Wow! It has been an incredible journey! I seriously can't believe that it is almost 10 years! 10 goddamn years!
Grand Theft Auto IV, one of the most phenomenal and bewildering titles I've ever played. Nearly everything about it is so close to perfection. The engaging and emotionally charged story, the amazing cast of supporting characters, the gritty and realistic tone, the bleak and moody atmosphere, the most immersive open world experience, the superbly epic Liberty City, and last but not least, Niko Bellic himself, brought to life by Michael Hollick's powerful performance. His portrayal of a broken man with a dark past who stumbled upon the life of crime he once vowed to never do again to seek absolution from the atrocities he has done in his past is so convincing and gave the character a side so relatable that gives emotional depth to the character.
Like many of us GTA fans here, we have our own special and unforgettable moments with the games in the series, and for me, GTA IV is the most unforgettable one in my humble opinion and hopefully it stays that way in the future.
When it comes to the most memorable moment for me, it's not the ones that are exciting and epic, it's a rather small moment, but I can never forget the first time I walked out of Roman's flat in Hove Beach at the start of the game and just feeling gobsmacked at how the city felt so convincing and alive. At the time, I never seen a game that exhibited such dedication to both realism and detail. I never seen a virtual in-game city that looks and feels extremely dynamic just as Liberty City, I said to myself back then how on earth did Rockstar make such things that is nearly impossible to do, and the absolute maniacs did it! The game itself obviously lasted such a great impression of me, and it changed my outlook on how I see both technology, and the progressive nature of gaming combined. Even after all the many years that have past, no other games except a few like The Witcher 3 felt so satisfying and conclusive as GTA IV to myself.
Grand Theft Auto IV for me isn't just a pick up and play game. For me it isn't just a game, it is something I can consider calling a work of art. No other game has captivated and heralded my interest as much as IV did. I'm a massive fan of the series as a whole, but it was GTA IV that stood higher than the others.
Have a happy 2018, and let's all have a toast to an astonishing, and awe-inspiring game that is GTA IV.