GTA IV Era
The Grand Theft Auto IV Era refers to the previous canonical era of Grand Theft Auto games, which includes GTA IV, its two expansion packs (The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony), and GTA Chinatown Wars. All GTA IV Era games are set in Liberty City.
These games are grouped together mainly because they have interlinking characters, storylines, and locations, specifically GTA IV's rendition of Liberty City and the state of Alderney. This is also known as the fourth generation of GTA games released from 2008 to 2010.
Games in the GTA IV Era
|Grand Theft Auto IV||Grand Theft Auto IV:
The Lost and Damned
|Grand Theft Auto:
The Ballad of Gay Tony
|Grand Theft Auto:|
|Main Game||'Episode' Expansion Packs||Mobile Game|
|Xbox 360, PS3, PC||DS, PSP, Apple iOS|
Grand Theft Auto IV Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) is set in Liberty City in 2008. It was the first GTA game to be released simultaneously for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. In August 2008, Rockstar announced that they were going to publish GTA IV for PC. GTA IV's game engine is the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (also known as RAGE) used in Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis and the Euphoria physics engine. The game takes place in a redesigned Liberty City that very closely resembles New York City, much more than previous renditions. The protagonist is Niko Bellic, a 30 year old war veteran from the Balkans.
Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned The Lost and Damned (2009) is the first of the two episodes for GTA IV. The DLC version of TLAD requires the original GTA IV to play and is also available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It is included in Episodes from Liberty City, which does not require GTA IV. TLAD's storyline runs alongside the main GTA IV storyline and the protagonist is Johnny Klebitz, Vice President of the Alderney Chapter of The Lost Brotherhood.
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009) is the second episode released for GTA IV. Like TLAD, the DLC version requires the original GTA IV to play, but it is also included in the standalone Episodes From Liberty City. TBoGT's storyline also ties in with the main GTA IV storyline, as well as TLAD. The protagonist is Luis Fernando Lopez, and the story follows him and his boss Gay Tony, who is losing his proprietorship in his clubs in the city. This game completes the GTA IV Era trinity.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009) is set in Liberty City based on the GTA IV rendition, in the year 2009. It is the first Grand Theft Auto game to be released on the Nintendo DS, and was announced at the E3 Nintendo Press Conference on July 15, 2008. This game has several new features, such as touch screen mini-games. It is also available on the Sony PSP and Apple iPhone/iPod Touch. The PSP version features drastically improved graphics.
The game focuses on the Triads, and protagonist Huang Lee, the twenty-five year old nephew of Lee Family head Wu Lee. The game's storyline does not intertwine with those of GTA IV and its episodes, nor is it part of the trinity that connects them, leading some to question its canonicity.
|2009||Xbox 360, PS3, PC|
|2010||Xbox 360, PS3, PC|
Locations in the GTA IV Era
State of Liberty
State of Alderney
State of San Andreas
State of Florida
- The GTA IV Era features only Liberty City as a playable location. This is the only era in which every game is based in the same location.
- In the GTA III era, when you have an unarmed fist fight and your opponents health reaches zero, they fall and die. In the GTA IV era, they will simply be knocked out and wounded. If you want to kill them unarmed, kick and/or punch them while they're down or wait for them to get up and repeat the attack.