Grand Theft Auto IV

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Murder, sex, drugs, drunk driving. Not for kids.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 138 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 265 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 2+
Helps my kids learn.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
age 13+

14 year old game. Only concern is the nudity and sex.

14 year old game, but still relevant and loved by many. The game is like every other GTA game. Sex, drugs, nudity, alcohol, and violence. Lots of violence. The sex/nudity is pretty overboard. You can go to strip clubs, and pick up prostitutes. There is quite a lot of nudity in strip clubs, especially if you get a private dance. The prostitute services arent that revealing, and the only thing you see is your character getting humped with no nudity involved. The alcohol is minor, and added more of as a joke. It ruins the game afterwards if you drink in the game too much. You walk around funny, and have trouble controlling cars. You can also die from drinking in the game, and lose money. There are some drug dealing things in the game, but it shows as dangerous and really dumb. I'm not 100% sure if you can make your character take drugs, but yes, you can do drug dealing in the campaign of the game. The violence is pretty bad. There isn't as much gore as the older games, thankfully. The blood that is present, though, is unrealistic and just dumb looking. There's blood just from pushing someone on the sidewalk. The gore in general just looks stupid. There is lots of swearing in the game too, but its nothing compared to what your child hears in a middle school hallway. I would say 13+, for the nudity and drug deals. However, the game itself isnt that bad. Don't worry.

This title has:

Too much sex

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Release date: April 29, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Intense Violence, Blood, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Partial Nudity, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love action adventure

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