(figured I'd post this here, since the hype-died thread is out) So, I finally finished GTA IV. And man, I have a lot of complaints. So here we go... 1. I don't know why Rockstar thinks we want to be friends with game characters. Sure, Little Jacob is cool, but do I really want to go hang out with him every day of my virtual life? No. I don't want to go bowling with him. I don't want to go bowling with my REAL friends, much less an animated one. Seriously - what's the point here? It becomes annoying to get a phone call from 4 different characters a day that want to do some repetitive task that I never wanted to try again after the first time. This is one thing the game could have done without. Maybe if I'm ever lonely enough to have friendships with nonexistent characters, I'll play GTA IV again...but I've got 2 real friends (Mom counts), so it's not happening any time soon. 2. I've never been hit by a car, shot by an AK47, or fallen off a 2 story building - but if one of these things did ever happen, the last thing I think I'd do is look for a hot-dog vendor or a Cluckin' Bell. First Aid kits have worked well in other games, but no...here an effin hot dog or soda heals bullet wounds. Reminds me of the game 'Bully' where you actually had a bed time. Made also by Rockstar, so go figure. Next we'll have to poop mid-mission. And I'll ignore that feature as well. Then let Kate try to diss my clothing because I have poo stains. Let her. It's not as if her granny cardigan was doing anything for me. Seriously Kate - it's 2008. Nobody wears cardigans anymore. Especially to weddings, you cheap bore. At least Michelle gave it up. Which brings me to my next complaint... 3. Dates. Now, I know there are some sickos out there that are actually getting some enjoyment out of these things, but I'm not. Half these women don't know how to keep from being hit by moving vehicles, and then I'm to blame? Niko is no picnic-in-the-park kinda guy. I live in the fast lane, and you know what's in the fast lane? CARS. Avoid them or find a new date. Also, why after I kill these women they call me back from the hospital? If this was so much like real life, we'd just move on to their sister. 4. Living in the fast lane was no exaggeration. I'd bet 90% of the gameplay in GTA4 was spent in a vehicle. Why in every mission do I have to drive 30 minutes across town to do the same mission I did on the side of town I'm currently at? As realistic as this game is, I was complaining the entire time about the prices of gas while sitting on my couch. Hey Niko...drive over to Bell Station, get a Van. Then drive 200 miles across the state to the spot Ray is hanging out. THEN follow him around for another 10 minutes. Eventually, you'll get to shoot something and do it all over again the very next mission! 5. Chasing people. Racing people. If I wanted a racing game, I would have bought one...BRUCIE. If I wanted to play darts or pool, I'd be drunken loser with no life. But I want to shoot things, blow things up, kill prostitutes, and eliminate an entire police force, so I thought I had the right game. I don't want to see some lame cabaret show, or strippers with boobs that have razor sharp edges. I don't want to see Katt Williams try to be funny. Nobody wants to do these things in real life, so why on a video game? 6. Oh, you just drove cross country, chased a guy, killed a building full of guys but you died from running over a propane tank on your way out? Well, do it all over again! Every bit! No check points. Why? I shouldn't have to do an entire mission over again because I died by my own fault. But then again, this game tried to torture me every other way, so this only makes sense. 7. Rockstar - you made a name off senseless virtual killing. Don't try to have some sort of moral underlining in the story where Niko feels "empty" for beating a guy dead with a baseball bat for 10 solid minutes after that guy had killed his friends in the past. I know Niko felt better, because I did...and I didn't even have the bat in my hand. Niko is hardcore. Don't try to give us the choice to ruin his legacy by letting people live and taking the "money". The money is a number in the top right-hand corner of my screen. I had 500,000 dollars. What am I going to spend that on? Cab rides to hot-dog stands? Lap dances from jagged women with no booty? C'mon... go back to your roots, or just stop it.