Grand Theft Auto IV [Download]

2.7 out of 5 stars 195 customer reviews
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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 from 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 get 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.


Product Information

Platform:PC Download - Steam DRM  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B008FPV6CS
Release date October 2, 2008
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2.7 out of 5 stars 195 customer reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,906 in videogames
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By J. Grant on November 7, 2012
Platform for Display: PC Download - Steam DRMEdition: 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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Platform for Display: PC Download - Steam DRMEdition: 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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Platform for Display: PC Download - Steam DRMEdition: 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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Platform for Display: PC Download - Steam DRMEdition: 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.

SOLUTION:
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 pastebin.com/F34AvP7b 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:

-nomemrestrict
-noprecache
-norestrictions
-width 1024
-height 768
-novblank
-Percentvidmem 1.0
-Availablevidmem 16.
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