Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Failing at GTA V

I tried, I really did.  I bought GTA V around the holidays and I've tried to play it and get into it multiple times.  I just can't.

I used to love this series.  When I was 13 I thought GTA 3 was one of the greatest games of all time.  I have amazing memories of playing GTA Vice City when I was just a little bit older.  But somewhere around GTA San Andreas or GTA IV the series lost touch with me.  I don't think it's GTA that's changed, I think it's me.  I'm not the same person at 28 that I was at 13.

It doesn't do anything for me anymore.  Somehow all the hype convinced me that this time would be different when GTA V released for PS4 a few months ago.  I've tried to get into it multiple times and I've met with failure every time.  Not failure at actually completing objectives in the game, but failure at being remotely interested in the game.

I guess I'm not the right demographic for GTA anymore.  It takes itself too seriously with too much nitty gritty.  It aims for realism in a way that doesn't appeal to me.  For me, it's lost the fun that it used to have.

These days, if I want to scratch that itch for off-the-wall open world craziness it's better to turn to a Saint's Row game.  They don't take themselves seriously at all, and that's what make them fun.


  1. GTA III was one of the most impressive games I ever witnessed. My cousin had a brand new computer capable of running it, so I'd spend many nights over at his house watching him use cheat codes and run amok.

    I loved the series, but it never enamored me outside of those loosely co-op, destructive moments. I've never finished a single one since the story/gameplay are always so long and padded. I enjoyed the side aspects of San Andreas's turf wars, but that wasn't the focus.

    I desperately want GTA V for the multiplayer-only, but I know I'd get bored sooner rather than later. The series just isn't a good enough sandbox or a honed in enough theme park for me ever be fully engaged.

    1. Yeah, it's kind of amazing that after re-making the same game for so many years they still don't have a very compelling sandbox.