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Grand Theft Auto IV [Online Game Code]

by Rockstar Games
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews) 3 answered questions 90 / 100

Price: $19.99
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Platform: PC Download - Steam DRM
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Platform: PC Download - Steam DRM | Edition: Standard
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B008FPV6CS
  • Release Date: October 2, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,745 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC Download - Steam DRM | Edition: Standard

From the Manufacturer

What does the American Dream mean today?

For Niko Bellic, fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape 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 are 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.

Beginning with the 1997 release of the original Grand Theft Auto, the GTA series has been one of the most prolific, controversial and down right entertaining franchises in video games history. This pedigree of success guarantees that the highly anticipated eleventh game in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV, will garner at least as much attention if not more.

The Plot
Grand Theft Auto IV is a brand new adventure in the GTA universe following the experiences of Nikolai "Niko" Bellic, a new immigrant from an undisclosed eastern European country whose troubled pa st and the persuasion of his cousin Roman have brought him to the fictional Liberty City. Unfortunately, Niko’s search for the American Dream and a much needed fresh start, hits an immediate snag when the rags to riches story Roman spun to pique Niko's interest is exposed as not only a complete fabrication, but a ploy to enlist Niko’s well-known skills as a tough guy against the ample list of enemies clamoring for Roman’s debt-ridden blood.

Because Roman is the only person Niko knows in Liberty City he begrudgingly accepts his role as Roman’s protector despite the deception. But as time goes on Niko comes into his own, and his experience on the wrong side of the tracks proves more valuable than he could have ever imagined as he fights for survival and later supremacy on the crime ridden streets of Liberty City.

Game Environments
Based on several of the boroughs of New York City and parts of New Jersey, Liberty City, familiar to players of previous games in the series, has been entirely redesigned for GTA IV. Players can expect visible detail down to the weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalk, cars and buildings of visibly different ages and a much greater level if verticality in the buildings and bridges that they are able to explore as Niko moves through the city streets. In addition, pedestrians in GTA IV are much more realistic. No longer simply moving cardboard cutouts, these NPCs are intelligent, modern, human representations that laugh, cry, eat, drink, use cell phones and ATMs, and talking amongst themselves regardless of Niko’s interaction with them.

Historically GTA games have focused heavily on mission-based play, requiring successful completion of fixed tasks in order for players to progress through the game, but this has changed to a great extent in GTA IV. Players will experience an entirely new and exciting emphasis centered on the blending of on-mission and off-mission play, resulting not only in an increased sense of realism, but more interesting and unrestricted gameplay.

Aside from the car jacking and a detailed city environment here are the new features for GTA IV:

  • Improved combat system - Now you can use cover and also a target lock system, which allows you to take out targets with greater ease and accuracy. Plus, you can engage in some hand-to-hand combat if you can't get your hands on a piece quick enough.
  • Cell phone - Not just for basic phone calls anymore. Use your in-game cell phone to receive missions via SMS, snap photos, and ZiT (tag) songs that can be downloaded exclusively on
  • Free time - In between missions you can take advantage of "me" time. There are gentleman's clubs, comedy clubs, bowling alleys, and bars, which all house unique activities.
  • Take a break from the storyline - A variety of side missions allow you to help run a car service, "borrow" cop cars, assassinate targets, help solve problems for those on the street, or take to the air with stunt jumps that are scattered all over the city.
  • Control your own fate - Throughout the game choice moments will arrive causing you to make a decision that will affect relationships and money.
  • Multiplayer
    Give Niko a rest and create your own multiplayer "hero." GTA has added multiplayer modes allowing you to take your creation out to play online in competitive, co-op, and free form modes. Competitive mode has you fighting against the cops, jacking cars, or racing to finish odd jobs. Co-op challenges you and your friends with various tasks including Hangman's NOOSE where you are responsible for escorting a wanted kingpin to a safe extraction point. Freeform lets you and 15 others lose on Liberty City. Use this mode to hit up the bar and play virtual darts versus each other or head out to the streets and set up your own drag races. If you can dream it, you can do it in Freeform mode.

    ZiT: We'll Spot The Song For You
    When playing Grand Theft Auto IV, if you hear a song that you are interested in buying as an MP3, all you have to do is dial ZiT-555-0100 on your in-game mobile phone and a text message will be sent to you with the name of the artist and the title of the track. The next time you log in at the Rockstar Games Social Club, you will find 30-second previews of all the songs you have ZiT'ed while playing the game. You can add them to your basket there and click to purchase at Amazon MP3, or you can find them all at

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    You must accept the license available online at Non-transferable access to special features such as exclusive, unlockable, downloadable or online content, services, or functions may require single-use serial code, additional fee and/or online account registration (13+). Violation of EULA, Code of Conduct, or other policies may result in restriction or termination of access to game or online account. Access to special features may require internet connection, may not be available to all users, and may, upon 30 days notice, be terminated, modified, or offered under different terms.  The content of this videogame is purely fictional, and is not intended to represent or depict any actual event, person, or entity.  The makers and publishers of this videogame do not in any way endorse, condone or encourage engaging in any conduct depicted in this videogame. Unauthorized copying, reverse engineering, transmission, public performance, rental, pay for play, or circumvention of copy protection is strictly prohibited.
    System Requirements
      Minimum Specifications:
    OS: Windows XP SP 3 / Windows Vista SP 1
    *NOT COMPATIBLE WITH Windows 7 or newer OS
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHz
    RAM: 1.5GB XP / 1.5GB Vista
    Hard Drive: 16 GB
    Video Card: 256MB Nvidia 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
    Additional Info: Initial activation requires internet connection; Online play requires log-in to Games For Windows - Live and Rockstar Games Social Club (13+ to register); software installations required including Adobe Flash, DirectX, Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.0, Games For Windows - LIVE, and Internet Explorer.

