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GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (2008)

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV <span>(2008)</span> artwork

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (2008)

Type VideoGame

Approx. Running minutes 233

Release dates 29/10/2009, 03/12/2008, 29/04/2008

BBFCInsight Contains very strong language, strong sex and violence and hard drug use

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY – GRAND THEFT AUTO THE LOST AND DAMNED – GRAND THEFT AUTO THE BALLAD OF GAY TONY comprises two stand-alone, episodic, expansion missions that take place in the same open world gaming environment of Liberty City that featured in Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV). In the first mission the player assumes the role of Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City based motorcycle gang and in the second the player takes on the part of Luis Lopez, a 'gofer' / bodyguard for a character known as 'Gay Tony'. Played from the third person perspective, both missions look, play and feel very similar to the original GTA IV. In addition to playing through the set missions, the player can simply roam freely through the massive gaming environment. The game was passed ‘18’ for very strong language, strong sex and violence and hard drug use.

Violence is a central theme of the game, with the featured characters able to carry out missions that invariably involve killing in return for money and other in-game rewards. The characters have access to a variety of weapons, including knives, baseball bats, snooker cues, a variety of handguns and long-barrelled weapons (assault rifles, machine-guns, shotguns and the ubiquitous sniper rifle), explosive charges, pipe bombs and rocket-propelled grenades. The player can also mow down pedestrians whilst driving any of the vast selection of motor vehicles or motor bikes that are available to him or her. There are blood spurts as people are shot and stabbed and pools of blood form on the ground. However, there is never any discernible injury detail and it is not possible to inflict post-mortem injuries, although there is considerable ragdolling as dead bodies are shot. The characters controlled by the player are able to attack and kill any other character in the game, including innocent bystanders.

The Guidelines at ’15’ state that 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’). The strongest terms (for example, ‘cunt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context'. Although the frequent use of strong language in the game would have been acceptable at ‘15’, the (at least) four uses of very strong language that crop up in some of the cut scenes are better placed at the adult category.

The game includes some sex scenes. The sex is quite strong, but always masked and the characters concerned are invariably fully clothed (no nudity). In cut scenes the Luis Lopez character is seen to be on the receiving end of oral sex (slumped on a chair with a woman's head buried in his lap). The same character engages in sexual intercourse on at least two different occasions. For example he stands between a woman's raised legs and thrusts into her and he also bends a woman over a desk and thrusts into her from the rear. The game also contains strong verbal sex references throughout and there is one scene of full frontal male nudity (without a sexual context).

EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY – GRAND THEFT AUTO THE LOST AND DAMNED – GRAND THEFT AUTO THE BALLAD OF GAY TONY also includes portrayals of cocaine snorting and there are frequent verbal references to drug taking and trafficking throughout the game.

Details

Title
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV
Also known as
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: MOVE UP LADIES,GRAND THEFT AUTO IV - EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY,EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY - GRAND THEFT AUTO THE LOST AND DAMNED - GRAND THEFT AUTO THE BALLAD OF GAY TONY,GRAND THEFT AUTO IV ADDITIONAL EPISODES,GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: GOOD LORD, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?,GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY,GTA IV,GRAND THEFT AUTO: EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY
Year
2008
Distributor(s)
Rockstar Games Inc
Classified date(s)
22/03/2010
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZG244901

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