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It's 2018! The 10th Year Anniversary for GTA IV is in the horizon! Share your best memories of IV and Liberty City.

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 06:20 PM Edited by TheOneLibertonian, 31 December 2017 - 06:35 PM.

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.  :inlove:  :inlove:  :inlove:

 

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 06:53 PM

Similar to you I remember leaving Roman's apartment for the first time and being blown away with how great it looked. The story is engrossing with a memorable cast. When I unlocked Algonquin was a memorable moment. A whole new island to explore with a completely different vibe.
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Posted 31 December 2017 - 09:20 PM

Thank you IV for introducing me to the bus stop. :)

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 09:23 PM Edited by Mr_Rager, 31 December 2017 - 09:24 PM.

Humanity really peaked with GTA IV, its been downhill ever since.
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Posted 31 December 2017 - 09:45 PM

gta 4 mobile upcomming????!!!  :blink:

 

 

mid europe still in 2017 (22:44)


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 09:49 PM


Best game ever
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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:21 PM



Where it all began. The birth of the greatest GTA.:)

Happy 2018.
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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:29 PM Edited by TheOneLibertonian, 31 December 2017 - 11:29 PM.

This never gets old...

 


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:41 PM Edited by AlbanyEsperanto, 31 December 2017 - 11:45 PM.

Happy New year everyone by me with my favorite qoute:

 

 

 

 

Lets go bowling, everyone in new 2018!

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 04:16 AM

gta 4 mobile upcomming????!!!  :blink:
 
 
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No. But it will come for Switch I think.
OT:Happy 10 year Anniversary GTA IV. This game introduced me to the new era of gta.
It's hard to believe it has been 10 years already.Time flies.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 04:54 AM

I hope we get a remaster for the greatest game ever in 2018

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 02:05 PM

10 years already. Wow. 


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 04:52 PM

Cheers. Im playing IV on PC and I gotta admit it aged phenomenally. I always enjoy playing this gem, IV and EFLC combined are a truly masterpiece IMO.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 05:22 PM

Many manly and womanly tears shall be shed on April 29, 2018.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 09:31 PM Edited by ClaudeSpeed1911, 01 January 2018 - 09:32 PM.

Edit:

I can't believe its almost 10 years. I feel old.


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 09:41 PM

10 years old and i think its aged pretty well, love the game always will


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 12:19 AM Edited by Sprunkadelic, 02 January 2018 - 12:20 AM.

I'd say it's kinda been the games anniversary months ago since the game was originally planned to be released in late 2007, but nonethless, I hope we get something special come April 29th

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:06 AM

I'd say it's kinda been the games anniversary months ago since the game was originally planned to be released in late 2007, but nonethless, I hope we get something special come April 29th


Well, I'm expecting a discount on GTA IV + EFLC on Steam.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:48 PM

So what will they do with IV in 2018 ?

Remastered version for new consoles and/or PC ?

Patch 1.0.9.0 ?

Or ... nothing ?

P.S. Not forget - VCS mobile release still not happened.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 12:13 PM

So what will they do with IV in 2018 ?

Remastered version for new consoles and/or PC ?

Patch 1.0.9.0 ?

Or ... nothing ?

P.S. Not forget - VCS mobile release still not happened.

Either nothing or a new adversary mode for GTA Online.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 11:03 PM

GO F/UCK YOURSELF LIBERTY CITY

THIS CITY IS A POISON VACUUM

IT SUCKS THE TOXIC PSYCHOPATHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD INTO IT'S BELLY

TIME TO THROW UP, AMERICA!






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IV/TLaD are the best f*cking games I ever played. This badass sh*t doesn't even feel 10 yrs old lmao
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Posted 05 January 2018 - 11:10 PM

Ooooo boy too many to list but one of my favourites is driving around Hove Beach in Romans Taxi both picking up fares and exploring the(then) incredibly detailed next gen HD area with radio Vladivostok playing. I could do this for hours upon hours back in the day. Shame I don't have any time to do this anymore 😢

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 03:38 PM Edited by DlZZEE, 06 January 2018 - 03:39 PM.

I remember not being able to play it because it was only on consoles and even when PC version came out my toaster couldn't handle it. I only started playing it in 2011 when I brought a new PC and was a pretty disappointed because gameplay wise they removed too many features from GTA SA, only impressive thing in the game was physics, for that reason this is my  least favorite GTA game.

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 08:09 PM Edited by Ronald Reagan, 06 January 2018 - 09:18 PM.

 

 

Grand Theft Auto IV. The best game I've ever played since Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven.

 

This game blew my mind.

 

Graphics? Beautiful. 

 

Physics? The best I've seen in any video game.

 

Cars? The best looking vehicles in any sandbox game.

 

Shooting? The best and the most enjoyable activity apart from driving. 

 

The city? The best looking city that has ever appeared in any video game. 

 

The plot? One of the best and the most addictive one.

 

Grand Theft Auto IV. The best Grand Theft Auto game and one of the best games ever made.

 

 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 10:40 PM Edited by Scaglietti, 06 January 2018 - 10:42 PM.

I wish I knew in total how many hours I've invested into IV. It's definitely my most played game by a long shot. Great memories lol.

 

I remember the first time I played and I ditched Roman on the way to the apartment because I saw what looked like a Corvette and went to steal it! Or when I tried crossing the Algonquin bridge for the first time, failed and drove towards the airport with 6 stars. In the oncoming lanes I saw a black cop car and said "OMFG is that a Charger??!" Then I quickly got shot to death.

