Monday, June 20, 2005

GTA: San Andreas

I had quite a lot of gripes with the original GTA3, to the extent that after a while I got really turned off playing it, many small things getting in the way of having a good time. I tried out Vice City but wasn't at all charmed by it in the same way my brother was. So, I figured that once you've played one GTA game you've played them all and was ready to completely swear it off until I read the review. I was still sceptical, GTA3 had frustrated me immensely, but sharing the economic burden with my brother made it a lot easier. So we got it and the addiction is back.

The game feels like GTA3 and GTA: VC mixed up and polished. Some problems are removed, new ones present, and the same technical issues as I had with the previous two games (though this probably depends a lot on your Xbox, earlier systems like mine are notorious for giving frequent "dirty disc"-errors). The camera feels a lot smoother, and you can now control the camera yourself, panning around as you please, both on foot and in car. The city itself feels enormous, and I still haven't unlocked any of the other areas yet. The missions so far have been quite well thought out and witness of something greater in motion as some discussions give you the choice between negative and positive responses. No big feat in itself, but surround that little detail with a city that feels like more than just cardboard buildings and a little thing like where to go in discussions with NPCs can make a big difference. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, those occasions seem to be pretty rare.

Even though I've played quite a lot already it feels as if I've barely scratched the surface...

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