Grand Theft Auto 4 User Reviews
GTA IV reinvents the series with a renewed version of Liberty City detailed to the last pothole and rooftop vent. There are now four boroughs to explore plus extra area outside of Liberty City proper. With the ability to climb obstacles, drive cars, steer boats and pilot helicopters, the world of GTA is more accessible than ever before.
In this fourth installment of the popular series, players take on the role of Niko Bellic, a rough-around-the-edge chap from Eastern Europe. Niko has arrived in America, in Liberty City -- a land full of promise and opportunity. His cousin convinced him to emigrate, to join him in his mansion and life of luxury, but as soon as he steps off the boat, Niko discovers the truth about the American way. Still, the wealth, the comfort, the bliss of the good life, it all really is here .... And it's all for the taking.
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In 2010, a lawsuit was filed by Brazilian composer Hamilton Lourenço da Silva with the Civil Court in Barueri against Rockstar Games and Synergex Brazil to restrict trading and distributing of Episodes From Liberty City in Brazil, and Worldwide, due to the song "Conga Kid", which is featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony, having sampled from his song "Bota o Dedinho pro Alto" without his permission. The injunction stated that a fine of R $5,000 (US $3,000) would be issued for each day the expansion was continued to be sold.
Female police officers were originally going to be implemented in the game before being cut. One can be seen in the first trailer for the game.
The GPS usually makes an instrumental "bing bong" sound when approaching a turn. On rare occasions, the voice will actually say, "bing bong".
Graphics for a scrapped game mode called "Zombie Revolution" can be found in the game's files.
The setting of the game was originally going to be Liberty State, rather than just Liberty City, and it would have included countryside surrounding Liberty City, mountains based on the Adirondacks and Catskills, and possibly The Caraways.
Many street names in Bohan are named after prisons, such as, Leavenworth Ave, Alcatraz Ave, Sing Sing Ave, Guantanamo Ave, Attica Ave, San Quentin Ave, Folsom Way, Rykers Ave, and Joliet Street.
It was originally intended for the game to include flyable planes and jets, however according to a Q&A session by Rockstar Games, they were cut because the map was too small.
If a pirated copy of the game is recognized, the in-game camera will swing wildly around during play.
Niko Bellic, one of the game's protagonists, was based on the character Sasha from the 2001 film "Behind Enemy Lines" played by Vladimir Mashkov. Mashkov was even asked by Rockstar if he'd like to play Niko Bellic but, declined the offer.
According to the Liberty City Police Department's database, Niko Bellic's first criminal offense was "Grand Theft Auto" in 2008, the same year that Grand Theft Auto IV was released.Quotes
Niko Bellic: War is when the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other.
Niko Bellic: I'll rip your fucking heart out!
Niko Bellic: So this is what the dream feels like? This is the victory we longed for.
Roman Bellic: Why are you telling me this now? Do you always get sentimental after you kill people?
Patrick 'Packie' McReary: Sure... this is Niko, some drug dealing de-fuckin'-generate from some armpit in Eastern Europe. That's my ma.
Niko Bellic: How would you like to die? Roman Bellic: Having a threesome on my hundredth birthday. I don't fucking know! I'm scared you cold bastard. What are we going to do?Easter Eggs
During the mission, "Clean Getaway", while Niko and Vlad are walking to Vlad's car, Vlad is nearly hit by a Taxi and yells "I'm walking here" at the driver. This is a reference to a scene in the film "Midnight Cowboy", in which Dustin Hoffman is almost hit by a taxi and yells the same phrase. It may also be a reference to the film "Back to the Future Part II", in which Martin McFly Junior is almost hit by a car while crossing the street and yells the same phrase repeatedly.
Cash registers throughout the game have a button that reads "Ask CJ". This is visible through the use of a sniper rifle, zooming in on the keypad of the cash register. This is a reference to CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
The achievement/trophy "Finish Him" is a reference to the Mortal Kombat series, in which the announcer says the same phrase at the end of the final match.
The achievement "Warm Coffee" is a reference to the controversial "Hot Coffee" mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
The achievement/trophy "Auf Wiedersehen Petrovic" is a reference to the British comedy-drama, "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet".
The name of the mission "I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots and Your Motorcycle" is a reference to Terminator 2, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger says the same line.
Inside the Statue of Happiness, behind a door with a sign saying "No Hidden Content this way", is a large beating heart.