#1 Posted by JoelHulsey (71 posts) -

Booted up Lost and the Damned this morning (never really played either DLC) and will be going through both DLC's over the weekend to get myself all in the GTA mood.

Woot!!

#2 Posted by StrainedEyes (1328 posts) -

I am, when I preordered V through the PSN store I bought IV at a discount. I'm about 2/3rd the way through the original game. I would like to finish it and the DLC before Tuesday but I don't think that will happen.

#3 Posted by Glottery (1356 posts) -

Did try it somewhat recently again, when I bought EFLC pc-version from a sale, but just to see how it runs on my current PC. Rather keep the experience more "fresh" 'till I get my hands on the real thing.

#4 Posted by Heltom92 (714 posts) -

Yea I've played a bit of 4 on the pc recently. I have to say that I disagree with Brad and I'm having a great time with it. I thought going from SR4 to GTA4 would be tough but it's still really fun, although it does feel a little dated in some parts.

#5 Edited by Yesiamaduck (1178 posts) -

I played IV recently, I didn't care that much for it on release and care even less for it now... it hasn't aged that well and it really is SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW and not in a very immersive or gratifying way either :(

I have to wait on GTA V though because I donated my Sex Box to charity.

Ballad Of Gay Tony is fantastic though.

#6 Edited by StrainedEyes (1328 posts) -

The gameplay does feel dated, shooting especially, but I still think all the cutscenes and the city are both stellar.

#7 Posted by Pr1mus (3959 posts) -

I tried a couple time to play Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony but i just concluded that i'm more into that running over people and killing cops business than doing the actual missions.

GTA IV and its expansions' missions just aren't doing it for me. But driving around like a maniac is still a ton of fun.

I did beat regular GTA IV once.

#8 Edited by BigJeffrey (5137 posts) -

Trying to play Ballad Of Gay Tony, man this game controls like garbage. That Helicopter mission Fuck that.

#9 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

GTA4 was a huge disappointment to me, so no.

I am playing Episodes of Liberty City though. Pretty great so far.

#10 Posted by jimmyfenix (3859 posts) -

@bigjeffrey: Which one ? The one where you need to follow the car or blow up the yacht ? The controls are so outdated!

#11 Posted by jimmyfenix (3859 posts) -

@bigjeffrey: Which one ? The one where you need to follow the car or blow up the yacht ? The controls are so outdated!

#12 Posted by BigJeffrey (5137 posts) -

@jimmyfenix said:

@bigjeffrey: Which one ? The one where you need to follow the car or blow up the yacht ? The controls are so outdated!

After blowing up the yacht, you need to chase the boats. FUUUUUU

#13 Edited by DharmaBum (1049 posts) -

I've been playing it consistently for the past 5 years. It's a goddamn masterpiece.

Probably my favorite in the series (until V comes out) for its vivid recreation of NYC and Niko.

#14 Posted by Otacon (2209 posts) -

Never played the DLC packs and won't be able to before GTA V, but I'll certainly go back to them. GTA IV was a fantastic game, a little slow perhaps, but I don't understand why in 2008 it was a 'masterpiece' and now it's 'the worst in the series'.

#15 Posted by GreggD (4509 posts) -

Totally did, just like I played III in preparation for IV. I actually promised myself to 100% III from scratch before IV came out, and I followed through.

#17 Edited by ionkinetic (126 posts) -

I'am playing Red Dead Redemption multiplayer. I just need to get the blisterings speeds from Saints Row 4 out of my system before the 17th

#18 Posted by BaneFireLord (2967 posts) -

@bigjeffrey: YUUUP. GTAIV had the worst controlling helicopters this side of Battlefield 3.

I beat GTAIVover the summer break in preparation and now I'm just dicking around in San Andreas. If V is even two thirds as detailed, varied and fun as SA, I'll be ecstatic.

#19 Posted by darkjohnny47 (120 posts) -

I'm trying to finish red dead redemption. I NEED to finish the main story, that game is so old now. Such a good game though.

#20 Posted by ionkinetic (126 posts) -
#21 Edited by DystopiaX (5351 posts) -

nah, I last beat it+episodes like 6 months ago for the 3rd time, don't need to go back again.

#22 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Nah, I spent a lot of time on it back in the day. I've very fond memories of it. That's enough. I'll just get on this new shit with fresh eyes!

#23 Edited by phantomzxro (1583 posts) -

@seppli said:

Nah, I spent a lot of time on it back in the day. I've very fond memories of it. That's enough. I'll just get on this new shit with fresh eyes!

This!

#24 Posted by Smari (10 posts) -

Yeah, lost my save in TBoGT and never finished it, reinstalled and booted it up and plan on finishing it tomorrow.

#25 Posted by Stackboy (509 posts) -

Nope. SR4 just came out in Australia (finally), so I hope to take it in over the weekend. Then GTA5 on Tuesday!!!

#26 Posted by BillyMaysRIP (239 posts) -

It's the opposite for me. I've put in 650 hours into GTA IV according to Steam. When they announced GTA V, I replayed the campaign (it's still great) and haven't played since 4/20 when I got uhhh... excited and played it again without thinking. I'm ready for GTA V.

