Has anyone ever tried playing GTA IV as if it were real life?

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#1 Posted by L4wz (451 posts) -

I have, I would only drive in my lane at the same speed as everyone else, sleep at realistic hours, hang out with my friends, eat at realistic hours, never commit a crime (using only Roman's Taxi and The Yellow Comet to drive), stop at red lights, pretend to fill up gas, take taxi's or the subway when I didn't have a car, go to the internet to check my emails, watch tv and date women at realistc hours, just like in real life. Eventually I got bored and started killing everyone in sight and banging hookers. What about you?
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#2 Posted by ArchScabby (5877 posts) -

You are my sister.

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#3 Posted by nanikore (2755 posts) -

I've tried driving correctcly, but I always end up bumping into some police car and start RPGing people.

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#4 Posted by Kraznor (1618 posts) -

Actually, yeah. Kind of just start driving slow, waiting at red lights and whatnot. Once I accidentally hit someone, dialed 911 and left.

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#5 Posted by HatKing (7269 posts) -

I've done sort of Falling Down style regular guy goes insane.  I've tried playing realistically then eventually get fed up with the virtual society and go on a rampage "just trying to get home". :)
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#6 Posted by devotfeige (119 posts) -

When I very first played GTAIV via a borrowed copy of the game from a friend, I drove in my own lane and stopped at lights and all of that. I was afraid not to because I naturally assumed that as soon as I did anything the police would come bust a cap in my ass.
 
Eventually I ended up stealing police cars and weaving through oncoming traffic, ending in a jump off of a bridge and into the water below. Then I got a shotgun and holed up in a hospital, killing everyone, got arrested, then went back and started a fist fight in the same hospital.
 
I didn't get very far into the story, obviously.

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#7 Posted by bwooduhs (1681 posts) -

Yeah i do it sometimes.

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#8 Posted by Tebbit (4589 posts) -

I drove realistically for the first 20 minutes, before realizing that virtual traffic jams are just as bad as real life ones, and driving on the footpath is an effective circumnavigation technique.

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#9 Posted by DystopiaX (5663 posts) -
@L4wz: why couldn't the hookers be part of your real life gameplay?
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#10 Posted by danielkempster (2702 posts) -
@ArchScabby said:
" You are my sister. "
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#11 Posted by L4wz (451 posts) -
@DystopiaX:
Because non-criminals (or at least I think) don't bang hookers. 
 
PS. I forgot to add the part where I would dress Niko in sports clothes and take a jog around Central Park.
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#12 Posted by clapperdude (179 posts) -
@HatKing said:
" I've done sort of Falling Down style regular guy goes insane.  I've tried playing realistically then eventually get fed up with the virtual society and go on a rampage "just trying to get home". :) "
Hehe nice.
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#13 Posted by MetalR (425 posts) -

Great topic!

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#14 Posted by Not_Rage (581 posts) -

In alot of games, its actually impossible to drive as slow as traffic

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#15 Posted by L4wz (451 posts) -
@Not_Rage:  
Well as slow as I can get. 
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#16 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (5010 posts) -

Yes. Usually lasts about 30 seconds.

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#17 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

I had a much more luck trying to role-play San Andreas than I did GTA4. Perhaps that's why I had more fun with it overall. Though somehow BOGT makes it easier than GTA4 did.
 
I dunno what it was about GTA4 that doesn't give me the same sense of "I am <lead character>" as SA did. I just hope they try to revive that sense of immersion with the next one.
 
But from a driving aspect, GTA4's actual mechanics are top notch. I wish SA drove like that. One problem with driving realistically in GTA4 is that traffic lights are on the wrong side of the intersection, so it's hard to see what the signal is since it's directly above you instead of across the street.

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#18 Posted by Furyjoell (259 posts) -

Yeah I try this every now and again, but the urges to shoot people and drive like a maniac are too strong.

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#19 Posted by Daryl (1776 posts) -

Got better things to waste my time on than trying to emulate life.

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#20 Posted by Damonation (573 posts) -

I haven't done it in GTA 4 but I used to do it a lot in Vice City to amuse my cousins.

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#21 Posted by MachoFantastico (6285 posts) -

Shamefully yes, I've pretended to be a taxi driver and I actually do drive reasonably slow in the game. Feels more real, I don't think that is so odd a thing to see despite what folks say. Actually quite enjoyed playing the taxi driver, allows you to immerse in the city which is part of the whole point in GTA4. 
 
I use to do the same thing in the original GTA.

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#22 Posted by Capum15 (5699 posts) -

Sometimes. Eventually it gets tiring so I start driving on the sidewalk painting my car red.

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#23 Posted by Shirogane (3629 posts) -

I always drive in gta the way i do in real life, horribly.  
Constantly hitting stuff, running red lights, running over pedestrians. 
And i wonder why there aren't as many people walking around on the streets as there are in gta games.
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#24 Posted by ninjabuddha (7 posts) -

yeah i have even if i'm up in a copter or something haha but when i do something wrong or cops chase me just once then i just go crazy and pull out the ol shotty. but question where are the hookers i've looked not that hard but i just dont know where they are or what they look like???????
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#25 Posted by InfiniteGeass (2150 posts) -

If I wanted to do that, I'd set the controller down and go outside.

