I'd like to note that I did leave out notable games such as Midnight Club and Manhunt, I apologise but they don't fit with the list I was trying to make.
It turns out some of the staff feel Bully is the best game they've made. I cannot understand the idea of this, it's pretty crazy. It's a fun game, but to go above the GTA series is ludicrous.
Red Dead Redemption is easily my pick.
Anyway, vote away.
Oh man.... It's either GTA : San Andreas or the GTA IV-Episodes from Liberty City , tough call but if I can only pick one I'd say San Andreas , I looooved taking trips with the private jet or just with a nice car arround the whole state while listening to Radio X or K-DST... Strutter!
GTA 3 was the only game I had for my PS2 for a very long time and remember spending hours just driving around the city, trying to stay alive, using cheat codes to make games out of the world and stuff like that. Never really cared for their other games all that much.
Ah, see, you included Vice City. My hands are tied. I was afraid you were gonna do that, 'cause I might actually have to think otherwise.
It's probably Red Dead Redemption as the runner-up, but I still really don't like the entire Mexico act of that game. So I could see myself picking LA Noire on the right day. It's still probably Red Dead, though.
I haven't played any of the Max Payne games or Bully. But of the rest, I'd have to go with GTA IV. Not even really a huge fan of that, to be honest, and haven't gotten anywhere near completing it (although I may at some point down the road). I've tried on three separate occasions to get into Red Dead Redemption, but ended two attempts after about an hour of boredom and frustration, and my most recent attempt when a game-breaking glitch occurred long after my last save. I still plan to give it at least one more try, so maybe it will 'click' with me then. I made it about half way through LA Noire before tiring of it and moving on. I doubt i will ever pick it back up. I guess overall, I am just not a big fan of any of their games, for whatever reason.
Max Payne 1 and 2 weren't made by Rockstar.
Anyways it is a tight race between LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption but I really loved the adventure feel of LA and I always wanted to play a game with crime scenes, looking for clues, interrogating suspects (even though i was terrible at it) so the nod goes to LA. RDR just dragged at points that lowers it for me, I personally don't like coming back as the son and getting revenge (make that RD3) and Mexico was boring as hell, lasted way to long.
LA Noire did have its faults but I look back fondly on most of the game and kinda feel like playing it again.
San Andreas for sure. GTA IV was great but it didn't have all the crazy shit like San Andres. L.A. Noire was good but fell apart at the last vice case. I still haven't finished Max Payne 3 & RDR was an amazing game but nothing can kick San Andreas off it's throne. I'm hoping GTA: V can though!
While I spent the most time in San Andreas(beat it on every platform it was released on, 100% on PS2 and PC) I would say the best is Bully. Red Dead was probably the best mechanically speaking, as a straight up game.
Bully was such an ambitious game. The story was right, the characterization was on point & most of all the pacing was unlike anything I've played this generation. They get up and fucking GO in Bully! The setting coupled with the music reminded me of my own private school dealings, which connected me more to Jimmy than any other character. I was once a rambunctious kid who's parents sent him to private school because he got into trouble. I totally dated a pinky and took her to the fair, and was friends with a Pete and Gary. It is amazing to me now, as I replay as I am right now, how well their interpretation of America stands up being that they made the game during the PS2 era.
Man what a fucking great game that was, and still is. Fuck the mass effect games, @Brad needs to catch up on Bully.