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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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In all honesty I've only enjoyed GTA VICE CITY and GTA IV.
To each his own i guess.
It's ok mike I was never a fan of GTA, but I'm really interested in the one about to come out. I don't know why I am suddenly drawn to it, I think it might be how big the map is and the online portion of it.
I feel sorry for you haha, but that's a wise way to see it, really. I do the same for games i don't enjoy.
But still, there is something in me that would like to see you enjoy this game as much as I enjoy it :)
Thanks for sharing Mike. I know what you mean - I think that Journey is dumb.
no other game provides the same quality of mass pedestrian slaying.
It's not okay.
I don't care how critically acclaimed they were; I HATE the first two GTAs. I played the second one when it released and couldn't stand it. I still can't play either one of them for more than maybe three minutes.
Good to hear, since I just can't care about this game. I see it's value to others, and I don't deny that, but after playing a couple hours of GTA IV and sent on practically the same missions 3 times in a row (seriously. I get home from the first date mission and get called two or three times to go back to the EXACT SAME PLACE for some mission, get done and home, only to be sent RIGHT back there). Just seems like they take themselves far too seriously at times. I've still got GTA IV Complete Edition and I'll get around to it eventually, but I'm in no rush. Sadly, I felt the exact same way about Red Dead Redemption, too. Controls weren't that good for me, story started out bleh, and it just was boring.
I have player GTA5 demo and while it is awesome looking game, it is not anything to hold your breath over
I wasn't a big fan of GTA 4.
I agree with this article 100%. GTA just doesn't appeal to me.
I don't deny GTA has a massive appeal to gamers but I'm not enchanted by it. I'm just not into it.
I never got into it either. Than again, that is mostly because my brother always annoys me and tells me I'm playing it wrong by not going on a rampage through the city every 2 minutes like he does. GTA V sounds really interesting with the amount of immersion that it is claiming so I bet I will have a lot of fun with it.