Best GTA Game
I'm pretty sure the plurality's going to be San Andreas, but I'm really interested in how it breaks down from there.
EDIT: As for my personal opinion, while I have not played the original top down titles, nor any of the handheld titles other than Chinatown Wars, I have to hand it to San Andreas. What I find particularly interesting is that I didn't play San Andreas until after I had invested a significant amount of time in IV, and I only actually beat it a few days ago. San Andreas still holds up immensely well. While it does suffer from a lot of AI jank and does not hold up visually, the freedom of experience on display and the sheer variety of locations and and environments to explore is still really impressive. I can only imagine how mindblowing it must have been to put in the PS2 disc for the first time back in '04. GTAIV, while undoubtedly vastly technically superior to San Andreas, is completely, COMPLETELY killed by its relationship system, lack of mission and locale variety (when I read about the original pitch for GTAIV, which included the entire state of Liberty, I was heartbroken) and checkpointing (I hear this has gotten fixed in TLAD and TBOGT, but I have not yet had the opportunity to play those titles). As for Vice City, I was not particularly enamored by the locale and the conjunction of many boat missions with a lack of a swimming mechanic annoyed me. III is interesting to me only as a museum piece, a "look how far we've come" comparison.
Vice City is close because of how great it does with the 80's atmosphere in all ways.
But San Andreas. Gameplay wise, the scale, RPG elements, CJ is a better character, and it does the 90's vibe very well in its own way. The whole first part of SA where you are deep in the gang aspect is the best GTA has ever been.
If you asked me to play one now, it'd be IV. Infinitely more playable and interesting gameplay wise. But I'm answering from when I was playing them on all on release and SA was the best it's been.
If I look at each game in a vacuum, it's a difficult choice. When GTA 3 was released, it blew my mind like never before. It was truly revolutionary. I enjoyed the 80's setting/soundtrack of Vice City the most. San Andreas was massive in terms of scope and gameplay mechanics. Gameplay wise, it's superior to its predecessors. The Boyz n the Hood/80's-early 90's LA gang vibe was pretty rad. It's tough, but I'd go with Vice City. GTA IV can go to hell.
The Boyz n the Hood/80's-early 90's LA gang vibe was pretty rad.
That's actually what I disliked about it the most. I like the gangster/mafioso trappings of GTA3 and Vice City (though VC's was filtered through 1980's Miami).
San Andreas was massive in terms of scope and gameplay mechanics.
That was the thing I liked about San Andreas. The RPG mechanics at work were really cool, as were all the character customization options.
I'd go with Vice City. GTA IV can go to hell.
This is the gist of my feelings.
I'd say the "best" would probably be San Andreas, but I liked Vice City way better.
Vice City is also the only GTA game to date that I completed 100%. I probably clocked at least 200 hours in that game. That's pretty much all I played for a full 2 years right after it came out. I got it it day one, too.
Well I've only played SA and 4 to completion, so I'll have to say San Andreas. I'm sure I'd really enjoy Vice City but I can't stand playing it on PS2 and I have countless issues trying to get it to run smoothly on my PC (The damn framerate is locked at 30)
San Andreas is just fantastic though. I hadn't played it back in 04 (because I was a kid), so last year was the first time I'd ever played it. I played through the entire game (on PC) to completion without having to resort to cheats. The fact that I was even able to enjoy it so many years after the fact with no nostalgia factoring into it says a lot about the game's quality. I gotta say though, if I didn't have the ability to get sick headshots 24/7 with those super accurate mouse controls I probably would have given up.
IV is my favourite but I know I am in the minority, great story and characters, the driving and shooting is actually fun, The physics engine never gets old and the city is still a technical masterpiece.
^. I get so sick of people who complain about the driving in 4. IV had the best driving physics of any open world game to be released before it, and any open world game to come out now.
I hear they're changing it in 5, and if it's shitty like saint row/sleepydawgs, I'm going to be mad that R* listened to a vocal minority.
Kinda hard to say, Vice City had the best atmosphere and soundtrack and San Andreas had pretty much "everything" when it came to gameplay and stuff to do. GTA IV the best gameplay so far,controls and graphics, imo at least. But it has to go to Vice City, that game has a special place in my heart.
@Bourbon_Warrior: Nice stuff, any tips on where to start with mods? I wanna go all-out with IV mods to play it once more before V but I dunno where or how to start. Thanks.
This should help you, links to mod sites are in the video description
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