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GTA IV Has it’s Flaws

Posted by shaun832 on December 11, 2008

Okay, before you complain about the fact that this game came out all the back in April and it might just be a little bit late to post a blog entry criticizing it, I want to point out something. I only got my first Xbox 360 a month ago and I got GTA IV with it. So I’ve only had it for about a month and I feel that’s a good time to start pointing out it’s flaws. Maybe it’s actually a tad late as it is. Oh well. Let’s start this mini-review.

The first thing I noticed about this game is the fact that it has so much to do i it. I mean, you can catch rides in taxis, watch tv, go bowling, get drunk, err, watch tv… There’s a problem here. There’s so much to do in it but it seems to wear a bit thin fairly early. The only thing these activities I mentioned are there is that they are to distract you from actually playing the game, except for the taxi rides of course.

The driving controls are pathetic. In previous GTA games, it’s easy to turn tight corners but on this one, trying to turn a corner will send you sliding straight into an unsuspecting police officer. Don’t say that I should slow down to turn the corners because that’s what I was doing. Also, don’t try to handbrake. It just makes things much more difficult.

The fact that when you crash into a solid object at a high velocity will send Niko through the windscreen and into oncoming traffic is cool at first but it soon becomes a major annoyance. For example, you’re chasing a guy and you almost get near him and a barrier comes out of nowhere and sends you flying into the water as you watch helplessly as the man gets away.

A problem with the previous example is that some objects don’t render themselves fast enough when you are going at a high speed and you hit an invisible object just before it becomes visible. I’ve only had this happen to me a couple of times but it is a bit annoying and maybe I shouldn’t complain this much about it.

There are many more problems with this game but it is overlooked by the ability to run innocents over with a bus, before you run into a tree and kill yourself.

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