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#27 Posted by Demoskinos (15085 posts) -

I bought the disc with the main game and the DLC's and never played any of it but seeing as I'm knee keep in Dead or Alive 5 and Project Diva F probably not.

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#28 Edited by spraynardtatum (3485 posts) -

Hell yeah. I iced it out on the pc and it's like a brand new game. I love the slower nature of GTA 4. It's a modern classic. One of my favorite games of all time.

#29 Posted by spraynardtatum (3485 posts) -

Hell yeah. I iced it out on the pc and it's like a brand new game. I love the slower nature of GTA 4. It's a modern classic. One of my favorite games of all time.

#30 Edited by endoworks (292 posts) -

I've been playing it, I picked it up a few weeks ago on GreenMan for like $12 for the whole GTA series, I played about 10 hours and stopped just because I didn't want to burn out before GTAV

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#31 Posted by CapnThrash (144 posts) -

Im trying to stay away from open world games and 3rd person shooters until GTAV. dont want to burn out on any of it.

#32 Posted by ManMadeGod (1580 posts) -

Been playing GTA3 on my ps3. That game is awesome, even if the lock-on shooting gives me a headache sometimes.

Petsovernight.com still makes me laugh

#33 Edited by LeYcH (216 posts) -

I tried to play GTA4 again, but I installed some mods and all of the cars turned into taxis so I gave up.

#34 Posted by DickSocrates (73 posts) -

Decided to try and finally complete Gay Tony. I think I burned out when I tried last time as I'd just gone through all of Lost and Damned. There's a lot to like about Gay Tony, Gay Tony himself, but the controls are borderline terrible (not specifically TBoGT, all of GTAIV), getting in and out of cover is satanically bad, plus the the way the cover camera fights you for NO reason. Missions sound fun until you play them, die, have to watch an unskippable bit of in-game scripting play out for 5th time or endure a simple bit just ot get back to the tricky bit over and over. Everything apart from playing the game is quite good. Even if the story is hard to follow as the plot is scattered so thinly and main main line missions aren't even connected to the plot. Actually, come to think of it, there are only 2 things good about the game, Gay Tony and Yusuf.

And I have RDR which I *think* I'm near the end of. I want to play it much more than Ballad, but I think in terms of any possible returning characters, Ballad makes more sense.

#35 Edited by mrcraggle (1974 posts) -

It took me a long time to get through GTA IV. I got to about half way, maybe a bit more and just stopped. I do it a lot when i'm juggling between multiple games but GTA IV just bored me although I did go back eventually to finish it and thought the endings were pretty disappointing considering the build up. I hope that with 3 protagonists, they can keep their individual stories much more interesting and the gameplay overall as I thought the side missions were dull and the main ones just involved driving from A to B to C and shooting people along the way.

#36 Edited by ThePhantomnaut (6201 posts) -
@leych said:

I tried to play GTA4 again, but I installed some mods and all of the cars turned into taxis so I gave up.

"HEY CAB!!!! MISTAR!!!!!!"

I played too much IV for a while so nah.

#37 Edited by s2hogan (7 posts) -

GTA4 has been my go-to game for a while now when I need to kill some time. I have a Story Complete save with cheats and just dick around. There is something about it that I've always enjoyed.

#38 Posted by BigJeffrey (5137 posts) -

Went back and finally finished TThe Ballad Of Gay Tony. Pretty good Expansion,

MY BODY IS READY FOR GTA V

Screen I Took, this will probably be a ant in the GTA 5 map

#39 Posted by TheBarrylad (44 posts) -

I replayed GTA IV just a few weeks ago. I still think it's excellent but I see why some people have their issues with it.

I think the characters are wonderful and upon replaying it - I really picked up on some great snippets of dialog that resonate a lot more on a second playthrough. I agree with something Patrick and Alex discussed this morning though; there is almost too much story in that game. I mean, I get it, it's GTA - but some serious trimming could be done with IV. The entire Alderny section feels tacked on and almost like a symptom of this trope they stick to where the three act story structure is embodied by the three-island composition of the map (a trend in III, Vice City and San Andreas). Also, the morality choices in that game blow. Most are pointless, and in the case of the final one - you have one ending that feels real, and one that feels thrown together with less interesting characters (sup Kate) purely in the name of "yay multiple endings!"

As great as the story is - its dry, very dour nature still feels bizarre in a GTA game. I'm glad they reigned themselves in and took a more serious route, but it is very heavy handed in some places and Niko often feels like a mouthpiece for Rockstar to just spew hamfisted dialog, beating you over the head with the game's themes, rather than an actual person.

I forgot how many 'go here, shoot that' missions there are, and it gets insanely monotonous towards the end. When they get creative (calling a target and tracking them down by their voice) it's awesome - when they over do the generic missions it exposes how clunky the cover system is, how slow and mundane the shooting is, and how bullet-spongey the enemies are.

Plus, all the old GTA foibles are still annoying. No check points, trying to find a damn restaurant to get health, your annoying acquaintances calling you go bowling.

#40 Edited by pygmy7 (25 posts) -

Yep, I did. Only because I'm waiting for when I get the PS4 or get it on PC. I sold both my 360 and PS3 awhile back and hate to buy another console just for one game. Although it's very tempting.

#41 Edited by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -

God no.