Grand Theft Auto IV protagonist Niko Bellic has some hard choices to make in his Liberty City adventure. Well, you have to make the choices for him. But what would Niko have done?
That's what a fan of Rockstar Games' 2008 epic asked the company in a recent Q&A on Rockstar's website. With enough spoiler filibustering out of the way, let's get to what they said.
SPOILER ALERT — "Kill or spare Ivan Bytchkov? Kill or spare Cherise Glover? Kill Playboy X or Dwayne Forge? Kill or spare Clarance Little? Kill Francis McReary or Derrick McReary? Kill or spare Darko Brevic?
Take the deal or get revenge? I know what I'd do but I wanna know what [Niko] would do. You designed him so you know him better than I do." — Mike Sean Clifton
Rockstar: That's a very interesting question. The choices that you make in Grand Theft Auto IV while in the shoes of Niko Bellic are completely down to personal preference. Your conscience and curiosity help Niko to make decisions throughout the game, so we really don't have a straight and true path for how the Niko ‘character' would react in life or death situations — it's all down to the individual who plays him and our hope was to have a fairly even split in all of the choices, so they seemed like real dilemmas.
In terms of outcomes (something Niko would not know at the time) there is a 'best pathway' which is the sort of thing we reveal when we do a tips post, but that is from a pure game design / mechanics perspective as some choices give you more advantages than others, not from the choices Niko might make at the time. Those are up to you.
I killed Playboy. I can't remember what I did with the other choices. What do I think Niko would have done? Not had a care in the world. That guy was a cold-blooded killer and not much fun at comedy clubs.
Asked & Answered: Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto V [Rockstar Games official site]