posted on Oct, 25 2011 @ 09:20 PM
The problem with GTAIV for me was I found it harder (but that might be my age creeping in because I am sure people will argue it was too easy), I
found myself disinterested in the characters or their story to be honest, I just can't connect with him for some reason, I haven't even got onto the
third island but I don't feel really that interested to even try to work my way through the frustrating missions to get to it and do you know why?
because of the main issue I have with the game.
Boring world! It is just the same boring grey dull miserable roads surrounded by miserable buildings, If I wanted to drive around dull grey streets in
bore town I will drive around the estates here in the UK.
Oh cool I unlocked another part of the map, lets drive around, same old boring streets, the only saving grace is probably times square, oh look at all
these neon signs and billboards, what can I do here? nothing, that's what, enjoy the scenery because that's as far as it goes, once you have seen it
and seen it offers nothing in the way of entertainment beyond its pretty lights, times square is just another stale road of lifeless buildings.
As I said I haven't got to the last island and in no rush to get to it because I know what it will be, grey buildings, dull roads, the same traffic
with the same people saying the same things and all seemingly pointless zombies, grey zombies.
In San Andreas the city felt alive, everything had character and a purpose it felt, and that is just Grove Street and the surrounding streets, let
alone the vastly changing landscapes offered as you progressed through the game, I couldn't wait to see what it had to throw at me next, with GTAIV,
it all feels a little bit stale and lacklustre with no enjoyment beyond blowing up cars and playing with the ragdoll physics, I downloaded San Andreas
on xbox live, I can play that for a good couple of hours or so, with GTAIV I find I am bored as soon as I've driven around for 5 minutes and failed
yet another mission that just feels devoid of excitement and achievement, more a case of "thank f''' I am off that mission, it was boring!"
Believe me as a fan since GTA 1 on the Playstation 1 I can guarantee you GTAIV is not in my opinion a GTA game but more like a desperate clone, Red
Dead on the other hand was a very enjoyable experience throughout and ranks in my all time favourite games, the landscape there was excusable for
being baron of much but it still felt like it changed and had plenty of character and the whole feel and atmosphere was excellent, GTAIV on the other
hand I had to pause to remind myself where I was because it all looks the same and feels the same, depressing.
If it didn't bare the GTA title and was some independent game I would say hats off for a good effort but Rockstar can do it better and therein lays
the problem, Rockstar can do it better and I think they know that, they gave us a physics engine and good detailed realistic graphics (albeit boring)
but they took a step back on the offerings so they left room for improvement so they could do as they did with the big 3 on the PS2, lets hope GTAV is
to GTAIV what Vice City is to GTAIII because GTA3 compared to Vice City is dull, and Vice City isn't as exciting and vast as San Andreas and that is
why it seemed a little disappointing, because they took a step back to GTA3 in many aspects but lets hope they fix that, lets have some colour, fun,
and variation back in GTA please Rockstar and for Gods sake with PS4 and XBox720 around the corner give us the best you have now please and hire back
the writers of old, I would love a dead eye style system too if that's not too much to ask.
/rant and a long overdue rant at that.