*******' hilarious and so true! I didn't like San Andreas as much as previous incarnations as I thought it had got too serious. I have only just startd GTA IV but I gave up on it pretty quickly (for now) as it was simply too dark on my projector. I thought it must be my settings but alas no, my mate has said the same about his projector setup and he's gone back to his LCD. I only have a CRT so it will be non-HD if I do carry on. Shame but I'm not mucking around with my calibration just to do this game. Brilliant game though.
The first review which I've truly agreed with. I hate the social aspect of the game as it's a chore, distracting and very unrewarding (sex with a pixelated woman doesn't cut the mustard). It's also true that the games were more enjoyable when little regard was given to real-world lighting and, to an extent, physics, with cars being able to hurtle down side streets at 80 miles per hour and then pull a perfect handbrake turn around a 90 degree corner.
From my experience of GTA IV, whilst it's I game I still love and really enjoy, it's just not the arcade-like kill-all experience I loved as a GTA I/London/II, Vice City and San Andreas player. It harks back to the dark, gloomy setting of GTA III but factors in a little too many side features to be distracting.
rockstar should send round someone to my house. and yeh agree with what you've said, the social aspect is a bit pointless, i like that it leads to say the guns from lj etc, but they need to think off another way to get there.
I strongly recommend you watch yahtzee's other reviews if you've not already - even if you don't agree with him you've got to admire his honesty. This one's a hell of a lot more entertaining than most of the 'gushing' reviews it's had so far