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Vladistar_895

Is Ray Bulgarin an undeveloped antagonist?

Do you think Ray Bulgarin an undeveloped antagonist?  

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  1. 1. Is Ray Bulgarin an undeveloped antagonist?



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Vladistar_895

Ray Bulgarin as seen and also described by Niko,was a man with a lot of conections,smart,rude,dark,dangerous,angry that would do anything to get what he wants.He appared only in two cinematics and looked intimidating.

In TBOGT,Bulgarin is a crazy,angry man obsesed with money but is not dark or intimidating just a crazy which does little to kill Luis and Tony,and he don't want revenge on Luis that much,since he wants to leave the city.(Don't understand besside killing him why he would be a thread if he would leave town without Luis killing him)

In TBOGT I think Bulgarin should've been more dark like IV and to do more to kill Luis.

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Davao

Yes. Niko should have killed him. After the diamond fiasco we never hear of him again in IV.  There was no backstory on how he turned up in IV.   Considering Niko was his enemy, Niko should have killed him not Luis.  He is a massively undeveloped character and the story in IV should have had more of a focus on him

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Grotti Vigilante

Bulgarin is criminally underdeveloped for an antagonist. Never mind what he did in The Ballad of Gay Tony, in GTA IV he was one of the reasons Niko fled for Liberty City, and he was Dimitri's good friend which is why he betrayed Niko and caused such problems through the entire story of Grand Theft Auto IV. Yet for some reason he never appears for the majority of the game and ends up as a loose end until The Ballad of Gay Tony. He had such an impact on Niko's past life yet so little on the GTA IV story. Even when he actually got some development it didn't live up to how he was described by Niko. The fact he had more impact on Luis' story than Niko's seems to be a rare miss on Rockstar's part.

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DirtCheap

I think he should've been the main antagonist of IV. Before Rascalov's betrayal, he was said to be some mean f*cker who'd use his connections to get what he wanted. Yet he only appears TWICE throughout the entire game. Not only that, but we could've seen some amazing dialogue between him and Niko during a fight. It would be far more understandable to have him as a antagonist than Pegorino.

 

He fortunately appears in TBOGT (showing us he wasn't forgotten), yet he's more of a joke than anything. He should be Niko's enemy, not Luis'.

 

Also, very nitpicky, but he doesn't have such a threatening name. Rascalov and Faustin do, but RAY Bulgarin? Doesn't sound very Ruski to me.

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Grotti Vigilante
38 minutes ago, DirtCheap said:

Also, very nitpicky, but he doesn't have such a threatening name. Rascalov and Faustin do, but RAY Bulgarin? Doesn't sound very Ruski to me.

Some speculation suggests his actual full first name was Rodislav, making his name Rodislav Bulgarin. It sounds reasonable, but there's no evidence to support this as his actual name.

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Nico

I strongly believe Bulgarin was originally going to have a deeper involvement in the base game storyline, but ended up being one of the many changes meant to "spice up" TBOGT. Him as an additional main antagonist alongside Dimitri and Pegorino would have been awesome. There's not too much details about his past relationship with Niko when they both worked in human trafficking in the Adriatic sea, and I feel like Rockstar missed a great opportunity there to enhance both characters. But no, instead they chose to ruin him in TBOGT, in more or less the same way Donald Love was ruined in LCS. Not to mention how crazy and over the top his fate is. That plane explosion should have killed Luis too.

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TheSantader25
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The first time I saw him "Russian Revolution" I was like damn! This dude is serious and does not play around at all. He was intimidating as f*ck. Unlike Dimitri who looked like a sly rat. I thought he had potential to dethrone Tenpenny as the best Antagonist of the series. I was looking forward to more interactions with him and Niko. Disappointing... Dimitri was a good antagonist. But not good enough to be the main one. Instead of Bulgarin we get a whiny weak crybaby like Pegorino. Why didn't they keep Pegorino for TBOGT? It would make sense as well because Tony had connections with the Ancellotis and the commission. And he turns into a joke in TBOGT. I mean I liked the change of tone in TBOGT but they didn't have to make EVERY character into a colorful one. Especially not Bulgarin. Only when he sends Luis to a death trap and his later phone calls remind me of the Bulgarin I saw in IV. 

 

This whole lack of focus on the Russians who are supposed to be Niko's main problem after Niko moves to Algonquin really degraded IV's story for me. Instead we should run around meeting NEW people every 2-3 missions and act like an errand boy. IV had one of the best Writings I've seen in a videogame up to the Bohan part. A Shame it didn't keep the same focus. 

 

 

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WFD1992

I think its suppose to show that Ray Bulgarin shows an affable front to people who haven't wronged him (like Luis at first), but once you have wronged him (or he THINKS you have wronged him), that front falls apart and he shows his true side, which you see in GTA IV and post "In The Crosshairs" TBoGT.

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