I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but I have to be honest. I've played Grand Theft Auto 4 on the PS3 for several hours now. After all the ridiculously high ratings on Metacritic I thought, "How could they be wrong?" Well, in my opinion, they are. This might deserve a 7 or an 8, but not a 10/10. We do value originality, don't we?
If you've never played a GTA game before, this isn't a bad place to start. If you have, this is simply more of the same, only with more spit and polish on the visual side. You've already played this game at least three times before, just with different names and faces. In addition, I was one of the lucky few who encountered the game-freezing bug when it first boots up, common mostly to the 60GB PS3 models.
The controls are worse this time around, changing look-left and look-right from the triggers to an all-powerful right analog look-around, which works okay on the standard config, but it's still a pain in the butt to have to constantly wrangle the camera during a chase, and using the right analog and using X for accelerate is cumbersome at best. The classic control setup in general doesn't work due to the rest of the keys not remapping correctly. If you choose not to answer your phone or accept a mission, you have to not hit the gas for the entirety of that time. And the look buttons don't remap to the triggers. Heck, the headlights button didn't even do anything in this setup. I eventually just crashed into something to get them to shut off.
What's more, it seems they decided to take the loose-but-fun vehicle physics out and replace them with something more realistic and fussy and less responsive, akin to Driver. A car won't always turn, even if you let off the gas. Cranking the wheel, I'm still careening straight ahead, and the only alternative is to hit the emergency brake and spin the car out entirely and slide around for a while. I spent hours with this and could not find a happy middle ground.