About.com writes: "Easily one of the most anticipated games ever, Grand Theft Auto IV is finally out and is selling by the boatloads. Has it been worth the long wait and massive amounts of hype? Yes and no. It is certainly a huge game with tons of insanely cool little touches and tidbits that tickle gamers in all of the right places. But in terms of gameplay and graphics and storytelling, it all feels awfully familiar.
I'm not going to bother with the usual "You can do this and this and, oh wow, it is so great!" spiel that reviews usually start with. You can read that in any of the other GTAIV reviews/previews out there. Instead, I'm just going to dive into the nitty gritty.
And that is, simply, that I'm afraid that I don't see what everyone else seems to see. Some people see "Game of the Year 2008" and a "10/10", but I see pretty much the same game we have been playing for the last 6 ½ years. This is a polished up GTA 3. That isn't a bad thing, certainly, and the game is good fun in most every way. And I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy it (and the 4.5/5 9/10 score should show that). But it isn't really all that different from previous games. It does innovate in a few key areas, but in most ways it is more evolution than revolution. And in my mind, that isn't GOTY material."