Read my full review of Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTAIV) here.
That’s right folks in less than 4 days, the newest installment in the Grand Theft Auto series will hit stores everywhere. The buzz around this particular release is even more drama filled than normal with everyone watching closely at what the sales and response to the game are, especially EA who tried to buy parent company Take Two, but was unsuccessful when Take Two successfully rebuffed an initial offer saying that it undervalued the price of the entire product suite, with GTA being the centerpiece. EA had hoped to close a deal before GTA4 is released Tuesday in a move to pick the company up at a bargain knowing full well that the massive success that GTA4 is expected to achieve would inevitably push up the price.
I got to say that Take Two made the smart move holding off EA long enough to release GTA4, an act that should get them a more competitive bid from EA and more value for their shareholders. I have to tip my hat to EA for at least pressing so hard to get a deal done knowing full well what the release of GTA4 would do to their negotiating position, but they had to try.
What does all this mean to us? NOT A DURN THING. By the time the dust settles on this one we will all be tucked away, laying some serious smack down, entrenched in what some have said is GTA4’s 100+ hours of gameplay, not to mention the reported 16 player mayhem that will occur. Its going to be sweet. In the end, will Take Two be able to hold off EA, probably not but at least a smash success of GTA4 will guarantee them a better price. I can’t wait till Tuesday.
Check out my full review of Grand Theft Auto 4