Full OXM GTA IV review – scans and score

Monday, 14th April 2008 12:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt


A community member over at has got hold of a copy of the last OXM and has scanned the full GTA IV review for your spoiler pleasure.

You can get the images in one handy place here.

This is the very first “official” review. No prizes for guessing the score, by the way.

By Mike Bowden



  1. Blerk

    Purple shadows? :-D

    /goes to read

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Gah! Or not. Those scans are stupidly huge and I can’t be arsed downloading them all so I can resize them.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. morriss

    You can pretty much read the full text on the page itself.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. Whizzo

    Interesting review and something rather intriguing about real life celebs appearing as themselves in the game, I wonder if it means the Naked Cowboy will be hanging around at Star Junction? :-)

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Tiger Walts

    Oh dear, a review not based on final code.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. pjmaybe

    I thought Rockstar were officially disowning any reviews from preview code?

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Hmm… read it now. Not the most detailed of reviews for an 8-pager, is it? There’s hardly anything in there that we didn’t know already.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. Zumi

    “I thought Rockstar were officially disowning any reviews from preview code?”

    I’m sure they’ll make them retract the score and do it again.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. Shatner

    First review of highly anticipated game?
    Great score?
    Unfinished code?

    Golly, you can almost smell the journalistic integrity.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. morriss


    #10 7 years ago
  11. Hero of Canton

    Looking at this from another angle, this is fucking appalling. Scanning an entire review of a mag before it’s even on shop shelves? You get people whining about mags on the internet all the time, yet the same people are happy to basically rob pages and pages of it and get to read it for free. Wankers.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. grandmaster

    It’s the nature of the internet – the era of games print journalism is dying.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Hero of Canton

    What, so that makes it acceptable, does it? It’s theft, effectively. Future should sue.

    And there’s room still for magazines – they just have to offer something different to the ‘net. Those which don’t might struggle, but then again, quite a few mags saw a rise in the latest ABCs. So perhaps it’s not dying just yet.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. kasai

    In regards to games, news, review, preview and features the internet beats magazines every time. Magazine’s are a dying breed and there is nothing they can offer that beats the content available from so many internet based games journalist sites.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. Hero of Canton

    Very, very few sites have writers anywhere near as good as those who contribute to magazines on a regular basis. Eurogamer is one (indeed, I prefer Eurogamer to most mags). IGN UK has the excellent Dave McCarthy and a couple of other decent writers. But the quality of journalism on the internet at the moment is generally much lower than in print.

    News and previews you’re right about – mags struggle to compete on that front, particularly the former. But I think mags are far better when it comes to features, and – in most cases – on the review front, too.

    #15 7 years ago
  16. grandmaster

    I think you’re mistaken there. All the quality journalists are moving online, if they’re not there already. There are probably less than ten writers still on print that I’d rate, probably closer to five.

    The funny thing is that for freelance writers not on retainer, the pay rates for online are far, far worse than print – indeed EMAP paid more in 1990 (price NOT adjusted for inflation). You put up with it because it’s the place to be, because you’ll actually get an audience for what you’re writing, and because for games journalism at least, it’s the future.

    #16 7 years ago
  17. Daniel Plainview

    This game doesn’t need a review & I don’t even read reviews, I’m hardcore I go with my gut.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. Hero of Canton

    @ grandmaster – Name your five. I’m intrigued…

    #18 7 years ago

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