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GTA hits new level

PUBLISHED: 17:37 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 August 2010

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LET me cut to the chase with this review and tell each and every one of you what we ve all been desperately hoping to hear since GTA IV s release was announced - it s even better than the hype. Even the behemoth that was Halo 3 didn t quite live up to the

LET me cut to the chase with this review and tell each and every one of you what we've all been desperately hoping to hear since GTA IV's release was announced - it's even better than the hype.

Even the behemoth that was Halo 3 didn't quite live up to the years of expectation and rumour that comes with such a huge release but somehow, someway, GTA IV has surpassed what we thought was possible.

Developers Rockstar have taken this genre to a whole new level with this title which really has set the benchmark for free-roaming games of the future.

From the moment you take control of Niko Bellic you will be awe-struck by the plot, gameplay and surroundings that this game has to offer.

Liberty City is by far the most immersive setting of any game we have played and the level of detail in its lighting, architecture and its citizens are nothing short of phenomenal.

It is in essence a living, breathing city where other people go about their daily lives while you go about yours.

Each individual has their own agenda and act amazingly realistically according to the environment, everything from swapping insurance details after car accidents to holding a paper over their head when it begins to rain.

This incredible level of detail provides the ideal setting for a plot and game system that is little short of extraordinary.

The combat mechanics have been changed to include new aiming and covering systems, and while they are not flawless, they add a new edge to the old system which makes for intense battle scenes.

Missions are spectacular and the online multiplayer will add yet more life to a game that you'll never want to stop playing.

We here at D-pad have never issued a 10/10 for a game before...GTA IV is more than worthy of the first one.


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