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GTA IV character bios, new screens

Rockstar introduces us to Roman, Vlad, Elizabeta, Manny and Brucie

It's 2008, which means the release of GTA IV creeps ever closer. And while we wait, Rockstar has chosen to spill details on key characters in the sequel...

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Roman Bellic
Roman is Niko's cousin. He's been living in Liberty City pursuing the American dream: fast cars, women, hot tubs, and luxury condos. At least, these are the things he's been telling Niko about. Instead, he operates a taxi stand in Broker. A born optimist and a bit of a fantasist, Roman dreams big while he and his girlfriend, Mallorie decide whether to take each other seriously.

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Vlad
In Vlad's own mind he is a supremely powerful gangster who runs the Hove beach neighborhood of Broker with an iron fist, and doesn't take crap from anybody. In reality, he's a low-level Russian hood who's trying to gain favour with more powerful criminals, while he runs minor protection rackets and talks a big game.

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Elizabeta
For 10 years or more, Elizabeta has been a successful drug dealer in Bohan - successful because she kept things low-key and paid off or killed the right people. She knows that a crackdown on drug dealing is going to put her under scrutiny, and that her own narcotic consumption has spiraled out of control, making her dangerously paranoid and delusional.

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Manny
Manny is testament to the fact men can be reborn. Once a hard living hoodlum, who was there (and involved?) when people invented graffiti, hip hop, and breakdancing, he never wanted any credit - it wasn't about ego for him. He's now a man transformed and all about one thing: cleaning up the neighborhood, the kids and the streets. To prove it, he's having a documentary made - about himself, to record his struggle.

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Brucie
Anyone who thinks modern man is having an identity crisis should meet Brucie. Brucie's a serious fitness enthusiast, car nut and self appointed VIP. He's also proof that sometimes, delusional white idiots can take the hip-hop thing a bit far.

He's loud, he's proud and he's going to make sure you know just how much money he's got. He lives life large, just like men do in the magazines he reads. He's got nothing but the finest women, cars, lifestyle accessories and anabolic steroids. That's how he rolls.

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