Excerpt: When we reviewed GTA 4 on Xbox 360 and PS3 earlier this year we made some pretty bold statements. Here's probably the boldest: GTA 4 "has moved video games on to a point that most developers just won't be able to compete with". Looking at it again, a fair few months since we'd driven the streets of Liberty City, that was perhaps overstating things slightly (everyone can get caught up in the moment), but it's still abundantly clear that GTA 4 is a high point in video game...
Conclusion: Crytek has removed the multiplayer component, but I doubt many players would have played it even if it had been offered, so that was probably a smart move. Other than that, Crysis is exactly what it was four years ago, for better or for worse. The nanosuit is just as easy to play with, but the shooting is definitely more suited for PC controls.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto III changed everything. Featuring a brave, bold and truly open three dimensional world where players could come and go as they please; and their actions had deeper consequences then a game-over screen, coupled with innovative graphics and an incredibly deep branching storyline, one thing was evident – the gaming industry was growing up. Now, nearly a decade later, the series is rewriting everything we thought we knew.
Excerpt: Reviewing the PC release of Grand Theft Auto IV is slightly easier than breathing in and then out. A few feature additions aside, the game is a perfect reproduction of what first appeared on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles back in April. The presentation has been amped up considerably, especially for those with gaming rigs capable of supporting some steep hardware requirements, but Niko Bellic's own Liberty City Story remains otherwise unchanged.
Excerpt: Writing for Crispy has a raft of benefits, but when it comes time to address Grand Theft Auto, there's nothing better than sheltering under the umbrella of our rating system, away from the argument about whether Grand Theft Auto IV deserves a perfect rating. I went into this review excited to engage some of the topics that came up when the game first hit consoles, but without the burden of having to decide between a 9/10 and 10/10.
Summary: Stepping off a boat in the shoes of illegal immigrant Niko Bellic as he arrives in Liberty City at the start of Grand Theft Auto IV, you can tell immediately that Rockstar North's latest offering is something quite special. Yes, this is another GTA game in which you'll likely spend the bulk of your time stealing cars and gunning down cops and criminals, but it's also much more than that.
Pros: Superb character-driven story, Liberty City feels alive, Multiplayer modes that let 32 players go wild across the entire city, Genuinely funny radio and TV shows, comedy acts, and character dialogue, Customizable radio station and video editor are great additions for PC
Cons: Occasional problems with friendly AI, Some minor visual quirks, Windows Live account needed to save progress, Mouse and keyboard controls aren't nearly as good as Xbox 360 controller, Insanely high system requirements