Are Grand Theft Auto IV Episodes on PS3 Just as Good?
14 April 2010
Excerpt: The fact that the console-exclusivity deal for these episodes has finally run out doesn't diminish the fact that these are two quality games bundled together for forty bucks (or less depending on where you're looking). This collection (in my opinion) is far superior to that of the original release of Grand Theft Auto 4 itself -- more radio stations, better vehicle controls, and a much better checkpoint system during missions help round out the list of improvements.
Pros: you like other sandbox games, violence and strip clubs.
Cons: you don't like guns, drugs or R-rated movies or you bought it months ago on the 360.
Conclusion: But GTA IV is not just a single-player game, as it introduces some fun multiplayer components and incorporates them well into the rest of the game. As a whole package, then, GTA IV is a must-play game regardless of the platform you own (PS3 or Xbox 360). Just make sure to temper your expectations for "the best thing since sliced bread." GTA IV is a true accomplishment for the interactive entertainment industry, but Rockstar still has room to improve with GTA V.
Pros: Multiplayer a grand addition, Best looking GTA yet, Finally a cover system, Attention to detail
Cons: Graphics pop-in on and offline, Same old gameplay, Plot needs tightened
Excerpt: Grand theft Auto IV is probably the most highly anticipated game this year. Its probably even more anticipated than Metal Gear Solid 4. GTAIII Bought to the gaming world the whole sandbox, living world genre of games (inspiring Assassins creed, Prototype etc). Everyone was wondering what IV would bring, what new features it would have. The short answer is, not much. The long answer is, not much, when comparing to how much GTAIII improved on GTAII.
Conclusion: The out-of-context, arbitrary minutia that has plagued the genre (see Mass Effect) is no more, and the protagonist no longer a passive observer. Niko is as close to a living, breathing character as we’ve ever come. He arrives in America with a single acquaintance (Cousin Roman) and no illusions about his proclivity for violence.
Excerpt: The Grand Theft Auto series has always been the focal point of controversy. Previous games were controversial due to your ability to solicit a prostitute, or unlock sexual minigames, but the latest game is controversial for a whole new reason. Gamers are split over whether this is a masterful achievement or an overrated mess. The truth seems to be something in between.
Excerpt: It takes an awful lot for me to spend extended periods of time playing games. I tend to pick at them, putting in a few hours a day over a week while doing other things in between. So, when GTA 4's game-time stat read 35 hours after just three days and my eyes were blood-shot it was obvious that this was not your average video game - not even your average great video game.