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#26 Posted by deactivated-57b1d7d14d4a5 (2945 posts) -
@nanikore said:
" I've tried driving correctcly, but I always end up bumping into some police car and start RPGing people. "
 
 
Yeah, same here. I try to play by the law, but for some reason I keep accidentally gunning down cops with a shotgun and getting raped by prostitutes.
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#27 Posted by ki11tank (737 posts) -

i haven't tried anything crazy like eat and sleep at correct times, but i gotta add myself to the try out the no crime and drive slow party.
 
and then of course within minutes I'm loading people up with a shotgun... but yea...
 
PS: GTA 4 isn't as good as 3.

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#28 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8881 posts) -
@ArchScabby said:
" You are my sister. "
That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.
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#29 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1673 posts) -

I heard of a group of people that play San ANdreas online like it were real life.  The admins would be the cops and if you broke the law they would come and get you.  Don't know if that still exists.
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#30 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

Not really, the graphics are too cartoony for that imo.

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#31 Posted by MrSnow (1300 posts) -

Not this one have with pass games but this one is lacking in thngs to do for this to be viable. Of coarse The getaway has Argos and stuff so you have to play that game like that at least once.

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#32 Posted by kidzombie (139 posts) -

I have done a little bit of that. I have driven at a reasonable speed, park correctly, pay the toll on the bridge, taken the taxi when I had no ride too.

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#33 Posted by Karmum (11515 posts) -

I actually tried that. At least, trying to drive "correctly." It never ends well, I end up getting annoyed and go back to driving the right way in GTA IV, and not the real way in real life.

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#34 Posted by KinjiroSSD (690 posts) -

I've tried driving in a safe manner until a car runs a red light and hits me. No one obeys the traffic signals so why should I?

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#35 Posted by Seedofpower (4059 posts) -
@ArchScabby said:
" You are my sister. "
Lol.
 
My brother says he trys to take that game as realistically as possible but I say he is a twat.
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#36 Posted by crusnchill (871 posts) -
@L4wz: You are hilarious! I'm holding my dick tight to make sure some pee dosn't leak out while I'm laughing. :-) 
I tried to do this for a bit myself, and while I was trying to do this I found myself stuck in a traffic jam and a driver drove up behind me and start's beeping his horn and shouting at me for bad driving even though we're in a traffic jam and I haven't done anything wrong. 
So I suddenly reversed at full speed. Got out and walked up to him pointed my gun at him and then got in his car and proceeded to drive over forward and backward over him.  
Man was it satisfying. 
 
(To any dumn lawyer who don't understand this. I realise this wrong in real life and would NEVER do this. DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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#37 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -
@L4wz said:
" I have, I would only drive in my lane at the same speed as everyone else, sleep at realistic hours, hang out with my friends, eat at realistic hours, never commit a crime (using only Roman's Taxi and The Yellow Comet to drive), stop at red lights, pretend to fill up gas, take taxi's or the subway when I didn't have a car, go to the internet to check my emails, watch tv and date women at realistc hours, just like in real life. Eventually I got bored and started killing everyone in sight and banging hookers. What about you? "
I can't decide if the way you ended up playing is hilarious, ironic, a little TOO realistic or just a subtle commentary on society. Probably a little bit of each.
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#38 Posted by Esten (160 posts) -

I have tried to take the Sub Way to go see some famous places or buildings, and I actually found it quite fun. Those times, were the times I discovered the most random things happening in the city itself. It made me realize just how crazy detailed the city really is :)

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#39 Posted by ADTR_ZERO (1122 posts) -

I'm laughing so hard at this thread. Great post!
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#40 Posted by Soap (3774 posts) -

I've done it for about... 8 seconds, then I get pissed off with how long everything takes and just push past other cars lol

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#41 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6421 posts) -

When I first started playing the game, I stopped at red lights and went the appropriate speed limit because I was worried that the cops would start shooting at me, and chasing me down. When I realized all I couldnt do was run over people, slam into cop cars, or do drive bys, I never looked back. Whats the fun in GTA if you abide by the law? I could just do that anyway in real life.
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#42 Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1537 posts) -
@ArchScabby said:
" You are my sister. "
This made me laugh out loud.  Really though, terribly boring idea.
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#43 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8663 posts) -

I have quickly attempted driving in a realistic manner but usually slide to the side and flatten a pedestrian when trying to make a meticulous turn. It seems like the game just wants me to kill its people.

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#44 Posted by AltonBrown (1006 posts) -
@InfiniteGeass said:
" If I wanted to do that, I'd set the controller down and go outside. "
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#45 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -

I tried driving realistically, but got bored and started driving through everything.

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#46 Posted by Disengage (441 posts) -

I have not tried playing GTA4 like real life. I have, however, tried playing life like GTA4.

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#47 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

I think you just created Mafia.

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#48 Posted by intoblivion (346 posts) -

I can never drive a car that is even slightly damaged, and I always wear the correct outfit for the car iam iam in, eg. Suit for Limo :D
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#49 Edited by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Yeah, playing as a mass murdering skitzo driver is like someones real life I'm sure. 
 
Do I play it like its some sort of Sims expansion?....no

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#50 Posted by zagzagovich (824 posts) -

I  actually tried to play it as a more or less a good person. Never attacking citizens avoiding crime and driving right but then I understood that you really don't have to do any of that. It's still a GTA game but with very limiting controls, horrible car handleing and just plain boring gameplay. But they really got the atmosphere down with some great humor and a few memorable characters. You kind of want to play by the rules.

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