Before GTA V: 10 Reasons GTA IV is the Best in the Series

Waiting for GTA V’s release date to be officially announced is almost like wondering when you’re going to lose your...

Waiting for GTA V’s release date to be officially announced is almost like wondering when you’re going to lose your virginity. You know it’ll happen someday, you can scarcely contain your excitement, and you hope beyond hope that it’ll be as awesome as you imagine it. Except unlike losing your virginity, there’s a very good chance it will be.

Looking back at R*’s flagship gaming property, at their near perfect (although not quite) track record for producing incredible video games, you could probably wager that GTA V will be a critical and commercial hit without worrying too much at all about losing your money. After all, even the lowest financially performing full GTA game – admittedly GTA IV with approximately 10 million copies sold, although that doesn’t change my stance – has outsold most of its competitors upon release, proving that no matter what, people still love GTA.

As the entire gaming world drums their collective fingers on their collective desks, waiting for the next piece of drip-feed GTA V marketing material R* will undoubtedly unleash on us soon, we start to look backwards. What was the best GTA game in the series? We’ve already had various writers on WhatCulture proclaiming their love for Vice City and San Andreas, and I thought it was high time somebody fought in GTA IV’s corner.

So, get your controversy cap at the ready, let’s get right into it.