Parent reviews for Grand Theft Auto IV

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Common Sense says

age 18+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 139 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 265 reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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
age 14+

Mature, interesting crime game has strong mature elements

Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) is a crime video game set in the fictional Liberty City following Niko, a mysterious criminal with a dark past. Throughout, expect lots of language, violence, sex and drugs. VIOLENCE: SEVERE Throughout gameplay, players can punch, shoot or stab innocent civilians and cops accompanied by sprays of blood, bullet holes and realistic blood pools. This is graphic, but never gory. People can be run over with vehicles. During story missions, Che actors can be executed in slightly more graphic ways, this includes a man being shot in the face squirting blood everywhere, a man being shot 12 times, a man is shot in the chest, a man falls from a long height and dies, a man is slashed with a hacksaw twice. The violence isn’t as shocking or graphic as GTA V, and it appears less frequently in this game. The violence overall isn’t very strong, gory or intense, but the realistic tone gives it higher impact. LANGUAGE: SEVERE 421 uses of “f*ck” in story missions, however the word can be heard at any time over the radio, by civilians or even screamed out at any given time. Use of “sh*t”, “c*ck”, “t*tties”, “pr*ck”, “b*tch” d*ck”, “hell”, “damn”, “goddamn”, “asshole” and “f*g”. The language, although quite strong, appears less frequently than other games in the franchise. Although the amount of swearing is high, the game takes around 30 hours to complete, as opposed to a movie lasting around 2 hours. DRUG CONTENT: MODERATE Players can become drunk, people are shown taking drugs like cocaine and smoking weed. Implied heroin use. SEXUAL CONTENT: MODERATE Although no nudity is shown in the game, the player can take part in 3 sex acts with a prostitute. In one the prostitution is shown getting on top of the protagonists crotch and bouncing up and down while moaning and making sexual comments, in the other the prostitution is shown giving the player oral sex and in the third she is shown moving her hand up and down the players crotch. No nudity, but this is graphic. This is at the players choice, and doesn’t have to be done. The strip club can be visited where clad strippers are shown dancing. The player can receive a lap dance as well. Fully optional. Sexual comments about masturbation, “t*tties”, “threesomes” and more can be heard throughout. The sexual content would be severe, however the fact that all onscreen sexuality is optional makes it moderate. 14+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+

The hell do you guys mean kill babys it's kind of an educational game

I know there's drugs but if you sell them you get the police on you like in real life and just start a private online server and don't let any one join and then your fine

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

it's not TOO appropriate for 13+ kids

we are FBI agents and we rate this game not so appropriate for kids for 10 or 12 old kids it's not appopriatte but THE INNAPOPRIATE scenes is rare so 13+ kids can play but first ask permission from parent if they say it's for 18+ you need to play but if they say you can play you have permission but first show the content on parent to think it is appropriate AND WARNING for parents THE KILLING IN THE GAME IS NOT REAL YOU KILL IN THE GAME NOT IN REAL LIFE AND WARNING for kids DO NOT KILL PEOPLES OR STOLE CARS BECAUSE FBI CAN ARREST YOU have a nice play

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

17+

Language: Strong Sex: Moderate Violence: Strong, Blood Other: Moderate Drug References
age 17+

M=17 not 18

age 10+
Nico a Yugoslav ware veteran come to liberty City hearing tales of riches from his cousin Roman but it's not the case

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 10+

not that bad

there are no sexual activitys that are that bad there are kissing scences and swearing and drugs but other than that its clean

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models