To be upfront and honest, I was NEVER considering buying this game. Until now.
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99/100 based on SEVENTEEN REVIEWS! This hasn't been achieved since Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (i.e. TEN years ago), when the gaming community was much smaller, when expectations and hype were much lower, and when multiplatform experiences weren't much of an issue.
Chris Roper from the PlayStation team on IGN, one of my favourite editors, had this to say about it: "I could go on and on about why Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we've ever seen and why even folks who are easily offended should play it, but that would be pointless. The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period."
I'm on the fence. On one hand this is possibly the best experience any one game may be able to provide - ever. On the other hand, I'm heading back to school (i.e. priorities and no time!). And with another month, MGS4 will be released - which has been MY awaited game release for like friggin' three years.
Here's IGN's listing, which lists out all the reviewers. I'm still torn.