I just didn't care for the Boys in the Hood storyline at all, and the series seemed to get too over the top for my taste, much like how Saints Row: The Third went overboard with the sillyness.
The story seemed to be more about "How many movie references can we make to make a storyline out of them" than an actual tale about characters. I didn't care for the rival gangs and etc.
My favorite has always been Vice City. Tommy Vercetti is easily the best protagonist the series has ever seen, the music was superb, the setting was amazing, the scarface style plot, the side characters were amazing
And it really sucks that it's apparent we will never ever see Vice City again.
I didn't really care for SA. Not because of the whole gangsta thug life thing though. I really enjoyed the beginning Los Santos part. It's once we were able to leave I started to hate the game. I just felt it tried to do way too much and didn't really excel anywhere. VC was great. Loved the setting and the soundtrack. I think Tommy is the most overrated character in ALL gaming though. He just never did anything for me. My personal favorite GTA was III. I love the silent protags. Not saying I'm upset that all of them talked after III but the silent ones really let me get into the character. So in III I felt more immersed into the game and I prefer its story over the others.
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I loved the world of San Andreas because it was so huge and there was so much to do and explore. However I didn't care for the story much at all. I didn't like the gang theme much at all really. It also had some of the most annoying characters in GTA history (OG Loc). The RPG elements were interesting, but some of them like having to eat got really annoying sometimes.
In terms of story alone Vice City is definitely my favorite game. Though I really liked the story in GTA IV as well. Although you can't really compare those two, they're so very different.
Vice City was my favorite for sure. Those were some great days playing that game when I was a kid. I even did a report in speech class on why violent video games shouldnt be blamed for kids committing crimes. But I loved the customization options of SA and the map was awesome too. The story wasnt great, but it was totally the best game to just play around in.
I loved it but I understand why someone wouldn't. There are a lot of racial stereotypes in it that turned off a black friend of mine from the game. And it does have the most random story, trying to show off the whole map. But I love it. I like the crazy stuff that happens in the game. I never saw it as a bunch of movie references and I never saw the movies that are being referenced. I think it has the best characters of any GTA. Especially O.G. Loc, The Truth, Woozie, Catalina and Mike Toreno
GTA IV on the other hand... not my fav.
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