I'm sorry if I don't post anything for the next few days, as I'll be too busy engaging in car chases, watching people stumble down the stairs after I throw a brick at them, and taking my virtual lady on dates to the pool hall and bar in the wonderous world of Grand Theft Auto IV.
I've only been playing for a few hours so far, and as a person who tired very quickly of the GTA's of old, I can recommend this one wholeheartedly. So far, I've had free reign of the city, but also given a pretty clear direction in which to proceed without holding me to it exactly. For example, I called my babe for a date, then forgot about and got involved in another mission. When the mission was done, I got a "where did you go, I was worried about you!" text message, and then promptly hurried to her house like a wounded puppy, took her out on a late night billiards date, and brought her home for a whirlwind bang sesh. Morale up, health up, success!
I could go on forever about lots of random shit I've noticed so far (the Liberty City Hardcore Radio station, fuck yes!) but that would cut into my playing time. See you never fuckos!
(P.S. If you've played this, let me know your thoughts so far!)