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Listen to the other reviewers - DO NOT BUY THE GAME,
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto IV (DVD-ROM)
Despite reading the negative reviews on amazon and elsewhere, I stubbornly bought the game thinking none of the issues would apply to me - Boy was I wrong!
Be prepared to undergo a whole evening of jumping through hoops just to get the game to work properly. Microsoft has obviously done some mischief here by FORCING people to upgrade their computers to Windows XP Service Pack 3 as well as FORCING people to use their lousy Windows Live system. If that's not worse, you are required to register and activate the game via the Rockstar Social Club and then link it to the Windows Live For Games network. Unfortunately, the links don't work at all. Their database system is screwed up.
Failure to properly register online with their broken systems prevents you from saving your game progress.
After giving up trying to properly register online, I try running the game. The game is still insistent that you update it to the latest patch (which is known to cause even more trouble).
So after about a whole hour of installing and updating, I finally get access to the game. Next thing I realize is that all the optimizations that hyped about in the game are down right lies. Despite having a a mid-high range system, the game performance is appalling. There is no multi-core optimization or SLI/CrossFire capabilities. Heck, the game even goes on to pester you about owning an XBOX 360 Gamepad for the PC to even play the game. The controls are terrible otherwise.
Come to find out, the game was never ready for release. Despite the problems, the game was rushed out too fast in order to make it for Christmas. The game is so bad, that even STEAM (who offer the downloadable version of GTA4) is offering refunds for it on a case-by-case basis.
I've decided to uninstall the game. All is not over though. My computer is much slower, full of clutter, and is a victim of the sleazy SecuRom/DRM malware that came with the game. I'm sticking the game on my shelf until something is done about it. I suggest you do the same and AVOID AVOID AVOID!! I can't emphasize this enough - AVOID PURCHASING THIS!
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2009 2:49:44 PM PST
Dr. Harold Wong says:
...STEAM (who offer the downloadable version of GTA4) is offering refunds for it on a case-by-case basis.
That is not true, They would not refund anything (EULA), I tried
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2009 8:55:34 PM PST
You're right, STEAM never refunds anything. However, because of overwhelming complaints about GTA4, they're allowing refunds as a one time courtesy only. I actually had to double check the facts to make sure it was true.
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