Hey there folks
With almost all of use having played and cleared (and placed back on the shelf) GTA4 now, I've had time to think over the game and the series so far.
When GTA3 was released, it was a huge event in gaming history.
GTA3 almost invented the open-world sandbox style of game that often clogs up todays market, making it a landmark game.
Before you followed a story in games, one which you followed in a nice little line, and did what the game told you.
GTA3 changed that. It gave you a WORLD to play around it. The game reacted to how you wanted to play. You didnt have to do the story, you could just enjoy the jacking cars and the other various "activities" around the city.
Then Vice City and San An came out. They of course were not the giant leap forward 3 was, but they acted similar to an expansion pack. More the same, but with extra bits glued on. Vice City had its great setting, Scarface story, chainsaws, bikes and Choppers.
San An was a technological marval, have 3 entire citys in one game (along with mountains, woods and a mini mexico). Along with that it added planes, a huge range of guns, ability to change your characters stats and respect, girlfriends, video games within the game itself, and gang wars.
As I said, it didnt shake the foundation of gaming, but it added alot to an already great thing.
Then comes GTA4.
Now dont get me wrong, GTA4 was a GREAT game. I'm completely happy with buying it and would highly recommend it.
But to me, it felt a bit lackluster. Now with VC and SA, I didnt expect so much to be added as they had limited hardware. But GTA4 had next-gen power behind it. I thought this was the next leap forward, that something great and new would be added.
When I actually played it, it was just a combination of the last three games with better graphics. Now, this is not bad. Infact its still better then most games out there. But it lacked innovation.
There was nothing NEW in GTA4.
Stripclub? Like anyone cares once their over 12 years old.
Mini-games? Nothing new, and I'd rather be playing the real game.
TV? Entertaining, but I have the internet for funnys, I dont wanna skwint at my TV.
Cover system? Nice, but long overdue. It was broken and useless anyway.
Social system!? I'm playing a game! I wanna sit back, chill and kill. Not run friends around town pretending to have fun. I have real friends for that
Online? Its only fun with friends. Either way I was expecting to be able to go round robbing banks and stuff. All you could do was kill each other.
Otherwise, there was actually LESS. No planes, smaller city, less weapons, no style/stat system, no gang wars and no insane missions involving jet plane battles and storming the hoover dam.
The only huge thing that was added was the eye watering story. Niko was the best character in all the games so far. The story was deep, moving and had a powerful message.
On retrospect, I kinda thought GTA4 would be more then ended up.
I'll only consider buying the next game if their is some kind of overhaul to the sytem...
Anyway, what do you all think? I'm curious if I was the only one who was dissapointed.