Despite some people’s best efforts to get the game banned before release we got up early today and got to the local game shop a couple of minutes before it opened, to buy the new Grand Theft Auto. The queue was massive. Four whole people were there as well as us. Games aren’t really all that big round here despite three video game stores in this tiny town. To put that in perspective let me tell you that there’s only two shoe shops, no bookshop and no stationers. So anyway, we were the fifth in the queue and the other four were also buying GTA4. However we were the first ones to buy it without buying the strategy guide too. What is the point of that? It’s like buying the script to a movie when you buy the film and only watching each scene when you’ve read that part of the script.
Gotta feel sorry for PS3 owners though. Apparantly the game regularly freezes in the opening cutscene for owners of the 60 gigabyte PS3. After all the fanboys spent months shouting their mouths off about how the game would be best on their console, the poor bastards can’t even play the first mission. I suppose life would even out if the Xbox fanboys (who went on and on about how online multiplayer would be best on their console) couldn’t get online, and sure enough, that’s what happened…but again, only to some PS3 owners. I can’t help but wonder if Rockstar did it on purpose to apologise to the people that bought Bully: Scholarship Edition on Xbox 360 and were faced with similar problems.
We’ve been playing around with the game for most of the day and so far it’s great. Not revolutionary, but fun. Sure, there are a few tiny glitches that have occurred but you kind of forgive them cause they’re so small and the game is so massive as always. We’ve been taking it slow and enjoying a mix of exploration, missions and pastimes (wining and dining new friends, watching tv and ordering korean brides on the web) so that we get the best experience of the game that we can. Niko (an ex Serbian soldier) is a likable main character so far, to the point that you don’t really want to get him in the sort of trouble that previous characters got into. He’s seen enough in the war to all but break him, and the streets of Liberty City are anything but kind.