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Grand Theft Auto IV

Reviewers at undeterred by the violence.

A British-designed computer game condemned for its extreme violence has been receiving rave reviews on .

The latest release in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series has been recommended by 72 per cent of users on the UK's leading consumer review website despite widespread criticism about the level of violence in the game.

The release of the game prompted a flurry of news reports nationwide as stories broke of shoppers being mugged and attacked by those desperate to get their hands on the long-awaited game but Paul Nadin, founder of , said reviewers are not complaining about the level of violence.

He added: "Grand Theft Auto has sold in excess of 70 million copies since the series was first launched in 1997, so it is obviously a hugely popular game with consumers.

"There has been a lot of press coverage talking about the high level of violence in the game and violence from those keen to get their own copy but our reviewers are more focused on discussing the game quality.

"The latest Grand Theft Auto has been praised for its 'awesome graphics', level of action and addictive storyline, which shows our reviewers are keen to review the game not the hysteria surrounding it."

This fourth installment hasn't been without criticism though as some reviewers are not happy with how the game has progressed.

Nadin added: "A number of consumers have complained the hype surrounding the game's release is unfounded, suggesting the game play has not improved since previous games.

"One reviewer suggested the game is only good for a 'first time experience' and said the graphics are not justification enough for buying the game.

"It is good to see a cross-section of opinion from our users and also to see they are not influenced by the media but are keen to give an objective viewpoint to other gamers."

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