Grand Theft Auto IV is a brand new adventure in the GTA
universe following the experiences of Nikolai “Niko” Bellic, a new
immigrant from an undisclosed eastern European country whose troubled pa
st and the persuasion of his cousin Roman have brought him to the
fictional Liberty City. Unfortunately, Niko’s search for the American
Dream and a much needed fresh start, hits an immediate snag when the
rags to riches story Roman spun to pique Niko’s interest is exposed as
not only a complete fabrication, but a ploy to enlist Niko’s well-known
skills as a tough guy against the ample list of enemies clamoring for
Roman’s debt-ridden blood.
Because Roman is the only person Niko knows in Liberty City he
begrudgingly accepts his role as Roman’s protector despite the
deception. But as time goes on Niko comes into his own, and his
experience on the wrong side of the tracks proves more valuable than he
could have ever imagined as he fights for survival and later supremacy
on the crime ridden streets of Liberty City.
Based on several of the boroughs of New
York City and parts of New Jersey, Liberty City, familiar to players of
previous games in the series, has been entirely redesigned for GTA IV.
Players can expect visible detail down to the weeds growing in the
cracks in the sidewalk, cars and buildings of visibly different ages and
a much greater level if verticality in the buildings and bridges that
they are able to explore as Niko moves through the city streets. In
addition, pedestrians in GTA IV are much more realistic. No
longer simply moving cardboard cutouts, these NPCs are intelligent,
modern, human representations that laugh, cry, eat, drink, use cell
phones and ATMs, and talking amongst themselves regardless of Niko’s
interaction with them.