The only reason Niko did not rule the city was because IV was02a02bittersweet crime drama.
So ? ?? Instead of taking jobs from various group of mobsters, like an errand boy performing crimes simply for the sake of it, which often acts as fillers, without much variety between the jobs for different groups, rather same repetitive tasks, and more shooting galleries with a thin narrative without going deep enough nor having any real consequences, but tend to simply stretch the narrative, Niko should have actually pursued more greater ambitions' by pursuing better goals.
Such an approach ( as seen in IV ) doesn't create a compelling and convincing narrative for me. Unlike the amazingly executed and presented using the storyline and the character development CJ - He rises within the family to gain respect and overcome all the obstacles. Niko, who seems more like doing a part time job for a variety of mobsters than rising through the ranks/power, which is the most logical thing to do.
Even those criminals that Niko was working for were also either gun for hire or low level criminals at some point. If they were able to establish their own gang, and are now enjoying the American Dream, then why would Niko dismiss the power and opportunities that come with the experience? Just to torture himself with some stupid past that happened ten years back, and remains unimportant for the entire time.
Even Roman ends up getting a slice of that American Dream, but Niko wants to deviate from what earlier seen him talking about moving to Liberty City because he wanted a new life by living the American Dream, but when he does arrive in Liberty City, he suddenly gets sentimental for the dead soldiers, and the game conveniently replaces it with a contrived, superficial, unfocused plot of hunting down the man who betrayed Niko, forgetting how upset he was with Roman for his lies about American Dream to begin with.
Repeatedly I find myself asking: "Why the f*ck should I care about what happened with Niko during war, when that hardly forms just a small part in the entire story, but rather what Niko should have done after arriving to LC?
The whole plot was based on a dumb premise. It doesn't make sense and feels actually like a silly, fairy story of an immigrant than GTA SA which actually uses a lot of real events and incidents to back up the story, making it feel more authentic, and believable in characters'.
Dimitri rightly humiliates Niko in saying, " You think I could survive in a cesspit of a city like this by aligning myself with a bottom feeder like you? You, who has so many enemies? You robbed Bulgarin, you killed Mikhail. You know no more of loyalty than I do.
All Niko had in his defense was to pass the blame on others for all the murders he committed but not himself in allowing people to keep taking advantage of him, and his inability to let go of the stupid past and f*ckin' grow up rather than chooses to remain a bottom feeder peasant even after so many murders, and making so many enemies. What a loser! All that Red Army experience just went to waste for nothing, but ends up mere words spoken about his abilities and skills, when in reality the actual plot doesn't reflect this.