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Why GTA 4’s Niko Bellic Is One of My Favorite Characters – Extra Punctuation


This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee Croshaw explains why Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA 4) is one of his favorite video game characters. This video is sponsored by Raycon. Go to https://buyraycon.com/escapist to get 15% off your Raycon purchase!

Extra Punctuation Transcript – Niko Bellic

So once again the seed for an episode of Extra Punctuation is planted in a throwaway comment from a previous episode, sorry, I can’t help being an effortlessly interesting guy. Back in my video about Saints Row I fleetingly mentioned while contrasting it against the dowdy brown realism of Grand Theft Auto IV that GTA4’s protagonist, Niko Bellic, is one of my favourite video game characters. And it was suggested that maybe I could go into a bit of detail on that, so that, I dunno, game story writers could get some clues on what presents I want for Christmas.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.