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About.com: Grand Theft Auto IV Review - 'It is more evolution than revolution. This isn't GOTY material'

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."

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mattkelly19913511d ago

I hate to say it, but he has a small(but gay) point. Its not GOTY but ITS AWESOME!!! PSN ID: LuciferEx ADD ME BIATCHES!

Asurastrike3511d ago

MGS4 or Little Big Planet will be my GOTY.

BeaArthur3510d ago

So you are going to give it game of the year honors before you even play it?

Torch3511d ago

all the post-launch reviews are more realistic (less hype-driven) and toned down.

Although not a ten, the game nonetheless continues to blow me away (pun intended.)

yanikins1113510d ago

I have never gotten more than 20-30% through a gta game. This is different. Niko Bellic is one hell of a main character. The scripting and story telling in gta4 are leaps and bounds above any of the other gtas as far as im concerned. Its not the gameplay or graphics making me keep playing (although they help), its Niko and his story and while it may not be as deep as mgs4, i think it does set gta4 apart from the other GTA games.

The added sense of realism is also a big change. You can prang a car and it doesnt catch on fire because its on its roof. They stall instead of explode, People react to what your doing. I was jacking a car at dwaynes place and three "homies" were pointing and laughing. Just because you really have to pay attention to notice what they have done with this game, doesnt mean that they havnt done it.

BeaArthur3510d ago

I love it, I don't know if I would give it a 10 (haven't finished it), but it is certainly impressing me. The next one needs to completely rip apart the combat system though. The cover system is solid but you still get awkward angles and you still get weird occurrences where Niko won't actually shoot when someone is right in front of him. Although it's better it's still too clunky.

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