The Top 7... things Grand Theft Auto IV needs

The official trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV is only a few days away as of this writing, and publisher Rockstar has promised that it won't just be some infuriatingly quick teaser. Instead, it'll offer up the first substantial look into what the game is all about, and internet speculation over what that might be has kicked the rumor mill into high gear.

We've got our own theories on what the game might be like, ranging from a futuristic dystopia with flying cars to a college-crime romp starring Bully's Jimmy Hopkins, but that's just idle speculation. Whatever the trailer brings, though, there are certain things the game will simply need to do if it's going to be the quantum leap promised by that big Roman numeral. It's been a while since GTA: San Andreas hit, after all, and since then several of the series' imitators have made improvements on its aging formula. In the interest of keeping GTA fresh and relevant, here's what we suggest:

7. Better aiming

This one's the obvious no-brainer. Everyone hates the aiming in GTA. Everyone. Even dogs hate the aiming, and when dogs look at TVs they just see indistinct gray blobs drifting around. Ever since 2001's GTAIII, getting into gunfights has been a headache, thanks to a targeting system has a habit of locking onto harmless pedestrians while ignoring the heavily armed gang-bangers riddling you with bullets.

Enough is enough. We enjoy harming little old ladies as much as anyone, but when angry lumps of raw firepower come looking for you, your aim needs priorities. Improvements have been made in recent games, and Rockstar tried to get around the problem by adding FPS-style aiming, but it's still not as elegant or responsive as this:

Above: C'mon, Rockstar, you can do this better than The Godfather

The Godfather practically perfected targeting - not only does it almost always lock onto gun-toting enemies before random civilians, but it gives players rapid, no-nonsense control over exactly where they want to shoot their enemies. Want to try for a disarm, so you can force them into a fistfight? How about an instant-kill headshot, or a debilitating bullet to the kneecap? GTA offers no such control, at least not without changing your aim style. But there's no reason it couldn't, and given that Godfather set this particular bar over a year ago, we fully expect GTAIV to vault right over it.


Top 7


  • A.J_Smiles - November 10, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    Well then that makes me the first to comment on waht a great article it was. Great article!
  • Marioninja1 - October 15, 2008 3:30 p.m.

    @ Justinda777 Really? Did you even read it or just go "FIRST!" as soon as you could?
  • justinda777 - October 11, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    true dat FIRST!
  • BHynes10 - October 20, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    i think that's an accurate summation of his actions
  • STR33TFiR3 - July 27, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    So GTA IV actually fulfilled most of the wishes eh? Rockstar really listens to its fan base!
  • the_real_fluke - April 4, 2009 1:41 p.m.

    Looking back, how much of this actually ended up in the final product. hopefully we can breakdance on submarines in the next DLC

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