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    jp's Grand Theft Auto (GBA)

    [November 3, 2005 07:30:08 PM]
    I was going to write this earlier but I had a hard time getting enough motivation to load up the game and check my "final" stats. I'm still not motivated and I won't bother to do it. The only real change is that I passed the annoying mission, failed a whole bunch of times at it, and decided to stop playing...

    Bottom line is, this game is more annoying than it's worth, despite the super duper franchise name attached. My only nagging question is, how is it different from GTA (original)? (I'm assuming that GTA was good...)
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    [October 30, 2005 10:03:55 PM]
    Combat is so annoying that I'm gonna move on to another game. I've tried to pass a particular mission some 10 times.. I always end up failing because some hoods grab a guy I'm supposed to protect and I can't tell which is which and can't attack the hoods without killing the dude I'm protecting.

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    [October 28, 2005 10:55:21 AM]
    I'm feeling a little better about this game now. I've forced myself to play some more of it and I'm becoming more comfortable with the controls. It also doesn't hurt that I'm becoming familiarized with the layout of the city and that I've started to learn a few "routes" that are not too slow/hard to navigate.

    I still think that my points from the previous post apply, it's just that I'm now more willing to deal with them. Heh.

    My current game stats:
    percent complete: 17
    mission attempts: 20
    missions passed: 11
    miles walked: 4
    miles driven: 86
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    [October 26, 2005 12:16:20 PM]
    I've made some more progress, but I'm not really enjoying myself. I recognize this game as a good port of the GTA experience. A lot of the elements from the original (well, GTAIII at least) are present and the game works in a very similar fashion. However, a lot of things that work in the console version simply don't in the handheld due a wide variety of reasons. Here's a list of the things that I'm currently finding very annoying...

    1) In combat, it's very hard to do what you want to do and figure out what's going on. For example, I can't tell when someone (an NPC) is simply walking towards me or whether I'm being attacked. Ranged weapons are a pain to use because they don't seem to work at close range, so I spend a lot of time running away, turning and then trying to fire before an enemy closes in.

    2) I hate having to go back to my "base" to save.

    3) I hate not being able to save while in the middle of a mission.

    4) I've been busted for no apparent reason. I was in a Police car (with no wanted stars!) parked in a street. Suddenly I get the message that I've been busted. Huh? It turns out I was parked next to the police station (I think!)...

    5) When you're outside of a car and run towards one, you leap over it. This is helpful in many is very annoying when you are actually trying to get into a car and can't properly gauge how close/far to stand from the car!

    6) In more than one occasion I've managed to get "stuck" in a vehicle where I can't go forwards or backwards. Fortunately I can leave the vehicle...


    My current game stats are:
    Percent complete: 7
    Missions attempted: 10
    Missions passed: 5
    Miles walked: 1
    Miles driven: 43

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    [October 24, 2005 07:00:54 PM]
    I'm not really sure why I was so excited about this except that, well, everybody was excited about it.

    So far I've only played a few missions and I'm not really that impressed. In fact, I'm annoyed by the saved game mechanism since going back to your hideout to save is a royal pain in a portable game...really!
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    jp's Grand Theft Auto (GBA)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Got frustrated

    GameLog started on: Monday 24 October, 2005

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 3 November, 2005

    jp's opinion and rating for this game

    Very dissapointed. Combat is very confusing and the save system is annoying.

    Rating (out of 5):starstar

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