I wasn't able to play GTA IV until a few months had passed, because I had to save up enough money to buy a PS3 to play IV on (luckily IV came with the PS3 console as a combined package).
Skipping ahead, at the time the only TV I had in my room was a small yellow Samsung TV which is what I played IV on until I got a proper television. Anyway a friend of my brother set up the PS3 to the TV and I remember sitting in the same swivel chair that I have now, waiting for the game to load up, controller tight in hand. Finally the game loaded and the famous "Daddy's back you bitches!" was heard to which my brother's friend began to laugh.
Eventually the beginning intro had finished and I was now in control of Niko/Roman's taxi cab. I drove straight to the safehouse whilst admiring the scenery, traffic and even the pedestrians.
Skipping further ahead after all of the intros I was now wondering the streets of Hove Beach still breathless at the details. I remember the first thing I did after completing "The Cousins Bellic" was pick up a brick from the patch of land opposite the first safehouse, and throw it at a passing car. After having fun throwing bricks at cars I strolled on down to the Firefly Island and beach and got to know the Russian locals. I pushed a Russian ped out of the way so I could use the binoculars on the boardwalk opposite the Hot Coffee Store in Hove, and then getting into my first fight in the game. The angry Russian ped began punching me so I punched him back, though after a few blows he stumbled back and fell over the railing falling all the way down to the sand below. I jumped down to see if he was still alive or dead and, after collecting his dropped cash waited for the ambulance which came quickly to the scene. I readied myself to beat the guy up again thinking that the paramedic would revive the guy, but no the guy wasn't revived and the ambulance just drove away. I stared at the guy shocked that peds couldn't be revived from death as in previous GTA games, and so I went to steal my first car.
Still in the Hove Beach area I took my newly stolen car to the beach again to drive over the sand dunes. I remember clipping the car on the railings which caused it to flip over onto it's roof. I jumped out of the car as soon as possible and ran a distance away to escape the explosion, but nothing. I stared at the car amazed that it didn't blow up from flipping onto the roof (a la past GTAs), and I even began to punch the car thinking it was glitched. Finally it hit me, this GTA was not like any past GTA, this one was different. New graphics, new physics, new feeling to the game.
Ah the nostalgia.
So many fond memories I have of this game. I'm going to go and play IV again now.