"It's not GTAIV or Rockstar's fault that GTAIV wasn't the best game ever in your, and many other's opinions."
Yeah, it was reviewers for ignoring flaws and bugs just for some misguided attempt at proving big budget HD games are better than crappy casual games (how dare MK Wii take out snaking).
Not claiming praise was undeserved for GTA IV, just that when it had the hype of being the savior of HD gaming, it seemed that reviewers based their scores on that rather than the actual game. In other words, I think it got praise for the wrong reason.
That's a fair opinion, because it least it gives an admittedly very half-assed reason for the GTAIV hatred, though imo, I think it's just a case of hating something because it wasn't what you expected, and because other people seemed to enjoy it more than you.
I really thought GTA was shit. GTAIII, ugh, Vice City and the crap that was San Andreas are my top two most over-rated games of all time. I was never given a reason to progress. There was too much freedom, and it grew boring quickly.
GTAIV was a much more streamlined experience, and that's why it appealed to me. I figured it for garbage and was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps that is why I am a defender of the game. It's not the best game ever, but it's vastly better than most of the Vice City lovers give it credit for. I think Vice City is shit. I pick no bones about it. I don't think it's "good, but over-rated." I think that game is terrible. It has no point. Its story sucks. The game is like the ramp that you jump just for the hell of jumping it. The game is a boring romp through an ugly town with a great MJ song to back you up. It's hip for the sake of being hip.
Now, GTAIV, it tried. For once, a game tried. It tried to have a real goddamn story. Something that I might read. I haven't had a game try that since Planescape. I enjoyed it. I loved Roman. I liked the game.
That is just my mindset.
Best quote from a game in the last 3 years?
"Would you kindly?"
"Don't fuck with my family!!"