GTA4 vs GTAV Poll. Which one do you like more?

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Posted by RonGalaxy (4892 posts) 4 years, 2 months ago

Poll: GTA4 vs GTAV Poll. Which one do you like more? (973 votes)

Grand Theft Auto 4 14%
Grand Theft Auto V 66%
Results 20%

Just want to see some sort of consensus, even if it's not a definititve answer to which one people like more.

Honsetly, I like GTA4 more.... I prefer it's superior cast of characters and the characterization of Nico over Heists and better shooting. It might just be me, but I feel like V is an extremely minor entry in the series compared to 4, even if it's bigger and had more 'ambition'. I also think Nicos motivations were vastly more interesting than any of the 3 main protagonists... And at no point while playing V did I think there was a meaningful opposition, leading me to feel bored.

I would write more about my feelings, but it would probably just be wasted time. All I can say is that V was a huge disappointment for me...

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#51 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1798 posts) -

The three protagonist thing solves so many problems that I generally have with Rockstar games, it's not even funny. It always bothers me how every single Rockstar protagonist -- Niko, Marsden, all of them -- have no will of their own. They always talk a good game, but then you walk to a letter on the map and a mission giver says "I need you to do this incredibly dangerous thing that you will get practically no benefit from," and the main character just shrugs his shoulders and does what he's told. For all the badass blow-shit-up power fantasy stuff that comes with their open worlds, the missions always make the characters out to be completely powerless by comparison.

Here, since your characters are able to proactively do things while you're controlling someone else, or able to basically act as mission givers for one another, you end up with a feeling that the three of them are all working for the benefit of one another, rather than some imperious asshole crime lord. I mean sure, there's still some of that, but your characters are able to push back a lot more. Like when Trevor kidnaps that dude's wife, that all happens while you're controlling another character entirely, and it's great to see one of your protagonists actually making decisions on his own, as opposed to blindly doing as he's told. That would never have been possible in GTA IV.

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#52 Posted by project343 (2896 posts) -

Narratively, GTA4. By a long shot.

From a gameplay standpoint, GTA5 by a fair margin.

Red Dead Redemption is leaps better than both in all respects.

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#53 Posted by bleekmajeek (44 posts) -
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#54 Edited by Nightriff (7179 posts) -


I find 4 is a overrated and bloated experience when I look back on the first time I played it, as well as when I played it again 2 years ago. 5 does have its problems but a better story, characters and playing game than 4.

Still pissed that the flying in the game is broke as fuck, still cringe when I have to fly a helicopter.

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#55 Posted by ninnanuam (566 posts) -

@jazzyjeff: there is no humanity in GTA V because there is no humanity left in the western world, especially in America. The reason the game feels so dark is that its satarising something so depressing.

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#56 Posted by lusence (430 posts) -

i think i liked 4 better at the time. took me about 2 weeks to beat it playing it nearly every day compared to 5days or so for GTA V. the big thing that sold me was all the different dating options. you where actually rewarded for hanging out with people and had a lot more options. i was really into just seeing a show, i loved the comedy shows with real life comics. and meeting girls online etc, really spent a lot of time just dating and fing around with my buddies. you always had a reason to, meaning you actually got rewarded. in GTA V you dont get rewarded for hanging out for people besides just story. but all in all gta v is a better game just wish they would of kept and added to a few things like the rewards for hanging with friends and being able to meet people on the internet instead of getting rid of them. the net seems way more water downed now to.

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#57 Posted by TWISTEDH34T (111 posts) -

What does the "results" option mean? That seems to be a more popular choice than GTA IV.
Anyways, I chose GTA V cause I didn't like GTA IV much.

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#58 Posted by Darji (5412 posts) -

@jazzyjeff: there is no humanity in GTA V because there is no humanity left in the western world, especially in America. The reason the game feels so dark is that its satarising something so depressing.

Michael and his family are very human. They are different but they love each other.

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#59 Posted by GeekDown (1180 posts) -

It's been so long since I played it, but I remember really loving GTA IV. So I guess it would have to be a tie.

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#60 Edited by noblenerf (545 posts) -

I did not like many of the design decisions in GTA4, which brings it down a whole lot. The GTA4 DLCs brought it down even further - I did not like them at all. That is why I cannot vote for GTA4.

I haven't played GTA5 yet and my answer is still GTA5. I know I am confident I will like it more than GTA4.

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#61 Edited by TobbRobb (6313 posts) -

I'm not gonna participate in the poll because I haven't played V yet. But based on how much I despise what IV did to the series, and the fixes V is touting. It doesn't even look like a real competition.

