Grand Theft Auto IV Best Video Game Ever Made

Grand Theft Auto 4

Grand Theft Auto IV was highly praised and well reviewed since its release into the video game industry, but does it deserve title of best video game ever made?

Grand Theft Auto IV is the latest addition to the GTA franchise, and it made an impact on the video game industry as a whole, definitely. It possibly has one of the best story lines that you will be able to find in a game currently on consoles. Parting from the “gangster” image that it once honed, and now taking the role as an immigrant who takes upon the task of revenge. You will find that this is a story of love, hate, betrayal and moral choices to be made by you, the player. A definite requirement for one of the best video games ever made is definitely a well thought out and planned story line, which Rockstar Games has definitely managed to display with GTAIV.

Another quality that one of the best games ever made would have to possess is great and current technology. Apparently, Rockstar took that a step further and made GTAIV hold some of the most advance technology made available to the video game industry. The animation in the game is superb and one of the most detailed displays of animation within a video game. You will find that when you are walking on unleveled your posture will adjust to the surface. For example, if you are walking on a sidewalk, one foot may be on the street and one other foot may be on the sidewalk. The graphics are pretty amazing as well, especially on high definition quality. Definitely no problems with that particular aspect of the game. The music… well, there is no background music, but there are radio stations that you can listen to that are definitely entertaining to listen to. Mainly comedic stations, and actually some real world music to listen to, such as Kanye West and Movado.

The gameplay is what definitely makes this game so ground breaking. Not only are the missions action packed and intense, but there are multiple ways to execute a mission. You can use whatever guns you want, whatever way you want to. If you want to blow up the place, then go ahead, if you want to snipe, you can, if you want to go in guns blazing, grab a shot gun or sub machine gun and go on. But the greatest entertainment that I am given by this video game is definitely by the vigilante missions. It can be so amazing and intense at times. When you are tasked with executing a gang that is having some activity in an area, you will find that they may be large in numbers, about a group of 8, and they are definitely packed with powerful weapons. The last vigilante mission I did with a gang task, I was being pressured by two of the members throwing the grenades at me simultaneously with a sniper in back picking at me and two people with assault machine guns keeping me at bay. To say the least, it looked amazing to see cars being exploded and being shot up into the air left and right, and the screen shaking so violently that you can not even aim properly.

This game is definitely one of the best games ever made, and on my list, the top game ever made. The graphical quality, the animation and the engaging game play is definitely one of the best creations made available in the video game industry.

Grand Theft Auto Sequels Not Intended To Be Annual

Grand Theft Auto IV

Take-Two Interactive does not consider Grand Theft Auto a series that is required to have annual sequels to the franchise.

As many of you know, franchises such as Call of Duty or Guitar Hero will often receive sequels every year. one franchise has multiple development teams to keep the releases annual, even. But does the quality of a video game suffer a bit when the releases are so frequent? When a Take-Two CEO was asked about the profits made in a non-GTA year, and they were quick to respond in saying that it is not the case, they can indeed be profitable with their other video game franchise possessions. But, they do not feel that GTA is a series that needs to be released annually.

Grand Theft Auto IV was released last year,  and two downloadable expansions were released that offered further story content. The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony were the titles of these downloadable add-ons, and they have had a fairly good fan reception. Not only that, but they have shipped GTA: Chinatown Wars for both the PSP and DS, and are selling a collection of the two downloadable episodes as Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. So within the past year or two, we have seen quite a lot releases in the series, but none of these have really served as an official sequel.

There is a balance between the development times on an amazing game and meeting consumer expectations and the time needed to ensure that the experience leaves the consumer wanting more. Take-Two Interactive clearly has a good track record in that aspect, because GTA is possibly one of the most wanted games of all time.

The time taken and the improvements seen over time is a very huge selling point, to see the jump from a prior generation to a next generation appeal. Honestly, GTA does not need to have annual sequels at all, and I think that doing so would ruin part of the appeal of the series as a whole.

Grand Theft Auto IV’s next expansion: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Liberty City Episodes
Liberty City Episodes

Yes, the next GTA IV expansion pack is coming out, shortly after the release of the “Lost and The Damned” . The new expansion, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony, is on it’s way out as the games second downloadable episode of content.To be released this Fall for the Xbox 360. Rockstar will also be releasing this, along with the Lost and The Damned DLC, as a standalone compilation disc. This will be titled “Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City“.

The Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony is said to take more of a look into the glitzy high end life of Liberty City, in contrast to the biker gang life of Lost and The Damned. The main character this time around is Luis Lopez , who is a full time worker at a night club  under Tony “Gay Tony” Prince.The official announcements state that players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and the uncertainty of who is “real” and who is “fake” in a world in which everyone has a price.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony is to be released this Fall on the Xbox 360 for $20 or 1600 Microsoft Points. The Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From LIberty City is going to be up for $39.99. It will not require the original GTA IV disc in order to be played.

Grand Theft Auto IV Xbox 360 Elite Bundle

GTA IV Xbox 360 Elite Bundle Pack
GTA IV Xbox 360 Elite Bundle Pack

Grand Theft Auto 4 has been out for over a year and Microsoft is celebrating this by releasing a Xbox 360 Elite bundle that comes with the Xbox 360.  Though, there is no word on the GTAIV: Lost and The Damned DLC being packed in with the bundle pack.

This birthday bundle comes with two exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV stickers, one of the GTAIV logo and the other being the Liberty City Swingers logo. Some are complaining that this is lackluster compared to the other Xbox 360 bundles. The pricing and release date of this bundle pack has not yet been addressed by Microsoft. Also the regions that this “Anniversary Bundle Pack” will be released also isn’t known, though it is speculated that it will be released for those down North.

Hmm, Two Stickers and a Game. This bundle pack is sounding quite useless, to be honest. I don’t see the selling point for it. They could have easily included vouchers for the Lost and The Damned DLC, and just maybe, it’d make the bundle pack that much more worth getting. The Fable 2 + Halo 3 bundle pack is looking way more appealing then this.