|| 29 April 2008 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)|
December 2008 (Microsoft Windows)
|Platform(s):|| PlayStation 3|
Bullet Physics Library
|Series:||Grand Theft Auto|
|Date takes place:||2008|
|Location:|| Liberty City|
|Downloadable content:|| The Lost and Damned|
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto IV (also known as GTA 4 or GTA IV) is a crime-sandbox game and the eleventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series that was developed by Rockstar North, was published by Rockstar Games, and was published and released by Rockstar Games for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and during December 2008 on PC. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions were released worldwide to widespread hype on April 29, 2008. GTA IV was subsequently been awarded the Gaming World Record of the Most Successful Entertainment Launch of All Time, and has received numerous other awards and accolades, the original version made even more success than its expansions. The PC version was released on December 3, 2008. GTA IV is the fourth main game in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first game in the GTA IV era and HD era series. It follows the story of Niko Bellic, an Eastren European immigrant who came to Liberty City, in order to confront the man who betrayed him ten years ago.
Grand Theft Auto IV has received universal acclaim from video game critics.
As with the former games in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA IV allows an almost unlimited freedom to the player. The player can do missions, use weapons, call other characters via cellphone, check the internet, and much more.
Niko Bellic immigrates to Liberty City, hoping to forget his past in a Yugoslavian country. In order to pursuade Niko to come to the city, his cousin, Roman, tells him that he lives in a huge mansion with plenty of women surrounding him, and that Niko should come and live with him. After arriving in the city via boat, Niko meets up with Roman, who left Yugoslavia over 10 years ago and became a buisnessman, starting a taxi depot.
Shortly after arriving, Niko discovers that Roman's mansion and women was all a lie and that Roman actually lives in a poor apartment. Roman is also deep in debts and owns money to severel gangs like the Russian Mafia and the Albanian Mob. Now Niko needs to help Roman.
Niko visits Roman's taxi depot and meets Mallorie Bardas, Roman's girlfriend, and Vladimir Glebov, a Russian loan shark, who Roman is in major debt to.
Niko starts to work for Roman, and meets Michelle, Mallorie's friend and Niko's first love interest, and the two start to date. Niko also meets "Little" Jacob Hughes, a weapons and drugs dealer from Jamaica, who is also a high-ranking member of the Hillside Posse in Broker.
- Main article: List of Characters in Grand Theft Auto IV
- Niko Bellic: The playable protagonist, through whose eyes the player sees the world of the game. He is morally upstanding and logical despite his criminal life, but is often shown to have authority issues. He is also more cynical and pessimistic than is good for him. He seems to sort people into three categories:
- Roman, Little Jacob, Brucie Kibbutz, Kate McReary and Bernie Crane: The optimists, people Niko likes because of their positivity, and they all try in vain to encourage Niko to be more optimistic. Many are foolish and could be mistaken for comic relief, but they do offer pearls of wisdom about life and success, a realization that Niko must make at the same time. Other interesting cases are Ivan Bytchkov, and Hossan, both immigrants like Niko but with much more confidence in the American way of life.
- Patrick McReary, Gerald McReary, Derrick McReary, Dwayne Forge and Phil Bell: The pessimists, people Niko likes because they have angst that he instinctively responds to. Packie and Dwayne especially become friends of Niko because of their shared struggle; Niko confides in Dwayne remarkably early in their relationship "you remind me of me". It's also notable that he relates well to Jon Gravelli and his bleak sense of humor, despite an enormous age gap, other lifestyle differences and Niko's traditional dislike of his bosses.
- Vlad Glebov, Dimitri Rascalov, Mikhail Faustin, Ray Bulgarin, Francis McReary, United Liberty Paper, Manny Escuela, Elizabeta Torres, Playboy X, Ray Boccino and Jimmy Pegorino: The corrupt, people Niko doesn't like (or forced to take orders of them) because of their greed or immorality. He had to take orders from all of them, considers killing most of them at least once, and inevitably kills about one third of them. This, combined with his dislike of capitalism, shows that Niko has authority issues and can't stand corrupt people in power. With the exception of United Liberty Paper, Elizabeta (who ends up in jail) and only if spared Playboy X and Francis McReary, all of the corrupt end up dead
- Michelle, Kate McReary, Carmen Ortiz, Kiki Jenkins and Alex Chilton; girlfriends Niko can date. Michelle and Kate are unlocked in the story mode; the other 3 must be met by the internet. Each girlfriend has their own opinions on what they would like Niko to drive in, wear and go to. The 3 online girlfriends can give Niko a special ability once he pleases them enough in quality and quantity of date.
GTA IV allows to use up to 15 weapons through the game. The game does not feature any new weapons, but rather new design for weapons from former games.
- The first episode. Follows the story of Johnny Klebitz, a senior member of The Lost MC gang, a motorcycle club in Alderney.
- The second episode. Follows the story of Luis Fernando Lopez, the bodyguard and P.A. of nightclubs owner Tony"Gay Tony" Prince.
Two episodes have been released for Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360, and then released for Playstation 3 and PC in April 2010. The Lost and Damned was released on February 17, 2009, and features biker Johnny Klebitz as the player character. The Ballad of Gay Tony was been released on October 29, 2009, with Luis Fernando Lopez as the protagonist. It was simultaneously released with the disc version of Episodes from Liberty City, which features both games. These episodes are set in the same city and time as GTA IV, and have many overlapping storylines, characters, and missions. They add new missions, characters, vehicles, weapons, and other gameplay features.
There was much controversy over Grand Theft Auto IV, however, the series has experienced trouble throughout its whole time on the shelves. Before it was released, it was almost banned. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) noted the drunk driving feature and requested it either not released or rated AO. Because of this, Niko says "I'm not sure I should be doing this," whenever he is drunk driving but strangely this is something he never would say if he were to murder an NPC or commit a crime other than drunk driving.
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