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#62 Edited by mrfluke (5961 posts) -

5 by a long shot

i loved the shit out of 4 (and still do!, fuck you people who rearview hate the game now) but this one is just better in every way

and there is a good arc to the story and the story comes together so well in the end that it beats 4 in story in every regard.

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#63 Posted by Dxriusz (2 posts) -

Gta5 is obviously the most fun out of the two. Any San Andreas based gta game will have a depth of silly mischievous elements to it. However, overall, I consider IV to be the superior game. IV may not have the same level of environmental interaction to the world, or as large of a scale as V. But it definately 100% had more longevity than V will ever have. V storyline was subpar. The constant heists & relatively un-engaging personal random dilemmas that each character had, became repetative and boring. IV had a more enagaging storyline, it could practically be a movie, Not to mention the fact that the map itself is non interactive. It's as if they took Red Dead Redemption, added a small modern city, and took away all of the animals, it's dead. IV utilized the entire city in it's story. IV wins

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#64 Edited by Steadying (1905 posts) -

Probably GTA IV. It was just a way more memorable game.....Well, gameplay wise probably V, actually. Story and character wise, IV is clearly better.

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#65 Posted by Soapy86 (2741 posts) -

GTAIV doesn't even come close to V. IV is pretty much my least favorite. III is the only one I like less than IV.

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#66 Posted by Bollard (7842 posts) -

Voted for V and I haven't even played it. IV was ass.

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#67 Posted by Poppduder (525 posts) -
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#68 Edited by jay_ray (1550 posts) -

I enjoyed GTA 4 a lot more then than I enjoy GTA 5 now, but GTA 5 is a better game I think.

My thoughts exactly

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#69 Edited by mikeeegeee (1638 posts) -

I can't see the crosshairs in GTA V. That's a really big deal to me, so I've only played like .. two hours of GTA V. It sucks.

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#70 Posted by Justin258 (14902 posts) -

GTA IV's controls are a travesty.

GTA V, no question.

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#71 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1421 posts) -

I have more fond memories of IV than I do V.

@mikeeegeee: Go to settings and change the crosshairs to "complex", I think that's what the setting is called.

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#72 Posted by mikeeegeee (1638 posts) -

@theveteran13: Even with complex, it doesn't add much. At nighttime, I can see things okay. Any lighter background makes the game unplayable for me. I'm playing on a 32" TV in 720p, so I guess that could be it.

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#73 Edited by winsord (1615 posts) -

GTA IV for me. It's actually pretty close between the two, as I think each of them do certain things better. That said, I had more fun in the open world of IV than I did in V, in large part because I actually really liked the vehicle physics in IV and thought they were pretty bad in V. I also have not managed to have any fun in GTAO, whereas I spent a ton of time in the Free Run mode in GTA IV.

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#74 Posted by SeanFoster (973 posts) -

I prefer the storytelling in GTA IV but the gameplay and mechanics of V more.

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#75 Edited by Justin258 (14902 posts) -

What do you know, I've been playing GTA V these past few days. I still think its controls are just good enough but could be way better. I still don't like the way everyone is afraid of Trevor. Otherwise, I'm still having fun with it.

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#76 Posted by leonkarlen123 (6 posts) -

I honestly like GTA IV more, mostly due to the story & characters being WAAY better, it had more depth. I also like that you start off small and ends up a big shot.

Let's talk about gameplay:

GTA V has fun gameplay physics, like jumping straight into walls and getting knocked down & stuffs like that, but IMO that does not belong in a GTA game. GTA IV had better physics overall, especially the shooting/punching physics who felt more real.


Most would say that GTA V had better graphics, and I agree to an extent, it had cleaner graphics, not realistic graphics. Most cars look like they are made out of plastic in GTA V (Yes even with metallic colours)

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#77 Posted by soulcake (1561 posts) -

I don't like Bowling, so Definitely GTA V

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#79 Posted by Darth_Navster (867 posts) -

I adored GTA IV back in the day, but I have to admit that it has aged poorly. The game just feels so stiff, although New York as an environment was more interesting than San Andreas (which was worse than the San Andreas of San Andreas). Still, the gameplay of GTA V is so much better by leaps and bounds. Have to give it to V.

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#80 Posted by Arabes (744 posts) -

GTA IV is my least favourite GTA and I am including I & II. Nico could have been a good character but there was too much dissonance between the story they wanted to tell about him and then story they actually tell about him.

