Yesterday night, I finally managed to finish the last mission. I'm now 70-something percent through the game, only having side missions and other stuff left. But I'm not gonna play that anymore. I am so damn bored from the game!
I've played GTA. GTA II. GTA III. Vice City. San Andreas. I enjoyed them all, except San Andreas, and after reading some reviews of GTA 4 it became clear that I would love it. And I did, for the first three days or so. I really enjoyed driving around Liberty City in 1080P Full HD listening to cool radio stations in Dolby Digital with awesome music and all.
Don't get me wrong, visually the game is absolutely gorgeous, the best there is at the moment probably, the radio stations are great as always... There's only one problem, and that's a big one: The missions are so boring. So unbelievable boring.
They keep repeating themselves too much. GTA 3 and Vice City had missions that rocked so hard, they were always different and tough but yet manageable. GTA 4 has some cool missions, the bank robbery for example, or the last one. But 95% of the missions are in the end like this: You drive 5 minutes to the contact mission point. Then you drive 5 minutes to point A to pick something up. Then you drive 5 more minutes to bring it to point B. Then you drive 5 minutes back to the contact mission point for the next mission. And so on.
C'mon! One helicopter mission with shooting? And I don't even shoot myself? Where are the tanks, the military? Why is there no mission to blow up a landing or starting airplane? Why do I only fly that idiot Brucie around all the time? Why are there 50 car pick-up missions that take hours to complete and that are not different at all?
Do young people nowadays enjoy simply driving through huge digital cities all the time?
And the police is a goddamn joke in this part. One star is like no star. Two stars are easy to get rid off, too. Three stars? Just drive fast on a long street. Four or five stars? Get to a paint shop. Boring! Too easy!
And then there's some five missions that are so unbelievable difficult that you wonder who the hell made them and why he didn't invent all of them. The best mission anyway, in any GTA game, was the golf club mission in GTA 3. That mission was difficult, funny, challenging, rememberable, it could be solved in different ways... Now that was a mission that you'll never forget. I'll remember GTA 4 as the game where I had to drive around 95% of the playing time. And that's just sad, isn't it?
You failed to impress me, Rockstar. Sorry. It's great to see that you're using all the technology to create these wonderful, colorful, vivd worlds for players - but next time, increase the budget for those who develop missions. Then it'll be truly great.