- Dec 20, 2006
Indeed, the beginning is really boring while the game teaches you about friend activities and the cell phone, and then a few slow missions that all sandbox games are more or less guilty of.
But things pick up, GTA4 has a pretty amazing story... Niko is a very likeable guy despite the life he leads and that's always what you want in a story, a lead that you are totally conflicted about. Niko manages this far better than any GTA character in my opinion, and possibly as good as any video game character.
It is quite possible that gaming no longer tickles TomCat's fancy, or it's likely that golf games suck ass and he didn't put up with the painful first few bits of GTA4.
For one reason or another, narrative in video games doesn't really strike a chord with me. The writing may be amazing but I think most of the time it's a bit predictable, Heavy Rain tried very hard to get you to react to the characters but I could see every twist three miles away. With GTA IV, considering that I've used him as an avatar to commit mass murder, it just seems laughable that he 'wants a normal life'. (yes, I realize it'd be boring if the game restricted you to doing boring stuff outside of the missions but you get what I mean)