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#81 Posted by Yesiamaduck (2322 posts) -

GTA IV is not only a bad GTA game it's a bad game period - Yesiamaduck 2012 whilst drunk at a pub

And I stand by that opinion, I hated that game, so much so I put off playing GTA V for months.

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#82 Posted by DookieRope (303 posts) -

The correct answer is Vice City.

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#83 Posted by Bollard (7842 posts) -

@bollard said:

Voted for V and I haven't even played it. IV was ass.

I have now completed V. My vote has not changed, IV is a shit game.

The correct answer is Vice City.


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#84 Edited by blackichigo (390 posts) -

I fell off GTA when there stopped being jetpacks.

But in all seriousness I found GTA 4's driving and controls to be so bad and not fun it put me off playing 5. I felt I was going crazy at the the time when everyone was calling GTA 4 game of the year.

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#85 Posted by BelowStupid (477 posts) -

I like New York more than LA. I enjoyed 4's characters more, I just felt like I was going through the motions in 5 with generic one dimensional characters.

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#86 Posted by Bdead (475 posts) -

GTA IV was good, GTAV is on another level though. With IV they went for a more "realistic" feel. It sometimes worked really well but at other times the narrative clashed too hard with what you were doing in the world as a player. Also the vehicle physics were not that great IMO. Driving in GTAIV was a slog. The bikes were a nightmare until they patched them for the first expansion.Those expansions were a real treat though. Just thinking about them makes me want to replay them. They still are some of the best stories in the GTA franchise.

With GTAV they just perfected the package. The story centered around some adequately unstable characters that fit perfectly in the of kilter world. The humor (although hit or miss) really underlined the satirical nature of the whole thing. It makes you care just enough about the main characters but it also makes you want to cause general chaos in the world. The vehicles handle a lot better as well. It made racing around the world fun again. The online is a true phenomenon. Although I hardly spent any time with it it is undeniable that it has enormous importance in GTA's history.

It's easy to get all jaded and dismissive about the GTA games. They are a mass market thing that aims at the lowest common denominator for the most part. Although they make snarky remarks about modern life they don't have the pretense to make heavy handed social commentaries. But at the same time it's hard to think about a franchise that has impacted games in a bigger way.

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#87 Posted by ATastySlurpee (448 posts) -

I really enjoyed 4 more. I liked the idea of multiple characters with 5, but it all felt lackluster to me. 5 was just missing something, but I can't put my finger on it.

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#88 Posted by kasaioni (2397 posts) -

@atastyslurpee: It was missing an involving story. At least, it had no major adversary like Dimitri in IV. It ended up being largely about Trevor's whining about Michael, and Franklin did nothing. Remember Stretch? Me neither.

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#89 Posted by brandondryrock (884 posts) -

I've definitely defended GTA IV against the backlash it's received since release. I think it's a great game that holds up far better than it's given credit for, and I overall really liked the shift in tone and gameplay that the series took with that entry.

That being said, I love GTA V, and I think it's a vastly superior game in nearly every way. The gameplay and pacing is incredible, and the writing is as good if not better than IV while also managing to bring slightly more levity to things (a bit more Lethal Weapon, a bit less Scorsese).

This is how I feel. I loved GTA IV when it came out, played it for hundreds of hours. I loved going back to Liberty City, and was a big fan of the new direction Rockstar took the series.

But GTA V is incredible. I've played it twice, once of PS3, and once on PC, and I enjoyed it immensely both times.

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#90 Posted by deactivated-5a00c029ab7c1 (1777 posts) -

I pick GTA5 but GTA4 is a great game but for the sake of comparing.

  • GTA5 bigger map
  • GTA4 better radio more funny and better songs and a really good rock station which 5 was missing.
  • GTA5 flying jets is back
  • GTA4 more realistic physics in terms of the way AI will react to being shot ect..
  • GTA5 better mission variety
  • GTA5 more unique characters
  • GTA4 better melee combat more to choose from fighting styles in GTA4 I always found more fun.
  • GTA5 3 main characters to choose from

Obviously GTA5 is the better game but I think GTA4 is underrated for what it started at least I mean going from GTASA combat and weak weapon sounds and the lack of physics to GTA4 was amazing at the time. It was such a huge improvement I remember being blown away by seeing peds going through windshields.

