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Grand Theft Auto IV

What does the American dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and get dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't. New high resolution technology brings Liberty City to life with even more stunning graphical detail Expanded multiplayer will require even more strategy and skill to come out on top Custom Match allows you to pick your favorite multiplayer options and then instantly find online matches that fit Optimized for PC controls and Xbox 360 controller
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Buy this before Grove St. Games assassinates this off the Steam store as well.

Review from Steam

Guys, please do yourself a favor and download Dxvk plugin for this game. It's a Vulkan translation layer that has the potential to double your framerate. Yes, a program meant for Linux-to-Vulkan api makes GTA IV, a non-Vulkan game, run better on Windows - that's what a disaster this games coding is.
You simply download dxvk, go into the x32 folder located in the zip file and then cut/copy d3d9.dll and dxgi.dll and put them into your GTA IV directory (where the games .exe is located)
My game is now a stable 60fps 90% of the time with all high settings and I'm one of those scrubs on a decade old AMD 8350. I do adaptive V-sync via the Nvidia Control Panel, for what it's worth. The only downside, if you even use it, is that it disables the Steam overlay, but the Rockstar one remains active: so you'll still see your delicious achievements pop when you get them.
Also, if your game is stuck at only recognizing 512mb of Vram - an old issue I thought was fixed but is apparently back thanks to Rockstars general incompetence and apathy - simply add a commandline via Steam in the launch options for the game with your Vram amount.
For example, "-availablevidmem 8192" if you have 8GB of Vram on your GPU.
It's hard to recommend this game without these improvements but once you get it running smoothly, you won't be disappointed. It's a travesty that we - as the consumer - have to jump through hoops and essentially do Rockstars job to make this game work well but those clowns have become a straight parody of themselves ever since GTA V online started making them half a billion a year. They've literally become one of the companies they would satirize in a GTA game, requiring their own customers to effectively do their programming just to make their game run adequately. It's frankly disgusting but welcome to the video game industry in 2021.
Alright, rant over. I genuinely hope this helps you as it helped me because everyone deserves to experience this gem of a game free of issues.
UPDATE: Editing my previous disclaimer to G-Sync/FreeSync users since more people have reported NOT having issues with dxvk than those who have.

Review from Steam

"War is where the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other." - Nikko Bellic

Review from Steam

Misleading advertising, where's Barbara with big titties and Stephanie who sucks like a vacuum?

Review from Steam

-No Shark Cards
-Has Bowling
10/10!

Review from Steam

A strange, melancholic experience...
I bought this for about £5 - complete with the DLC, obviously.
I bought it not because it was cheap - but because I wanted to see how it felt now, in 2021 - today, I've got a PC I only could've dreamt of when I was 22, riddled with student debt, unsure of my future and basically not purpose or direction in life beyond seeing my best friends and pushing 'adult life' as far to the back of my mind as I could.
I can still remember my bedroom, and its layout - monitor perched atop the stool in exactly the angle that would allow me to recline in bed as I played - headphones on, my beautiful cats occasionally meowing at me across the already-dated, blue carpet - they're long gone now.
The first 10 minutes were a complete revelation - I'd just upgraded to an 8800GT if I remember correctly, and for the first time I felt as if I might just SEE things, see them how they were intended for the elite gamers out there - my card wasn't top of the range, but it was a big step up from my Radeon whatever it was.... and I wasn't disappointed.
What I remember is the absolute mind-melting experience of seeing shadows moving dynamically, in response to the position of my car's headlights - passing an old shopping trolley and my jaw hitting the floor as the grill of the trolley was faithfully cast against the concrete behind it, in perfect shadowy detail - I moved and it responded.
The facial expressions of Nico and his cousin, Roman - Nico actually conveying disdain as he realised - in real time, before me - how his cousin had spun him a big old web of lies about the Promised Land.
Anyway - these days I have a girlfriend upstairs who's probably wondering where I am so this can't go on forever- no, she doesn't want to go bowling - so I'll get to the point.
Playing this tonight was a weirdly melancholic experience, to be honest; sure, it's 5 quid and everything, and I eagerly powered every graphics setting up to max, and told myself "this is how it was intended to be experienced" - but ultimately, I felt a strange sadness when I actually started playing - the lack of anti-aliasing, the naive AI, the innocence of the thing - it only served to make me feel as if I was cheapening a memory.
These days I'm no longer 22, but 35 - and am fortunate to work in a job that pays me very well - way more than I could've imagined when GTA IV came out in 2008 - and as a result, I find myself purchasing these games a lot.
Every game that I could barely afford, and barely run, back in the day - I have purchased recently.
All I can say is beware - there's a strange melancholy to revisiting these old games, these old friends - your memories are exactly that; memories. What back then was high-fidelity, jaw-dropping, warming escapsim won't feel like it today - and for me, it left me feeling as if I'd intruded on something precious and humiliated it through today's eyes.
What I'm learning is - I might now have the rig I always dreamt of as a younger gamer, and I might now have the money to buy these games when before I could barely scrape two coins together - but my memories will always possess a higher resolution.

Review from Steam

I would advise everyone to buy the game while you can, because there's already signs that Rockstar will take down Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition in the future and create a 'remaster' of this game. They are already preparing by taking down GTA IV mods now, so it's it's now or never to get the game while you can, and avoid buying the horrible garbage called a 'remaster' of the game, just like the Trilogy Definitive Edition. Buy the game and download as many GTA IV/EFLC mods as you can, before any or all of them are taken down.