 

10 years later I'm still able to play, without being blinded by nostalgia. I still enjoy this game like new. It's also made an impact on my love for cars and understanding of vehicle driving dynamics. 10 years in and I still have no clue what people are on about when they dis IV driving mechanics. Yeah there's a little excess body roll, year cars are slower, yeah cars have a slightly wider turning radius. But that's it. I can drive with as much engagement as a Forza racing game. No matter what anybody says, the cars do feel like cars and each is unique. Chases are fun and yes you can have them, yes you can get places fast, and no spinning/sliding is not a problem. Get good.

 

Love this game!

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:37 AM Edited by Gunnalingus, 07 January 2018 - 12:42 AM.

When game came out, players had lot of fun jumping off Empire State Building. I couldn't afford GTAIV in 2008 so I watched every GTAIV video on youtube.

 

When I got to play the game myself, I too jumped off Rotterdam Tower many time. I even tried to figure out best angles to jump from, like what's the best view before I die, what could make the coolest landing and the coolest fall.

 

In the early days when I was young I got a kick out of fighting with strip club bouncers. I don't know why. They seem like real nice, polite guys. But yeah, like 10 years ago, getting into fights with bouncers was cool. When I went to strip club with a friend and walked up the wrong set of stairs. there would often be an epic bar brawl. i've seen Little Jacob knock a bouncer out while I was fighting 2 bouncers at once.


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:15 PM

For me the best moment is, when you first start the game, and you see the city for the first time, it's really breathtaking. It still is after a lot of times playing it. 

 

I loved just walking around Middle Park during the day, and see what the people are doing. It was fantastic, then at night, I would go down to Star Junction and just walk around and see how realistic it is. 

 

I still play it to this day, on PC and I still enjoy it.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:51 PM

The best moment is playing through the whole game after it released on my xbox 360.

 

I remember it like it was yesterday, it was a very hot summer, temperature as high as it wasn't for long.

 

Instead of doing anything outside I was inside for months playing GTA IV. And my neighbors joined me of course, since they didn't have a console.


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 05:33 PM

I spent maybe... fifty hours? Sure, sounds about right, fifty hours on Montauk Avenue/Dukes Boulevard with any car I could find, from the bus to the ever-elusive Sultan RS, going full-speed from Meadows Park to Outlook Park and jumping them all through the Soldiers' Memorial arch. And that was just the tip of a massive iceberg of my life spent in GTA IV. While I think it very much has been overshadowed by V in most ways, from technical aspects to artistic ones, IV still feels so much more... I dunno, living? Maybe "real." I see many of the same things in Los Santos that I saw in Liberty City, and I think Los Santos feels more... fun than Liberty City, but LC had a... a smell. A good smell - one of nostalgia, maybe, or of familiarity. I read a wonderful description by Samuel Roberts in an article on PC Gamer a short time ago that I'm very sorry I can't match.

 

 

[...] the heart says GTA 4's open world is more evocative. Its golden skies and densely packed streets feel eerily close to real life, but it feels a little bit magical, too—like someone's half-remembered living in New York a decade ago, and captured the life of the place, if not exactly what it was like. It's still my favourite Rockstar environment.[...]

-Samuel Roberts for PC Gamer

 

I'd say I'm biased, having grown up near Cincinnati which, much like New York, is an "old" American city, unlike the west coast's "new" American cities. But Liberty was fresh and new even with all my experience with a real-life city that shared much of it's lifeblood with New York, maybe because of Rockstar's twisted vision, or maybe because of the stunning feeling of being an outsider. Niko is an outsider, he's arrived just as soon as us, and we are tasked with being his friend and mentor, while at the same time learning the ins and outs of America. And with his eyes, it becomes apparent what we have been blinded to.

 

Liberty made me appreciate people more - made me see the scummy dealings and real struggles of people everywhere, behind closed doors and laying on the sidewalk. It made me like cars that, at one time in my life, I'd have dismissed as just something that would've been better left to a scrapyard. It made me care about a city I didn't ever have much interest for in real life, and it gave me the insight to know what I was seeing, however much it was, was never all. And that was OK, part of what made it magic, what made it alive and wonderful and always interesting to explore. It made me return to games I had played before, including Saints Row and it's sequel, and appreciate Stilwater as more than a sandbox. It allowed me to really enjoy the snapshot of 1947 Los Angeles that LA Noire provided as not just a backdrop to the neo-noir crime drama story, but for a glimpse of a city before it was modern, and America fresh out of the second World War. And, of course, it gave me the same power for the next GTA, and I have fallen in love with Los Santos similarly, if not the same.

 

Liberty City (however awkward its streets were to navigate) and Niko Bellic (however quirky his voice acting) are a pair of crime-drama archetypes dropped into the action film collection of GTA. It's different, for better and worse, but clearly it has found it's purpose, and swayed the hearts of thousands of players who still linger on those 2008 streets to this day.

 

Also the ads were 3,000,000 times better than most of GTA V's (teaser notwithstanding).

 

Here's a link to the article for Samuel's full statement and a number of other interesting insights into the worlds of video games and why they steal our hearts: http://www.pcgamer.c...rld-or-setting/

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 06:24 PM

 

 

Liberty City reminds everyone of 1990's New York they saw in movies like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

 

It's like 2008 Liberty City was stuck in 1990's and 2013 Los Santos is just... bland 2013 Los Santos.

 

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That's why it feels so magical.

 

 

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