    Trouble activating your game?

    1. Go to Xbox. com and sign in with your Windows Live ID
    2. Go to My Account
    3. Click Redeem Code
    4. Enter the code that Steam provided for GTA IV
    5. Once that is successful, launch Games for Windows Live application and go to downloads
    6. Select GTA IV and choose to view the key
    7. Enter that key in GTA IV

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    58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good game - try downloading this way November 7, 2012
    Platform for Display:PC Download - Steam DRM|Edition:Standard
    I've personally had a lot of fun with this game. If you enjoy the GTA series, graphically it does not get any better than this on the PC. Unfortunately, I've read quite a few reviews here on Amazon that said the download experience was a bit of a pain. If you'd like to download it directly from Steam after purchasing from Amazon, try this:

    1. When you first purchase the game on Amazon, if it prompts you to download it, decline. All you will need from Amazon is the Product Code generated when you purchase the game.
    2. I already had an existing Steam account, so if you don't, create one first and download the client software from their site. You will need a Steam account regardless of how you choose to install this product.
    3. Go to the "Your Games and Software Library" page of the "My Account" section in your Amazon account.
    4. Copy the "Product Code" listed under your game.
    5. Open up Steam, and click "Add a Game".
    6. Choose "Activate a Product on Steam".
    7. You will need to click though a couple of prompts, then will be asked for the Product Code. Paste the code your copied from Amazon in step 4.
    8. This game will then be added to your Steam Library, and you can download and play the game.

    I've done this for quite a few games over the years and have had no problems whatsoever. Enjoy the game!
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    By Anurag
    Platform for Display:PC Download - Steam DRM| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
    This game is working fine on my Windows 8.1 laptop with Core i3 (3rd Gen) and Intel onboard graphics (HD 4000). I run it at 1600x900, but it should run even better if you lower the resolution. You will need Steam to play it, but that was not a big dealbreaker for me. The game will also pester you to make a Microsoft Live account to enable autosave - which I found a tad annoying. But the most important thing - it will not run as expected out of the box on Windows 7 and 8! I was stuck in a loading loop for eternity before I searched and found the solution. It is for these reasons that I deduct two stars.

    1. Install Steam (you will need to make a free account if you dont have one)
    2. Run Steam, log into your account and redeem the game using the code you get after you make the purchase (as mentioned in detail in another review)
    3. Steam will now ask if you want to download and install the game. Select the destination folder and click next.
    4. When the install is complete, click on the big "LIBRARY" label on Steam. Find the game "Grand Theft Auto IV" and right click on it, then select "Properties"
    5. In the "Properties" window go to the tab "LOCAL FILES" and click on "BROWSE LOCAL FILES".
    6. In the new window, open the folder named GTAIV
    7. Download the file and copy it in this folder. Alternatively, make a new text file with the name "commandline.txt" and copy the following lines into this file:

    -width 1024
    -height 768
    -Percentvidmem 1.0
    -Availablevidmem 16.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A more up to date review (2013) January 2, 2014
    Platform for Display:PC Download - Steam DRM| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
    If you've read through the reviews here, you might be thinking GTA IV for PC is a total waste of money. It's not. It is an awesomely detailed game that is fun to play for hours on end. Now for the technical bit...

    What seems to have happened is a majority of these reviews were written when the PC version first came out, which was back on December 3, 2008. It seems a lot of people had issues getting the game to run smoothly, or run at all. Why? Read on.

    After having read through many of the reviews, and buying and playing the game successfully myself, I've come up with 2 conclusions:
    1) The game originally shipped with some bugs, which have since been fixed (bad job Rockstar Games).
    2) In 2008/2009, the average home PC was not quite powerful enough to run the game well. Just because your system meets the minimum specs doesn't mean all software will run well on it. I'm not saying that's fair, I'm just saying that's the way it is.

    Let's circle back to November 2013- when I bought the game, and was able to download & install it, and play it without issues. My PC isn't the best by today's standards:
    Intel Core i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (quad core)
    8gb RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
    Windows 7 64bit Pro

    Bottom line: The game runs well 98% of the time. Occasionally it will crash. Hey, this is Windows after all.
    If you enjoy the GTA franchise, and have a relatively new PC with a decent graphics card, you should enjoy this game.

    The only reason I didn't give 5 starts is because a final release game shouldn't ship with bugs.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars GTA:IV & role reversal with mods. July 26, 2012
    Platform for Display:PC Download - Steam DRM| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
    Just like the previous titles in the series you can run around aimlessly in the city causing havoc. Don't get me wrong that's fun and all but a friend actually got me into a MOD for the game and that's why I finally broke down and purchased it. The mod is called LCPD:FR and it a complete role reversal from normal GTA. In the mod you play as a police officer instead of some random thug terrorizing the city. You can be dispatched to calls, make traffic stops, issue tickets and even get into high speed pursuits and various other things going on around the city.

    I never knew that GTA:IV had such a large mod base and for that I rated it high. I would have most likely given the game a five except it is notorious for crashing often and Windows Live also causes issues on most pc's. One note though if you intend to use this game on Steam you MUST select the Steam version since the standard cd key will not work. Other than that its a great game and worth the price.
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