Grand Theft Auto IV Is Broken

Bart Robson, Thunderbolt Games: "The installation has taken me nearly two hours. The game itself is on two DVDs, amounting to a whopping 14GB of data plopped onto my hard drive. That's more than Crysis. Still, I'm a PC gamer, so I'm used to big games. Then the activation came. GTA IV uses SecuROM, that garbage software that ruined Crysis: Warhead by giving you only three installs, and connecting to the internet every time you wanted to play. After waiting for GTA to install, I was ready to play.

The game wasn't, though."

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rroded3631d ago

having windows live shoved down our throats and securom = no cash form me. Too bad was looking forward to seeing what the mod scene could do with it...

mercyless93631d ago

drive to nearest gaming store and get a console instead of worrying abt installs or ur pc's configuration. btw it takes less than 30 mins to do this, i guess ;)

wibble3631d ago

I had the PS3 version and stopped playing it and decided to wait for the PC version to be released. I couldn't tolerate the low resolution of the PS3 version.

FantasyStar3631d ago

What the bloody ****?! I thought the 21 min install for Gears 1 was long but 2 HOURS?!?!


TheIneffableBob3631d ago

The GTA IV installation was 20 minutes tops for me. :/

BobDog3631d ago

we are talking about the pc version ...

i dont know why u would buy gta4 at all, buts thats just my opinion

pixelsword3631d ago

...Many critics said the PS3 version was the better looking of the two, and the PS3 version is sub-HD.

Don't make me pull out my list of people.

JsonHenry3631d ago

Meh. As far as I am concerned they should have quit making GTA after 3.

wibble3631d ago


I'm sure some people did prefer the PS3 version over the XBox version but I'm talkin about the PC version here.

I played both the PS3 and PC version today on the same TV. The PS3 version feels rock solid compared to the PC version. But the PC version in 1080p is pure gorgeous to look at.

I just want more FPS now dammit!

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TheColbertinator3631d ago

A horrible PC port to an average console game is the recipe for disaster.I truly hoped the people who bought the PC version would enjoy the game more.I suppose they didn't

tatotiburon3631d ago

well xbox 360 version remains as the superior version fo GTAIV

Shadow Man3631d ago (Edited 3631d ago )

i repeat CONFIRMED

However Swedish gaming mag Gamereactor said that there are MAJOR DIFFERENCES between the 2 version

Swedish Gamereactor mentioned in their 10/10 review that they were pretty surprised regarding the difference between the PS3 and 360-versions. The PS3-version features better colours, contrast, load times and what looks to be better resolution textures. The game also looks sharper and has a more stable fps.


"For those wanting to know which version looks better, the edge goes to the PS3. The textures and framerate are comparable, but the PS3 has far less pop-in. The 360 has richer colors, but the PS3 has better anti-aliasing making it look a little cleaner. Because GTA IV can preload onto the PS3 hard drive, the in-game loads are faster. Don't worry Xbox owners, the load times are rarely more than 30 seconds and don't occur very often. The slight visual edge goes to PS3, but the 360 is no slouch. Either version will do you proud".

X360 version has FR dips too . more frequent than the PS3 version
"Past GTA titles have had mild-to-serious framerate issues and technical glitches, because the games were trying to do far more than the PlayStation 2 could handle. While GTA IV is pushing the PS3 and 360 to the limit, it also runs amazingly well. Sure, there are framerate hitches here and there and (particularly on 360) there is some texture pop-in, but it actually runs better than I expected. That a game with great AI, an awesome physics engine and a detailed open world runs so well and with such short load times is a technical marvel. For that, I can forgive framerate issues and some noticeable aliasing. "

EGM ---"PS3 version looks slightly more vibrant and sharp "


"Occasional pop-up".........ONLY IN X360 version of GTA4

So happy that i own a PS3

GAMESRADAR also confirms that PS3 version is SUPERIOR

"While the PS3 and 360 versions of the game are functionally identical, the PS3's visuals sport noticeably smoother edges, along with a warmer color palette that makes everything look slightly more realistic. If you're looking to compare Accomplishments with your Achievement-hoarding friends, though, forget it - GTA IV ignores these half-assed consolation prizes altogether. PS3 owners also have to put up with a nearly eight-minute installation the first time they start the game, which puts the normally slower Blu-ray load times on par with the Xbox 360 version. (That is, unless it's running on a 360 with no hard drive, which we're told will face much longer loads.)"

It is OVER for XBUTTS and 3 FIX ME

TheColbertinator3631d ago

WTF Shadow Man? Is that you?

BLUR1113631d ago (Edited 3631d ago )

He is trying to get some bubbles since bashing the 360 is about the only way to get them with all the multiple accounts flying around.

or maybe he's making fun of the PSfanboys. who knows

GiantEnemyLobster3631d ago

XBOX®360 (720p, 2xAA, Exclusive Downloadable Content, Gaming with developers weekend, Achievements with no need to download patches,)

PS3 (640p, NO AA, laggier online, no one has mics, 15 minute MANDATORY install, slower load times, more pop-in)

maruchan27six3631d ago

Is there such thing as 640p?

dukadork3630d ago

I am laughing too hard......
I'm gonna die...
no wait....
i'll stay, this is too much fun!

GiantEnemyLobster3630d ago

Yes and no. The PS3 version runs at 1138x640 resolution @ 29fps, and it gets upscaled to 1280x720 (720p) which causes a blur effect for 'fake AA'.

360 runs at 1280x720, 30fps, with 2xAA so no need for that blur crap.

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Microsoft Xbox 3603631d ago

The PC version has been ported from the 360. That explains a lot about this article.

BLUR1113631d ago

Too bad you have been ported from generic droid N4G down syndrome.

cruckel3631d ago

Turned me away from a game that i was looking forward for the past 2 years, Spore, and because of this disaster, i don't plan on buying a copy of GTA4 for pc.

Pirates 5, EA 0

BobDog3631d ago

yeah this is like the reason people pirate, because of the anti pirating software that just f*cks it up for everyone

GIJeff3631d ago

stop stealing games/movies/music on bit torrent and this crap wouldn't be necessary.
:\ @ u

Sircolby453631d ago

"yeah this is like the reason people pirate, because of the anti pirating software that just f*cks it up for everyone "

Lol yah it is kind of ironic that the software they use to stop pirates is what drives more people to pirate.

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