About two years after the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, IGN's Mike
Thomsen has come up the perfect summary of what makes it the game it
is. The article answers some important questions; such as: What made
people love the game? Why do some fans of the series despise it? And
what is the future for Grand Theft Auto?
The article praises the
gaim for it's aesthetic appearance, while smashing it for turning "a
game about driving and shooting into a satire about the great American
delusion." Ultimately crediting the game for the experience that simply
driving around Liberty City can deliver.
Niko, Johnny, and Luis are all hopeful characters with some modest
goals for the future. Each carries the weight of their tragic flaw in
that they've chosen to build their plans for the future on the
quicksand of the violent idiots who surround them. They've each put
their faith in the worst possible characters, and that misplaced
loyalty becomes the turnkey of destruction.
It's frustrating to
have such an evocative and open-ended experience suddenly weighted down
with the constrictions of episodic television, narrated by the plodding
logic of criminals. It's a sharp and uncomfortable waking.