Gaming flashback – Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
Smashing records by shifting 3.6 million units on its first day and raking in more than US$500 million in its first week, GTA IV put you in the shoes of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European war veteran stepping in to Liberty City in search of the American Dream. The sheer multitude of activities on offer was head-spinning – bowling, pool, drinking, darts and even vegging out on the sofa watching TV all added to the gritty realism. Old-school fans complained that it was a little too gritty – a concern that Rockstar addressed with the glitzy nightclubs and BASE-jumping lunacy of downloadable add-on The Ballad of Gay Tony.