History YMMV / GrandTheftAutoIV

18th Aug '16 8:34:42 PM TheBuddy26
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* DeaderThanDisco: Downplayed. When it was released in 2008, critics and fans couldn't find enough good things to say about it. It won multiple "Best of the Year" awards, sold over 3 million copies on release day, and was praised by many critics as the absolute pinnacle of the WideOpenSandbox genre. But after about a year, once the novelty of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames seventh generation]] ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' game wore off, people became a lot more willing to acknowledge its many flaws, while its impressive graphics ceased to wow people as much as they had on Day 1. In particular, players began to criticize the game's frustratingly repetitive missions, its scaled-down map, its [[DarkerAndEdgier needlessly depressing story]], and ''especially'' the developers' controversial decision to cut out some of the best-received features from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''--including customizable appearance, skill stats, turf warfare, military vehicles, [[SceneryPorn non-urban environments]], air combat, and every airborne vehicle except one weaponless helicopter that can only be stolen. It didn't help that its only new mechanic was the "Friendship" feature, which quickly became [[ScrappyMechanic one of the most unpopular new features in the series' history]]. [[note]] "[[MemeticMutation Cousin! Let us go bowling!]]", anyone?[[/note]] Once ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' came out in 2013 and added back almost everything that ''IV'' cut out--as well as beefing up the graphics and boasting a map even larger than the one in ''San Andreas''--it couldn't help but look underwhelming by comparison. While the game has its defenders today, the general consensus is that it was a step backwards for the ''Grand Theft Auto'' franchise in every area except graphics.
18th Aug '16 4:07:58 PM TheBuddy26
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* DeaderThanDisco: Downplayed. When it was released in 2008, critics and fans couldn't find enough good things to say about it. It won multiple "Best of the Year" awards, sold over 3 million copies on release day, and was praised by many critics as the absolute pinnacle of the WideOpenSandbox genre. But after about a year, once the novelty of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames seventh generation]] ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' game wore off, people became a lot more willing to acknowledge its many flaws, while its impressive graphics ceased to wow people as much as they had on Day 1. In particular, players began to criticize the game's frustratingly repetitive missions, its scaled-down map, its [[DarkerAndEdgier needlessly depressing story]], and ''especially'' the developers' controversial decision to cut out some of the best-received features from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''--including customizable appearance, skill stats, turf warfare, military vehicles, [[SceneryPorn non-urban environments]], air combat, and every airborne vehicle except one weaponless helicopter that can only be stolen. It didn't help that its only new mechanic was the "Friendship" feature, which quickly became [[ScrappyMechanic one of the most unpopular new features in the series' history]]. [[note]] "[[MemeticMutation Cousin! Let us go bowling!]]", anyone?[[/note]] Once ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' came out in 2013 and added back almost everything that ''IV'' cut out--as well as beefing up the graphics and boasting a map even larger than the one in ''San Andreas''--it couldn't help but look underwhelming by comparison. While the game has its defenders today, the general consensus is that it was a step backwards for the ''Grand Theft Auto'' franchise in every area except graphics.
17th Aug '16 8:13:20 AM Austin
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Playboy X could be interpreted to be loosely based on Music/JayZ as both had fallen out with their respective mentors. Both dealt crack cocaine early in their lives while having lofty aspirations to expand into numerous areas of legitimate business, and aid in improving the community through those areas of business by assisting people under socio-economic stress. There's also their names and the similarity in accent.
31st Jul '16 11:15:26 PM TheBuddy26
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** Three Leaf Clover mission could be this due to not only multiple officers shooting you and the brothers, but the most of the [[{{Mooks}} NOOSE officers]] can kill you very easy with their rifles if you're not careful. To top it all off, after exiting the subway underground, you still must escape the 3-star police pursuit using a 4-door car and you must be quick to escape.

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** Three "Three Leaf Clover mission Clover", [[BestLevelEver despite its reputation]], could be this due to not only multiple officers shooting you and the brothers, but the most of the [[{{Mooks}} NOOSE officers]] can kill you very easy with their rifles if you're not careful. To top it all off, after exiting the subway underground, you still must escape the 3-star police pursuit using a 4-door car and you must be quick to escape.
7th Jul '16 9:16:54 AM gewunomox
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Intentional. The game has an in-universe parody of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' called "The Science of Crime", whose theme song (which you can download to your cell phone) sounds ''very'' similar to "[[TheWho Won't Get Fooled Again]]" (which is, in turn, the theme of ''Series/CSIMiami''). Well, the "yeahhh!" and some of the keyboard bars at least.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Intentional. The game has an in-universe parody of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' called "The Science of Crime", whose theme song (which you can download to your cell phone) sounds ''very'' similar to "[[TheWho "[[Music/TheWho Won't Get Fooled Again]]" (which is, in turn, the theme of ''Series/CSIMiami''). Well, the "yeahhh!" and some of the keyboard bars at least.
6th Jul '16 5:48:10 PM TheBuddy26
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* ContestedSequel: There are many longtime ''GTA'' fans who consider this game to be a disappointing follow up to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' due to the smaller game world, no airplanes, harder to control vehicles, the PC version's exorbitant hardware requirements and usage of Games for Windows Live; and the fact that it mostly abandons the zany, over-the-top nature of previous ''GTA'' games in favor of gritty realism.

