Grand Theft Auto V Righting The Wrongs Of Grand Theft Auto IV

grand theft auto v vs grand theft auto iv

Grand Theft Auto IV was fun at the time, but it seemed like the series was going backwards instead of forwards. It appears Rockstar is making Grand Theft Auto V bigger and better than any other previous game in the series and this is a good thing.

When Grand Theft Auto IV came out in 2008, everyone was excited at the time because it was making its debut on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Obviously the PS3 and Xbox 360 were way more powerful machines than the PS2 and Xbox and everyone thought the game would pack a lot of new features. Albeit once the game came out, it appeared as if Rockstar removed lots of features that made the previous games so fun.

It looks like Grand Theft Auto V is returning to the series’ roots and packing the many features that were lost in Grand Theft Auto IV. Here are just some of the things I’ve noticed.

Better Graphics and Bigger Map
First things first, Grand Theft Auto IV had a SMALLER map than San Andreas. That in itself seemed odd considering this was a “next-gen” video game at the time. Not to mention I feel the graphics of the game didn’t look like what a PS3/Xbox 360 title should appear to be. The graphics looked faded all of the time and Liberty City looked drab even when it was sunny. I’m guessing Rockstar was still trying to get to grips developing for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 at the time. Still, I felt the graphics could have been much better.

Fears of a smaller map and mediocre graphics have been put to rest thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. The game is tipped to be the biggest ever map Rockstar has ever created. Unlike with Grand Theft Auto IV, this game with have the countryside and other unique places that were previously seen in San Andreas. The game also looks a lot brighter and colorful too.

Variety Of Characters
I don’t know what others think, but I personally thought Niko Bellic was the most boring GTA protagonist ever. He wasn’t cool or humorous in any way and he also lacked personality. He seemed like a character that would appear in a generic FPS game instead. I always preferred his cousin Roman or their friend Brucie. These two would have been better characters to play as.

In Grand Theft Auto V, you are getting three interesting characters instead of one boring Niko Bellic. You are able to play as all of them and each of them have their own personalities. Michael is the family man, although his relationship with them becomes sour and he decides to go back to his criminal ways. Franklin is similar to CJ in San Andreas as he’s a gang member and is reportedly the best driver of the group. Trevor on the other hand is arguably the most humorous character of the unlikely trio. He’s pretty much a trashy bum, but he’s sure to be the most entertaining character to play as because of his unique look and behavior.

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Damian Antony Seeto

Game reviewer from New Zealand. Been writing since 2009.


  1. Luke
    July 13, 2013, 3:44 AM

    This article needs some serious editing. Good material and a lot of strong points but you made a fair few mistakes. In the future, read back over your stuff a few times. Give it that “extra-classy” look.

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  2. Brian
    July 14, 2013, 12:22 AM

    If they want to bring the fun back let us push the cars a lot more. I hate how if you try to get away from the police and really push the car you fly out of your windshield. I really liked the big chases in the old games. If I don’t feel like doing missions I should be able to run around and do what I want. Have the chase go on a long time and get the military chasing me. Those old games were so much more fun.

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  3. Dirk
    July 14, 2013, 1:49 AM

    The only thing I really got from your article was that you hated GTA 4 and look forward to GTA 5. Doesn’t most GTA games end with missions in a gunfight? Isn’t the point? I think the whole idea of GTA 4 was Nico being a regular guy in a world gone mad. It was a more regular story that the DLC apparently fixed with the over the top action.

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