By Aaron Seaney
As if you needed even more reasons to go out and buy Grand Theft Auto IV, we compiled some for you.
With the release of GTA IV, I have not even tried to hide my feelings about the amazingness of this game, however since my Grand Theft Auto IV review couldn’t even get out all of my feelings, I figured “hey why the hell not give everyone the top ten things that made this game a 10 out of 10!” So here I am, and I am going to tell you the ten reasons this game is perfect.
10. Ditching Missions
While the story of GTA has always been good, and admittedly GTA IV has the best story so far, you can’t deny the fact that there is nothing cooler than going off and screwing around the city stealing cars and wreaking havoc while ignoring all of the main plot. And while this has always been a cool feature, what makes it even better in the fourth installment is the fact that when you choose it ignore these missions it actually effects your relationship with the characters trying to contact you. So if you ignore them too much you may not even get to move on with their missions.
I’m really not trying to be a pervert with this one, but I have always found it absolutely hilarious that you could pick up hookers to get health and then beat them up to take your money back, I mean really? This is what gets people going on games? Well in GTA IV I have yet to see a hooker (though I am sure they are out there), but instead as you rise to the top of the crime world you can now have many different girlfriends, and while you probably won’t score on the first date, if you play your cards right with some fun and original dates, then you will get to hear the overly fake screams of a women who is in love with Nikko, trust me it could be the most hilarious thing in the game.
8. Stealing Cars
Ah the games title, Grand Theft Auto, how great of meaning that has when you can simply walk up to someone’s car and pull them to claim it as your own, well now my friends they delve even deeper into the meaning by stealing cars that are parked. That’s right, no longer will you be able to walk up to any parked car and expect it to be unlocked but now you actually have to break the window and hot wire that son of a gun. It isn’t that hard to do, but it adds a sense of realness to the game when the cops start chasing you….which brings me to number 7.
7. Hardcore Cops
The cops have always been a fun little obstacle in the game, you can kill them and then see how long you can out last them while gaining even more stars making it more difficult to stay alive. Almost always though in previous games three stars or lower and you were pretty guaranteed to get away, however in GTA IV cops won’t just try to catch you, they will make every effort to ram you in a head on collision to throw you from the vehicle, making three stars one of the more impossible things to overcome…that is without a Cheat code.
6. Cheat Codes
Call me a slacker, a cheater, or whatever you want, cheat codes in GTA are a necessity, I mean who wants to run around for 8 missions with nothing but a pistol? No one! Well with the help of a few numbers and letters you can easily use the GTA universe to become your own personal matrix, and have a slew of vehicles, health, cops, and weapons at your command. GTA IV provides excellent cheat codes as well via your cell phone that allows you to easily remember the numbers to getting you whatever your little heart desires. Check out GTA IV cheat codes at Cheat Happens for any of those available cheats.
5. Hiding Behind objects
This is something you have never been able to do in any GTA game until now. I love games where you can take fire, and ever since Gears of War one of the coolest things to do in games is blind fire, well in GTA you can do just that (and incredibly accurately I might add), but with any weapon you have, that’s right if you choose to fire a rocket launcher over the top of a car without looking you are more than welcome to do so.
4. Fighting System
This is another area GTA got a total face lift in. Past experiences showed that it was a pretty easy fighting system which lead to button mashing most of the time, well now with some well timed maneuvers you can do counter attacks and disarms (disarms include breaking a guys arm to steal his knife). This not only raises your levels of ways to kill people, but the entertainment level of the game as well. Making it one of the cooler things one can do in the game.
GTA seriously took every good video game and rolled it into this single accumulation of awesomeness, as much as I enjoy bioware’s choice games, I can now do the same thing in GTA IV. That’s right while I was on a mission I came across the choice to either kill the guy I was chasing or let him live (of course I killed him), this however progressed the game in a different way, and I was able to get closer to another target by gaining his trust. So the choice is yours, and that level of freedom makes any game amazing.
2. Killing Random People
It may be sick, it may be twisted but damn it all I love killing civilians in this game. I mean I can shoot them, I can blow them up, I can beat them to death, or I can even run them over, but for some reason every time I do it, I love it. Now while this part of the game didn’t change much between the last GTA and this one I will say you have to watch out because some citizens have decided that they are heros and will actually come to the rescue of someone you are beating mercilessly, of course this just gives you another target to kill.
Now remember that whole talk about taking other cool games and rolling it into this one? Well the greatest thing about GTA IV is getting a friend online, and wreaking havoc together. I don’t know how many hours I spent yesterday raising hell with my friend Ryan, but I can tell you it was a lot. You can have one person drive while the other shoots, you can drive separate cars, you can beat the crap out of each other etc. The point is you can have as much fun as you want, destroying as much stuff as you can WITH a friend, making it the biggest reason you should purchase Grand Theft Auto IV.
So seriously what are you waiting for?