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#91 Posted by Nightriff (7179 posts) -

2 years ago I voted 5? Huh, I was pretty sour on it so that surprises me. Outside of PC mods for 5, I would rather go play 4 again now

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#92 Posted by Humanity (17221 posts) -

@undefined: hands down GTAV. I love the Grand Theft Auto series but GTAIV despite my hardest efforts and affection for Liberty City which is based on my home town of New York just felt bad. The driving especially. I know some say it had "weight" but GTA has always been an arcade game to me and I didn't need that faux realism. Every car felt like a truck on ice ruining the fun of effortlessly sliding around corners with the e-brake.

The story was also not great and neither was the cast. They stripped out a lot of cool mechanics from earlier games like owning property or customizing your vehicles. It was hands down my biggest disappointment of the last generation.

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#93 Edited by HatKing (7317 posts) -

@hatking said:
@blommer4 said:

It annoys me that you write GTA 4 and then GTA V... Either 4 and 5, or IV og V

I was going to go on a long bit about what I enjoy from each game, but that I ultimately enjoy playing V more - then I realized this, so fuck it.

Nearly three years on, and I'll humbly admit I was totally fucking wrong. GTAIV is the better game. It's a better narrative, even with its faults, and looking back I even think a more fun game to play. GTAV is an impressive game, that's for sure, but it isn't as wholly fantastic as I wish it were. Also, GTAIV physics are over the top and I've spent a lot of hungover mornings ramming motorcycles into oncoming traffic just to see how far I can launch Niko.

Also, Ballad of Gay Tony is the secret best GTA game since Vice City.

@nightriff I'm in the same boat. It makes me wonder if I had finished V yet, because the back end of that game really left me pretty dissatisfied. Or maybe I was still just impressed with the size and look of it all.

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#94 Posted by cikame (2084 posts) -

I think i liked GTA4's story more, but overall GTAV is better, it also helps that the PC port is FAAAAAR superior to GTA4's which was and remains awkward in lots of places.
If i could choose any of the games, i'd pick San Andreas.
If i could choose any open world game of this style, it would be Sleeping Dogs, with an honorable mention to The Godfather.

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#95 Edited by BojackHorseman (690 posts) -

GTA IV. But that probably has a lot to do with me being younger, more impressionable, being way more into games than I am now, and it being one of my first truly next gen experiences.

Edit: Also, I hate Trevor to the point where it brakes a lot of the game for me. The constant poop/incest/rape humor doesn't really do anything for me.

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#96 Posted by DharmaBum (1714 posts) -

@hatking: GTA IV physics are fantastic to play around with.

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I still think Rockstar achieved something sublime with the world and 3 character structure in V, though. Very bummed that there will likely never be any story DLC due to GTA Online.

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#97 Posted by notnert427 (1858 posts) -

This isn't even close. GTAIV is wildly overrated. You'd have some mission where Niko would shoot a few dozen people and would lament out loud how he's trying to escape a life of crime five minutes later. None of the characters were interesting, and several were outright annoying to the point of basically being pop-up advertisements for shit you didn't want to do.

GTAV's story had some issues of its own, but the world is WAY better, the missions were more fun, it obviously looks a million times better, an even the characters I didn't like were still mostly interesting. GTAV is a classic. GTAIV is a bad game that was only impressive at the time because it gave us an idea of what GTAV could be and eventually was.

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#98 Posted by BojackHorseman (690 posts) -

@notnert427: Bad game? Hahah.. Hahahahhahaha.

No but really, bad game? Ride to Hell is a bad game. GTA IV is a good game.

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#99 Posted by HatKing (7317 posts) -

@dharmabum: Yeah, the character thing was so smart. I loved that. And I want more games to try stuff like that. That said, I really didn't care for the way the game tried to tie things up. My least favorite parts of GTAIV were the choices the player got to make, and they were amplified in GTAV. It's this weird thing in games where they market moral choices like a feature, but they rarely work for me.

Either choices end up not really mattering, and the story plays out exactly how it was going to regardless. Or, one of the choices presents a better story and the other feels weaker. The bad thing with one choice presenting a better story is that, from a reward perspective, the worst choice is often the more narratively interesting. So you end up having to weight, "do I want this neat unlockable item or do I want this story to stick to its themes and actually say something." The best way I've seen it handled is where the choices don't ultimately matter, but the game does a good enough job making you feel like they do. This typically only lasts as long as it takes you to talk to one other person who played it or until you start a second playthrough. Anyway, I think they're ultimately a really bad thing for games trying to tell very intricately written stories.

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#100 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2548 posts) -

I was disappointed by both, less so by V because that is at least a technical showcase on the PC and two of the three protagonists were somewhat likeable.

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