Summary: not sure why all these fools are having problems with the game yeah u have to make a social live account and have a games for windows live account but its 2012 all pc games require some sort of online accounts to play its just the way it is now. as for the gameplay man this game is so much fun i really like all the side stories and it runs decent on my old Q9550 cpu with a Gtx560 Gpu and 4gb of DDR2 havnt had any problems running it on windows 7 64bit either all in all...
Summary: Few things that I feel need to get out of the way. -Yes, you can play this on any Windows 7 or 8 if you have any idea about computer or can use google. -Yes, most low end gaming computers can play this. If your computer is gaming in any sense and you have a decent processor and 256mb graphics card, you can play it on the lowest settings. -Yes, the game is a bad port. If your computer isn't an absolute monster then you can't play it on it's highest settings.
The PC version is a lot better than most people say
18 June 2014
Summary: Though I have modded the game a bit, I'm having a blast playing GTA IV for PC. People seem to feel like Rockstar screwed up with this game but so far I haven't run into any major issues. The controls are a little difficult to get used to if you haven't played GTA games before but they're quick to learn and you can always customize them as needed. The voice overs are fun if not overdone a little but it's supposed to be cheesy and fun. Not overly serious.
Pros: A fantastic game!! Why to I love GTA series so much. You can just drive around and test physics, while listening to music or w/e of your choosing, or the hysterical voice commentary on the in-game radio stations (pre-recorded). Missions, building up money and power, also are fun. Most of the GTA stories in general are OK, and they are doing a better job making you feel as though you are really playing the story out. This bundle for DLC (downloadable content) was super...
Cons: GTA IV (original story) has a bug with fast PC's. Also will wrongly determine amount of video memory available. Why can't PATCHES, fix this!? Anyway, the 'fix' for it is to add a command line to it's shortcut ( -nolimit etc.) google it.