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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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GTA has never been a big deal to me. Got Splinter Cell, Pikmin, and Rayman to play right now anyway.
I see your point. Not every gamer has to like a well reiceved game. I personally could not get into the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
Yay! Not alone in the world.
Good piece. The only GTA I've ever bought was 4 and I didn't really enjoy it. But since it's the only one I've tried i'm still going to but GTA V and see if i enjoy it. I really hope I do it look awesome.
Very happy for Mike and others like him to come forward and state that they don't like GTA. Some of these people honestly don't like the series while others simply enjoy to swim against the stream. Either way I really don't give a crap. Looking forward to the 17th!
No... No it's not OK to unlike the game "God Himself had his hand in making" -_- This game will consume nations (:
Agreed. we all have a popular title we dont like. mine is killzone. i played through all of the first 2 and just still couldnt get really invested in it. crysis is kinda mediocre i understand it is pretty and the gunplay was fairly solid and the suit was really cool. but i dont itch to play those games like i do with Halo, Battlefield, and Metal Gear.
That's great!! now I know I'm not alone in this.
dont like it because it promotes criminal behavior and glorifies it.......and the gameplay itself Isnt that interesting anyways
I dont even thing GTA games play that well.
Not to mention the more modern ones will try to have some deep and emotional moment regarding the dichotomy of good and evil, and immediate follow it with some stereotype making a joke about farts.
Those games get in their own way.
That just turns me off from the series.
I am not alone.
Jeez, if you want to have fun, just go play Saints Row :P
I did not like San Andreas and IV one bit, but I'm hoping that V will be fun.
You have my sympathy, Mike. Although, I did think GTA IV was kind of boring.