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* ContestedSequel: There are many longtime ''GTA'' fans who consider this game to be a disappointing follow up to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' due to the smaller game world, no airplanes, harder to control vehicles, the PC version's exorbitant hardware requirements and usage of Games for Windows - Live; and the fact that it mostly abandons the zany, over-the-top nature of previous ''GTA'' games in favor of gritty realism.
6th Jul '16 5:47:40 PM TheBuddy26
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* PortingDisaster: The PC version of the game does a poor job of translating the controls to a keyboard and mouse configuration, has a horrible software protection scheme that requires the installation of near-useless bloatware in order to use multiplayer, has very demanding system requirements out of line with similar titles, and a multitude of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s if your system configuration is cursed. Luckily, patching has fixed many of these problems.

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* PortingDisaster: The PC version of the game does a poor job of translating the controls to a keyboard and mouse configuration, has a horrible software protection scheme that requires the installation of near-useless bloatware in order to use multiplayer, has very demanding system requirements out of line with similar titles, ''three'' instances of [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil DRM]] [[note]] Games for Windows - Live, [=SecureROM=], and the Rockstar Social Club [[/note]] attached to the game, and a multitude of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s if your system configuration is cursed. Luckily, patching has fixed many of these problems.problems; and a healthy [[GameMod modding]] community has aided its reputation further.



** Michelle. [[spoiler:It's justified when she's working for the government all along and Niko doesn't punish her]]. Well, the bright side is [[spoiler:after introducing to her boss]], she dosen't show up again.

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** Michelle. [[spoiler:It's justified when she's working for the government all along and Niko doesn't punish her]]. Well, the bright side is [[spoiler:after introducing to her boss]], she dosen't doesn't show up again.again. [[spoiler:Until ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV V]]'' that is...]]
2nd Jul '16 4:36:57 AM UltimateLazer
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* SoOkayItsAverage: Many today usually find the game to be not that bad, but a number of fans consider it to be the weakest of the ''Grand Theft Auto'' games.
15th Apr '16 4:30:30 PM neander7hal
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** [[{{Chessmaster}} U.L. Paper]] associating homosexuality with the in-universe FBI, if [[ClintEastwood Clint Eastwood]]'s [[Film/JEdgar portrayal]] of the most famous Director of the FBI is to be believed.[[note]]Not to imply that the film was the first to propose the theory that J. Edgar Hoover was gay.[[/note]]

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** [[{{Chessmaster}} U.L. Paper]] associating homosexuality with the in-universe FBI, if [[ClintEastwood Clint Eastwood]]'s [[Film/JEdgar portrayal]] depiction]] of the most famous Director of the FBI is to be believed.[[note]]Not to imply that the film was the first to propose the theory that J. Edgar Hoover was gay.[[/note]]



* HypeBacklash: Lots of critics gave it perfect scores (including the infamous 10/10 from IGN, whose last perfect score was ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''). Months later when the hype died down, some fans began criticizing the game for [[MisaimedRealism among]] [[ScrappyMechanic other]] [[PortingDisaster things]], being too much of a departure from the previous games in the series

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** The fact that the game has *an entire station* devoted to reggaeton. This one is hilarious because of how much the music industry has tried to forget about the "reggaeton bubble," but it also illustrates just how long the development process can take. Reggaeton was enormous on US airwaves in 2005 and 2006 when Rockstar licensed its music, but it was a different story by the time the game came out. Rockstar picked the wrong horse there.
* HypeBacklash: Lots of critics gave it perfect scores (including the infamous 10/10 from IGN, whose last perfect score was ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''). Months later when the hype died down, some fans began criticizing the game for [[MisaimedRealism among]] [[ScrappyMechanic other]] [[PortingDisaster things]], being too much of a departure from the previous games in the seriesseries.
8th Mar '16 7:18:17 AM EuroBurro
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** Jim Fitzgerald's lines in "No Way on the Subway" have become infamous for their poor delivery. This can be partly explained since Jim was originally just a bit character appearing in that one mission, instead of the fully-fledged character we got to see in "The Lost and Damned".


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** The boat-like driving has been a common gripe fans have had about this game, though this borders on BrokenBase, since there are a section of players who are okay with the driving controls.
** The bike controls is almost universally considered to be one of the games weakest points, even for experienced players. Thankfully Rockstar fixed this for the biker-themed ''The Lost and Damned'' DLC.
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