Seriously though, I LOVE the Saints Row series, but I don't really dismiss the GTA series. In fact, I love both series, just lean towards the Saints Row a bit more (more things to do + goofy storylines = WIN).
ANYWAY, out of all the GTAs, I vote for Vice City. I love its characters and the non-linear storyline in the second half of the game. San Andreas is my close second, and I actually LOVE the huge world, but the characters and the storyline are not as interesting.
GTA 4 is ok, but my least favorite. Its boring and I hate the driving in that game. The storyline is ok, but not that interesting.
Haven't played GTA 5 yet though. --- :3 Everything is nice and cool... until the roach starts to fly!
The original is still the best... I simply haven't found anything even remotely enjoyable in the series since the switch to 3D.
I never played GTA1 but I really liked GTA2. I was extremely disappointed when GTA3 came out and thought the series was ruined until VC and SA later managed made me see the transition in a more positive light. GTA2 2 could be great however and I would be much more hyped for this game than I am for GTA5. Maybe some of the handheld games qualifies as GTA2 2 but I haven't played them. --- pathological