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Sex & Nudity

  • There is no nudity contained within the game, and sexual content is infrequent. Sexual references can be explicit however.
  • Roman frequently uses the word ti***es to describe female breasts. Brucie discusses "bull-shark testosterone" steroid injections, to which Niko makes a comment about it effecting "your balls."
  • If GTA 4 was a movie, the game would be Rated R for strong brutal violence, language, some drug use, drinking and sexuality.
  • For the most part, sexual content is absent in this game. In free roam, the player can go inside strip clubs and pick up prostitutes. The player can receive lap dances from the dancers and they are seen scantily clad, but there's no actual nudity. The player can engage in a few sexual acts with prostitutes and there's no actual nudity here either. These acts are optional.
  • The player has to go inside the strip clubs for three storyline missions. The dancers can be seen in the background and throughout the club scantily clad.
  • The player will get at least two girlfriends in the main storyline, but is only able to go out and kiss them. You can be invited inside the other three girlfriends' apartments the player meets through the online dating sites. The camera will be kept outside while the girls' moaning can be heard from inside.
  • One mission involves going into a sex shop where various video boxes and other images can be seen on the walls. This location remains accessible throughout the game, though there is nothing to do here. No nudity is shown.
  • There're sexual references but aren't very crude or explicit.

Violence & Gore

  • Overall there is slightly less violence than other Grand Theft Auto games.
  • Lots of bloody brutal violence throughout.
  • The player can hit people from a car which results in minimal blood splats. You can shoot, hit or knife people which also results in a minimal blood splat. Pools of blood form around dead bodies.
  • People can be set on fire with molotov cocktails or as a result of explosions. This isn't very graphic but their charred corpse can be seen afterward.
  • In a cutscene, a man is shot through the eye. This is shown from the behind the man, but blood sprays out and his corpse can be seen later.
  • Two men are shot in the head, one of them through the eye. However there is little blood shown.
  • A man is shot in the chest. Blood appears as the man collapses and dies. This scene has an emotional aftermath. The gunman is then shot several times with a pistol and pump shotgun.
  • A man falls from the roof of a project to his death. He screams as the falls down.
  • At one point in the game the player must kill a man in hospital by switching off his life support system.
  • A man can be executed by being shot 12 times in the chest.
  • Other executions and cutscenes include men being shot with typical sprays of blood.


  • The language in this game is not as bad as in San Andreas, but is still exceptionally foul.
  • There are hundreds of uses of Fuck throughout the entire game (Story and Friend Missions only), 2 uses of "Cunt", and some racial slurs such as "Nigger". Not counting pedestrian talk.
  • Additional foul language such as "Shit", "Bitch", "Tits", "Ass", "Dick", "Cock", "Damn", and "Hell" are also used.
  • There are various uses of religious slurs such as "Goddamn".
  • When the player picks up prostitutes, they will describe their services in crude language, including "suck your cock real nice".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • This game takes place around the same time that the smoking ban in New York City was first being implemented. One of the characters in-game ignores the law and smokes cigarettes in a bar and numerous characters make dialogue references to this.
  • A few of the characters in the game are sometimes shown snorting cocaine. Another one of the characters is nearly always seen smoking a marijuana joint and is said to be a dealer.
  • Many missions in the game involve drugs in some way, such as having to blow up a Russian truck that's said to contain heroin, or finding a stolen bag of cocaine. Generally, the drugs are not actually shown on-screen.
  • Players can become intoxicated and drive. The game penalizes the player for doing so by making it difficult to steer and drive, and any nearby police will also converge on the player if this attempted. The option to hail a taxi is given, but due to inability to walk properly, it is made very difficult to actually do this, which may lead some players to simply try to drive.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, some sexual content, drug use and for brief graphic nudity
  • Niko's past is discussed at length throughout the game's plot, particularly him being involved in an eastern European war and two traitors giving his troop up for money. On some occasions he describes the events of the war, saying he "watched my friends die", and saw "a line of fifty children with their throats slit and their hands chopped off", and that "it ruined me".
  • The dramatic nature of the game, although layered with comical elements, may unsettle some players. The story's depth is surprising and emotional.
  • Many viewers may consider the violence, anti-law, sexual content, drug use and language to be offensive.


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Violence & Gore

  • Another man is shot in the head. A man is then shot in the stomach, however he survives. Some blood shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Toward the end, Niko finally encounters the traitor that gave up his war troop for money, Darko Brevic. Darko is seen drugged, insane, and emotionally unstable, and he begs Niko to kill him. The player is given the option to kill Darko or let him go free. Either case involves an emotional aftermath.
  • At the end, either Roman or Kate is killed in a drive-by shooting. Both scenarios are emotionally upsetting in their own right.
  • Roman's apartment and cab building are burned down in arson attacks. He cries and screams angrily, and explains that he left a ring in the apartment with which he planned to propose to Mallorie.

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