The lights are on
Hello, my name is Mike, and I don't really enjoy Grand Theft Auto. I've tried. I promise that I've tried. I played all the way through GTA III. Sure, I had to use cheat codes because of the checkpoint problems, but I saw the end.
I played through about half of Vice City, but after I realized that the wobbly cars and weird targeting of the clumsy on-foot combat weren't getting better, I stopped. I even owned a copy of San Andreas at launch and never unwrapped it because I just wasn't interested.
I buckled and bought a copy of GTA IV at launch and put in about five hours before getting bored. The funny thing is that I understand the appeal. The tongue-in-cheek, wry approach to society is engaging. The stories are filled with memorable characters.
The radio stations, especially with Lazlo at the helm, are some of the best aural experiences in gaming. I understand all of that, and still there is something about the franchise that feels off to me. I just don't have fun playing these games. And if I'm not having fun, then there's no reason to keep playing.
I write this not to diminish the enjoyment that so many derive from the series (and there are millions of you, making GTA the cornerstone of Take-Two's business). I don't deny its mass appeal. I just want others like me to know that it's OK to be different.
So, while your friends migrate to Los Santos next week and you feel left out because you don't want to spend $60 just to fit in, remember that you aren't alone. It's OK to not like Grand Theft Auto.
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I feel the same way, Mike - thanks for writing the article. I played the heck out of GTA III and loved every single minute of it. I tried playing Vice City and San Andreas but got bored quickly. I became bored with GTA IV after I unlocked the second region and never went back to it. I have no plans on playing GTA V.
I loved both RDR and LA Noir, though, so go figure.
NO IT ISN'T OK.
Except its not ok.
I haven't like GTA since vice city.
Wow. Thanks Mike! The boldest article to hit GI in a long time. Hope you're prepared for the GTA mobs with their torches and shotguns. . .
I love all of the GTA games except San Andreas. Hopefully the second trip to Los Santos will be better. SA just had too much and not enough of it was polished and too much of it was mandatory (flight and driving school anyone?). I'm not skeptical about 5 though, I'm sure it will be fantastic
PS. My judgement on SA may be harsh because I played it almost 3 years after it came out.
Well, I can completely relate to you there, Mike. I've made various attempts at liking the game, but it just never really *clicked* with me. The thing is, I respect the game. I mean, I know that it's incredibly well made with production values that are through the roof. Rockstar's attention to detail and the insane amount of things that they cram into the game is mind-boggling. The game is *incredibly* well made... It just doesn't appeal to me.
It may be that the stories are always centered around these cliched "thug-like" characters, or perhaps that the majority of the story takes place within that kind of atmosphere and the characters' motivations just don't speak to me at all. Perhaps that's by design and I don't know if they've always tried to make a statement with these kinds of games criticizing that kind of life... But the way that the game itself unfolds just isn't fun to me.
I've always had a hard time explaining *why* I don't like it and felt somewhat singled out whenever people around me lauded and praised the game endlessly and all I could muster for it was an "it's alright, but I don't think it's that big a deal". Unfortunately for a lot of people, it *is* that big of a deal O_o
Thanks Mike. I've started remembering why I play games again, and the words, "If I'm not having fun, there's no reason to keep playing," have been my motto. Also, if I'm having fun with a game, I don't need to get the next big thing right away, because I'm still enjoying my hobby, and that's the point in the first place.
Ride on, Futter. Ride on.
That makes me laugh. I have never played the games but for the same reason, I just was never really interested in them. Maybe someday though, we will see.
It's a shame that a lot of people don't like GTA but I totally understand why. To me it's one of the few games series that are pure fun. I'm not playing for the story, combat, or characters - I play because I know whatever I'm doing will be hilarious and fun.
Im still waiting for Gears of Halo Theft Auto 5...
Now that's just crazy talk. There should be a law. Every world citizen should be required to play GTA V. lol
I feel the same way. I have tried to enjoy GTA but just never seemed to care. My taste in games is very unique. Like I enjoy open world games, to a point. I loved Fallout and Skyrim, Farcry 3. But GTA not so much. Borderlands was also just meh for me.