What does the American Dream mean today?
For Niko Bellic, fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape 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 are 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.
Developed by Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto IV will be simultaneously available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and will be in stores worldwide on April 29, 2008.
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Niko comes to America after receiving word from his cousin Roman. Roman brags of a fantastic lifestyle with 15 sportscars, two beautiful women and hotubs galore. All of this is a lie and nothing Roman claims is true. He is only covering for his own embarassing failure at living the "American Dream" so he dupes Niko into travelling across the world to clean the mess he has gotten himself into.
Niko finds himself in America with Roman as his only contact. Roman is heavily in debt and needs Niko's help as he runs a failing Taxi Depot business in Broker. You are lowlife European immigrant, and you must fight for survival in Liberty City. Rockstar Games claim that you can 'choose you destiny'. This means that how you play the game and the outcome of your choices affect what happens between Niko and his friends/foes.
Quote: Xbox 360 UK Magazine
Rather than the rags to riches story of old games, GTA IV looks more like a rags to better
rags story. The idea is ostensibly for Bellic to keep afloat in Liberty City, rather than walking the streets with tons of cash dripping out of every pocket. After all, if Niko had accumulated over half a million dollars, it's a little far fetched for him to want to carry out other misisons. He'd be set for life from that point on and could provide for both himself and his brother. We therefore imagine GTA IV will have a much more realistic approach to funds and how much you'll ultimately have to spend them throughout the game.