Graev and I picked up GTA4 yesterday – woot! This game has been a long time coming for us and all GTA fans. For me the last GTA game I actually played and payed attention to was Vice City. Graev managed something like 100% on San Andreas but I was a heretic and actually just “watched” SA for the most part. I want to give you guys our random quick thoughts on GTA4.
Graphics = Awesome. They are as good as I expected but I don’t think they are 10/10 good. Graev and I were talking about this after we played for about 3 hours yesterday. He turned to me and said “The graphics are real good, but not 10/10”.
Cars fishtail reeeaaally easy. The driving mechanics in GTA4 are really superb. The physics and attention to detail on the wheel and driver are really nice. The cars do fishtail really easy though and it takes some getting used to. It feels like momentum’s effect on cars has been quadrupled which is surely more realistic. Overall driving is great once you realize you can’t hold the hand-break and get precision turns like you used to do in VC/SA.
Guns and Combat… oh so nice! The combat has really been improved upon. I like the aiming and the ability to duck and peak from behind cover. I love how everything feels more realistic including fist fighting.
Sounds great. Our surround sound was hooked back up just in time for us to enjoy it with GTA4. Wow… the sounds are awesome! Even the pistols are thunderously loud. The ambient sounds of the city have made me look out the window more than a few times to make sure there’s not a gang war going down on my street.
Story is interesting. I’m not going to give anything away but it’s great.
Mission system and Friend activities. As you make friends in Liberty city they will want you to do stuff with them. You’ll be in the middle of a mission and suddenly someone you just met wants to go bowling or shoot a game a pool. Heck, we even got an invitation from one friend to see a cabaret show. These are almost like mini-games in a way and add to the realism of the game when you focus on actually living the character’s life for him. It’s another dimension to the game.
The AI still needs work. Argh! Frustrating GTA AI! Some things never change. The AI getting stuck in bizzare locations during a mission or ramming into walls repeatedly has made an appearance in GTA4. It took us 5 retries of this mission where we had to chase this guy for the AI to finally not stuck at a tollbooth. Very frustrating.
Great game so far overall. I’m about to sit down now and go play some more! We’ll post more thoughts and even videos of the game sometime this week.