Roundtable: Has GTA IV Lived Up to the Hype?

On Tuesday the 29th of April Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV simultaneously on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Prior to the release of Grand Theft Auto IV the hype for the game was at an all time high, with near perfect review scores, as well as early estimates that Grand Theft Auto IV will completely obliterate sales records.

Even though Grand Theft Auto IV has been released, people are still hearing plenty about the game. Whether it's from the excited gamers who are playing through the single player campaign or if it's the cries from those trying to get a multiplayer game going on Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network, it's clear that gamers are going to be hearing about the game for a long time to come.

Before PALGN deliver their verdict on the game (which is set for tomorrow), they thought they would ask a few of their staff and their forum members a simple question: has Grand Theft Auto IV lived up to the hype?

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socomnick3876d ago

No it has not lived to the hype.

kosha3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

Well, it was massively hyped so it was pretty hard for it to ever live up to that kind of hype. I think it did pretty well though considering, and alot better than other games that were massively hyped ie halo 3

Porky Pig3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

I've bought and played every single GTA game to date,and I can say this with utmost confidence;GTA 4 is not the greatest game of all time,nor is it the most revolutionary one at that.

My review of the game(No spoilers) :

It's a great game,but it's not a perfect game.

And th-th-th-that's all folks!

Breakfast3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

It delivers way more then any other game. But, its just -off- some how...its worth a 10, but its not a 10...if you can understand what i mean.

Winter47th3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

All i gotta say is, it's not a perfect game, a 10/10 or a masterpiece, and hype's a b!tch.

Though it's entertaining and an excellent debut to Euphoria.

kosha3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

Yeah Euphoria looks very promising. Hopefully all games will be using it in the near future.

DomUltra3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

Really the euphoria engine didn't seem to great.. It was over-hyped much like something else..

@ Breakfast - I'm sure the amount of work they put into the game is well worth a 10, the final product is not worth a 10.

Jack Meahoffer3876d ago

If the game locked up on me everytime I tried to load it up I'd be pissed too. Good thing I bought both versions. I can play the 360 without signing off online first... Too bad the PS3 version was a waste so far because I only got it to play online with my PSN friends...

Its not a down grade. Its a great game and it totally lived up to the hype.

Stop crying because your favorite platform holder is weak and locks the game up unless you sign out first.

Porky Pig3876d ago

Whilst typing that highly ignorant post,did you ever stop to think that maybe I might own the Xbox 360 version as well?

DomUltra3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

@ Porky

You really expect him to stop and think? It's hilarious, you happen to have both versions, and immediately if you diss either version your a Sony Fanboy.

@ Below - Lol @ Jack Me Off, he's scrambling for a rebuttal like a crack head for his next hit.

CoD4 was never broken on PSN, neither was MGO? Get you information from under a rock?

Jack Meahoffer3876d ago

Porky it doesn't matter if you have both versions because based on your previous comments its totally obvious you're in the Sony camp. Totally basised toward Sony. Dom too.

Don't hate the player hate the game. If Sony didn't rush to rip out pieces of the PS3 to reduce cost the cut scence lock up issue woudln't have happened. Rockstar shouldn't have to test on multiple versions of hardware...

As for Multiplayer locking up everytime you go in... Well its not Rockstar's fault PSN is weak. $1 a week doesn't sound so bad for a service that actually works. How many big games have to come out with broken PSN before you start blaming Sony instead of the developer? COD4? Rainbow 6 Vegas 2? MGSO Beta? Now GTA IV? History repeats itself and Sony fans keep spinning.

bourner3876d ago

i thought i was going to get a perfence game and thought it was going to be all new try of gta ( feel of the game) but i would have jsut as much fun playing vice city

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crazy250003876d ago

The game is ok.....not bad, not great, just ok. Ive played it a lot yesterday, but got bored after 2 hours....probably wont play it again.

vloeistof3876d ago

i love it omg it is so much fun.

AlterEgo3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

No. (IMO of wonder how many bubbles I'll lose for this. Lets see...I wrote this comment with 8 bubbles =] )

It's far too easy to play for 30 mins and turn it off without thinking twice about it.

I thought it was gonna be a game that i'd wanna play nonstop until i beat it and then play some more, (and w/ unanimous 10/10 reviews, it very well should be) but to me its simply not.

Now this isn't to say its not a great game because it is and I DO enjoy it a just isn't the second coming of Christ like many (reviewers and gamers alike) make it out to be.

I spend more time in an MGO Beta session than I do in a session of GTA4. Actually...I play Warhawk for a longer period than I can stand GTA4.

Once again...I LOVE the game, but I can't just cram endless hours of it in. It gets boring after an hour. It's a game I could probably play 'every day'...just not 'all day', and the pre-release hype had me believing otherwise.

Porky Pig3876d ago

No spoilers ^

And th-th-th-that's all folks!

Fishy Fingers3876d ago (Edited 3876d ago )

I think it's a great game, I found the missions became a little repetitive come the end. But GTA to me is just having the keys to a whole city and causing some mayhem, I can just mess around for hours, especially know I finished it I allow myself to use the cheats ;)

Live up to the hype? Well that depends on how much you buy into it, for me, it's just what I expected/hoped for, FUN.

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