Anticipating the approach of the latest Grand Theft Auto isn't the same as yearning for a new Halo or Resident Evil. Most games make you anticipate the experience that the designers dole out to you in a prescribed way, whereas with GTA, you anticipate all the ways in which you will create experiences of your own design. Even if the main draw for some players is the story - and the marketing for GTAIV aims to show this will be the best story yet - there's still the sense that the story won't be shoved down your throat. You can still dip in and out of it at your own pace, and with your own style.
When launch day hits, players won't be sitting down for an hour-long slog through the "first level," sharing slightly differing variations on scripted sequences. If in-game player pathways could be mapped onto a chart, it would look like the Big Bang, with branches blooming out in all directions as players express their personalities and fantasies. So what type of player will you be? Games Radar have got a lineup of the most common suspects, followed by variations in the form of known accomplices.