Rockstar Games has probably given people one of the most iconic game series of all time with its Grand Theft Auto franchise. Since the series came out in 1997 (and especially with the release of GTA III in 2001), GTA has been both a staple in open-world gaming, as well as ahead of the curve in many ways. Recently, Rockstar Games released its definitive edition of the franchise – meaning it remastered the three games in its 3D universe. This being GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas.

It’s Time, Rockstar

Now, unfortunately, this remastered version is less like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater’s remastered version and more like a modded filter you’d see some YouTube or Twitch streamers use. However, it’s still an improvement and while I know these three games hold a very special place in the hearts of franchise lovers, I’m here to beg Rockstar Games to quickly do the same for its more underrated (but, in my opinion; best GTA game). That is, GTA IV.

Grand Theft Auto IV was released in 2008 and centers around the main protagonist Niko Bellic. A jaded man from a war-torn country in Eastern Europe came to the fictional Liberty City for a better life. In this New York City knockoff, Niko finds himself doing the only thing he knows how to do – getting his hands bloody. It’s honestly GTA’s most grounded and well-rounded game. Not only is it poignant and raw, but it makes some of the best commentaries on American customs than any other GTA game.

GTA IV Deserves It

GTA IV may not be as bright and colorful as other GTA titles, but I think that is what makes the fourth installment the best. You can probably read and watch plenty of reasons why GTA IV is the best Grand Theft Auto title. This one analysis of GTA IV on YouTube is personally my favorite.

My main reason for this article is just to simply say, I’d like for Rockstar Games to improve GTA IV. While I don’t mind the 2008 graphics (as it’s a great game/story/gameplay), it could use a facelift. And if Rockstar Games could hastily put together a “remastered” version of GTA III, San Andreas, and Vice City, I think they owe it to us to do it to GTA IV. At least, while we wait for GTA 6. GTA V still looks great and has been upgraded with modern graphics, but I’d love if I could get my hands on a potential remastered version of GTA IV. Niko Bellic deserves it.

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