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Submitted by PaPa-Slam 1229d ago | opinion piece

Before GTA V: 10 Reasons GTA IV is the Best in the Series

What Culture: Waiting for GTA V’s release date to be officially announced is almost like wondering when you’re going to lose your virginity. You know it’ll happen someday, you can scarcely contain your excitement, and you hope beyond hope that it’ll be as awesome as you imagine it. Except unlike losing your virginity, there’s a very good chance it will be. (Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

claud3  +   1229d ago
Its not. Look I liked the GTA IV style and game play in a small way. It was to based on realism and sacrificed the funny aspect
Vice city, San Andreas, GTA III were the series and a massive direction was taken to improve on the series aka GTA IV and yes it exceed is areas the others did not like driving and shooting in a small way. What we all thrive for is fun, madness and over the top fun. Look rockstar needs to capture what the GTA series before was seeking and that is the wildness of free roaming

Will GTA V deliver on this we will wait and see from images, trailers, info and guess work. But to state that GTA IV is the best in the series is a big risk when you can not back it up with facts

Its the only one of this current generation, so you can not state that. Since GTA V is not out yet.

Vice city and San Andreas were the best of the previous generation since that was a previous generation, therefore they can be stated the best of their generation respectively.

So this current generation as only two GTA games so far and you can not state that GTA IV is the best when its the first and only so far and that does not include DLC's... so this article as no base's for truth and is pointless
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Jamzluminati  +   1229d ago
Here's why GTA IV is not the best GTA game.

Vice City is the best GTA game.


HebrewHammer  +   1229d ago
I think GTA IV was a great precursor to what GTA V will be. I appreciated the physics and attention to detail - I simply loved seeing that production value. It's not easy making such a vibrant, detailed, and physically sound open world.

With that said, it lacked what made the PS2 era ones so special: REPLAY VALUE

Doing 100 Taxi missions got you a rad, pimped out cabbie. Doing Firefighter mission allowed you to be impervious to fire damage. There were dildos, jetpacks (and actual jets for that matter), tanks, katanas, chainsaws. You could own property, and in Vice City Stories, you could actually manage said properties. In San Andreas, you could fluctuate your muscle mass and weight. Cars were customizable. More options for firearms were at the disposal of players. Different factions and gangs littered the streets and had personalized cars that reflect their group. Neighborhoods could be contested and taken over. Hidden packages would actually offer you rewards at your safehouse. Oh, and Money could actually be spent on things! The list just goes on.

The Saints Row franchise has done a good job of asserting replay value as a priority, but there is something about the series that doesn't equate to Grand Theft Auto. It's just not the same.

I didn't mind the realistic, narrative driven focus of GTA IV, but if it's at the cost of what made GTA games special in the first place, then I'm not on board.

GTA V has the potential to not just be the greatest in the franchise, but the greatest game of all time. With the things they've learned post-IV, they have what's necessary to make it happen.
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Dee_91  +   1229d ago
GTA IV just lacked that R* crude humor fun.It was still there but it was watered down.
The physics and graphics are incredible(from gta sa to gta iv) and I dreamed about playing gta iv on ps3 or xbox 360 before the ps3 and xbox came out so finally getting a gta with current gen graphics was satisfying and made it a great game overall.If it had gta sa graphics and physics it would definitely be the worst gta.But I could say the same about gtaIII.If it was still top down view GTA it wouldve probably been the worst gta.
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TheKindRoost  +   1229d ago
8 years ago in gta sa on last gen consoles, not only you could swim but can dive, huge map, had light stealth ( area 69 infiltration), tanks, mini-guns, flame-throwers, Jetpacks, fly jumbo plane, dance, mod cars, conduct train, learn all kind of Martial arts, light rpg elements, easy fast and more responsive controls, triathlons and casino games just to name a few.

In GTA IV though it had a better story and obvious visual update, you had broken physiques, slow and awkward controls and the game is very limited in all aspect.
claud3  +   1229d ago
So to make that state is a risk... vice city had everything and so did San Andreas. The best if the best of the old generation
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NastyLeftHook0  +   1229d ago
gta 3
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1229d ago
None of the five reasons convinced me that GTAIV is the best in the series. I still think that San Andreas is the best.
Y_5150  +   1229d ago
A good sequel to me is a game that shows improvement and it makes me do not wanna go back and play the prequel before I finish the game. GTA4 for me was a good sequel at the time and it still is. But GTA4 had some flaws that made the past games fun. I personally wanted GTA4 to have more outrageous cheats like SA had, like the jet pack or the flying car cheat those were a blast!
TongkatAli  +   1229d ago
People say stop being "nostalgic", how bout stop overhyping every current gen game that comes from a successful franchise. GTIV was nothing compared to San Andrea's, Vice City and III.
omarzy  +   1229d ago
Thank you!!! I'm sick of people talking about how everyone is nostalgic if they like an older game in a franchise more. Maybe the older games are just better to certain people?
3GenGames  +   1229d ago
Most old games are just better than anything produced today. There's more crap games on modern consoles than ever were on SNES and N64 and such.
ForRealz17  +   1229d ago
EPIC FAIL! GTA4 was the worst in the franchise. What a troll!
telekineticmantis  +   1229d ago
The controls were really bad
and it took itself too serious. Even though the graphics are better in 4, the previous designs were perfect for it's togue in cheek theme which it should of kept.
S-T-F-U  +   1229d ago
Ray Liotta. GTA5 needs Ray Liotta. I really hope the main protagonist turns out to be a older Tommy Vercetti, that would be AMAZING!
HebrewHammer  +   1229d ago
Ray Liotta and Rockstar will never work together again. I LOVED Tommy, but their working relationship was awful I understand. Also, each numeric GTA marks a new era. This means that Tommy will stay in the GTAIII era. If Rockstar sticks to this formula, which they've said they intend to do, GTAV will feature an all new cast (outside of some radio hosts maybe).
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WeskerChildReborned  +   1229d ago
My favorite is GTA SA, GTA IV is good but i miss the cheats that you had in SA.
Hasanhastam  +   1229d ago
Gta sa is best just because of cheats? Gtv iv is best
-Gespenst-  +   1229d ago
I don't prefer the graphics of IV. Such a dull pallette.

The physics I'll give it. But the previous games are just as enjoyable.

The driving I'll give it. But the previous games are just as enjoyable.

Niko Bellic is barely a character. Psychopath or caring person? No definite answer there. It's the flaw of sandbox videogame characters, which basically makes them non-characters.

Liberty City's good. I have more nostalgia for GTA III though, plus the aforementioned dull pallette doesn't help.

The map's good I guess, and there are some impressive locations. Not a lot of variety though.

The combat WAS better, but the arsenal was dull, and the melee combat was neglected.

The online, was AWESOME. I'll definitely give it that.

The story was decent, but I'm not sure how well it was executed...

The immersion was good, it was a well realized world, but again, it was just sort of dull. GTA IV has this distinctly "recession / depression" feel about it that I couldn't get past.

It's a toss up between Vice City and San Andreas for me.
FarCryLover182  +   1229d ago
SR3 was the best GTA game.
FarCryLover182  +   1229d ago
Whoa did not mean SR3. GTA3
Yodagamer  +   1229d ago
Personally I thought gta4 was a great game (for what it was trying to do) is it the best gta? For me no, but it succeeded in what it tried to do which was realism and create a living world.
kingPoS  +   1229d ago
GTA San Andreas had various amounts of customization, and I liked that. Not much of that was present in GTA4.
black911  +   1229d ago
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