Played the PC Windows version on Steam.
GTA IV is a good game overall, aside from the horrendous optimization problems this game has over the years I've tried to make this game run with different setups.
You play as Niko Bellic who just landed in the lands of opportunity by boat, bringing with him his troubled past and a reason to go somewhere else to make a living.
The game is pretty straightforward if you have played any other GTA games. What separate this and the previous ones is what I feel is that the atmosphere within the story is more gritty, yet retains its usual crazyness from previous titles.
The game has overall a lot of improvements but also some of the extra activities from previous games are to be missing in this title, which makes play time outside missions a bit stale sometimes. A solution to this is the friend system, which is well implemented except for the fact that you have to baby sit them during the day so they don't get grumpy, and disliking you.
I recommend playing this game but be warned with the hardware setup if playing on new PCs that it was not designed for. The game also still has Games for Windows Live for saving and online play, but you can easily create an offline account and save from there.
- - Story is good and a bit different compared to previous games with more focus on characters.
- - Activities and side-missions that made it from the previous games improved and not as monotonous.
- - Friend system.
- - Runs like garbage or unstable if you don't have the right hardware setup (too high-end).
- - Too little activities outside of story missions.
- - Friends are needy.
- - Poor optimization.