TDouglass's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (XBX)
| [January 25, 2008 02:53:16 AM]
This game is hard to describe. You run around a lot, you steal a lot of cars, you shoot a lot of pimps. What else is there to say? The mechanics are all artificial, there is no real incentive to keep going. The story is plain and not compelling, and none of the gameplay feels fresh or innovative. Simply put, it's a game to vent with. It succeeds at that, certainly, but has little other value at all.
From a design perspective, I consider this game a failure. There is nothing in it that I haven't seen, and most of it I have seen in better games, with better execution. The function of this game appears to be to present itself as controversially as possible to gather a fan base. And according to the rave reviews and prestige surrounding the title, it did in fact succeed at that. I suppose there has to be some value in a game that does nothing new but garners attention worldwide, even pulling out all the stops with the "Hot Coffee" scandal. As such, this game succeeds in creating a Culture, but fails at creating valuable Play or interesting Rules.
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| [January 25, 2008 02:41:36 AM]
It's Grand Theft Auto. Again. This just feels so overused and overhyped, I am so stunned by the fact that people continue to play these games. There just isn't anything compelling about the mindless acts of violence and illegal activities that make this game worth playing. It just doesn't do anything for me that I can't get out of another game. How disappointing.
Mechanical judgment aside, the humorous dialogue and ridiculous situations make it worthwile to keep going, just to see what I can get myself into next. Simply being able to do any number of things with no real consequences (dying simply results in spawning to a hospital and losing $100) means you can leap off of cliffs in stolen cars among other crazy hijinx. The fact that I can use "hijinx" to describe a Grand Theft Auto game is a testament to the humorous potential of this game. It is not to be taken seriously, but mocked. In this way, GTA: SA is a fun and entertaining play.
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