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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:59 PM Edited by Colonel _Cortez, 13 April 2017 - 04:00 PM.

GTA 4 was a revolutionary game in the GTA series since it moved from comic graphics and PS2 physics into next gen realism.

What was the first thing in GTA 4 that blew your mind when you played it for the first time?

For me it was the RPG (yeah i cheated on my first walkthrough). I really loved it. You could actually aim from your shoulder and not like in the older GTA games through a square scope and you actually see how the rocket leaves the RPG and how Nico places another rocket while reloading. I also loved the explosions and how the rocket went ape sh*t and flew circles and ended up in the total wrong direction :D

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 04:08 PM

It's graphics. The phone feature really thrilled me.
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 04:51 PM

The Ragdoll/Euphoria. I already told this story a couple of times, but when I left Niko's appartment after the HotDog tutorial, I got ran over by a car and Niko's head broke the guy's windscreen. Needless to say I was impressed.

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:43 PM Edited by Mister Leone, 13 April 2017 - 05:44 PM.

Firing a gun for the first time and seeing how bodies reacted to where the bullet hit them. Found the visual and audio to be really immersing, knew I was in for some classic fire fights in the future.

Also seeing Algonquin behind Niko as he talked about the war and moved Vlad's body, I wasn't even ready to leave Broker. Thankfully the game knew that and put me in Bohan.
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:58 PM

Flying off a bike and seeing Niko ragdoll about 6 feet only to get ran over by a taxi and die.
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:50 PM

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:55 PM

Vlad's execution scene. That genuinely shocked me the first time I saw it.

It blew his mind too.

Hah *drum roll*
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:27 PM

Being able to make decisions throughout the story. 

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:33 AM

The story itself shocked me quite a bit. I never saw anything like it in a video game before. A deep, dark narrative about an immigrant who is haunted by his past actions and experiences...and is looking for revenge...plus, he's searching for that "American Dream" everyone is talking about.

In a lot of ways, the game reminds me of movie.

One other thing that surprised me was how detailed the city was. I both loved it (for its beauty) and hated it (for its poor, crime-ridden vibe).
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:50 AM

Walking, and exploring Hove Beach for the first time is probably the one thing that blew my mind the most. I seriously can't believe at the time how realistic, and believable Liberty City was. It was honestly incredible that life-like cities were possible in video game form. There are so many things in GTA IV that blew my mind, but it was exploring Liberty City that made my say "This game is incredible." 

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:33 AM

I think the first thing that really made itself apparent was the sheer size of Liberty City. I mean, San Andreas was big, but IV's Liberty City? I had to look at a size comparison, and it struck me that Liberty City was the size of San Andreas. I thought that was f*cking amazing. Imagine if they did some suburbia to go with it? Or countryside?

And then I was finding areas that I didn't even know about during my first play through. Skateparks under the bridges. Hidden vehicles. I loved it.

And then GTA V came about and took it to the next step. To this day, I am confident that I still haven't seen all of Los Santos.
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:16 AM

Just to name a few more:

The swingset lmao

More realistic weapons, felt more grounded and they still have nice sounds.

Flying through a windshield at 100 mph.

The weather of LC.
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:43 AM

Car damage. And the fact that GTA IV is a million times better than V.
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 10:11 AM

The game itself was a blow mind, everything was so new, and so different from SA...

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 02:54 AM

The executions, and the TLaD rendition of LCHC.
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 06:50 AM

The mission where you had to destroy windows in the Chinese store using bricks. Being able to pick up stuff in order to throw it really suprised me.
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 01:13 PM Edited by CreepShow, 15 April 2017 - 01:15 PM.

Things that blew my mind? Probably cop bullets


Okay, nah. 


First time I played back in 2008 when I was getting out of Roman's sh*thole I didnt expect to just push the door to come out, I was expecting some marker and a loading screen just like in San Andreas. Also the Euphoria Tech engine, it just awesome. 

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:57 PM

I have been through IV again recently and I just noticed the insane attention to detail in the sound design. The way wheels screech on wet road after handbraking and the way the engine rattles and tinks in certain cars. Really awesome immersive stuff.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:43 PM Edited by KYX, 15 April 2017 - 04:43 PM.

-How alive and real the world/peds felt.
-Car damage wasn't some readily modeled wrecks. It actually had visual in-place impacts based on the force and directions.
-Gun Fights in general.
-How detailed and funny the in-game internet was.
-The story
-Euphoria Engine
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:48 PM

Another thing that totally blew my mind was how close LC looks to new York. Almost 95% same
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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:22 AM

When I upgraded my PC in 2010 and was able to max the settings out. I think I spent an hour or so just walking around the city admiring it.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 05:52 PM

The combat system. Kicking someone's ass hard without killing them - like doing so with a slap on GTA 5. Then having peds begging you to stop. The realism.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 03:19 PM

The first sports car I saw, the Coquette. After Roman picked me up I saw the taillights and got interested. When I saw the full car I got excited and hopped in, left Roman and failed the mission. :lol:


Not gonna lie, discovering every car for the first time was a continuous shock factor for me. The cars in this game are so well executed and I don't know how anyone can say that the driving physics sucked. If I (10 at the time) could handle it then there is no excuse. Period.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 03:35 PM

The Euphoria engine, and how it really made for unique experiences each time you'd bail out of a car, or get hit by one. I ended up having countless hours of fun just screwing with that.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:03 PM

Star Junction. At night that place still blows me away, such an iconic place brought accurately to life for me to explore.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 12:50 AM

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 01:24 AM Edited by Dollarhide, 25 April 2017 - 01:40 AM.

Nice topic for GTAIV's ninth anniversary.


The first time what blew my mind was the city. I know it sounds like cliche these days. Bur really, the detail blew me away. Especially the contrast between poor and rich areas. It is really felt. Old GTA had a bunch of copy/paste buildings. GTAIV was the first to add care and planning to every single building, every single neighborhood. In end credits you can see that they had individual teams working for every borough.


Another thing trhat blew my mind was gunplay. It felt so real like I was in the middle of it all.


I also remember the impact that story and characters had on me. They were so life like- I was intimidated by Mikhail Faustin's appearance. by Gerry Mcreary too - they seemed like scary motherf*ckers. And I really believed that Dimitri was a nice friendly guy before Russian Revolution.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 07:48 PM

I know this sounds so stupid. One thing that really blew my mind was the bullet holes that are left when firing at a vehicle. Especially if it glass that isnt shot out. At the time, it didnt seem possible. Well, I was wrong. Then, I used the assault carbine and destroyed the whole front end of the Turismo. I was in shock and awed, amazing I lowly and softy said.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 09:18 PM

First time i used a sticky bomb and stuck it on a taxi and watched it drive away, then id be walking down a street and you would here the car exploding in the distance, then you would hear that voice "Helllo where do you think your going?"  Oh yer im that bad ass N youre mum  warned you about.

Being able to throw things, first time i worked that out and i decided to throw hotdogs at the vendor, he came over and punched me and got arrested, i had to laugh.

Throwing sticky bombs in middle park lake and watching the peds scream and run as the water shot up in the air.

Stealing a Helicopter and seeing the city from the air for the first time.

So many things............

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 10:36 PM

Car Physics. It's one of the reasons I fell in love with that game.

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