From The Road: GTA IV – So Close, But So Far

Grand Theft Auto IV (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it’s nice to see nearly every store in my city with GTA IV displays, April 29th is still just too far away. I know it’s already the 17th, but that last stretch always seems to drag on forever. I’ve been a fan of the GTA series way back to the original ‘overhead view’ versions but I have to admit I was a little worried when they announced the series was switching to a fully 3D environment. (Not to mention the PS2 exclusivity.) But things seem to have worked out for the best.

And while the series has become the poster child for adult gaming and the debate over video game violence, I really only play it for its ‘sandbox’ virtues. In fact I haven’t even come close to actually ‘completing’ any of the recent GTA games. I’m more than content just to drive around getting in car chases, or enjoying the occasional helicopter flight with the inevitable crash at the end. But the addition of multiplayer has tempted me to get back on XBox Live. That is, if the 29th ever actually gets here.