Tuesday, April 29, 2008

So, GTA IV is released at long last!

Delayed from October last year to ensure absolute perfection in the finished game, finally Grand Theft Auto IV is here, released today all over the world (except Japan - sorry Japan!)...

Grand Theft Auto IV

Available on the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles, it has met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, suggesting that the delay has paid off handsomely. Here are two of the earliest reviews:

"As a fan, my expectations were exceeded," said Ricardo Torres, editor of GameSpot, a game review site.

"It's what GTA was always meant to be, but couldn't be because of the technical limitations of the previous consoles. With the current hardware, they have a canvas that lets them paint whatever they want. The city, which used to be just a background for the game, has so much detail that it feels alive. The level of immersion is crazy."

New York Times reviewer Seth Schiesel went even deeper: "The game sets a new standard for what is possible in interactive arts. Grand Theft Auto IV is a violent, intelligent, profane, endearing, obnoxious, sly, richly textured and thoroughly compelling work of cultural satire disguised as fun."

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated video game ever, GTA IV is expected to become the biggest selling game of all time. I've been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series since GTA2 came out on the first Sony PlayStation nine years ago, and I certainly intend to get hold of a copy of this latest installment as soon as possible... You can visit the official site for the game here.

There is a free Flash online game that is very similar to GTA2 in one of my fun and games sites - click on the following link, or the image below, to play it:

Gangster Life

The title screen of the Flash game "Gangster Life" - click here to play it

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