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Niko Bellic comes to Liberty City, America to live the good life, but ends up having to assist his dangerously indebted cousin Roman with his financial troubles, by any (mostly illegal) means necessary.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hollick Michael Hollick ... Niko Bellic (voice)
Jason Zumwalt ... Roman Bellic (voice)
Timothy Adams ... Brucie Kibbutz / Commercial (voice)
Moti Margolin Moti Margolin ... Dimitri Rascalov (voice)
Doris Belack ... Mrs. McReary (voice)
Thomas Lyons ... Francis McReary (voice)
P.J. Sosko ... Gerry McReary (voice) (as PJ Sosko)
Ryan Johnston ... Packie McReary (voice)
Mary Catherine Donnelly Mary Catherine Donnelly ... Kate McReary (voice)
Coolie Ranx Coolie Ranx ... Little Jacob (voice)
Seeborn Seeborn ... Real Badman (voice)
Charleigh E. Parker Charleigh E. Parker ... Elizabeta Torres (voice) (as Charlie Parker)
Anthony Patellis Anthony Patellis ... Jimmy Pegorino (voice) (as Tony Patellis)
Joseph Barbara ... Ray Boccino (voice) (as Joe Barbara)
Frank Bonsangue ... Phil Bell (voice)
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Storyline

An eastern european veteran migrates to Liberty City to forget the horrific and graphic memories of his past and for a better life, things don't come out as planned as he has to wipe out mobsters and loan sharks that are preventing his cousin from making money freely.

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Welcome to Liberty City, where the only dirty word is hope See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Release Date:

29 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Theft Auto IV See more »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The game runs on the RAGE game engine, the same engine that powers Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (2006). It also uses Euphoria animation software by NaturalMotion, allowing realistic body physics such as catching ledges before falling over, and stumbling when intoxicated. See more »

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In the mission 'Hating the Haters' Bernie says he has been getting attacked at the park and needs the help of a good fighter like Niko, but if you get into a fight with someone before you reach the park during the mission, Bernie will also start to fight the pedestrian and he fights just as well as Niko. While fighting, he will also speak with a different style of voice. See more »

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Perhaps the best video game ever.
11 May 2008 | by pathighgateSee all my reviews

I have never given anything a 10 out of 10. In my 33 years of life, I've thought a perfect rating was unachievable. . . until I played GTA IV.

The craftsmanship in this title is simply stunning. It is clear that it was designed and implemented by people who really wanted to produce something that was revolutionary, and without skimping on the details.

I'm not much of a gamer, so I can't compare this to other titles. But what I can say is that I have been, and continue to be surprised with what the game is offering.

It seems almost limitless. From AI cars flashing their high beams when you're driving on the wrong side of the road on a collision course with them, to the seamless integration of the radio stations with the world you influence, to . . . well, a dozen pages could be written on the details alone.

And then there's the characters. Niko is great. He's likable, despite being a murderer. As the story progresses, you find yourself empathizing with him more and more, which is something I'd never expect from a video game.

Some of the other characters are annoying, but they ultimately lend themselves to a plot that is just fantastic. I would recommend to anyone playing the game to not seek out spoilers; the story is compelling and full of surprises, to the point where a plot turn will have you sitting in your easy chair, holding your controller, dropping your jaw saying "wow", with a little bit of drool rolling down your face.

Yes. It's that good.

Players of previous iterations of the GTA franchise will be happy to know that Niko is not some dopey guy who does whatever anyone tells him without reason. Whereas CJ from GTA:SA was unquestioning in his desire to just make everyone happy, Niko is far more complex. There are times when you think he's doing things out of dumb sense of "I guess I have to do this", but then you discover it's something else. Something more believable.

It's rare that a title has this much hype surrounding it. It's even more rare when it actually delivers on that hype.

And what were seeing with this game is history. Video games are a new genre of entertainment. Until recently, they've been resigned to the domains of hard-core gamers, with developers seeing how far graphics or sound can be pushed. But it's never been seen as a legitimate art form, like cinema.

GTA IV changes that. It suggests that a video game can be, in essence, a beautiful work of art. With this as a starting point, it's likely that in another 20 years interactive entertainment will be considered just as worthy of critical praise as film, or painting, or music.


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