Pros Great graphics if you have the lastest custom built PC.
Cons Must join Social Club, Must have Windows Live Act. Poor controller set-up option. Must be logged into Live Act. in order to save game. Seems you must be online to play. Not a stand alone game
Summary What happened to installing the game the game and then playing it like the prior GTA games. What happens if you don't have internet connection, can't play. Prior games as long as your PC was running you could play and save progress. With this one it took me a 1 &1/2 hours just to sign up all the Acts., download, install and link-up Acts. as required. AHH HA now I can play, no must change keyboard set, where is this done at? After clicking on all the areas I find and configure everything. NOW i get to play, I reach a save point and try to save, WHAT a message telling me I can not save unless I am logged into Windows Live Act. @#%**%###@@@. I pay over $40.00 and I don't have anything to show (or Play). I tried to get a refund HAHAHA. Got $10.00 from a local game shop. Rockstar has figured out how to sell us AIR. You buy a game and can not play on it's own. Why didn't PC review sites make us aware of these things instead they give a high rating. Check Amozon's reviews, almost 200 1 & 2 star reviews. I know I will NEVER buy a game that has ANY connection to Rockstar. Rockstar should have also listed these requirements on the box for review before buying. Looks like false advertisement. Then try contacting Rockstar for support. I tried, I was unable to sign up for the Social Club. It kept returning to the 1st page after clicking the continue. Been two days and no support. This shows all they care about is getting you money and giving you nothing back. Sounds like our government. I wish I had read the private reviews before I wasted my money.
Pros Nvere actually played the game.
Cons My pc meets all the software and hardware requirements but whenever i tried to install it it told me "%p is not compatible" nad gave me link to update windows xp. My OS is Vista!!!!
"Great game"on by peterw40a
Pros love the game. once I added a 9800 GTX+ video card, I can run it on much higher settings
Cons you need a good system to run it
Summary love that it saves the game after each mission/task
I also love the realizism vs. actual locations in NYC, even bridges with the same roads/tolls.
Pros the best game...
Cons nothing.. really nothing
Summary the BESTTTTTT
Pros - More in-depth than previous GTA games.
- The city feels "alive" with much better AI.
- Graphics are absolutely amazing.
- Gameplay can keep you hooked for hours.
Cons - Very poor optimization.
- Even the best of systems can't run it on the highest of settings.
- FPS tends to drop occasionally when loading buildings into the draw distance.
- Physics engine for vehicles are a bit of a turn down.
Summary This game is extremely fun and detailed !After the most recent patch, graphic optimization has greatly improved and there are more graphic options given. Definitely a MAJOR improvement over the first patch.
The storyline is much more in-depth than previous Grand Theft Auto games and adds to the feeling of the whole game. The AI is much more reactive to what you do. Ex. You break the window of a car to hotwire it - Citizens will take note and look (And police officers will start running over if present.) The fun factor behind this game is what makes it last with the storyline and the massive recreation of New York City with its diverse populace.
The graphics, given you have the right hardware, can prove downright amazing! There is a good amount of high dynamic range lighting, the cars are less blocky, and the whole game is filled with smooth textures galore. But, this also tends to be its downfall. There has been NUMEROUS reports of low FPS even on the best of computers. I have been sitting in the range of 29 - 38 FPS, depending on whether on moving and my location, with a nVidia 9800 GT at 1680 x 1050 resolution. It is definitely nice enough to play. Its not remotely close to the limits of the GTX 260 or 280, but it runs the game pretty smooth except for a occasional drop to 25 FPS. Also, optimization is at a low. This game was designed to be able to run on future hardware without requiring too many patches and the choice to choose your graphic settings are pretty minimal for a PC game.
There is also the problem with having to go through registering for Rockstar Social Club and Games for Windows - Live! They tend to be time consuming with registering and what not and downloading the required programs to even just play GTA IV itself. To sum it up: Extra registration during installation is WAY too time consuming.
But in the end, it all boils down to the game itself. The game is amazing, but it carries its flaws. Worth $50? Possibly. Should you wait? It would be a better idea. Not exactly worth $50 to many people, but worth it if you are a die-hard GTA series fan.
Updated on Jan 27, 2009
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